At one point or another, everyone has heard of the importance of BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids). Whether or not you understand the actual chemistry behind these amino acids, you should know how important BCAAs are for you when working out, and especially while cutting.
Some of us go 6-10 months of the year on a bulking phase where we are okay with adding a few extra pounds of fat if it means that we are maximizing our gains. The last thing that a bodybuilder wants to do when cutting that fat is to cut muscle along with the fat. Losing your gains is about the worst thing that you can do to a bodybuilder. Many a lifter has went to sleep preying to keep their gains. A lot of folks set an alarm clock to wake up in the middle of the night to take in some protein all in the name of gains.
Cutting is scary to a lot of folks especially when they do not understand basic nutrition or how many calories they take in per day. Logging everything is something that I always preach, but that is another story for another day. For today, let’s talk about one of the best things that you can do while cutting – take your BCAAs.
I take BCAAs five times per day without fail during a cut. I will take 1 gram per sitting for a total of five grams per day. I take 1 gram between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and pre-workout, as part of the pre-workout, as part of the post-workout and at night before bed. While many will consider this to be overkill, it works for me. I see results and that is all that I am looking for. I will put my bro science up there with anyone else’s because everything that I do is for a reason and from personal experience.
Branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are among the nine essential amino acids that the body needs to function with three of these amino acids being leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids are processed in the muscle tissue with the most anti-catabolic one being leucine.
In between meals, BCAAs help keep your amino acid levels up and make your body much more prone to wanting to maintain the muscle while wanting to burn the fat. BCAAs can also suppress one’s appetite if you take them in doses of 5-10 grams between meals.
Of course, when you start talking about such an amount of BCAAs, the question of the cost/value of the supplement comes into play. There are very few supplements that I consider absolutely necessary and BCAAs are one of them.