β-Hydroxy β-methylbutyric acid (HMB) is a metabolite from leucine and is considered to be a very promising anabolic agent. Leucine is first converted in the body to α-ketoisocaproic acid and then to HMB. As seen in pigs, about 5% of leucine is converted to HMB, and the HMB concentrations increase significantly with the consumption of leucine. … Continue reading HMB: steroid like results?
Does fat make you fat, are fats just necessary to make you fat for times of famine, and how important is testosterone when cutting? In order to lose weight, you need to be in a caloric deficit - eat less than what you burn. To maintain muscle, exercise performance, a fast metabolism, satiety, protein and … Continue reading Fat makes you fat. Truth or myth?
Protein (amino acids) is the only macro-nutrient that can build and help retain muscle when losing fat. Yes, carbohydrates have a protein sparing effect, but if your protein intake isn't sufficient, carbs won't be able to spare your muscle during fat loss. And as carbs have to be reduced, due to calorie restriction during a … Continue reading Did you know Protein helps burn fat?
Calorie cycling is to cycle between certain amounts of calories on different days, to amplify the effect of fat loss or lean bulk. It's basically a form of "dieting" that is manipulated so that you can get the best fat loss or muscle growth, while preventing the pitfalls of regular dieting. Why do calorie cycling? … Continue reading Calorie cycling: fat loss & lean bulking – here’s how to do it
How do you lose the most weight/fat while preserving the most muscle? Should you avoid fats or carbs? What is the mechanism? First off, both work...to a degree, one just better than the other. It's very much possible to lose fat on a low-fat diet. Here is an article I wrote about it. However, many … Continue reading Ketogenic diet for fat-loss & muscle retention