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How Many Calories are in BCAAs? The ISSN’s Dr. Doug Kalman Knows

BCAA Calories

The label says “zero calories” or doesn’t mention calories at all… so those BCAAs are calorie-free and guilt-free, right? WRONG.

Several studies have mathematically calculated the number of calories in the branched-chain amino acids, but nobody’s ever taken a tub of unflavored, third-party tested branched chain amino acids and published data from a bomb calorimeter. […]
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How Much Protein Per Meal to Build Muscle? ~50g, 4x/Day

Protein Per Meal

Gyms are filled to the brim with old-heads trying to educate newer gym rats with advice that may stretch back decades. Often, this advice has little scientific backing and only has roots in anecdotes and “broscience”. Unsurprisingly, some of the most successful older athletes have already figured out what science eventually proves to be true.[…]
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EAA is the New BCAA: Essential Amino Acids Stage a Coup


“BCAAs vs. EAAs?”

For quite a while, that was the big argument. Over the decades, branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplements have been some of the most popular (and profitable) products on the market. Catapulted into the spotlight by some early — and somewhat questionable — research, along with a lot of savvy marketing, BCAAs quickly […]
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Alan Aragon & Shoenfeld Argue Xtend BCAA Weight Loss Study Results

BCAA Study Fat Loss

Regular readers of the blog may remember us covering a new BCAA weight loss study written by Wesley David Dudgeon, Elizabeth Page Kelley, and Timothy Paul Scheett and published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. At publication, the team of researchers had concluded that at the end of the 8 […]
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