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Want Faster Results? How BCAAs Can Help You

The most common question I get asked is: “How can I get faster results?  I’m working out, eating healthy, and trying to do everything right, but I’m just not getting the results I want.”

This is such a common question.  I bet you’ve asked this yourself.

Of course, your transformation is a process.  It won’t happen in a night and it’s important to be patient.

However, there is one thing you can do, aside from exercise and diet, to get faster results and overcome plateaus.

The answer? BCAA supplements.  (Don’t know what that is? We’ll get there!)

Now, BCAAs are not some magical powder you can pour in your drink and then immediately look like a body builder.

Your results might not be as quick as this guy!

But there are some really impressive results you can get from taking BCAAs and I want to tell you about them!  In this article, I will tell you what BCAAs are, what difference they can make from you, and which BCAAs are my favorite.

BCAAs in 2 Minutes

BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  They build up muscle and repair muscle after breakdown.  So taking amino acid supplements helps you get those gains, and prevents your muscles from wasting away.

There are 22 amino acids in your body, but 3 major ones that are particularly good for repair.  These 3 are the amino acids that make up BCAA supplements:

  • Leucine
  • Isoleucine
  • Valine

Leucine is helpful in muscle repair.  Have you ever been sore after a workout?  (I mean who hasn’t?).  Well leucine is an amino acid that can help you repair your muscles and recover quicker.  It helps prevent your muscles from being “eaten up” due to calorie deficits, hard workouts, or stress.

Isoleucine helps your body utilize carbs for energy.  This helps fuel your workout and it allows your body to use up your carbs rather than store them.  Your body will energy from your diet rather than from breaking down your muscles to fuel your workout.

Valine works to build muscle, repair tissue, and boost energy.

Enough science, what do BCAAs actually do for you?

BCAAs Stop Catabolism

What is catabolism?  (Not cannibalism, don’t worry).

Catabolism is muscle breakdown.

When you are dieting, your body breaks down fat cells to use for energy.  That’s what we want, right?  But, the bad news is your body also breaks down muscle to use for energy.

That’s the last thing you want when you’re dieting!

Karina Elle BCAAs

If you are trying to lose some fat, but not muscle, BCAAs are very valuable.

A lot of research has been done to show that BCAAs increase the rate of protein synthesis (muscle growth), and decrease the rate of catabolism (muscle breakdown).

So that means you can diet, exercise, burn fat, and your muscles will stay nice and lean.

Would You Rather…

Would you rather your body use your carbs or store them as fat?

I think most of us can agree that we’d rather use carbs for energy!

That’s exactly what BCAAs help you with.  BCAAs (Isoleucine specifically) increase your body’s ability to use carbs for fuel.  This means your body will burn the carbs you eat more efficiently, rather than storing them on your hips!

If you’re already working out and eating healthy, BCAAs can push your fat loss to the next level.  They are not a miracle pill, but they are proven to help enhance your body’s ability to use energy rather than store it as fat.

Superhero Power


karina working out BCAAs

Maybe there’s actually some truth to that video, that BCAAs give you superhero power!  BCAAs have been shown to improve performance and reduce fatigue.

This means you can train a bit longer and a bit more intense than you could without BCAAs which will definitely speed up your results!


My Go-To Brand

As a fitness model, I have to be looking and feeling my best at all times.  I can’t take chances with sub-par products.  That’s why the only brand I trust with my supplements is IdealLean.  They create quality products with only the best ingredients.  And they actually taste yummy!


The BCAAs come in three refreshing flavors:

  • Green Apple
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • Orange Paradise

These BCAAs have no fat, sugar, or calories.  One scoop does contain:

  • 5 grams of BCAAs in the 2:1:1 ratio.
  • A fat loss blend including green tea extract: speeds up fat burning
  • Coconut water powder: helps you stay hydrated
  • L-glutamine: an amino acid that helps improve recovery

BCAA nutrition

These BCAAs stand out from the rest because they taste amazing, have a fat loss blend, help me stay hydrated, and help with recovery.

BCAAs are a supplement that can take your results to the next level.  If you want faster results, if you’re trying to get lean, or if you’ve hit a plateau, BCAAs can help you.

Interested in these BCAAs-


  1. Oyuna

    Hi, I am taking BCAA during my workout and I also eat healthy. So how can I lose more fat. I mean to become more toned Should I take some fat burner or should I just do some cardio after each workout.


  2. Melissa

    I take bcaa’s and protein shakes and workout 5 days a week and can not lose weight. Been working out almost 5 weeks really hard and eat all low carb. Any suggestions?

    1. Lexi

      Check your measurements and body fat %. You may be changing your body composition more than your weight. Also, “calories in calories out” if you are working out and dieting you need to accurately track everything. 3500 calorie = 1lb. So in order to lose 1 lb a week that should be your calorie deficit.

    2. Alexandria

      If you eat low carb all of the time it slows your metabolism down, so you have probably hit a plateau. I would suggest looking into carb cycling. This way your body never really adapts.

    3. Donna

      I did the 15 day challenge and lost weight and inches first program I have done in 3 years that has worked google it hope you have the success I have. Doing another round after vacation still have 15 pounds to go and more toning!!

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
  3. Angela

    I am interested in adding BCAA’s to my regimen but I am still breastfeeding. I understand that amino acids are natural but I am wondering about the fat loss blend that is in the ideallean ingredients. Are there any professionals who understand how thermodiamine and the Tonalin effects breast milk? Does anyone have experience with it? Thank you!

  4. Glenda

    My husband and I have recently completed Ideal Protein diet but want to continue to tone and lost fat mass. Your product sounds interesting and we would like to learn more about it and how to incorporate it into our diet.

  5. Debbie Melisko

    I have over 100lbs to lose. I have lost 40 so far. Should I start taking this now. I do the meal replacement shakes and Boost. But I thought I should loose more weight before I build muscle. Whats you thought? Thank you. Love love Ideal!

    1. Amy Posey
  6. stephanie

    Hi have i five kids my last two where twins and i had them at a later age in my 40s and i weight the same but my muscle mass has gone away and no matter how hard i work out it sames not to be changing . will this product help me with building my muscle mass back?

    1. Amy Posey
  7. Steph

    Hi I mostly do cardio, use weights for my arms but not lower body, will using BCAA’s still help lean me out? Thanks!

    1. Amy Posey
  8. Marie

    What’s the side effects went you take BCCA? I work out 5days and want to start taking BCCA. You have educated me on how it works but you didn’t say anything about the side effects. I’m lactose ,and my stomach gets blowly.
    I only use plant protein but want to try your products. Can you help or educated me?
    Thanks, marie

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      There are no major side effects with BCAAs. If you are sensitive to certain sweeteners you might have some effects but other than that you shouldn’t have a problem.

      1. Liz

        Isn’t artificial sweeteners bad for you and can cause cancer? I was told to go with a protein powder with no artificial sweeteners.

        1. Amy Posey
          Amy Posey

          There is not sufficient evidence to prove that sucralose causes cancer. More than 100 scientific studies over a 20 year period have demonstrated the safety of sucralose. Importantly, comprehensive toxicology studies, designed to meet the highest scientific standards, have clearly demonstrated that sucralose is not carcinogenic. The data from the studies were independently evaluated by international experts in a variety of scientific disciplines, including toxicology, oncology, teratology, neurology, hematology, pediatrics and nutrition.

          1. Hope

            This is interesting, thank you for sharing.
            My concern is less about the cancer and more about… I thought sucralose was tough for your body to process efficiently since it is not a real sugar?

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      BCAAs are not meant to be used as a meal replacement for weight loss. They can help with recovery, exercise performance, and can aid in fat loss but only with a proper diet. I would suggest looking into an actual meal replacement shake like this one: //

  9. ava

    I have tried everyway in the world to order this and can’t!!!! Why put up a place to do this and it keeps saying CAN NOT ORDER???…

    1. Amy Posey
  10. Rhonda

    What about the sucralose in this? Is that an artificial sweetener, and I thought we should stay away from those!?

    1. Amy Posey
  11. Anita swanson

    Can you take baca if you take high blood pressure medicine?

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
  12. Ellen

    I take C4 pre-work out drink each day before my scheduled class. Orange Dreamsicle Flavor. I want to include you BCAA product. Can I mix your orange paradise with my C-4 . Would this be safe? C-4 works really great for me. I am thin and need more muscle tone. I hope to also try you Pre- workout flavors

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      Hey Ellen,

      You would probably be fine to mix the BCAAs with your pre-workout, the only concern is both contain decent amounts of vitamin B12 so you might want to check with your doctor to make sure this is safe for you. You can find more pre-workout flavors for IdealLean here:

  13. Tanyatidwell

    Is this a pre workout drink? I am actually wanting a good one. I do not want one that will make you jittery and crush.

    1. Amy Posey
  14. Maria

    What if I don’t want to loose weight, instead I would just like to tone and gain muscle.. Could I still use BCAA?

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
  15. Kaylena

    I just had a baby a month ago and I’m getting ready to start working out again. For years I’ve had problems keeping weight on due to a hyperactive thyroid and a very high metabolism. I want to maintain my current weight while toning the fat into muscle. What products would you recommend for that? On a daily basis my body naturally burns close to 3000 calories with little to no activity. (Its not as awesome as it sounds.)

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      A protein powder could help you with your calorie intake and building lean muscle! Also, BCAAs can help you retain muscle rather that using it for energy, helping you look more toned.

  16. Cassy

    Its say to take BCAA before/after and especially during a workout and on rest days? So we should be taking them 2 or 3 times a day 7 days a week?

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      BCAAs are effective for both men and women! IdealLean was formulated with women in mind, but they can be used by both men and women.

    1. Amy Posey
  17. Cam

    I see that the Fat Loss Blend contains Green Tea Extract. Is there a way to find out how much? I’m worried about caffeine.

    1. Amy Posey
  18. Lynnette mcgee

    I recently went on a diet which consisted on less than 1000 calories, I was at the same time lifting and running a lot. I have now been told by couple of trainers that I need to gain some weight, which I don’t really want but I can tell though that I my body is in catabolism , u am very frustrated , I would like to fix it. I am trying to eat more protein and carbs but I am not seeing any changes . Could I fix it? Is it going to get better? And how long is it going to take , I am not gaining .

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      Hey Lynnette, just keep being consistent! Both losing weight and gaining weight takes time but it will happen! If you don’t see any significant change after a month, add an extra 200 calories to your caloric intake.

  19. Angela

    I am interested in using this type of product but I stay away from sucralose and red dye. They aren’t good for you

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      There is not sufficient evidence to prove that sucralose is bad for you. More than 100 scientific studies over a 20 year period have demonstrated the safety of sucralose. Importantly, comprehensive toxicology studies, designed to meet the highest scientific standards, have clearly demonstrated that sucralose is not carcinogenic. The data from the studies were independently evaluated by international experts in a variety of scientific disciplines, including toxicology, oncology, teratology, neurology, hematology, pediatrics and nutrition.

  20. Aditi Banerjee

    What about perimenopausal women? Whatever I do in terms of exercise or however little I eat, I DO not lose weight. It’s frustrating.

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      That can be super frustrating. You might try switching gears and try building muscle for a while. Enjoy eating a little more and working hard in the gym (or at home). Put on some lean mass and then after a while go back to a fat loss program.

    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      You take BCAA’s during exercise on the days you workout or in between meals on an empty stomach. On the days you don’t work out you can sip on it throughout the day or in between meals on an empty stomach.

  21. Jeanene

    What about if your out of shape and haven’t worked out in a few years and just starting to walk a few times a week. I don’t use weights yet either… Should I consider bcaa’s

    1. Amy Posey
  22. Diana Nolan

    Hi I just finished chemo treatment end of July of this year and with my treatment I was given steroids! Before I started treatment I was 130 and I worked out regularly and also was cycling 3 days a week. Now I’m 160 🙁 I tried to work out during treatment but I just could do it I was very weak and sick all the time. I have great muscle memory but the extra water weight/fat I’m miserable I’m so out of shape! What can you suggest?

  23. Michelle

    Can you take BCAA along with your pre-workout and boost? They are all ideallean brand! I already bought them all and not sure if it’s safe to take them all!

    1. Amy Posey
      Amy Posey

      Yes they are all safe to take together! Just don’t exceed 400mg of caffeine each day. Pre-workout has 150mg and boost only has 80mg so if you take each once daily, you won’t have a problem 🙂

    1. Amy Posey
  24. Autumn

    Does this have aspartame in it. Natural sweetness like aspertame give me a migraine. If so what would you suggest I use?

    1. Amy Posey
  25. Juliforth

    i am a fan with your blogs and find it more useful to me as a beginner in gymming. hoping your BCAAs will come across here at ASIA
    especially in philippines. Thanks

  26. Jo

    How long does it take to see results? Days? Weeks? Months?

    I am on a keto diet and workout 1 hour daily 6 days/week.

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