1. Lynn Delgado

    Confused on so many levels. So much conflicting info on the net. Fast, don’t fast, take BCAAs, don’t take BCAAs, work out more days, don’t overtrain, and on and on. Am 53 years old, 5’7” 150lb been doing Crossfit 3 days a week for the last 3 Years. Have increased muscle, but still have the ‘cheesy goo’ covering my muscles. Like everyone, I would like to look good in a swim suit…I don’t. Frustration is setting in. Workout at 5:30am, am hypoglycemic so have 1/3 c oatmeal, protein powder (Body Fortress brand available at Walmart)and fruit before my workout. If I skip eating, I seem to run out of gas during my workouts. Starving when I get home so eat maybe eggs and bacon then. What should I be doing or not doing to lean out and get rid of the Goo? Are BCAAs appropriate for someone like me? Help.

    1. Christine Sanelli

      Hey Lynn! There IS a ton of information out there. The best thing you can do is just stick to the basics. Do you best to eat well, get enough protein, workout regularly, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water! Following the basics and being consistent will bring more progress than trying something complex or extreme that you can’t sustain or seems difficult. As far as BCAAs go, they can help you recover faster after workouts. So since you do cross fit several days a week, drinking BCAAs during your workout can help reduce soreness and speed up your recovery.

    2. Gordon Perry

      If you have a need for synthetic chemicals, I hope it’s because your body or diet cannot provide it due to allergies, health issues or even a religious reason. You may not want to overload your metabolism with an excessive amount of chemistry you don’t need. If you are already into a healthy lifestyle, you won’t need the boost. For what its worth, cancer compelled my lifestyle change

  2. Shawna

    Every time I take my BCAAs, I have diarrhea. Is there something I should change or should I not take my BCAAs?

    1. Devin Olsen

      Good question Shawna! We suggest checking with your doctor for answers to medical concerns or questions 🙂

  3. Pree

    I have a question that I can’t seem to get answered across my searches. If I’m taking BCAAs, do I need to take protein shakes? I’m looking at taking muscle isolates (as I’m lactose intolerant) also, in addition to BCAAs – and I dont eat meats except for fish and eggs. Thank you!

    1. Christine Sanelli

      You do need to make sure you are getting plenty of protein, whether that’s from food or from a shake. We recommend drinking BCAAs during your workout and then having a shake after.

  4. Katie Corbett

    I usually go to the gym early in the morning. Depending on my workout I need to eat something before hand. Is the BCAA not as effective drinking it then during my workout if I eat something before?

    1. Christine Sanelli

      Hey Katie! We recommend you take them on an empty stomach, but it should still be effective if you don’t.

  5. Angela

    I take a pre workout drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach then hit the gym. When should I take BCAA’s? Still during workout or will they compete with my preworkout?

    1. Christine Sanelli

      Take your pre-workout a half hour before your workout and then you can take BCAA’s during or after!

  6. Sandy

    Hello, I noticed your product contains Sucralose, an artificial sweetener. In studies involving rats, they noticed it interfered with the friendly bacteria in the gut, which may attribute to the way we process or digest or food in our bellies. Have you seen or heard of any complaints by women in regards to belly issues after taking your BCAA’s or protein powder that contain sucralose? Thank you for the informative article.

    1. Amy Posey

      We haven’t had any negative responses from women taking our BCAAs as far as tummy issues. Research we found suggests sucralose is safe, and you would have to take massive amounts of it to experience problems. Hope this helps!

  7. Lena

    Hi i had a question about the fat burning process for someone with diastasis will this hlp?

    1. Alyson McDonald

      Hi Lena! Our BCAAs will definitely help you with your fat burning goals, and will help support you with your fitness. However, they do not specifically help with Diastasis. You can talk to your doctor or a fitness professional about specific exercises you can do to help with diastasis.

  8. Cheney

    HI Ideal,
    I LOVE your BCAA’s however, after discovering that they have the green tea extract, I can no longer take them. If you have a version in the future that doesn’t contain the green tea extract, I would love to buy them again.
    Please let me know, as I love your product over the others I have tried.
    Many thanks,

    1. Alyson McDonald

      Hi Cheney, we are so glad to hear you love our stuff! However, I am sorry to hear you can’t use the BCAAs because of the Green Tea extract. I can pass along the suggestion to our product team about developing a product without Green Tea, and maybe in the near future we can possibly have one!

    1. Alyson McDonald

      Hi Lisa! Our BCAAs themselves are vegan, however the CLA in the fat-burning blend we add in is NOT vegan. So no, they are not vegan. Hope this answers your question!

  9. Ariana

    Thank you for this valuable information. I have 50 more pounds to lose. I am adding exercise slowly back into my life but it seems like just walking makes me so sore. Will this help?

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Yes, if you are working out adding BCAAs into your diet will be really beneficial to promote post-workout recovery and promote fat loss.

  10. JoAnn

    Hi I get most of my workout on a whole body vibration machine along with the stretch cords about 20 minutes a day. Would you recommend the ideallean protein and or the BCAA or if this type of workout is not enough to to use these supplements. I’m trying to lose about twenty pounds. I’ve tried intermittent fasting, however it didn’t seem to work for me. I used the 16/8 method. I’ve been doing research on IF to try and find out what I’m doing wrong wonder if these supplement might helpwith the weight loss. Please help me out.

    Thank you

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      I’m not very familiar with the body vibration machines; however, the most important aspect to weight loss is a combination of high intensity cardio and strength training. This could be something like running a few times a week for 20-30 minutes, and yoga/pilates/weight training 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes. Strength training is crucial to weight loss, because it increases lean muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have the more fat you’ll burn because muscle burns more calories than fat. Now, incorporating more protein into your diet is a great step towards meeting your goals. Protein is essential to building lean muscle mass. BCAAs will help when you start implementing strength training into your regimen. BCAAs help with recovering your muscles so you’re not so sore. They also help with so many other things. Check out this blog to learn more about their benefits: http://www.idealfit.com/blog/bcaas-for-fat-loss-and-abs/
      I would recommend finding a yoga studio near you. It would be well worth your time and money. It’ll increase your flexibility and build up that lean muscle mass. Hope this helped!

  11. Juan Rosales

    what happens after getting off bcaas do you loose your strength and muscle you gained?

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      Great question! Not using them would result in your muscles feeling more sore, you may feel less energized as well, since BCAAs are designed to help with speedy muscle recovery and clean energy. Does that answer your question?

  12. Josh Freeth

    Hi There

    I have just purchased some BCAA tablets, i work out 5 days a week and follow a standard rice chicken and oats diet. I have protein shakes after workouts, however my question is if i sometimes have cheat days in my diet will the BCAA course any extra weight or fat gain in these cheat days? and once i have finished my 12 week plan and stop taking the BCAA will my muscle deteriorate?

    Many Thanks

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      That’s a great question, Josh. No, BCAAs won’t have any negative adverse reactions if you take them on cheat days or if you stopped taking them all together. In fact, we recommend you take BCAAs on your off days. They’re most effective on an empty stomach. The aminos that compose BCAAs are great for helping with recovery and creating muscle tone when combined with regular strength training, but not taking them won’t effect your muscle tone. Does that make sense?

  13. Lisa

    Intake the prework out and protein i drink the prework out 20 min before and take the protein when i finish my workout i nust purchased the bcaa and the fat burner pills how do i add those to my routine

    1. McKenzie Pinckney

      Great question. You’ll drink the BCAAs during your workout, and even on your rest days on an empty stomach. The Fat Burners are split up during the day. Take one sometime in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

  14. Jylleen

    I workout 3-4 times a week. 1 hour of boxing each time. Would you recommend BCAAs. I have some that are made by Cellucor from GNC and I am not sure if I should be using it with the type of workout I do. Looking to lose 30lbs and tone up.

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      I can’t tell you anything about that specific brand, however, we definitely do recommend taking BCAAs when you box! We recommend IdealLean BCAAs because they were created specifically for women, and include a fat loss blend, and increased hydration with coconut water powder.

  15. Silva

    Hi,I am a 58yrs old lady with joint problem in the knees and spine.So I can only do low impact exercises like walking,stretch n swimming.I am losing my lean muscles now n my weight has gone down frm 50kg to 43kg.Will bcaa help?

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Unfortunately as we age we lose some of our muscle mass, so yes it is so important to make sure you are getting enough protein into your diet and taking your BCAAs. We recommend IdealLean Protein and BCAAs. 🙂

  16. Liz

    Hello! I have a question about taking bcaas…I’m a woman and I exercise with moderately heavy weight (or so that’s what I think haha) about 5 times a week, working out each muscle group about twice each week. I eat meat and eggs at least once a day, so are bcaas still a good option for me? Sometimes I’m afraid of taking too much protein :/

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hey Liz, so BCAAs don’t actually have any protein in them. It is the IdealLean Protein that does. Yes, BCAAs are great! Take them during your workout. They help you to build lean muscle, recover better, include a Fat Loss Blend and Coconut Water Powder for hydration.
      Did you know though that an active women should be consuming around .9-1g of protein per pound of body weight daily? So if you weigh 150 that is approximately 150g of protein a day, so protein powder is actually a really good option to make sure you are getting enough protein into your diet.

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      You can take two servings a day. One while you workout, and another during the day on an empty stomach.

  17. Shenna

    You stated that you can drink the bcaas anytime. Even at night? Will it disrupt sleep?

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      No it won’t, there isn’t caffeine so it does not have an impact on your energy levels. But the time we recommend taking it the most is during your workout and during the day on an empty stomach.

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hi Jessica, there is a tiny bit, but it only has .25mg of caffeine (less than you find in a chocolate bar).

  18. Crissy

    I’m interested in getting started but not sure what to order. I’m interested in the protein, but can I also use it as a meal replacement? I need to lose about 15 more lbs. I’m wanting to tone up & lose those 15 lbs. What do I need & how should I take them? Also, are there any discount codes available for first time customers?

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hi Crissy, we don’t recommend using our protein shakes alone as a meal replacement, you can add healthy fat and carbs to it though to make it into a meal. Here is a post on that topic: http://www.idealfit.com/blog/use-protein-powder-as-meal-replacement/. And as far as discount codes go, we don’t have discount codes available for first time buyers right now, however we have sales every week! So you can go to the “Special Offers” tab: http://www.idealfit.com/special-offers.list and see what is on sale right now! Also, if you are wanting to lose weight we also recommend trying Trainer Lindsey’s Free 15 Day Fit Body Challenge. She provides meal plans, workouts, and helpful tools to help you lose weight and put on lean muscle. 🙂 Last link for you: http://www.idealfit.com/15-day-fit-body-challenge.list?widget_id=359563

  19. Janine webber

    I’m just wondering what should I be taking regarding your products. I work out at a boot camp Monday toFriday mornings starting at 6am each session goes for 45mins. We do a different range of workouts each day consisting of body strength, boxing and a circuit of excercise. I am 47 yrs and have lost my weight I needed to loose and know I am trying to just tone and maintain.
    Thanks Janine

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hi Janine! If you are looking to tone and maintain, I definitely recommend using IdealLean Protein. Protein is great to assist in recovery and promote lean muscle growth. You can take that before and after your workout (for a complete pre- and post- workout meal you can also add some healthy carbs to your protein shake). BCAAs are also great for recovery, they contain a fat loss blend, and contain coconut water powder to assist in hydration. You should drink that during your workout to promote a lean and toned body! Lastly, pre-workout is great to take before exercising to provide you that motivation you need to crush your workout, and energize you. We sell IdealLean Stacks which contains all three of these together at a discounted price. Here are more details about the three: http://www.idealfit.com/stacks/ideallean-30-day-lean-stack.list

  20. Tera

    If I take your preworkout drink before my morning workout, would I take the BCAA’s at the same time?

    1. Caitlin Peterson

      Hi Tera! So you want to be drinking them at different times. You will take your pre-workout 20-30 mins before working out, and then you should be drinking your BCAAs during your workout. Hope that helps!

  21. Arash

    Hi, first of all thanks for great explanation… my question is, I am trying to lose belly fat by doing compound training and some other cardio workout, does BCAA increase insulin in body? if it does BCAA cause store more belly fat, isn’t it? correct me if i am wrong. many thanks

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids. They’re the building blocks of protein. Insulin raises as a results of carbs. So BCAAs shouldn’t raise your insulin level. Plus our IdealLean BCAAs are zero calorie so they won’t increase your belly fat. Here’s a link to learn more about the benefits: https:// idealfit-thg.eu-west-1.elasticbeanstalk.com/bcaas/

  22. Hannah Beth

    This was so helpful. I have been doing more consistent and heavier lifting for the past 6 weeks and am getting good results, but I really want to push my fat burn to the next level. Thank you for such a well-organized, informative article that finally helped me determine that BCAAs *are* for me. I just ordered the Orange Paradise flavor.

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      You’re welcome Hannah Beth! Let us know how you like them 🙂

  23. Lana Smith

    I am over 50 and seem to have a hard time getting rid of the belly fat. I do cardio and lift free weights but not heavy lifting. also do squats, etc. I work out first thing in the morning. I do not drink the protein until I am finished working out due to the time of the morning I work out (5:00am) so I really don’t want to get up any earlier to drink the shake. Does it matter if I drink the BCAA’s right before I workout and then the protein?

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      If you’re not drinking protein before your workout, then drinking your BCAAs would be fine. Drinking them during your workout would be ok too. And then, just like you’re doing, follow up your workout with protein.

  24. Kanishk

    First thing m working out in morning. , M taking 1 scoop of protein just prior to 30mins of training and 1 scoop after workout , do i still need bcaa during workout ? Please help me out m confused

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      Yes, that’s exactly right Kanishk! The BCAAs will help you during your workout because you can not only stay hydrated but continue to supplement and feed your muscles. The protein acts as the fuel and the BCAAs help to get your muscles the extra building blocks so that you can repair and recover even faster!

  25. Jessica

    I don’t lift heavy weights, but do cardio and use hand weights along with more body weight type exercises like squats, etc. Are BCAAs recommended for those not doing doing a lot of heavy lifting, but focusing more on cardio? I can’t seem to find that answer in any of the articles on BCAAs. Thanks!!

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      BCAAs are a great way to speed recovery of sore muscles. And remember: you need branched chain amino acids to help you maintain lean muscle mass. So even if you’re not trying to put on muscle you still want to maintain and support your lean muscle that you do have.

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      Yes, definitely! You’re still getting the added benefits of getting more BCAAs. I like to drink mine especially when I’m sore to help speed up that recovery process.

  26. Sylvia Thomas

    Hi I’m interested in the Bcaas. My question is since I’m a diabetic with high blood pressure that’s controlled with medicine, can I still take the bcaa supplement. I am getting ready to start a weight loss program and I’m looking for extra help. Also what makes ur protein powder better than the other ones . I always heard pea powder is better than the whey protein powder which can cause weight gain. Please respond to my questions at sylviathomas801@gmail.com

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      You should talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements. As far as what makes IdealLean Protein different is it’s designed specifically for women! It contains vitamins and minerals that women need but are often deficient in like vitamin D, calcium and folic acid. Plus, it doesn’t have any fat, carbs or sugar, only protein. IdealLean contains 20g of pure whey isolate to support lean muscle growth. Whey protein won’t make you bulky or gain weight however, eating too many calories can! If you’re eating too many calories that’s when you’ll gain weight. Whether those calories are in the form of whey protein or pea protein, it doesn’t matter.

  27. Lisa

    Just received mine in the mail, it’s a little sweet for me, if I do a half scoop is it still as effective? And if I am getting adequate protein do I still need the BCAAs?

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      You could do half a scoop, but the ingredients and potency with be diluted. BCAAs are a way to boost and supplement what you’re already getting with protein.

  28. Nancy

    There’s a typo above in your BCAA article. Last sentence lists the wrong flavors “There’s nothing but the good stuff in both delicious flavors, Watermelon Ice and Blue Raspberry.” BCAAs are Raspberry Lemonade and Green Apple.

    1. Kirsten Jackson

      Great catch Nancy, thanks for reading! I’ll get that taken care of 🙂

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