Diet trends come and go, and we're at that time of the year, either preparing to jet off somewhere sunny or possibly coming back and feeling a bit guilty of the holiday indulgences.
Nutrient timing has once again been put under the microscope, to see whether there is any additional benefit to the timing of consumption, rather than just the nutrients consumed.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. We're sure you have heard that one before? Well, that saying certainly rings true when it comes to nutrition. Here are 8 handy hints to make your life easier.
Ask around, either in the office or your friends, someone is on a 'diet'. Especially as we get closer to the summer season and the thought for some people donning swimwear, is somewhat of a scary one.
Finally! The sun has started to shine through. With it brings the traditional summer cut, ahead of that beach holiday. We were here last year, no? Well, with these simple steps, you will be back looking your best and ready for the sun.
The dust has settled and another Bodypower is completed. What an event! Three days of nutritional mayhem. The show is definitely fuelled by protein as it keeps on growing year on year.
Spring is finally here and the countdown to Summer is officially on, which can only mean one thing, it’s time to get back in the gym and prepare for the holidays.
Summer is just around the corner and it's that time to start parading around in swimwear. For many, coming out of the winter slump and feeling confident for the beach, is a scary thought. Well it's time to get cracking and beast-ing that body back into shape.
When the screw is turned and the demands of training increases, Beta-Alanine can be the perfect partner. But, what’s the best way to supplement with this mighty capsule?
While you’re still in your festive pyjamas considering which wonderful Christmas treats to tuck into first, take a look at the following Christmas foody facts.
While Maximuscle fully endorse having a blooming good festive season, it’s good to be aware of exactly how much toll Christmas day indulgences can have on the body, and how much exercise needs to be done to work it off.
HMB is generally safe to supplement; Of course, this is when you take the correct dosage based on recommendations for your size and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
HMB must be supplemented safely to help you reach your goals – Maximuscle offer advice on the recommended HMB dosage for safe supplementation. Read more.
As a by-product of leucine, beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl-butyrate can only be made in the body when the amino acid is present. Also referred to as HMB, the by-product is metabolised from a portion of the branched-chain amino acid. However, leucine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it can’t be produced in the body and instead it is sourced in your daily diet, especially from the macronutrient protein.
The general recommended dosage for HMB is around 3g daily, but this should be split up across the day into smaller servings of around 1g. This dosage is dependent on the size of the individual – 3g is based on the average sized gym goer. If you are bigger then you could supplement a larger daily dosage but that should still be split up into smaller servings. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe supplementation.
For muscle maintenance and growth, protein synthesis must equal or exceed protein breakdown. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis. When protein levels are high, more HMB can be produced in the body.
HMB production can be limited in the body because it relies on leucine being available. The more protein available, the more HMB is likely to be produced. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis which helps muscle growth. However, supplementing HMB helps to maintain HMB levels without depending on the branched-chain amino acid, leucine.
The body must rely on external resources to consume leucine. Usually found in your diet, especially in the macronutrient, protein, leucine is sourced in foods including meat, eggs and fish because they contain the BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine). HMB supplements are taken so that your body is no longer reliant upon leucine availability. You can always supply your body with a sufficient amount of HMB in the form of supplements to help maintain HMB stores.
BCAAs are found in key food groups, especially protein such as meat and fish – so we can get BCAAs in our daily diet. But with the body relying on leucine to metabolise HMB, HMB levels can be difficult to maintain, which is why some people supplement additional HMB – and women can too.
During exercise, your body needs as much energy as possible for optimum performance. Some gym goers opt to use supplements to support their workout, helping to maximise their desired results. Some options include BCAA and HMB supplements – they can be taken together or separately. HMB is a metabolite of leucine, which is a branched-chain amino acid that can’t be naturally produced in the body. Leucine is part of the trio that make BCAAs alongside isoleucine and valine. However, leucine tends to be the main component, which is why it is usually the highest in the ratio of the three.