How Does It Work and What Are Its Benefits?
In order for ketone bodies to be produced, your body needs to metabolize fat efficiently. This is extremely tough if you do not rigidly control your carbohydrate intake because insulin release will really mess this process up. Studies have indicated that it is easier to achieve a state of ketosis by introducing supplemental ketones.
This positively alters metabolism, allowing you a little more freedom to consume a few more carbs or practice a cyclic ketogenic diet (which prioritizes carbs around the workout or a weekly re-feed) while still reaching deep ketosis. Ketones are also heralded for their ability to suppress the dieters’ appetite.
TO MAKE ATTAINABLE A HIGHER STANDARD OF BODYBUILDING EXCELLENCE THERE’S A NEW SCIENTIFICALLY-FORMULATED PRODUCT THAT’S UNIQUE IN ITS ABILITY TO TRANSFORM THE BODY INTO A FAT-BURNING, SIZE-BUILDING, HIGH-PERFORMANCE MACHINE.
KETOCUTS by ALLMAX is well-positioned to change bodybuilding and sports-performance, it’s one you’ll want to include in your arsenal of mass-building, performance-enhancement compounds.
Simply stated, KETOCUTS will work for someone on a low carb diet or for someone not following a strict keto diet, but to an extent – the reality is, as you know, carbs are a fuel source, so if the dieter is eating a higher level of carbs, no amount of ketones is necessarily going to switch his or her body fat burning mechanism over to stored fats. The dominant fuel source will be glucose as long as carbs are being ingested at a higher amount.
As one example of how this product would fit into a moderate carb diet, would be someone who adheres to intermittent fasting and carb cycling. Say you fast 3 mornings out of the week, sipping on KETOCUTS during the fasted state will kickstart your body into ketosis more readily than it would take for your body to naturally “clue in” there are no carbs for fuel and switch to burning fat.
Another great way to use ketones that I touched on above is if to regulate fat burning when you have had a high carb cheat meal.. ever go a really long time dieting then have a re-feed meal and suddenly the next couple of days you are craving carbs again? That is because you have basically “insulin dumped” into your system, switching your body’s fat burning mechanism over to carbs and it’s signaling you for more.. by ingesting ketones your body will more easily make the switch back to stored fat burning and alleviate cravings for carbs. I use them religiously during this process when I am following a stricter diet and they really help me not turn a cheat meal into a cheat week.
We highly recommend people use KETOCUTS in the morning with a high protein low carb breakfast and as well as prior or during any fasted workouts to protect lean mass and encourage fat burning. Ketones are excellent in the fat shredding stages of competition prep as well, when diets are very restricted. They are above all else a key supplement in preserving lean mass and encouraging fat burning over muscle loss.
A combination of ketones and BCAAs in the last few weeks of prep would go a long way for anyone looking to burn the stubborn fat that comes off last without losing muscle.
Lean and Muscular
Building muscle while getting lean (single-digits-bodyfat-lean) is an extremely difficult task. First, a greater percentage of body fat must be used for fuel, a difficult proposition considering the body is biologically-programmed to use a combination of carbs, fats, and proteins to generate energy.
Secondly, because carbohydrates remain the body’s preferred fuel source and are integral to enhancing strength and muscular fullness, this ‘energy macro’ must be kept sufficiently high (up to 50% of daily caloric intake) to ensure ongoing improvements in size and strength.4
A problem many encounter when planning to get lean and build muscle is how best to consume enough carbs to stay full and strong while ensuring that carb intake does not adversely affect the burning of stored body fat (a problem that has led some to harmfully curb the consumption of carbs, a practice that invariably and inevitably leads to a reduction in training energy, less muscular fullness, metabolic sluggishness and less fat loss in the long run).
TO ENCOURAGE SUSTAINED BODYFAT REDUCTION, MANY HAVE TURNED TO KETOGENIC DIETS, THUS SEVERELY RESTRICTING THE INTAKE OF CARBS.
While this controversial approach can work for some it does not work for others. With much of one’s initial weight loss being primarily water and stored carbs, it may not be the fat burning miracle diet that many claims it to be.
And because glycogen (stored carbs) is responsible for water retention in muscle, fewer carbs means less water-weight, which can add up to astonishing weight loss in the short term.2, 17 More problematically, less water retention in muscle also means less strength and a flatter, stringier appearance.
While body fat may for some be more readily used for fuel on the ketogenic plan upon achieving full ketosis, a lack of nutritional variety makes this approach difficult to sustain and potentially disadvantageous from a nutritional standpoint. Without carbs and the concomitant training intensity and strength needed to build more muscle, size gains may level off and metabolic efficiency may decrease, leading to less fat loss overall.
So, how might this most prevalent of bodybuilding dilemmas be overcome? Can the aspiring shredder have their carbs and eat them too, while incrementally losing fat and building quality size? The answer is yes. Read on to find out how.
Inducing a state of nutritional ketosis with exogenous ketones (byproducts of the breakdown of fatty acids taken in supplemental form) while safeguarding against muscle losses with anti-catabolic aminos, KETOCUTS primes the body to use fat as a primary fuel source, much like the traditional ketogenic diet, while also supporting lean muscle gains.
HOWEVER, UNLIKE KETOGENIC DIETS, KETOCUTS PROVIDES ALL OF THE BENEFITS OF KETOSIS WITHOUT AN ACCOMPANYING REDUCTION IN CARBOHYDRATES.
Also by contrast to ketogenic eating, exogenous ketones induce acute ketosis, which lasts for several hours and does not require depleted glycogen stores. This means that while fat is preferentially used for fuel, ensuring more shredded size by the day, carbohydrate stores remain full, thus enabling a high degree of training intensity and strength (lean mass-building imperatives that may be compromised on a traditional keto diet).15
The body’s most common, and effective, exogenous ketone is BHB (Beta-Hydroxybutyrate). Naturally produced in the liver and used as an additional fuel source to enhance mental acuity, fat loss, and energy production, BHB transforms bodyfat into a primary fuel source upon being converted to the major ketones acetoacetic acid and acetone.20, 21 Unfortunately, when consuming a higher proportion of carbs and a lower proportion of fats, BHB levels (derived from the breakdown of fats) are not sufficient to meaningfully bring about such positive effects.
By supplementing with exogenous ketones, however, the benefits of ketosis can be enjoyed, regardless of which dietary plan is followed. But not all exogenous ketones are created equally.
KETOCUTS CONTAINS A COMBINED 2000MG OF BOTH SODIUM BETA-HYDROXYBUTYRATE AND MAGNESIUM BETA-HYDROXYBUTYRATE (KETONE SALTS) FOR MAXIMUM BIOAVAILABILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS.
Other forms of BHB include the synthetically-derived ketone esters, which can be more difficult to assimilate and bitter tasting.
More BHB Benefits
For both athletic and general populations, the benefits of BHB extend to glycogen retention (the so-called carb sparing effect), protein synthesis, oxygen utilization, insulin sensitivity (and low blood sugar levels), cognition, mood, neuroprotection, and reduced inflammation (by inhibiting a specific class of proteins called inflammasomes).1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25
Of particular importance to hard-training bodybuilders is the mass-building combo of protein synthesis and glycogen retention. It’s been shown that exogenous ketones, most notably BHB, can reduce the need for branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) as fuel (deamination), thus ensuring that more anabolic aminos are available for protein synthesis (the building of new muscle tissue).18
The breakdown of muscle glycogen for fuel can also be suppressed when supplementing with BHB. This carb-sparing effect helps reduce the accumulation of lactate (a metabolic byproduct of anaerobic activity which reduces training output), thus enhancing training endurance and intensity. Training with great intensity normally requires a switch to carbohydrates upon the cessation of fat oxidation. An effective energy alternative to carbs, ketones have been shown to minimize this effect, leaving more stored carbs for greater training efforts.
BHB has also been shown to increase the hydraulic efficiency of the heart by 28% while decreasing oxygen consumption and increasing ATP production, thereby improving metabolic efficiency and oxygen utilization while lessening the toxic effects of oxygen accumulation.7, 13, 22, 23 This means the athlete can train harder, for longer, with less resultant oxidative stress (and more muscle growth).
The growth and myelination of the brain which leads to synaptic plasticity, cognition and neuronal stress resistance may more efficiently be achieved with elevated plasma ketone levels.9, 10, 12, 16 With exogenous ketones, the brain preferentially uses ketone bodies (rather than glucose) for the synthesis of phospholipids (a major component of cell membranes), a more efficient process than when using glucose.1, 24 Acting as a signal for neuronal pathways, exogenous BHBs have been shown to enhance cognition (in particular spatial learning and memory).
Exogenous ketones have also been found to benefit ketogenic dieters by inducing a state of ketosis earlier than might otherwise be expected. Indeed, exogenous BHBs are known to maximize ketosis by tricking the body into thinking it’s already in a ketogenic state, thus eliminating the commonly-experienced pre-ketogenic grogginess (fatigue and cloudiness resulting from ‘keto flu’).11 Unabated, the body begins using fat as the main fuel source, irrespective of whether a more balanced diet (with upwards of 50% carbs) or a true ketogenic plan (with a little as 5% carbs) is followed.
In short, whether following a keto plan or consuming a more traditional bodybuilding diet, exogenous ketones teach the body to adapt to using ketones for fuel. As a result, the body learns to better utilize stored body fat to further enhance the production and utilization of (and thus more efficiently raise and sustain) ketones for energy purposes.
By inducing nutritional ketosis without dietary restrictions, exogenous ketones can be used by both ketogenic and non-ketogenic dieters to enhance keto-adaptation, boost fat loss, improve health and maximize athletic performance.5, 6, 14
Energize With MCTs
Working alongside KETOCUTS’ BHBs to optimize performance, burn fat and build muscle are the MCTs, (Medium Chain Triglycerides), unique fatty acids which have a remarkable ability to stabilize blood sugar and increase ketone production in the body.
Unlike most other forms of fat (long-chain forms with over 12 carbon atoms), MCTs (6-12 carbon atoms long) are not stored in fat cells. Rather, these high-performance fats are metabolized by the liver, transformed directly into ketones and used as energy.
Though technically fats, MCTs function as exogenous ketones in that they enhance the production of ketones in the body. The greater the production of ketones, the easier and more effective will be the transition into nutritional ketosis (acute or otherwise).
Because MCTs enhance ketone production in the body, these fats provide many of the same benefits as BHBs. Specifically, MCTs help suppress hunger, increase energy, enhance cognition, improve health and increase the metabolic rate to assist with fat burning.
KETOCUTS provides a 750mg blend of C8 and C10 MCTs. Of the four different types of fatty acid found in MCTs, C8 (Caprylic Acid) and C10 (Capric Acid) are most effective in producing ketones (one C8 molecule breaks down into two ketones) and optimizing energy production respectively.
Muscle Building Aminos
KETOCUTS also contains and a powerful 2420mg blend of the most powerful of the muscle building aminos (L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-Lysine HCI, L-Histidine HCI, L-Phenylalanine, and L-Threonine), including a 750mg 9:6:5 blend of protein-synthesis-signaling BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids).
Remembering that ketones reduce the breakdown of amino acids for fuel during intensive training, more circulating aminos means more muscle growth. The extra aminos in KETOCUTS make this product ideal for muscle building as well as an efficient source of energy.
Burning Fat and Banishing Fatigue
FURTHER OPTIMIZING THE FAT BURNING CAPABILITIES OF A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT WITH BIOAVAILABLE AND CLINICALLY EFFECTIVE FORM OF CARNITINE, L-CARNITINE-L-TARTRATE (LCLT).
Not only is LCLT highly beneficial in increasing fatty acid oxidation by transporting activated long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) from the cytosol of fat cells to the mitochondria (energy-producing organelles), LCLT also serves as a powerful antioxidant to reduce free radical formation and reduces muscle fatigue and weakness.19 It’s thus extremely effective in maximizing training output and enhancing workout recovery.
Cutting (and Bulking) with Ketones
Whatever one’s training mission (performance optimization, shredding, bulking), ketones can make the job a great deal easier. Building quality muscle and losing fat can be extremely difficult when done separately. When combined, the task becomes exceedingly harder.
Balancing multiple energy sources (different types of proteins, carbs, and fat) while overcoming the body’s natural resistance to growing more muscle and losing fat beyond a certain level take a real commitment over a long period of time with diet and exercise.
However, with the requisite training energy (quality carbs), a capacity to utilize fats for fuel (via acute ketosis), and a surplus of muscle-building amino acids circulating 24/7, the body is primed to lose fat, build muscle and perform to its fullest potential.
On the balance of evidence, it appears that the best way to achieve all of these objectives simultaneously is to take a keto supplement like KETOCUTS directly after each morning and evening meal and immediately before training. Reaching new standards of bodybuilding/performance excellence has never been easier.
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