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BCAA's for Gaining or Losing?


#1
 I have a very fast metabolism and have had a very hard time gaining weight while lifting. I heard and read a lot about BCAAs helping with muscle growth and the rebuilding of muscles after a workout and began taking them. I have also been reading a lot about BCAAs helping body builders lose weight.

Which of these aspects are over powering? I have noticed the increase in recuperating after a workout while using the BCAAs, but at the same time my ultimate goal is to gain muscle weight. any thoughts would be appriciated, thanks


#2

BCAA's alone won't push you to lose or gain, that's in your calorie intake. When gaining BCAA's help with everything you listed, recovery, etc. When cutting they are better timed in-between meals to halt catabolism.

Read the BCAA product thread- most, if not all, of this is covered there.