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Make Your New Year's Resolution a Success with Vectron

Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Supplement Articles, ProSource: Vectron, Protein, Diet Articles | Dec 22, 2008

A New Bio-Active Fat-Burning Protein

Here we go again. Another year to dream big about your ideal physique. The question is, are you just going to dream again, only to endure disappointment as January turns into June and nothing much has changed?

Or is 2009 going to be the year that you turn your dreams into reality?

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals. If achieving new heights of muscularity and leanness has eluded you for more years than you care to remember, then here's some good news. New innovations in protein synthesis are emerging at an astounding rate, resulting in powerful new transformational technologies, including one new amazing new protein that may change forever the way athletes trim fat and support muscle mass.

Is Simultaneous Muscle Gain and Fat Loss Possible?

Packing on muscle while chiseling off body fat is tricky business. After all, it involves losing mass in one tissue (fat stores) while gaining mass in another tissue (muscle). If you vacuum in copious amounts of food, the anabolic stimulus provided by a surplus of calories will lead to muscle gains, but you'll undoubtedly pack on a layer of fat and end up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy. That's why most supplements and even diet and exercise plans ask you to target just one. Can you physiologically lose fat and build muscle concurrently? You can'"but you need precision tools.

One of the key tools is obviously protein. When it comes to protein sources you have many options. Whey is renowned for its high quality rating and regular use among bodybuilders. One of the reasons whey protein is so effective is because it exemplifies nutritional efficiency, a key concept well known to successful hardcore bodybuilders. Efficiency in this sense means providing maximum nutrition with the least amount of calories. Whey protein provides a powerful anabolic stimulus with minimal calories, but not all whey is created equal.

Getting More Nutritional Bang for Your Caloric Buck 
The Ultimate Whey Protein!

Though years of intensive research and development the world's leading whey protein provider, Glanbia Nutritionals, has created a specialized whey protein that has been clinically shown to isolate the most bioactive components of whey protein. The product is called Prolibra®. Whey proteins in general score high on quality due to their high prevalence of essential amino acids.

However, whey protein is a complex food and the potential power of whey goes beyond its amino acid content. Whey actually consists of many different types of protein and bioactive peptides (small parts of larger proteins). There is intense investigation focused on isolating the peptides most important and most bioactive for targeting muscle growth, fat loss, and a host of other health-related effects such as decreased blood pressure and increased vascular dilation. Especially since it has been shown some of these short peptides actually get absorbed intact and can have effects on target tissues.

Prolibra is a patent-pending proprietary formula containing a specific blend of intact whey protein, specific whey peptides, and milk minerals. A notable feature of Prolibra is that about 25% of the total amino acids are branched-chain amino acids ( BCAA). The BCAA are ideal for preserving lean tissue because they are the only amino acids specifically taken up by muscle and used for energy, thereby becoming limited during exercise and periods of caloric restriction. Leucine makes up about half of the BCAA in Prolibra. Some of the most exciting work among muscle researchers has been done on leucine in recent years. It is now well accepted that leucine acts like a hormone triggering protein synthesis and muscle growth. Because of Prolibra's high BCAA and leucine, as well as the isolation of other highly bioactive components, it's an extremely efficient agent for creating the nutrient partitioning effect required to simultaneously promote fat loss and gain lean tissue.

It should be noted here that the only powdered protein supplement currently containing Prolibra is an advanced formu lation from  ProSource called Vectron.

The Clinical Study that Electrified the Supplement Industry

Glanbia deserves accolades for their innovation in developing Prolibra. But they do more than just develop and market whey derived products. They also sponsor research by independent scientists to test safety and efficacy. The findings on Prolibra's effect on body composition were published earlier this year (1).

The study was 12 weeks and involved overweight subjects who were split into two groups: one consumed Prolibra and the other a Placebo consisting of maltodextrin. The supplements were ingested 20 minutes before breakfast and 20 minutes before dinner. Each dose of Prolibra contained only 10 g of protein and had virtually no carbohydrate or fat. At the end of the 12 week weight loss trial, fat loss was nearly two-fold greater in the whey group (6.2 vs 3.5 lbs) and lean body mass better preserved in the whey group (-1.7 vs -3.4 lbs). Thus daily intake of a small amount of whey (10 grams) before breakfast and dinner was able to enhance fat loss while preserving lean body mass during weight loss.

This occurred in a group of sedentary overweight subjects who were not training and did not make major changes in their diet. What might the effects be when complemented with the added stimulus of resistance training and if used as a pre- and post-exercise beverage? I predict mind-boggling results, especially if combined with other anabolics like creatine.

More Scientific Advances from the Leaders in Whey Protein Research and Development

Consider some of the preliminary work that evaluated the effects of whey protein on body composition. In one study researchers tested whey protein versus casein supplementation (1.5 g/kg body weight) on body composition and strength gains in response to a 10 wk resistance training program in a group of drug-free bodybuilders (2). This was a randomized, double-blind study that involved pre- and post-testing of body composition using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), the gold-standard for determining body composition. All subjects completed the same high-intensity resistance training program. Subjects consuming whey protein gained an astonishing 11 pounds of lean body mass and lost 3 pounds of fat mass, whereas subjects consuming casein gained only 2 pounds of lean body mass and lost about one-half pound of fat mass. The whey protein group also increased maximal strength to a greater extent.

In a follow-up study, the same investigators recruited 33 bodybuilders for a 13 week supervised resistance training study (3). Subjects were divided into four groups: a whey protein isolate group, a whey protein isolate plus creatine monohydrate group, a carbohydrate supplementation group, or a carbohydrate supplementation plus creatine group. Body composition was assessed again by DXA. To further support any changes in lean body mass, subjects had biopsy samples taken from their thigh muscle for determination of muscle fiber cross-sectional areas. Subjects in the whey protein group demonstrated larger gains in strength, lean body mass, and type II muscle fiber area than the carbohydrate only group. Notably, the addition of creatine to the whey resulted in even more dramatic increases in strength and lean body mass and cross-sectional area of fast-twitch muscle fibers.

In yet another study it was shown that a whey protein supplement resulted in greater increases in lean body mass (+5.0 pounds) compared to a placebo group (+1.0 pounds) after 6 wk of resistance training. In this study, there was another group who received whey protein with creatine monohydrate (0.1 g per kilogram body mass per day). This group had the largest increases in lean body mass (+8.8 pounds) and also the largest increases in bench press strength. This translates into an increase of more than 1 pound of muscle per week.

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The science is clear - whey protein promotes anabolism during resistance training and the effects are complementary with other standard anabolics like creatine. The introduction of Vectron marks the advent of a next-generation revolution in which proteins will become powerful agents of fat-loss and muscle support. Vectron (and Prolibra) provides the ideal peptide matrix to achieve the highly desirable effect of trading fat for muscle. As such, Vectron may be the ideal supplement to add to your New Year's resolution shopping list!

1. Frestedt JL, Zenk JL, Kuskowski MA, Ward LS, Bastian ED. A whey-protein supplement increases fat loss and spares lean muscle in obese subjects: a randomized human clinical study. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2008 Mar 27;5:8.

2. CRIBB, P.J., A.D. WILLIAMS, A. HAYES, AND M.F. CAREY. The effect of whey isolate and resistance training on strength, body composition and plasma glutamine. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. S299, 2002.

3. CRIBB, P.J., A.D. WILLIAMS, A. HAYES, AND M.F. CAREY. The effects of whey isolate, creatine and resistance training on muscle fiber characteristics, strength and body composition. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, April 11-15, 2003.

4. BURKE, D. G., P. D. CHILIBECK, K. S. DAVISON, D. G. CANDOW, J. FARTHING, and T. SMITH-PALMER. The effect of whey protein supplementation with and without creatine monohydrate combined with resistance training on lean tissue mass and muscle strength. Int. J. Sport Nutr. Exerc. Metabol. 11:349-364, 2001.


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