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Two Amino Acids That Don't Build Muscle or Help You Gain Weight

Aug 21, 2008
BCAAs, also known as branched chain amino acids, are just one of many types of bodybuilding supplements that promise the weight lifter gains in weight and muscle building. However, before you go off and hand over your cash on these dietary supplements, check out what a British study has just uncovered.

Two of these amino acids in question are alanine and carnosine, both of which are chemicals that are found in muscle mass that affect muscle size, strength, and natural metabolism. They also are important in the entire protein synthesis process. However, according to a study titled "Amino Acids", in press, a British study, it was found that bodybuilding supplements that contain alanine, taken at 6.4 grams per day for a total of 10 weeks, had absolutely no effect on body composition (lean muscle mass - to - body fat ratio), muscular endurance, strength, muscle building / weight gain. (Interesting, because at $30 a pop, that sure is a lot of wasted money and hopes).

On top of that, alanine had no effects on the amino acid canosine, which is exactly what many manufacturers of these types of muscle building supplements claim.

Again, as I've mentioned in many other articles and blog posts, the majority of nutritional supplements aimed at building muscle and gaining weight for the naturally skinny individual are nothing more than expensive placebo pills / powders. That's why when it comes to factors that will actually help you achieve your physique goals it will always come down to using the correct and specific weight training routine and caloric manipulation.

Too often the "magic pill" or "muscle building in a bottle" syndrome takes over the logical reasoning of many body builders, weight trainers, exercise buffs, and fitness enthusiasts. Sadly, they are constantly looking and going down the wrong path. This is the exact reason why you have literally millions and millions of people who faithfully engage in intense workout programs and routines yet don't have much to show for all of their efforts, blood, sweat, and tears.

Medical studies can truly help and guide us to begin looking down certain paths that may lead to greater and faster gains in weight and muscle mass, but that's all it is. Keep in mind that what is done in a lab is not necessary reflective of what happens in the real world; in real life. Or, it may take a combination of many factors to make a certain supplement assist, not make or break a physique. How many hundreds of thousands of people do you know that have never taken certain nutritional supplements that get hyped up so much, yet have gained a lot of weight in the form of muscle mass? How many eat nothing but regular, everyday food, a diet that would be considered nuts by the mainstream bodybuilding and nutritional industry, yet have built more muscle mass, weight, and strength than those that shell out hundreds of dollars a month in supplements?
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