quote from derek charlebois from another site.
"I have been using BCAA for the past three years. I have used large amounts of BCAA in the past, but never really contributed my results to the BCAA, though now I realize they played a big part in my results.
Recently I began using large quantities of BCAA as part of a self-experiment and my results have been very impressive. I began "mega-dosing" BCAA in March. ***** also contains citrulline malate and glutamine, which as stated above, should work hand-to-hand with BCAA and increasing protein synthesis by elevating ATP levels.
In order to really put ***** to the test, I decreased my protein intake by 50 grams (200 calories) and replaced that with 50 grams of BCAA. I did this because if I would have just added 50 grams of BCAA, I would be adding 200 more calories to my diet, which should cause a change in lean mass on its own. Here are the results of my month long ***** "mega-dosing" experiment.
The large jump in lean mass during the first week was due to a large increase in intracellar hydration (at least that is how I explain such a large increase), which I would credit to the BCAA's ability to increase glycogen synthase (the enzyme that catalyzes muscle glycogen storage) activity, which leads to an increase in muscle glycogen and therefore intracellular water.
I also noticed an increase in muscle "fullness" and vascularity during the first week, which would support my theory of increase muscle glycogen and intracellular water storage.
Along with my large increase in lean mass (7 pounds in 4 weeks), I also lost three pounds of fat while bulking. This is most likely due to the BCAA's ability to increase glucose uptake into skeletal muscle, increased leptin expression, and decreased fatty acid synthase (the enzyme responsible for committed fat storage) in adipocytes (Taylor, 1975)
If One Is Using BCAA Alone, I Would Suggest:
Breakfast: 10 grams
Pre-Workout: 10 grams
During Workout: 10 grams
Post Workout: 10 grams
Bedtime: 10 grams
Total: 50 grams/day