Archive for November, 2009

Leucine can help to lose fat

Posted in Nutrition & Diet on November 23, 2009 by takeupsculpting

Leucine is a branched chain amino acid which is vital for building lean muscle tissue.

This amino acid acts as a signaling chemical in protein synthesis.  Scientists at the University of Tennessee have recently stated that leucine helps to regulate “mitochondrial mass” in skeletal muscle and fat tissue.
You may be aware that mitochondria are energy centres of cells. They control the rate at which the body expends calories.

Researchers say leucine steps up the activity of genes linked to mitochondrial activity. This means it may help in burning more calories and, in turn, losing fat.
Foods rich in leucine have been found to help in fat loss.
The take-home lesson is that by adding amino acid supplements such as leucine to a fat-loss diet regimen combined with optimum rest and correct training, you can be sure of preserving lean mass and burning unwanted fat.
_ C. Lakshmi Kumar