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Nutritional Advice

Weight Loss - Is little and often, still the way to go?

Ask around, either in the office or your friends, someone is on a 'diet'. Especially as we get closer to the summer season and the thought for some people donning swimwear, is somewhat of a scary one.

Top Tips for the Summer Cut

Finally! The sun has started to shine through. With it brings the traditional summer cut, ahead of that beach holiday. We were here last year, no? Well, with these simple steps, you will be back looking your best and ready for the sun.

Bodypower - The Nutritionist View

The dust has settled and another Bodypower is completed. What an event! Three days of nutritional mayhem. The show is definitely fuelled by protein as it keeps on growing year on year.

Spring into Action

Spring is finally here and the countdown to Summer is officially on, which can only mean one thing, it’s time to get back in the gym and prepare for the holidays.

Weight loss myths debunked

Summer is just around the corner and it's that time to start parading around in swimwear. For many, coming out of the winter slump and feeling confident for the beach, is a scary thought. Well it's time to get cracking and beast-ing that body back into shape.

How to Supplement with Beta-Alanine

When the screw is turned and the demands of training increases, Beta-Alanine can be the perfect partner. But, what’s the best way to supplement with this mighty capsule?

Christmas Foody Facts

While you’re still in your festive pyjamas considering which wonderful Christmas treats to tuck into first, take a look at the following Christmas foody facts.

The Toll of Christmas Lunch

While Maximuscle fully endorse having a blooming good festive season, it’s good to be aware of exactly how much toll Christmas day indulgences can have on the body, and how much exercise needs to be done to work it off.

HMB Side Effects

HMB is generally safe to supplement; Of course, this is when you take the correct dosage based on recommendations for your size and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

HMB Dosage

HMB must be supplemented safely to help you reach your goals – MaxiNutrition offer advice on the recommended HMB dosage for safe supplementation. Read more.

HMB Myths

As a by-product of leucine, beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl-butyrate can only be made in the body when the amino acid is present. Also referred to as HMB, the by-product is metabolised from a portion of the branched-chain amino acid. However, leucine is an essential amino acid, meaning that it can’t be produced in the body and instead it is sourced in your daily diet, especially from the macronutrient protein.

How to take HMB

The general recommended dosage for HMB is around 3g daily, but this should be split up across the day into smaller servings of around 1g. This dosage is dependent on the size of the individual – 3g is based on the average sized gym goer. If you are bigger then you could supplement a larger daily dosage but that should still be split up into smaller servings. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe supplementation.

HMB for Pre-Workout

For muscle maintenance and growth, protein synthesis must equal or exceed protein breakdown. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis. When protein levels are high, more HMB can be produced in the body.

HMB for Cutting

HMB production can be limited in the body because it relies on leucine being available. The more protein available, the more HMB is likely to be produced. Protein plays a key role in protein synthesis which helps muscle growth. However, supplementing HMB helps to maintain HMB levels without depending on the branched-chain amino acid, leucine.

Effects of HMB

The body must rely on external resources to consume leucine. Usually found in your diet, especially in the macronutrient, protein, leucine is sourced in foods including meat, eggs and fish because they contain the BCAAs (leucine, isoleucine and valine). HMB supplements are taken so that your body is no longer reliant upon leucine availability. You can always supply your body with a sufficient amount of HMB in the form of supplements to help maintain HMB stores.

HMB for Women

BCAAs are found in key food groups, especially protein such as meat and fish – so we can get BCAAs in our daily diet. But with the body relying on leucine to metabolise HMB, HMB levels can be difficult to maintain, which is why some people supplement additional HMB – and women can too.

HMB & BCAA

During exercise, your body needs as much energy as possible for optimum performance. Some gym goers opt to use supplements to support their workout, helping to maximise their desired results. Some options include BCAA and HMB supplements – they can be taken together or separately. HMB is a metabolite of leucine, which is a branched-chain amino acid that can’t be naturally produced in the body. Leucine is part of the trio that make BCAAs alongside isoleucine and valine. However, leucine tends to be the main component, which is why it is usually the highest in the ratio of the three.

The different types of HMB

HMB can be supplemented into your regime so that your body is no longer reliant on leucine for HMB. The HMB supplements come in two forms, and here, we explore the different types of HMB

HMB & Creatine

For any form of exercise you need to fuel your body with sufficient levels of energy. Whether it is high intensity or endurance training, energy and muscle stores deplete rapidly during exercise so it’s important to saturate levels pre-workout and replenish them post-workout. This is why some gym goers opt to take additional supplements in their regime to support their workout.

How does HMB work?

If muscle growth is your aim, then you need to ensure that the rate of protein synthesis is always higher than the rate of protein breakdown. Breakdown leads to a muscle loss, when you are looking for a muscle gain, you need protein synthesis to be stimulated. Protein synthesis requires high protein levels.