How amino acids aide in weight loss and build muscle

Amino acids are classified into two groups, essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids (BCAA, branched chained amino acids) means the body cannot naturally produce these acids but are typically found in nutritional supplements or in the foods we eat.  Non-essential amino acids are acids that are naturally produced by the body(hormones from thyroid or insulin). The amino acids are a huge part of the muscle proteins the body needs pre work out and post workout. The amino acids prevents the body from muscle tissue breakdown. Preventing the body from losing muscle tissue allows the body initiate muscle growth and fat loss. After an intense workout your body is more receptive to nutrients(Proteins) and the nutrients are essential for the recovery and muscle growth. Protein alone will not help in recovery and muscle growth after a workout because the body has a limited opportunity to absorb these proteins and most proteins are not absorbed immediately after a workout. An amino acid supplement is absorbed into the blood stream and they body is receptive to the BCAA’s and aids the muscle growth and recovery. During weight loss and weight training the body requires more amino acids from proteins because amino acids are the building blocks in proteins. Amino acids are responsible for the energy we use, the recovery we need, the muscle/strength we gain and the fat we lose. The food you choose during your diet and training regimen requires a certain balance of essential and non essential amino acids to maximize the protein your body needs. Everyone needs protein but during weight loss and training the body requires quality protein. Personally I take amino acid supplement pre and post workout and have seen improvements in my recovery and muscle growth. Amino acid supplements are safe for the body because most of the acids are found in the foods we eat every day. Here are some examples of the amino acids.

Essential – Leucine, Isoleucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Histidine

Non Essential -Alanine, Aspartic acid, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Serine, Tyrosine, Arginine, Cysteine, Cystine, Glutamine, Proline


3 thoughts on “How amino acids aide in weight loss and build muscle

  1. Great article! Amino acids are key to building muscle. I do not take supplements specifically for amino acids since going gluten and dairy free, because the protein shakes and other supplements I take now are loaded with all of the amino acids you mentioned, and then some. It’s good to see someone who knows what they are talking about!

    • Thanks for the reply. Well I learned most of this just by research and working out. I do take protein but I have cut out dairy for the most part I must almond milk or coconut milk for my protein shakes. Most of these “shakes” are loaded with filler that you don’t need. I just started taking the amino acids about 3 weeks ago so we will see what happens.

      • I know what you mean. My shake has no “crap”. It is formulated with the perfect ratio of protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, and more. (so many shakes have tons of protein, but not the carbohydrates needed to digest them properly). I use almond milk for my shakes too. Have you tried coconut and chia oil? They are loaded with Omega 3,6, and 9 fatty acids, and are extremely good for you. (I wrote an article about them on my blog)

        I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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