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BCAA Dosage on a Cut


#1

I am confused about BCAA dosage. I'm on a cut, and I can only afford 15g of BCAAs a day. So what would be the best dosage?

25 grams on workout days
5 grams on cardio days?

or

20 grams on workout days
10 grams on cardio?

or 15 each? If I cannot afford more, should I just forget about BCAAs? Also, I am taking 3 sccops of whey a day, and 2 scoops of Surge post workout.


#2

You're over thinking things. I don't think it'll matter. Just consume enough total protein throughout the day.


#3

Already getting 290 grams of protein a day, only thing that I didn't know was BCAAs. I'm debating if it is worth it to buy them in the first place.


#4

If you're debating if you can afford them, then you can't. I wouldn't buy them in your case unless you can find efficiencies in your diet elsewhere, like for starters, do you like many throw away some of your food due to spoilage? Just my $.02


#5

I wouldn't buy them, but thats in my opinion.


#6

Alright, I'll up the dosage, but just buy a months supply to test it out. If it is not effective then I'll stop. Thanks.


#7

Im on a cut right now and I'm doing 10 grams 30 min pre-workout, but I can afford them so I buy them, are they necessary, like other have said NO, if you can afford them is it worth it, maybe, but in all likely hood they wont make or break your diet.

Actually recent studies have shown that Leucine is the most effective of the Branched chain amino acids and that the old recommendations or mega loading BCAA's during your workout is a waste. Dont have any references but for the BCAA studies but I know they are out there, I think 5 grams of leucine 4x a day with meals is more beneficial, plus its cheaper. Just my 2 censt