What’s the big deal with Branch Chain Amino Acids?
To put it simply, they are single amino acids, dipeptides and tripeptides that are “hooked” together with vitamin C, that your body does not produce on its own. BCAA’s are the building blocks for your muscle tissue. We have 2 flavours the classic fruit punch and as of 2022 Lemon Lime.
Phase 1 through to Phase 3
So, this fruity drink, a.k.a. the amazing Branch Chain Amino Acids, can be used in all phases of the Ideal Protein diet. In Phase 1 to ensure that there is minimal loss in lean mass and in Phase 3 it is used to build and sustain muscles. On Phase 1 you take one packet daily for the first 14 days to support your lean mass as your body transitions to ketones for energy. They are then useful when you have long days, many find they help with clear thinking if you have a day with a long meeting, and if you are doing a longer walk or gardening all day absolutely take a packet to protect your lean mass.
How to Gina uses the Branch Chain Amino Acids when working out
I follow the maintenance program as designed by Ideal Protein and exercise is vital to maintenance for many reasons (separate blog post). I have been using the BCAA’s on the days that I workout. I pop the packet into my 1 litre water bottle and drink 1/2 before my class and then drink the other 1/2 immediately after. Very yummy. The amino acids help you to work longer and harder when taken before and then repair and build muscle after.
I have really been feeling strong. Enjoy!