Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

May 2, 2012

Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

Struggling to lose that last bit of bodyfat, or looking to drop as much fat as possible in a short amount of time? Check out the tips below!

Calorie Cycling

By constantly changing the intake of your nutrients, your body is forced to adapt to the changes by keeping metabolism high and burning optimal levels of bodyfat. For a weekly cycle, try increasing your calorie intake on your major workout days (such as legs and back days), and decrease it on cardio-only days. This will signal your body to build more muscle and burn more fat, as it can’t get used to and adapt to a constant stream of nutrients. Start with a 10% increase/decrease, and adjust the frequency of your low calorie days depending on your results.

Workout Intensity

To keep the metabolism ramped up during weight training, try some intensity techniques. Decrease your rest periods between sets, superset two or three exercises (done back-to-back without rest), or throw in a short, high intensity cardio session (5-10 minutes) between exercises. These will all ensure your heart rate is kept up during the workout, and that your body is burning as much bodyfat as possible.

HIIT Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) utilises different fuel/power mechanisms within your body, forcing it to adapt to different stresses. Studies have shown that HIIT burns more calories, and more calories from fat than the same length of training at a medium intensity. To incorporate HIIT training, start with work:rest periods of 30:60 seconds, and perform 15-20 minutes per workout. As you get fitter, adjust the ratio of work:rest, and aim for 2:1.

Macronutrient Separation

Many researchers believe that there is a greater tendency for the body to store fat if carbohydrates and fats are consumed at the same time. To combat this, make sure you eat either Protein + Carb meals (best consumed in the morning or around workouts), or Protein + Fat meals (at other times). This will ensure the carbs are used as energy and will not promote further bodyfat gain.

High Protein

Don’t forget to eat a diet high in protein. This will help keep hunger at bay, feeding your muscles and stopping them from deteriorating whilst you are dieting. There are a number of great protein powders available to buy. If you would like more information and a brief review on a new protein powder supplement, created by Mr Gaspari – Myofusion Probiotic Series, click here.

Yours in health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional.

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Muscletech Neurocore Review

May 1, 2012

Muscletech Neurocore Review

Muscletech’s launch into the world of concentrated pre-workout powders comes in the form of Neurocore – a ‘Super-Concentrated Pre-Workout Stimulant’. It certainly is concentrated, at only 3.9g per serve – and none of it is wasted on fillers or sugars. It’s all active ingredients.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Creatine HCl – a concentrated form of creatine found in Con-Cret, a much lower dose is needed to achieve the same results as creatine monohydrate
  • Beta-Alanine – Muscletech Neurocore provides 3.2g of beta-alanine at the full serving size of three scoops, the clinically proven dose
  • Citrulline – increases recovery and ATP production in muscles

Taste and Mixability Available in Grape or Fruit Punch flavour, Muscletech Neurocore tastes good without being amazing. The tiny serving size mixes easily into any amount of water.

Strength With 110mg of caffeine and 177mg of geranium extract per scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is one of the more powerful pre-workout powders. At the full serving size of three scoops, you are getting 3.2g beta-alanine, 3g l-citrulline, 3g of creatine hcl, which are extremely potent doses. You will definitely feel the stimulants working at the full three scoops.

Value At less than $1/scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is great value for those looking to kickstart their workouts. Protein King has everyday low prices on all Muscletech products!

Final Word For less than $1 a serve, you wont find a more potent pre-workout. While it doesn’t contain all the beneficial ingredients of Superpump MAX or Assault, Muscletech Neurocore can hold it’s own as one of the better concentrated pre-workout products.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


BodyScience Bsc Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical Review

April 27, 2012

The new formulation of Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical improves on a great product in the original Hydroxyburn Pro, with a ’10 Phase Lean and Ripped Formula’. Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical contains a huge variety of ingredients, some of which are included for their ability to burn fat, shed excess water, control hunger and balance mood.
Ingredient Highlights
• African Mango extract – at 150mg/serve it is a clinically validated dose of an underused ingredient in the supplement world which has proven weight loss benefits
• B-Vitamins – included for a host of benefits such as increased metabolism, immune function and cancer fighting abilities
Taste and Mixability
Pro Clinical comes in a four flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Banana and Cherry Bite (which tastes like a Cherry Ripe!), and mixes nicely into a smooth shake.
Strength
Each serve provides 30g of whey protein, which is enough for most people. At the full serving suggestion of three serves per day, you will be getting 90g of protein, as well as clinically proven doses of other ingredients, such as over 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B-12, 450mg of African Mango extract, and 525mg of Green Tea extract. If taken in conjunction with the Hydroxyburn Hardcore capsules, this is a potent combination.
Value
A 900g tub provides 20 serves, and a 3kg tub 67 serves – which should last 1-2 months for most people. At $54.95 for 900g and $139.95 for 3kg, Protein King has some of Australia’s cheapest prices!
Final Word
With some tweaks to the original Hydroxyburn Pro, the new Clinical formula covers all the bases of fat loss, from thermogenic ingredients, to diuretics, to appetite suppression. BSc Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical promises to ‘make your fat cry’!

Yours in Health,
Protein King
The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


How to Get Lean!

April 19, 2012

Whether it’s for an upcoming special event, to make a change in your life or if you just want to look and feel healthy, most of us want to have low bodyfat levels and good muscle size and tone. Follow these tips below to kickstart your way to that lean, athletic physique you’re looking for!

Diet
Without a doubt, this is the most important piece of the puzzle. Without a great diet, the hours of training and hundreds of hard earned dollars spent on supplements will be wasted. A healthy diet is key to ensure so many of the body’s functions are supported, especially during periods of strenuous exercise. A good diet will result in better athletic performance; better moods; improved sleep quality; enhanced body composition, as well as joint, heart, skin and overall bodily health.

Carbohydrates

These are not the enemy! Carbohydrates are vital for many bodily functions, and are the body’s preferred energy source. The key to carbohydrate consumption during diet periods is to use it as close as possible to when the body needs it. The best times to consume carbohydrates are first thing in the morning, as well as before, during and immediately after your workouts. This will ensure the carbs are used to fuel/replenish the body’s energy stores rather than being stored as fat. The body’s preferred carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates, which are slower digesting and give the body a steady release of energy. Go for brown rice, oats, quinoa, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, berries and a little fruit. Aim for approximately 2.5 grams of carbs per kg of bodyweight per day.

Protein

Important for rebuilding muscles damaged during exercise, preventing muscle breakdown, increasing strength, helping burn body fat, and a host of other reasons, adequate protein consumption is vital. Good sources of protein are lean animal meats such as chicken breast, rump steak, as well as fish, eggs, beans, lentils and protein powder. Aim for 2.5 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight per day.

Fats

A common mistake people make is thinking that dietary fat and body fat are the same thing. This is not true at all, as fats consumed in food must undergo a number of processes in the body before it is stored as body fat. There are a number of fats that are very beneficial, especially for joint, heart and brain health. Go for fats from olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds as well as a little from animal meat (such as those in lean cuts of red meat). Aim for 0.5 grams of fats per kg of bodyweight per day.

Training
The next key to achieving a lean physique is training. Another mistake many people make when dieting is to do huge amounts of cardio without any weight training. The result is that the body stops burning bodyfat and starts burning muscle for fuel, resulting in a ‘skinny fat’ look. Resistance training is extremely important when dieting, as it promotes an increased metabolic rate and allows more food to be used for energy than storage. Cardio is definitely important, though, and should be used in conjunction with weight training to achieve a lean, muscular look. As a guide, shoot for 3-5 days of heavy weight training sessions of no more than an hour, utilising compound moves such as squats, deadlifts and presses which stimulate more muscle growth than smaller, isolated exercises. Start with 3-4 days of cardio – 20 minutes at a moderate/high intensity should be enough to start, and adjust the frequency/duration depending on how much fat you are losing. Where possible, try to do cardio away from your weight training – later/earlier in the day, or on a separate day altogether if possible.

Supplements
The final piece to the fat loss puzzle lies with supplements. On their own, supplements might not make much difference to your body composition, your energy levels, your strength levels etc. But combined with the correct diet and training principles, they can have a great effect. Here are some key supplements for someone who is looking to get lean:

Protein Powder

It’s extremely difficult to achieve your daily protein needs from food intake. For the average 90kg man, we recommend 200-300 grams of protein per day. Protein powders make reaching these numbers much easier. Opt for a lean protein powder, with as little sugar/carbohydrates as possible (carbs are much better consumed in food form), and use first thing in the morning and around workouts. For an extra fat burning kick, go for a protein with added fat burners. There are so many choices for where to buy protein – whether it is the local supermarket, chemist, supplement store or online. It can be daunting for a first time trying to find a good product. If you would like more information about where to buy protein, simply click the link and you will be taken to a comprehensive guide to supplements, and where to buy them.

Multivitamin

These are the ‘gap fillers’ for the nutrients we don’t get from our foods. It’s extremely difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables to get all the vitamins and minerals into our bodies. This is where a good multivitamin can really help.

Creatine

A supplement supported by plenty of research, creatine is proven to help increase strength levels, speed recovery, build muscle, as well as many other functions. Contrary to what many people think, creatine will not make you bloated, and it might just do the opposite – pulling the water from under your skin and into your muscles for a ‘tighter’ look. Best of all, a good creatine supplement does not have to be expensive.

Fat Burners / Thermogenics

These can really help those looking to burn as much fat as possible, especially that ‘last bit’ of fat. A good thermogenic will provide a number of benefits, including an energy boost, appetite suppression, an increase in metabolic rate, and fat oxidisation (using fat as fuel). There are countless fat burners on the market, so be careful if you are sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants – you might want to go for one without many stimulants.

Here is a sample stack for Protein King’s Get Lean plan:

Protein – Bodyscience Hydroxyburn Pro Clinical

Multivitamin – Optimum Nutrition Opti-Men (for men) or Opti-Women (for women)

Creatine – MusclePharm Creatine

Fat Burner – Xenadrine Ripped or Redbak Hydroxyvenom (low stimulants)

Incorporate these tips and you’re on the road to getting that lean, defined and athletic physique!

Be sure to check back for our Advanced Fat Loss tips, and if you have any questions at all, email me at james@proteinking.com.au

Yours in health,

James

Manager
Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given here is to substitute that of a medically trained professional.


Which Weight Gainer Protein Supplement is Best?

April 17, 2012

When it comes to building size and bulking up, it really comes down to 2 main factors:

  1. Dramatically increasing your daily calorie intake
  2. Following a good resistance training program involving mostly heavy weights and compound exercises.

Eating more food is the key, but how much solid food can we actually consume in one day without making ourselves sick?

Weight gainer protein shakes are great for increasing your overall daily calorie intake, as not only do most of them taste great and are a welcome treat to the usual bodybuilders diet of chicken breast and brown rice, but they contain a HUGE amount of calories. Some products quoting upto 1200 Calories in a single shake! Take this 2 or 3 times a day and your potentially taking in an additional 2400 – 3600 calories a day!

Whats the difference between standard protein powders like WPI or WPC and so called “Weight Gainers”?

WPI and WPC products are just that. They contain a high percentage of Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate which is a type of protein. The main difference between that and Weight Gainers, is mainly the addition of carbohydrates. Now remember that not all carbohydrates are created equal.

The main types of carbohydrates to look out for when selecting a quality weight gainer supplement, is the amount of Complex Carbohydrates and amount of Simple Carbohydrates the supplement contains.

Note: Before reading on, it is important to know about the Glycemic Index and terms such as Low GI and High GI. Here is a quick summary below:

What is the Glycemic Index and what does High GI / Low GI mean?

The Glycemic Index or GI, is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. It’s a measuring system to find the extent of which various foods raise the blood sugar level. The benchmark is white bread, which has a GI of 100. The higher the score, the greater the extent to which blood sugar is raised. Eg Dextrose scores 138 (which is high) whereas fructose is 31 (low).

 

What’s the difference between Complex Carbohydrates and Simple Carbohydrates?

 

Complex Carbohydrates – ie. Polysaccharides (poly meaning many) and (saccharides meaning sugars) are composed of 3 or more monosaccharides (single sugar molecules) joined together. Complex carbohydrates take a longer amount of time for the body to digest. This is fantastic when you are trying to gain size while keeping body fat to a minimum because as the complex carbohydrates are broken down, they release glucose into the blood stream at a slower pace than simple carbohydrates. This is what is known as a Low Glycemic Index Carbohydrate or as bodybuilders call it, a Low GI Carb.

Simple Carbohydrates also know as sugars, are already in their simplest form which means they are easily digested and enter the blood stream at a much faster rate. Simple carbohydrates are known as High Glycemic Index Carbohydrates or High GI Carb’s.

Remember, whether it’s a simple carbohydrate or a complex carbohydrate, your body will convert the carbohydrate into glucose to produce ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate), the energy molecule to power your workouts.

Why does it matter if I’m taking a High GI Carbohydrate or Low GI Carbohydrate?

This is where Insulin comes in. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas of the human body. As Wikipedia states, “Insulin is central to regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body”. When you consume a High GI Carbohydrate such as dextrose, this produces a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. In order for your body to get your blood sugar back to normal levels, it will release a high amount of insulin. For bodybuilders or people trying to gain size, this is ok to take after your heavy workout, as your body has depleted its Glycogen stores. The sugar will be stored in your depleted muscle and liver stores to replenish your exhausted reserves. However, when your glycogen stores are full, and you are constantly eating high GI foods such as sugar, candy, cookies, honey, sodas etc throughout the day, this excess glucose present in the blood stream, will be converted to BODY FAT. Not good if your trying to build lean muscle tissue and keep your body fat to a minimum.

As complex carbohydrates are low GI, they take a while for your body to break them down into glucose. This slows the release of glucose into the blood stream, providing a slow and steady release of energy and avoiding the “Insulin Spike” that simple sugars create. Complex carbohydrates also naturally provide many of the vitamins and minerals needed for energy production aswell as fibre which is important for a healthy digestive system.

Summary

As you can see, the type of carbohydrates present in the weight gainer supplement you select is quite important, depending on when you take it (straight after your workout or several times throughout the day), how often you train in a week and how long you train for.

If you’re after the best Weight Gainer Supplements, Protein King recommends…

1) Optimum Nutrition Pro Complex Gainer

The Optimum Pro Complex Gainer is one of the best weight gainers available on the market today. Not only is it extremely low in sugar, but it is made up of several different premium protein sources: WPI, WPC, Calcium Caseinate, Egg Albumen, Hydrolyzed Whey Peptides, and Glutamine Peptides for a full range of your fast to your slow absorbing proteins. It also includes complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides), digestive enzymes, vitamins, essential minerals and tastes absolutely fantastic. At 650+ calories/serve which includes 60g of quality protein and 85g of quality carbs, this is sure to get you big, not fat.

2) Max’s Supersize

Maxs Supersize is one of the most popular weight gainer supplements currently available, and at just under $80 for 5kg, is also great value for money for the budget conscious. The single protein source in this weight gainer supplement is WPC – whey protein concentrate. It’s very low in sugar and high in complex carbohydrates, and contains all your essential vitamins and minerals.

3) Inner Armour Hard Mass Gainer

If your one of those people who find it next to impossible to gain weight, and are purely after size and strength and just want to pack on those kilos no matter what, this is the product to get you there and FAST! Inner Armour is a Canadian brand and quite well know in the Australian market. At the full recommended serving, this product delivers you a WHOPPING 1277 Calories PER SERVE. In other words, if this doesn’t get you massive nothing will! This product also has added Creatine and Glutamine peptides and a number of proven ingredients to increase ATP (Adenosine Tri Phosphate – Your bodies energy source), endurance, electrolytes and muscle dependent amino acids to keep you anabolic (in a muscle building state).

4) Black Widow Mega Bulk

Black Widow is an Australian company and probably not as well known as some of the other brands, but nonetheless Black Widow has a great range of products and at rock bottom prices. Definitely worth a mention on the Best Weight Gainer Supplements list of products. At number 4, Black Widow Mega Bulk is a basic weight gainer. If you already take your creatine, glutamine and multi-vitamins separately, or just starting out on weight gainers, and purely after a weight gainer at an affordable price with no added ingredients besides Protein, Carbohydrates and MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides – A great source of energy that is unlikely to be stored as fat by the body), then check out the Black Widow Mega Bulk.

 

NOTE: The information contained on this website is “as is” without any representations or warranties, expressed or implied.  Protein King makes no representations or warranties in relation to the medical information on this website. Protein King recommends to ALWAYS read the label of the product, and use only as directed. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.