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For a long time, the popular wisdom on muscle increase and fat loss has been that you can't achieve both at the same time. Where does this wisdom come from? Not from science, surprisingly, but mostly from peoples' personal experience.
Typically, people looking to "lose weight" devote the majority of their attention to caloric restriction, while giving short shrift to muscle support. This is self-defeating because fat doesn't miraculously disappear. It has to be burned as fuel by muscle tissue.
Faced with a shortage of calories, your body will strive to break down existing muscle tissue for fuel, particularly muscle tissue that isn't being used to its full capacity. Why? Because fat is less metabolically expensive to maintain. It just sits there; muscle tissue must be supplied with fuel. Oh, and the all-pervasive energy slump that comes from caloric restriction doesn't make you feel much like exercising anyway.
The truth is that significant fat loss and muscle maintenance are not mutually exclusive at all. Rather, one is not possible without the other. The proper strategy is not to indiscriminately slash caloric intake, but rather to prioritize the best calories so that while total daily calories are indeed lowered, sufficient nutrition is still being provided to maintain -- and even increase -- existing muscle. And then, of course, you have to be using that muscle enough to convince your body that it is indispensable for survival.
How do you achieve all this? Simple. Clean eating, regular exercise, and targeted nutritional supplementation. First of all, we can't emphasize clean eating enough. When you're restricting calories, you have to make every calorie you DO consume count. That means plenty of whole foods -- lean cuts of meat, fresh vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats. Conversely, every junk calorie consumed is a wasted opportunity.
Regular exercise, particularly in the form of resistance training, is key. If you want to burn fat, you have to lift weights regularly so you can get stronger, increase your training volume, and add muscle mass. The more of it you have, the more fuel it takes to maintain, the more fat you will burn.
Targeted supplementation lets you fill the gaps that reduced caloric intake open up in your dietary regimen. A single scoop of a high-quality protein formula such as NytroWhey® Ultra Elite, for instance, will supply 25 grams of highly bioactive, muscle-supporting protein and only 150 calories. A true wide-spectrum multivitamin/mineral complex for active people will provide plenty of crucial trace minerals, enzymes and other co-factors that support fat mobilization, muscle repair and recovery. We could go on -- and in fact we will below.
This year is going to be all about losing excess fat while maintaining -- and even increasing -- muscle mass. Let's get started.
Support Metabolism and Boost Energy With a Super-Amplified Weight-Loss Supplement
New year. New you. New and improved formulation of a legendary weight-loss supplement.
One of the biggest news stories in the fitness and sports nutrition supplement world this year was the introduction of an advanced new formulation of the weight-loss supplement that has helped countless health-conscious people attain their weight-loss goals.
The new BetaStax® Elite 3.0 has been amplified with the addition of a revolutionary technology called Meratrim® that has been shown in independent clinical testing to help support significant reductions in both bodyweight and waist/hip circumference. This mechanism works in perfect tandem with a precision-synthesized green coffee bean extract that has also been validated in independent, randomized, placebo-controlled research in which test subjects experienced statistically significant decreases in weight and body mass index as compared to control. The result is fat-loss power far beyond that of any other product of its kind.
Supplementing with a powerful, cutting-edge weight-loss supplement gives you multiple advantages in your quest to lose weight and gain muscle. The technologies in new BetaStax® Elite 3.0 are designed to increase metabolic rate and energy, facilitate fat mobilization and utilization, and support a lasting feeling of satiety or fullness between meals.
BetaStax® Elite 3.0 also contains a unique matrix of premium-grade energy factors that will help you avoid the late-afternoon slump synonymous with the early phases of dieting, while also giving you energy to burn in support of truly productive workouts.
Supplement Timing: Take one dose of BetaStax Elite in the morning and another at mid-day or 30 minutes before your workout. Avoid taking BetaStax Elite within 6 hours of your bedtime. Begin with a half dose to gauge your tolerance.
Protein: The Ultimate Weight-Loss, Muscle-Supporting Super Food
Protein, obviously, is indispensable for muscle support and growth. It is also essential to fat loss as well. First and foremost, protein supports the muscle tissue that, in turn, burns fat for energy. Secondly, protein provides a thermogenic effect because it takes more energy to digest and assimilate than fats or carbs. Increased protein intake even boosts metabolism.
Losing fat requires energy restriction, a process that can accelerate the rate at which muscle is lost from the body. Research suggests that 25% of the total weight lost during typical dieting -- simple caloric restriction without exercise or supplementation -- is muscle. While increasing the overall intake of protein in your diet is an effective strategy to minimize your loss of muscle, studies indicate that consuming more frequent feedings of protein is an effective strategy to consistently stimulate muscle protein synthesis across the entire day, supporting existing muscle tissue and even (in response to weight training) generating new muscle mass.
Choosing the right protein for you means choosing a high-quality whey isolate or blend. It's also an opportunity to emphasize clean eating, as many inferior proteins contain lesser-quality protein concentrates, fillers, and artificial ingredients. ProSource's newly reformulated NytroWhey Ultra Elite is ideally suited for clean, healthy, low-carb diets by virtue of several adjustments to its nutritional profile that make it simpler, more natural, more digestible and more bioavailable. In addition, the last traces of gluten and soy have been removed, fiber content has been reduced and healthy fats sourced from sunflower oil have been added.
NytroWhey Ultra Elite, of course, is most famous for its unsurpassed matrix of protein technologies designed to exponentially increase protein synthesis, support recovery, and drive significant growth. The ultra-premium-grade, cold-processed CFM whey protein isolate in NytroWhey Ultra Elite is loaded with critical growth catalysts primed for rapid-action muscle support. For even faster uptake, advanced whey protein hydrolysates yield extremely low-molecular-weight di- and tri-peptides for super-swift absorption into muscle tissue. And its state-of-the-art leucine peptide technology is designed to more efficiently transport leucine to muscle tissue, making it a muscle-building powerhouse of unprecedented power and productivity.
Nutrient Timing: NytroWhey Ultra Elite is perfect for between-meal supplementation. Its comparatively low-calorie dosage of muscle-supporting aminos keeps protein synthesis ramped up and prevents hunger cravings that can lead to counterproductive snacking.
Take Fat Loss to a Higher Level With Vectron®
Ready to put an even greater emphasis on fat-loss? Then Vectron®, the ultimate muscle-supporting, fat-loss protein is for you. ProSource Vectron® contains a superior-grade form of partially hydrolyzed whey protein isolate called Prolibra® that provides powerful muscle support. In addition, the patented protein peptide fragments found in Prolibra® are designed to enhance satiety by helping to stimulate the release of the hormone CCK. CCK is a hormone that is sent from your digestive tract to your brain letting your brain know that it needs to turn down the hunger signals.
Prolibra® also contains milk mineral complexes aimed at optimizing calcium levels within fat cells to yield maximum efficiency with regard to weight-loss support. These mechanisms, working in tandem, can produce remarkable results, as documented in a landmark clinical study in which test subjects taking Prolibra® retained twice as much lean muscle, while at the same time experiencing 79% fat loss compared to a control group at 51% fat loss.
Nutrient Timing: Like any protein formula, Vectron is best-suited to between-meal supplementation. One scoop of Vectron, amazingly, contains just 65 calories.
Support Energy, Recovery and Strength with BCAAs
When you start cutting calories, the first thing to suffer is workout productivity. Hopefully, you're already boosting your energy with a pre-workout thermogenic like BetaStax Elite 3.0. But there's more you can do to support energy production in muscle tissue, promote recovery after exercise, and increase strength as well.
BCAAs -- the essential aminos leucine, isoleucine, and valine -- are a significant source of fuel for muscle tissue under stress, providing as much as 20% of your body's energy needs in the course of your workout. This is especially true when you're dieting, as BCAAs are quickly catabolized and existing levels in muscle tissue may be low. BCAAs can also help regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the production of insulin.
Leucine, the most important BCAA, is crucial to recovery after exercise, as it stimulates the protein synthesis that restores the muscle mass you're trying so hard to keep. New technologies in BCAA formulas put particular emphasis on the bioactivity and efficacy of leucine.
Amino Fusion from ProSource, for instance, is powered by a Two Phase Muscle + Growth Technology that delivers the essential aminos you need to build and repair muscle. Its first phase is facilitated by rapid-uptake PepForm® Leucine Peptides precision-engineered to unleash a rapid intra-workout flood of leucine into the blood, triggering maximized protein synthesis. The second wave of instantized BCAAs then continues a steady flow of aminos into the blood, positively impacting endurance, while further optimizing post-workout growth and recovery.
Nutrient Timing: Take ProSource Amino Fusion 30 to 45 minutes before your workout and/or directly after your workout.
Micro-Manage Your Micro-Nutrients for Peak Physique
Cutting back on calories makes it harder than ever to access the trace minerals, enzymes, and nutritive co-factors that support your performance, productivity, and overall well-being. That's where a well-sourced and fully comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement can help you fill the dietary gaps and reach your transformational goals.
An ultra-premium daily multiple like ProSource's Super MegaMax supports hundreds of critical biochemical reactions essential to peak physique, performance and wellness. Its complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants is formulated from the highest-quality sources and provided in dosages specifically intended to support a highly active lifestyle. It's the last piece in the puzzle of the supplementation regimen for a new you in 2022.
Nutrient Timing: ProSource Super MegaMax can be taken at any time of the day.
The Final Stretch: BioQuest Razor-Ripped for Definition
Well, almost the last piece. If you've gotten to the place where all you have to worry about is a little extra water weight, then congratulations. Your hard work has paid off and you're ready to show the world what you've accomplished.
BioQuest’s Razor Ripped is an advanced definition technology that utilizes an array of powerful water-weight-diminishing herbal co-factors to promote a stark and distinct degree of enhanced vascularity, revealing sharply etched muscle. It also contains a Hydroxanthine Complex and a potent green tea extract that help fuel thermogenesis, revving up metabolism and enhancing calorie burning.
The best thing about Razor Ripped is its gentle, natural mechanism of action, which allows you to shed excess water weight without cramping or discomfort.
Nutrient Timing: Take Razor Ripped after your morning meal and/or your mid-day meal.
And there you have it. Combine this comprehensive, multi-pathway regimen of supplemental weight-loss and muscle support with a clean diet and regular exercise, and you'll be well on your way to your goal of More Muscle, Less Fat in 2022!
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