AminoFormula (AB) is purposely not a complete protein as it contains the only amino acids (the 8 named on the label) that are responsible for activating muscle protein synthesis. Incorporating it can maximize protein synthesis while keeping calories low as opposed to using only complete protein. That said, you do want to consume complete protein throughout the day as normal to make sure you have enough of all materials to maximize results. The combo of AB and 1gram of protein per pound of lean body mass/day from all sources can maximize muscle protein synthesis and recovery while keeping body fat down especially when using AB before and after workouts as shown below in a typical fat loss or body composition improvement program. I have also placed a common FAQ below that will give you more detailed information.
Weight/Fat Loss & Health Supplement Program
• dotFIT Multivitamin & Mineral (based on age and gender)
o Take 1-daily with your first larger meal of the day
o Use as directed within daily meal planning (see below) and to make sure you get ~1gm of protein per pound of lean body mass (or weight if not overweight) daily from all sources divided 4-5 times daily
o Can also be used as a supplement to a meal or by itself (or mixed with desired supporting contents) to shore up total daily protein needs
o Take 1.5-scoop ~10min before and may continue to drink during workout
o Take 1 scoop immediately following workout
• Super Calcium
o Use if you do not meet the daily needs of calcium (~1000-1200 mgs) from food intake
Females take 1 or 2 daily with meals; if you need to take 2, take one with AM meal and the 2nd with PM meal; Males take 1 only if necessary
• SuperOmega 3
o Take 1 daily with meal if not consuming 2-4 svgs/wk of fatty fish
Meal Replacement Integration
Weight loss phase:
• Meal Replacements (MRs) generally supply two small meals a day and allow freedom of choice from traditional foods for the remaining allotted foods/calories. Therefore, use as two small meals within any calorie restricted meal plan of 4-5 meals since it's been shown that frequent small meals are better for weight loss than fewer larger ones especially as it relates to satiety, preservation of lean body mass (LBM) and energy levels. Get great LeanMR recipes here: https://www.dotfit.com/category-cid-1868.html
• Continue to consume 4-5 small meals daily within caloric allotment that include 2 MRs for convenience and to help ensure overall diet quality while reducing food costs
What is the breakdown of percentage of CARBS FAT PROTEIN > I have gotten mixed info from other clients and coaches?
There are no significant carbs (below 2 g, which is ~ 5 calories so you do not have to list calories on the label). There is no fat and solely singular amino acids (AAs) and only the essential AAs and therefore you can’t count them as a complete protein or calories on a label, but they are the sole drivers of muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and therefore see the below Q&A on how it can be figured into your protein count.
Q: How much protein in 1-scoop of AminoFormula or should I count it as protein or just a supplement to improve muscle protein synthesis?
A: Thanks for the question. Short answer is you can add 25 g for 1-scoop, but keep in mind you still have to include traditional food sources of complete protein in your daily meal planning in order to complete the muscle protein synthesis process and deliver other benefits of protein. AB is a muscle protein synthesis (MPS) activator so it complements complete protein to maximize MPS.
It is a bit confusing because there is no exact science to translating 12 g of 8 essential amino acids (EAA) to grams of complete protein (containing 20 amino acids). 8-EAA are all that’s needed for activating muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and therefore, extracting them from a complete protein, they can yield the better MPS result with far less total amino acids (thus nitrogen and Sulphur) and calories . If you extract all the info from the studies cited in the webinar, you’ll find that it takes about 1-scoop (12 g) of these specific EAA to equal the same amount of the same EAA found in 40 g of complete protein. However, there are other properties/functions of complete proteins including completing the MPS process so we play it safe and call one scoop about 25 g since all we’re interested with AminoFormula is improving MPS. Therefore, make sure you also get your 1gm of protein per pound of lean body mass/day from all sources.