View Full Version : Three Specific Amino Acids Help You Drop Unwanted Pounds Without Dieting or Exercise

08-14-13, 07:40 PM
Dr. Robert J. Rowen
August 14, 2013

If you struggle with your weight, there might be something rather easy to do and consider. It doesn't require a diet, a lifestyle change, or exercise. Sounds too good to be true, but there's evidence this will work.
You may know that proteins are made up of amino acids, and that there are nine essential amino acids. The latter means you can get them only in your diet (like essential fatty acids).

Of these essential amino acids, there are three that are "branched chain." That refers to their unique molecular structure. These are leucine, isoleucine, and valine.

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08-15-13, 08:49 AM
I have to pick on the title if nothing else...more promises of easy weight loss..that won't pan out for 99.9% of those who try it. Of course, no links to the actual study:
"A study on 500 subjects who lost weight during a weight loss trial examined them for specific biochemical markers. The researchers found higher levels of branched chain amino acid (BCAA) and their metabolites. They also found that these people were more likely to have improved insulin resistance independent of weight loss."

1: What weight loss trial?
2: Were these more successful people taking a supplement of BCAA's?
3. What confounding factors were taken into account? (ie, what exactly they ate, supplements, how much weight needed to be lost, activity levels, pre-existing insulin resistance or diabetes and on and on and on).
4. If they were not taking supplements, it's a stretch to say that supplementing these would lead to weight loss.

08-15-13, 10:54 AM
Further to that, it's my understanding that if you are not deficient in specific aminos, supplementing with them throws the others out of balance.

But any promise of effortless weight loss has got to be viewed with suspicion.

08-15-13, 01:05 PM
On the other hand, the evidence is plentiful that BCAAs, especially Leucine, are very helpful in enhancing the good results from a well planned weight training program along with a well planned dietary intake. To my mind, it is the unhelpful "too good to be true, big miracle" aspect of this report that is as disturbing as usual. The goal of "weight loss" without employing proper diet and exercise is the "lost miracle cure" that never will be found.