I recently started using BCAA powder intra and post-workout (this gives me the best results) and have noticed that on days that I 'cheat' or eat more carbs than throughout the week I no longer get bloated... My theory is that, because BCAA's limit fat oxidation they force the body to use carbs as energy. Since my body is fat adapted for the most part (I usually eat around 30g of carbs from veggies daily) that when I would cheat before, my body didn't know what to do with the excess and stored it, causing inflammation. If this is the case, could this be a good use for BCAA's before events/vacations when a higher carb intake is expected?
asked byAshley_4 (1186)
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on September 17, 2011
at 11:07 PM
I've never heard that BCAA's limit fat burning. The articles I have seen indicate the opposite. The theory they came up with is that the body senses the extra amino acids, thinks that there's excessive muscle breakdown, so switches to burning fat. The extra carbs would screw with that, overriding fat burning/protein burning.