Combining Thermogenic Protein With Other Weight-Loss Factors For Maximum Effect
Read enough mainstream journalism about the latest diet fads, and you might get the impression that real fat loss is some mysterious or downright impossible task. Should you starve yourself? Cut carbs? Go paleo? Eat exotic foods? Increase cardio? There’s no end of conflicting advice. In the bodybuilding ranks, however, fat loss isn’t mysterious and it certainly isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s a basic part of the job description.
Bodybuilders understand that real fat loss is inextricably intertwined with increasing and/or maintaining muscle mass. Fat doesn’t burn itself, after all. You need muscle for that. There are many reasons why you’ll never starve yourself thin, but the most important is that caloric restriction, applied in a vacuum, wastes muscle tissue. Also, you need to supply your body with sufficient fuel to perform basic functions efficiently in order to facilitate fat utilization and elimination. Starving yourself undermines these processes and causes fat loss to grind to a halt.
Yes, you will need to restrict calories to get leaner, but that’s just one factor in a complex, multi-faceted process. You must also maximize performance, energy, focus, and muscle mass at the same time. If any of those physiological processes lag, your metabolism will default into starvation mode and your body will chew up muscle to conserve fat. Why? Because muscle is more metabolically expensive to maintain than fat.Real Fat Loss is a Three-Legged Stool:Targeted Nutrition, Productive Training, and Maximum Wellness
The first thing you need to know about achieving fat loss, is that it’s not what you DON’T eat, it’s what you DO eat. Bodybuilders looking to lean out and rip up cannot afford to starve themselves. That’s a first-class ticket for muscle mass decrease. What you can do, however, is prioritize foods that stimulate thermogenesis while also sustaining muscle tissue. Far and away the best thermogenic food you can consume is protein.
Keeping protein intake front-and-center in your daily meal plan is essential to physique enhancement. Firstly, protein requires increased energy expenditure simply to digest, when compared to simple carbs or fats. Secondly, consumed protein is far less likely to be stored as excess fat than carbs. (It should be noted here that dietary fats get a bad rap in discussions of diet and fat loss. High-quality fats such as the Omega-3s derived from fish oils
, seeds and nuts are a key facilitator of energy production, which can drop off precipitously during times of caloric restriction.)
How important is protein uptake to the dieting athlete? A recent study recommends that dieters should increase the protein content of their diet to two times the Recommended Daily Allowance. Increasing the protein content of your diet to 2x the RDA also helps to minimize muscle loss. A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
documented a clinical investigation in which 80 adults complete a 13-week weight-loss program (Verreijen, Verlaan et al. 2015). In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled manner, study participants ingested a mixture of whey protein, leucine, and Vitamin D
, while other groups consumed other isocaloric nutrition combinations while completing a resistance training program three days per week. The control groups did not consume elevated amounts of protein.
Upon completion of the study, all study groups lost some amounts of both body mass and fat mass. However, when muscle mass changes in the arms and legs were compared, the group that ingested the combination of whey protein, leucine and vitamin D lost the lowest amounts of muscle. This suggests that protein consumption helps to preserve valuable muscle mass during weight loss and dieting.Not All Thermogenic Proteins are Created Equal
Obviously, protein from whole food sources -- chicken breasts, lean beef, eggs (or egg whites) and fish – should form the foundation of your fat-loss dietary regimen. However, because you are restricting calories, eating large amounts of whole foods at every meal is not feasible. This is where a high-quality, super-premium whey protein isolate formula like ProSource’s original NytroWhey®
or a whey isolate/hydrolysate like NytroWhey® Ultra Elite
can pay big dividends.
A typical serving of NytroWhey Ultra Elite is low in carbs, high in fiber, and rich in healthy fats such as MCT, CLA and flax, while providing 21 grams of the highest-quality, ultra-pure, crossflow microfiltrated whey protein content, all with just 180 calories in a two-scoop, 44-gram serving. Better yet, NytroWhey Ultra Elite is fortified with a leucine-peptide technology that increases the bioavailability of leucine content, making 4 times the content of this anabolism-triggering amino available to muscle tissue (as compared to competing proteins). This makes NytroWhey Ultra Elite
a powerful source of the leucine cited in the study above. In short, NytroWhey Ultra Elite is ideally precision-targeted, high-protein nutrition you can supplement with quickly and easily when, for instance, a steak dinner may not be situationally or calorically feasible.
Keep in mind that protein is no place to cut corners when it comes to quality. Avoid cheap, low-quality protein concentrates, high in poorly processed inferior aminos, high in empty-calorie fillers, and low in nutritional value. When you’re restricting calories, every calorie you do consume must provide maximum benefit.A Unique Fat-Loss, Muscle-Supporting Technology
While a solid super-premium protein will always provide thermogenic fat-loss support, there is one unique protein formula that takes fat-loss to a higher level. Vectron® from ProSource
contains an elite fractionated protein complex called Prolibra®, a specialized bioactive peptide matrix combined with a special whey mineral complex designed to precisely target essential mechanisms of body transformation.
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. Meanwhile, Prolibra 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. In an independent, randomized, double-blind, 12-week clinical trial (Fristadt, et al) published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
, test subjects showed significant improvements in the ratio of lean mass to fat while taking just 24.4 grams of Prolibra® per day compared to a control group taking an isocaloric placebo. The subjects taking Prolibra® retained twice as much lean muscle with 79% fat loss compared to the control group at 51% fat loss. Prolibra® is highly exceptional in this regard, as no other protein complex has been clinically proven to achieve this type of body composition improvement in a 12-week period (not to mention at such a modest daily dose). Remarkably, the Prolibra® group, using just 24.4 grams per day, lost 6.1% fat.
To keep blood levels of aminos uniformly high throughout the day and to sustain a feeling a satiety that curbs the impulse to binge on carbs, it is recommended that you take a 24-gram serving of ProSource Vectron
in the morning and another twenty minutes before dinner. ProSource NytroWhey is best utilized before your workout (for its powerful anabolic benefit) and then again before bedtime.Potent Energy and Diet Support
Hunger is not the only symptom you’ll experience once you start to reduce your caloric intake. You’ll also experience a crash in energy levels and decreases in focus and intensity. In addition, during periods of caloric deficit, your resting metabolism will decrease to compensate. These outcomes will wreak havoc on your training productivity and induce a general state of lethargy conducive to body fat increase. This is where most fat-loss regimens fail. Fortunately, a next-generation energy complex and weight-loss-support supplement like BioQuest’s BetaStax® Elite
can work wonders for you.
BetaStax® Elite contains a matrix of energy catalysts which have been shown to help optimize mental alertness, reduce sensations of fatigue and provide the energy needed to train at a high level. Just as importantly, these factors will support energy expenditure and fat mobilization, the very processes you’re depending on to make all that caloric restriction worthwhile.
And then there’s BetaStax® Elite’s key active ingredient, a patented PureWay-Slim® technology which delivers clinically validated and significant reductions in body weight, waist and hip circumferences in as little as two weeks. In fact, in a comparison of clinical studies, the PureWay-Slim® blend found in BetaStax Elite has been shown to achieve more weight-loss in two weeks than other leading weight-loss compounds achieved in eight weeks.
BetaStax® Elite also contains Razberi-K, which has been shown to be one of the most effective raspberry ketone formulas available. Research has shown that raspberry ketones have the ability to support the mobilization and utilization of fat, ultimately preserving lean muscle during weight loss as your body uses fat for fuel more efficiently. To further augment fat-loss support, green coffee bean extract has been added for its capacity as a modulator of glucose transport to the bloodstream after a meal, which may also help to support the maximum utilization of fat as energy.
For maximum benefit, you’ll want to take three capsules of BetaStax® Elite
before your morning meal and three more in the early afternoon. Don’t take them in the evening, because restful sleep is also an important contributor to efficient fat loss.A Word on Training
Resistance training is king when it comes to supporting fat loss. The more muscle you have, the more efficiently you’ll burn fat. Conversely, there’s nothing less effective for eliminating excess fat than lengthy bouts of steady-state cardio. This kind of profitless plodding does nothing but waste away muscle tissue. There is room for cardio in your life, though, and it’s called interval training.
Let’s look at the science. Research has shown that subjects who completed four to six 30-second sprints a few times per week improved markers of cardiovascular fitness as much as subjects engaging in longer sessions of lower-intensity cardio, while also improving fat loss. A 1994 study found that a sprint group lost nine times more bodyfat and 12 percent more visceral fat than a group that did standard aerobic training. Sprinting enhances EPOC, or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen consumption, a phenomenon that results in you literally burning calories while you rest. Best of all, interval sprint sessions done once or twice per week should be sufficient to coax your body to torch more bodyfat.Conclusion
Most fat-loss programs fail because subjects emphasize one leg of the stool while neglecting the others. Some people starve themselves into a physiological torpor. Others emphasize high-impact training even as their bodies are chewing up muscle and conserving fat. And, of course, there are those who achieve their goals at the expense of overall wellness. Once they resume a more typical caloric intake, the body fat returns with a vengeance. The key to lasting fat loss is to adopt a sensible, sustainable regimen that supports every key caloric and metabolic pathway of fat-loss.
Increase your protein intake with a superior protein source like ProSource’s NytroWhey® Ultra Elite or Vectron, support energy levels and thermogenic activity with a quality diet-support technology like BioQuest’s BetaStax® Elite, train productively, get adequate rest, and experience physique enhancement that lasts!Read more about ProSource Vectron® here.Read more about ProSource NytroWhey® Ultra Elite here.Read more BioQuest BetaStax® Elite here.
Verreijen, A. M., S. Verlaan, M. F. Engberink, S. Swinkels, J. de Vogel-van den Bosch and P. J. Weijs (2015). "A high whey protein-, leucine-, and vitamin D-enriched supplement preserves muscle mass during intentional weight loss in obese older adults: a double-blind randomized controlled trial." Am J Clin Nutr 101(2): 279-286.
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