Why Drink BCAAs, While Fasted?

What are BCAAs?

My BCAAs of choice are BPI Best BCAAs

HIIT-Icon-Day3BPI is has negligible calories. It’s a Muscle Building & Recovery Formula branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) superfuel that you mix with water to create a delicious beverage that …

  • Build Muscle
  • Maximize Endurance
  • Assist Recovery

 


When Should You Drink BCAAs?

  • I like to do a morning HIIT workout fasted. I drink BCAAs when I train fasted.
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Train Fasted with BPI Best BCAAs

I drink ABCAAs during my fasted state. More specifically, I drink…

  • 10 g (1 scoop) before my fasted training
  • 10 g during my fasted training
  • 10 g after my fasted training. This is especially important because I do not break my fast immediately post-workout because my workout is typically finished in the early morning hours. I usually have my breakfast 2 hours after my workout.

 


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 BCAAs help you to maintain your fast and still burn fat!

According to Martin Berkhan, regular feedings of BCAAs in the fasted state both pre and post workout ensure that:

  • Muscle protein synthesis is stimulated and protein breakdown is inhibited. 
    • BCAAs contain leucine, which is a key player in protein synthesis.
  • Appetite is suppressed and insulin sensitivity is maintained.
  • Maximal benefits for muscle protein synthesis are achieved with minimal caloric load.
    • BPI BCAAs are sugar free and have negligible calories per scoop. You would have to eat more than 500 calories  to get an equivalent amount of BCAAs into your circulation.

My Review of BPI BEst BCAAs:

  • It tastes Awesome!  Fruit Punch is my favorite!
  • It does not contain any stimulants. Which is great for me because I am very sensitive to them.
  • It’s sugar-free (sweetened with Splenda) and has negligible calories.
  • Get BPI Best BCAAs Here

WEEK 1: Bikini Competition Prep (6 Weeks Postpartum)

So week one of new weight training and cleaning eating program is complete. Its amazing how much harder is it for me to lift weights! In any case I am determined so I will continue to eat clean and workout each and everyday. I have highlighted details on my supplements, energy level, soreness and results below. Look for my updates each week for the next 11 weeks!

FOOD PREP
It’s essential to prepare your food ahead of time and package your meals to be successful. So, I spent Sunday cooking food and filling up my 6 pack containers. Four out of my 6 meals consist of Chicken Breast, Spinach and Brown Rice. For meal one I spice it up with oatmeal and egg whites. Sometimes I add cinnamon and stevia to the oatmeal for a sweet treat. My post workout meal is a Chocolate Muscle Gain shake with a whole banana. Nom Nom Nom

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ENERGY LEVEL
Well breastfeeding a cutie pie infant every two hours in addition to working out does often require me to nap! However, I typically start off each day fairly energetic after drinking my Mango Strawberry Spark. So, I am able to tend to the baby and get my workouts in without any problem. Fingers crossed I can maintain this energy level for the next 11 weeks.

WORKOUTS
I am lifting for atleast one hour 5 days a week. Each day is dedicated to two different body parts. I also do cardio following each lift. It’s pretty challenging. But I love being in the gym!

SORENESS
AHHHHH So this is my biggest problem after week one. I would normally take a post workout recovery drink to help with the soreness. However, I am not able to take that while breastfeeding. So, I am limited to hot epson salt baths 🙁 They do help a little. However, all of my muscles are incredibly sore.

RESULTS
This week I lost another 2 pounds (ONLY 6 MORE POUNDS OF FAT TO GO) and I have noticed my muscle memory kicking in. Also, I feel like my belly has flattened out a lot more. So I am super excited about my progress and excited for the weeks to come. Interested in Breastfeeding safe supplements? Checkout my 24 Day Challenge Breastfeeding bundle.

 

Losing the Baby Weight While Breastfeeding – 1 Month Post Partum

Before pregnancy as most of your know I was actively competing in NPC Bikini competitions. Over a 17 week period I transformed my body into that of a national competitor. See my transformation stage pics below.

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HOW DID I MAKE THIS TRANSFORMATION?

I get this question a lot and of course no one likes the answer. Its not magic. Clean eating, regular workouts and supplementation. There is a science to making your body into a machine! That being said ANYONE CAN DO IT. Anyone that can stick to a plan that is:-) For more information on my daily workouts see my bodybuilding.com article.

PREGNANCY

It was a couple of weeks after nationals that I found out I was pregnant. My husband and I were thrilled. However, once the initial excitement
wore off, I thought to myself how am I going to stay in shape during my pregnancy? Well, it was a challenge. I gradually had to cut back on my
lifting. However I was able to continue my advocare supplements and TRX workouts throughout my pregnancy.

I attribute my Spark and TRX workouts to allowing me to have enough energy to teach TRX even at 9 months pregnant!! In addition, I did my best
to eat clean and avoid excessive weight gain. However, my baby was two weeks late. So, what does that mean? She weighed in at 9 pounds. Yes,
that is not a typo. lol

Anyway, what that mean for me was more weight gain than I had hoped. In the end I put on 37 pounds. Checkout my pre-pregnancy to 9 months
preggers transformation photos below.

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ONE MONTH POST-PREGNANCY

After gaining 37 pounds and weighing in at a enormous 192, I am determined to drop the weight. I am currently one month post pregnancy and have
dropped 29 pounds now weighing in at 163.

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I still have 8 pounds of fat to lose and I am working everyday to accomplish this. I plan to drop the remaining 8 pounds over the next 8 weeks and here is how..

How am I do I plan to acheive these results? I am glad you asked. Ready for the answer?

Clean eating, regular workouts and supplementation. LOL No one likes that answer. Let me elaborate. I am following the 24_day_challenge_for_nursing_and_pregnant_moms. This includes all of your meals and supplement plans. In addition, I am working out for 1 hour 5 days a week.

It’s not an easy journey. But ANYONE CAN DO IT. Are you a Mom looking to drop the extra pounds? Contact me or purchase the 24 Day
Breastfeeding Mom Challenge and get started today!!

STAY TUNED FOR MY UPCOMING WEEKLY PROGRESS POSTS…