Despite putting many hours of hard work in the gym and in the kitchen, many of us fail to see results. Even though we try to be strong and avoid fatty temptations, sometimes we just can’t help but give in. We eat and overeat the wrong foods. Why is that? Is it a lack of willpower? Chances are no!
It might have to do with an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain that promote satiety and weight loss, and one of the most potent ways to get the balance back on track, and boost your weight loss results is by increasing the uptake of certain amino acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and many of them play an important role in the regulation of mood and hunger regulating neurotransmitters. Moreover, amino acids also encourages the preservation of muscle, while stimulating the process of fat oxidation. You will find that, amino acids can correct the problem of over eating as well.
If your weight loss is stalled, and you are blaming it on a lack of will power, the real problem might be the lack of amino acids. Below, you will find 5 crucial amino acids that will help you get back on the fat loss track:-
A non-essential amino acid, tyrosine is one of the main component needed in the production of catecholamine hormones- epinephrine and norepinephrine. It is these hormones that stimulates the process of lipolysis and thermogenesis, both of which results in fat loss. Another way tyrosine aids weight loss by keeping us from developing a tolerance to foods that suppress appetite. Natural foods high in tyrosine include chicken, turkey, beans, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and avocados.
The amino acid Leucine promotes protein synthesis, help build muscles and protect from diet induced muscle loss. Researchers have shown that the amount of amino acid in blood, especially leucine, stimulates anabolism by increasing protein synthesis in our muscles. Along with aiding the process of protein synthesis by providing the necessary building blocks, leucine also switches on mTOR, a compound which when turned on produces muscle proteins. Leucine can be found in meat, poultry, tuna, salmon and trout.
Tryptophan is vital for the production of serotonin in our brain. When the amount of serotonin increases in our brain, we feel satiated. Low levels of plasma tryptophan causes an increased caloric intake which can then result in weight gain and even obesity. Tryptophan also delays the process of gastric emptying, which means because the food remains in your stomach for longer periods of time, your chances of feeling hungry lowers. Additionally, this amino acid stimulates sleep which in turn further curbs hunger. Some natural sources of tryptophan includes turkey, chicken and sea food such as halibut, tuna, salmons and sardines.
This amino acid is important to keep our muscles functioning properly, especially under stressful conditions. A lack of glutamine can make your body break down our muscles to get more amino acids. In other words, it can cause muscle loss. Although our body can produce its own glutamine, intense workout can reduce the level of this amino acid by up to 50%. Dietary sources of glutamine includes, chicken, eggs, fish, spinach, beans, beets and more. By keeping the level of this amino acid up, your metabolism and fat oxidation will increase as well.
This amino acid carries long chain fatty acids into mitochondria- powerhouse of the cell- where it gets metabolized. Cartinine is a powerful fat burner because it stimulates fat oxidation in mitochondria; furthermore, it also stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Along with increasing the movement of fatty acids, research shows that Cartinine boosts the metabolism of fatty acids. Best sources of carnitine includes meat, fish and poultry.
Before taking supplements, I would encourage you to try to increase your amino acid levels naturally through diet. Protein is fantastic for weight loss. It gets digested very slowly and prevents hunger pangs. The only thing standing between your current self and your dream body might be the amino acids. So focus on amending this lack in every meal.
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