Concerned about keeping your muscle? Most of us are. The more muscle you have the more effective you are in burning calories. And of course the more muscle you have the better we look. No I am not talking about the body builders who look a bit distorted with their bulging muscles.
As age studies have even shown that we need more protein in our diets to maintain muscle mass. Unfortunately many people begin to loose their muscle mass becauase of inadequate protein in their diet…or they even go on a weight loss diet where they loose muscle mass along with fat.
Research shows that this particular essential amino acid helps your body maintain muscle mass.
Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps with protein synthesis. In other words, it’s a one of 9 building blocks of protein that can only be obtained from the diet. It’s present in protein-rich foods including milk and other dairy products, tofu and other soy foods as well as fish, chicken and lean meat.
What’s the Big Deal about Luceine?
Once absorbed, leucine goes directly to muscle tissue, where it activates a chain of events that ultimately creates lean muscle. Think of it as cash to build a home-the home being muscle. When you have enough cash, you can pay the contractor to buy the equipment they need to build your home. Similarly, when you have enough leucine, your body can start making muscle protein. And the more leucine you have, the more muscle you can build.
What Does Leucine and Muscle Have to Do With Losing Weight?
the majority of weight loss diets, you end up losing muscle in addition to fat. That’s because when you take in fewer calories than your body needs, your body has less energy to fuel basic biological functions. To make up for that, your body breaks down muscle proteins for energy. This is bad because it’s your muscles that help burn calories.
Here’s where leucine does its magic while you lose weight; by stimulating protein synthesis it helps your body preserve muscle mass while you lose the right kind of weight-from fat, that is. In turn, your metabolism stays up, which is the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for the long haul.
Watch the video below as Dr. McMannus discusses the science behind the Shaklee 180 program that utilizes this important amino acid.
Learn more here about the Shaklee 180 program