Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am addicted to carbohydrates. I don’t care what form or shape they come in, I love them all equally. Being a carb-lover, imagine my reaction when I had to go on a low carb diet last October. I thought it would be impossible for me to sustain a low carb diet, mostly because I love carbs so much. I didn’t even think about the benefits it will bring to my body, I just thought – no. Regardless of my feelings towards the approach, I trust my coach’s knowledge in his craft and my body, therefore I went forward and did it. I tried the low carb diet. Here’s what happened.
Branched amino acids, or BCAAs for short, consist of three essential amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. When dieting, i.e. trying to lose fat, taking BCAAs can help fight the catabolic effect of the diet on the muscles, so you can keep your muscle mass while losing fat. They can be ingested in two forms: pill or powder. Personally, I prefer the powder form, as it gives me something to sweet to sip on during my workouts. Pills are less of a hassle, since you can just pop one and skip the process of bringing the scoop full of powder to you shaker without any spills.
It’s kind of sad to say that I’ve probably tried every fad diet/lifestyle out there. I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, and completely gluten free. I’ve tried the BroScience diet of chicken and broccoli, and I’m currently following a more flexible approach to nutrition. I’ve tried skinny teas, fat burning pills, and metabolism boosters. I’ve had eating disorders and I’ve been through recovery.
Those who train regularly know that there are some workouts that can only be fuelled by a powerful pre workout. Most of the time, it’s the workouts that you just don’t want to do, the ones that activate that comfort zone voice inside your head, begging you to skip the workout and watch TV instead.