The key to a lean physique:
INCREASE LEAN MUSCLE MASS + INCREASE AMOUNT OF FATTY ACIDS RELEASED FROM FAT CELLS FOR MUSCLE CELLS TO BURN AS ENERGY = RAPID FAT LOSS
It’s is no secret that the key to achieving optimal body composition is simple - good nutrition and a sound training program with a focus on building muscle.
Regardless of your goal, increasing lean muscle mass should be one of your main priorities. This notion is an obvious one if your primary aim is to increase muscle size, but people often neglect the importance of this when weight loss is the overriding goal. To many people the process of building muscle in order to stimulate fat loss seems contradictory, but the two work hand in hand.
Aside from the brain, muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the human body. The more muscle a person has, the more energy they require to function; thus resulting in more calories used. Therefore, when weight loss is the main goal; increasing muscle mass should be the focus of your training.
This is why fad diets such as the 5:2 usually fail in the long run, and why so many people suffer with rebounding weight gain. During the most commonly practiced weight loss programs, the focus is rarely on increasing lean muscle mass. Many people look to lose fat as quickly as possible and therefore tend to lose muscle mass during such extreme diets. At a new, lower bodyweight due to loss of muscle mass, that person now requires a lower daily caloric intake. When they invariably return to their normal eating pattern consuming the previous caloric amount, weight gain occurs at a faster rate because they are rapidly in to a caloric surplus.
If fat loss is at the forefront of your mind, switch your focus to increasing lean muscle mass and you will quickly reap the benefits. With this in mind, supporting lean muscle mass whilst burning body fat becomes the key to supplementation. To achieve this RAW Supps have come up with the ideal supplement combination using two of their fantastic products: RAW Whey and RAW Define.
To increase lean muscle mass you need to supply muscles with amino acids from a high quality source of protein and they don’t come any higher quality than RAW Whey. Made from only premium grade ingredients, RAW Whey is derived from a vegetarian sweet cheese in New Zealand boasting a massive 80% protein content. RAW Whey is an ideal source of essential amino acids and contains one of the highest proportions of Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) found in any natural protein source. Using RAW Whey in your post workout shake will ensure that you are providing your muscles with the amino acids they need for recovery and growth.
The necessity of good quality protein in your supplement regime is an obvious one so let’s look at why RAW Define could be your secret weapon in achieving your ideal physique in time for summer.
Though RAW Define is placed in the fat burner product category, it is totally unique amongst the products it sits next to, both online and on the shelves. RAW Define differs from other fat burners because it is free from harsh chemicals and stimulants. RAW Define works using two mechanisms. One component of RAW Define targets fat cells, both metabolising fat and killing fat cells. The other component of RAW Define acts as a nutrient repartitioning agent, shuttling nutrients to be stored in the muscles rather than converted and stored as body fat. This repartitioning effect not only reduces fat storage but also increases lean muscle mass gains because it is increasing nutrient uptake into muscle cells. This mechanism makes RAW Define a great supplement for anyone looking to increase muscle mass, regardless of whether fat loss is a goal.
RAW Define was created to harness the synergistic effects of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA), Green Tea Flavanols, Tetradecylthioacetic Acid (TTA) and Aged Garlic Extract.
We included R-Alpha Lipoic Acid for its ability to up regulate GLUT-4 receptors on muscle cell membranes. This means that carbohydrates consumed are shuttled into muscle cells to be stored as glycogen and used as energy rather than being converted to triglycerides and fatty acids to be stored as body fat. GLUT-4 receptors are usually in the plasma pool within the muscle cell but translate to the surface when insulin is secreted in order to maintain blood glucose levels. This means that supplementing with Alpha Lipoic Acid gives us the glycogen shuttling benefits of Insulin without the fat storage negatives. At RAW Supps we pride ourselves on going one step further than other supplement companies and that is why we decided to use the more expensive form of ALA: R-Alpha Lipoic Acid. The ALA sold in most supplements is synthetic and is actually composed of two forms S-ALA and R-ALA at 50% each. R-ALA is the only form that is found in nature, and it is 22 times more powerful than S-ALA on your body. This is why RAW Supps insisted on the R-form.
Green tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a catechin and flavanol. EGCG increases programmed cell death (apoptosis) in mature fat cells; meaning that the mature fat cells commit suicide, therefore preventing diet rebound that many people get after initial weight loss. The Garlic Extract also contains S-Allyl Cysteine that inhibits fat regain.
The final and arguably most exciting part of RAW Define is Tetradecylthioacetic Acid (TTA). TTA acts as a PPAR-alpha agonist that increases the amount of fatty acids metabolised by mitochondria. The activation of PPAR receptors is perhaps the most important aspect of TTA in relation to fat loss. When PPAR-alpha is activated it increases the quantity of fat-burning units and further increases the concentrations of fat burning enzymes to assist the increased number of fat burning units. At the same time, TTA draws fatty acids from the bloodstream into the mitochondria where they can be burned for energy. This is why TTA is superior to other fat burning products on the market. Other products stimulate the release of fatty acid but exercise is needed to ensure it is metabolised. Because TTA also stimulates oxidation of the fatty acids the net effect is that RAW Define promotes fat loss without the need for exercise. In studies, subjects were able to reduce body fat levels even on an increased calorie diet; hence why TTA produces such fantastic results when taken in conjunction with healthy nutrition and a sound exercise regime. The great thing about TTA is that its fat burning process doesn't result in muscle loss, making RAW Define the perfect supplement for a plethora of body composition goals. It’s worth noting that researchers also found a reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) when using TTA along with it having antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunity-boosting properties.
Whether you are simply looking to reduce body fat in time for hitting the beach or cutting for a body building competition, RAW Define is ideal for you. We believe RAW Define should be in every natural body builder’s stack when cutting for a competition because of its fat burning and muscle-preserving properties.
This article offers you the outline of a master plan for creating a sustainable, lean physique:
- Focus on increasing lean muscle mass with a sound resistance-training program supported by a high-quality protein such as RAW Whey.
- Use a supplement that contains TTA, such as RAW Define; thus enabling fat cells to release more fat, and increase the amount of fat burning units and enzymes for fat metabolism.
- Use the other components of RAW Define to kill fat cells and prevent excess carbohydrates being stored as body fat, to prevent any rebound effect.
Two simple products from RAW Supps, one great combination. Your chance to achieve your leanest physique yet!