Friday, April 5, 2013

Week 4 On The 5:2 Diet & BCAAs #5:2Diet #Weightloss #Diet #EatNutritious #GetHealthy

Last week I gave you a break from the diet stuff but I'm back to share. I lost a couple of pounds last week and another couple this week. I haven't been exercising and I wonder how big a difference it would make if I did. 

I want to find this out and will implement a plan to my days next week that would factor in some kind of exercise. The problem I'm having is that there isn't enough hours in the day as it is. But perhaps taking a ten or twenty minute break from my writing sessions to do a bit of exercise will be enough. I'll let you know next week.

I wanted to talk about BCAAs (Branched chain amino acid supplements. BCAA supplements contains three of the nine human essential amino acids--L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, and L-Valine.

These are amino acids the body can't synthesize on its own so we need to get them through diet or supplements. Since they're metabolized within muscle tissue they allow a quick source of energy when the body needs it and prevents the body from cannibalizing itself on low calorie diets.  

I read that if you take Branch Chain Amino Acids while fasting they help to prevent muscle breakdown and also lessens hunger pangs. 

During calorie restricted diets there is a risk of muscle loss due to the body using muscle tissue for energy.

BCAAs are used by athletes and bodybuilders to help build muscle, therefore we can surmise that if BCAAs have such a positive effect on muscle growth it stands to reason that it can also preserve muscles during periods of intermittent fasting. 

I have started taking BCAAs and have noticed a difference in hunger pangs. Namely, I don't get them when I take the supplements. Since I haven't had chance to test the effectiveness of BCAAs for fat loss because I did zero exercise, I can't say it makes a difference. What I will keep an eye on is my muscle weight. This way I can see whether I'm losing fat and water or muscle also.

I'll try to keep you posted on my progress with BCAAs. If you know all about these supplements and wish to share, please leave a comments for me below.

Meanwhile here is my disclaimer!

Please note that this blog post is not intended as medical advice or as encouragement to use any of these or any other supplement I may have mentioned. These are my personal experiences, thoughts, decisions, actions and results that I am sharing with you. You should not take this as gospel, but do your own research if you are interested to discover more about BCAAs or any other product I may have mentioned. And always seek medical advice from your doctor before embarking on any new eating or exercise plan.

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  1. I began dieting on March 1st, 1200 calories a day, but I started the 5:2 plan on March 18th.

    The first 2 weeks on 1200 cals, I dropped 8 1/2 pounds, but of course one always loses more in the first couple of weeks going on a strict diet.

    Since I switched to the 5:2 diet, for 5 days I stay between 1200 and 1400 calories. I have lost another 4 1/2 pounds since March 18th, so 13 pounds altogether -- PLUS 2 inches from my waist and an inch from my hips.

    Alas, still have a ways to go...

    1. WTG, Colette!!!

      How fab is that? I don't count calories or watch what I eat. I try to stick to the eat when I'm hungry, eat whatever I fancy and stop when I'm satisfied way of eating.

      It's working really well. All I need to do now is find time to exercise!

  2. I just finished my first week and I'm really pleased. I was surprised that I wasn't starving the day after a fast day. I've lost a couple pounds and I'm surprised by how much my appetite has diminished.

    1. WTG, Sue!!!

      I think one of the biggest surprises of the 5:2 is the not starving the next day thing. I may be wrong, but I think it has something to do with blood sugar regulation from the fast day.

      Keep up the good work and keep me posted!

  3. Hi Monique, just wanted to drop in and say hi and wish you luck on your diet. I started a Yoga program and loved it for the first 8 week and my energy level went up. Now after 3 weeks of non-yoga I'm feeling it and want to get back. But, I had to stop because of rashless shinges in my left thigh, something I've never heard of. anyway, it extremely painful and I can't wait to get over it. Oh geez, got the subject. Good luck on your diet.

    1. Ouch, Judy! Sounds uncomfortable. Hope you get back to your Yoga soon.

      It was lovely to hear from you, it's been a while. Miss our chats :)


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