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An Apple a Day – The importance of Vitamins and Minerals

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Micronutrients have been becoming bigger in stature with wide spread supplementation, in particular the antioxidant claims being of specific interest for both health and exercise. But is there any truth in antioxidant supplementation for exercise support and performance?

Nutritional Advice

Importance of Avoiding a Dehydration Slum

Do you really drink 1.5 Litres of water a day? If not, why not? The earth is over 70% water and is the life blood for all living things; the same is true for the human body.

Comparing Energy Expenditure of Physical Activities

A MET is the metabolic equivalent – essentially the ratio of work metabolic rate to the resting metabolic rate.

What’s in your tank? Feel the burn: Energy expenditure across sports

Professional cycling and specifically the Tour de France (TdF) is suggested as being one of the toughest sporting endeavours, with some of the fittest human-beings.

Don’t be fooled, sugar is sugar, or is it?

Recently, the reputation and consumption of sugar is more bitter-sweet, with its association to obesity and diabetes. But its so confusing!

What is the best diet to follow?

At Maximuscle, we don't believe that there's only one road to success. There's lots of answers to this riddle, and in all honesty, they are probably all right or at least on the right track. But where to start?

Top 5 Diets for 2018 - Theory, Fact or Fiction

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.

Stop the Press: It's not just about eating protein

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.

Sunday Meal Prep

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.

Top Tips for the Summer Cut

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.

Bodypower - The Nutritionist View

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 into Action

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.

Weight loss myths debunked

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.

How to Supplement with Beta-Alanine

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?

HMB Side Effects

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 Dosage

HMB must be supplemented safely to help you reach your goals – Maximuscle offer advice on the recommended HMB dosage for safe supplementation. Read more.

HMB Myths

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.

How to take HMB

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.

HMB for Pre-Workout

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 for Cutting

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.

Effects of HMB

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.