Take BCAA Between Meals
Branched chain amino acids are staple supplement for bodybuilders, with research showing they can stimulate muscle protein synthesis while reducing muscle breakdown and even fatigue. Although BCAAs are most commonly used around the workout, they have another use which most people don’t know about.
Based on new research, using BCAA with a small amount of carbs between meals can keep you growing all day, every day.
While this may sound odd, research has shown that muscle protein synthesis–the key biological driver in the body–spikes up with any protein-based meal, but drops back down at 2-3 hours afterwards. Based on this, research has shown that a small dose of BCAA and carbs can re-stimulate muscle protein synthesis just when it would normally decline.
How to Do It
Here’s a visual from the study:
This mini-dose can prolong the effects of the previous meal, keeping those amino acids flowing until your next full high-protein meal.
Sample Daily Plan
- 6 AM: Meal 1
- 8 AM: BCAA & Carb Snack
- 10 AM: Meal 2
- 12 PM: BCAA & Carb Snack
- 2 PM: Meal 3
- 4 PM: BCAA & Carb Snack
- 6 PM: Meal 4
- 8 PM: BCAA & Carb Snack
- Pre-bed: Protein shake
- Wilson, G. J., Layman, D. K., Moulton, C. J., Norton, L. E., Anthony, T. G., Proud, C. G., … & Garlick, P. J. (2011). Leucine or carbohydrate supplementation reduces AMPK and eEF2 phosphorylation and extends postprandial muscle protein synthesis in rats. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology And Metabolism, 301(6), E1236-E1242.
- Lowery, R. P., & Wilson, J. M. (2014). Meal Frequency and Nutrient Distribution: What is Ideal for Body Composition?. J Nutrition Health Food Sci, 1(2), 1-4.