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EVL Nutrition BCAA Energy Review

EVL BCAA Energy Full Review[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” top_padding=”10″ overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column centered_text=”true” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGhyZWYlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRmZpdG5lc3NpbmZvcm1hbnQuY29tJTJGcmVjb21tZW5kcyUyRmV2bC1udXRyaXRpb24tYmNhYS1lbmVyZ3ktYW1hem9uJTJGJTIyJTIwcmVsJTNEJTIybm9mb2xsb3clMjIlMjBjbGFzcyUzRCUyMm15QnV0dG9uJTIyJTNFQ0xJQ0slMjBIRVJFJTBBJTIwRk9SJTIwTE9XRVNUJTIwUFJJQ0UlMjAlM0UlM0UlM0MlMkZhJTNF[/vc_raw_html][vc_custom_heading text=”See Our Retailer Price Comparison Table” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center|color:%23f96566″ google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal” link=”url:%23table|||”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Overview of EVL BCAA Energy” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]A spin off of Optimum Nutrition’s Amino Energy, BCAA Energy from EVL Nutrition attempts to capitalize on the extreme sports marketing with their owner and CEO Mike Spinner (former BMX champion).

BCAA Energy by EVL Nutrition is one of my favorite amino drinks with the addition of caffeine (energy). It has a good profile, good effectiveness, great taste, great mixability, but the value for a higher amount of aminos isn’t quit there. If you’re looking for a straight amino supplement you might look elsewhere. If you want that added kick of energy with the benefit of aminos this is for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/cLOhhKEBC7Y”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” bg_color=”#2e2e2e” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”padding-5-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color=”#efefef” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_color_hover=”#ffffff” background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”medium_depth” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”2px” column_border_color=”#000000″ column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-arrow-right” color=”Accent-Color”]

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[/fancy-ul][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Testing Results and Ratings” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We reviewed EVL BCAA Energy on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the amount of aminos used, as well as the kind of aminos, the ratio and other ingredients involved in the making of this BCAA powder.

We then look at effectiveness. A high BCAA product will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.

Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Blue Raz, Cherry Limeade, Lemon Lime, Orange Dream, Peach Lemonade and Peach Mango.

Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.

Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of BCAA products on the market; both with and without caffeine.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Ingredients Profile

(7/10)[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]BCAA Energy by EVL Nutrition uses the scientifically backed 2:1:1 ratio for their BCAA matrix. You get 5g of BCAA per serving (2 scoops).

In addition to the BCAAs you also get an extra kick with the added beta-alanine and caffeine. You get a little more caffeine per serving with this as you would with a cup of coffee so if you’re not a fan of coffee this is a good choice.

There is a nice addition of taurine with this product and some studies suggest that the mixture of taurine and caffeine help with your mental focus. The overall profile is good.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][image_with_animation image_url=”3181″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Effectiveness

(9/10)[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]Muscle fatigue and soreness does decrease with this product. I would drink it throughout the day as a coffee replacement (I don’t like coffee). The caffeine is a great addition to this product. You can feel the same kick you’d get from a cup of coffee with just one serving. This product does exactly what you’re looking for.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Taste

Blue Raz: (9/10) Cherry Limeade: (10/10) Lemon Lime: (5/10) Orange Dream: (10/10) Peach Lemonade: (6/10) Peach Mango: (6/10)[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]The best thing about this product is the taste. My favorite flavors are Orange Dream and Cherry Limeade. Blu Raz is great too. Lemon Lime, Peach Lemonade and Peach Mango are OK, just nothing special in my eyes. The Peach Lemonade and Mango are more “peach” and not lemonade or mango. I have never really been a big fan of Lemon Lime and this holds true with EVL BCAA Energy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Mixability

(9/10)[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]Mixability is never an issue with this product. A couple shakes of a Blender Bottle and it is completely dissolved into the water. You could stir this into a drink with a spoon and it would mix just fine for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][divider line_type=”Full Width Line” line_thickness=”1″ divider_color=”default”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

Value

(6.5/10)[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]You will typically find about 30 servings (2 scoops = 1 serving) between $25 and $30. This is not bad. Studies have shown that you should take in about 9g of BCAA per 100 lbs of body weight. So for me I would need about 18g of BCAA which would be approximately 8 scoops of this to get my full dosage.

If you look at a product like Tri-PEP from Metabolic Nutrition you get 40 servings and 10g of BCAA per serving for the same price range as this. You do have to keep in mind that you get the addition of natural caffeine and beta-alanine with this so it can double as a pre-workout for those of you that are not used to a pre-workout.

Overall this product is good value for what you get, but if you want a more amino based product you should look elsewhere. Your best bet is to head over to our top amino acid supplements guide.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_custom_heading text=”Available at these Fitness Informant approved retailers:” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:22px|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:900%20bold%20regular%3A900%3Anormal” link=”|||” el_id=”table”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color=”#efefef” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”2px” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][tabbed_section style=”default” alignment=”left” spacing=”default” tab_color=”Accent-Color”][tab icon_family=”none” title=”ALL SIZES” id=”1509114502646-04c85-d296″ tab_id=”1509551796954-1″][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” top_padding=”10″ bottom_padding=”10″ text_align=”left” css=”.vc_custom_1509556134423{background-color: #2e2e2e !important;}”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]  PRICE COMPARISON:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner equal_height=”yes” content_placement=”middle” column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” centered_text=”true” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/4″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]Amazon Logo[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” centered_text=”true” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/4″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]

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The Rice Wars: Brown Rice or White Rice

Brown Rice or White Rice

Rice remains the most popular choice as a carb source when it comes to clean eating gym goers. The conversation, sometimes even the argument, surrounding whether or not you should select brown rice or white rice is an ongoing debate that still continues today. Some people claim that brown rice is the healthier version of the two, while others say there is more harm in brown rice than good. I set out to try to shed some light on this debate and make suggestions based on what your goals are.

It is important to understand what your goals are prior to selecting white or brown rice. It is also important to know that there are alternatives to rice that you can incorporate into your meal prep. If you are sold on rice as your carb source than you need to consider everything we discuss in this article prior to making your selection. When it is meal prep Sunday what will you choose: brown rice or white rice? Let us help you make that decision.

Glycemic Index

Glycemic IndexThe glycemic index classifies foods on a 100-point scale based on how quickly and how high they raise blood sugar levels. So why is this important to you? The higher the carb source ranks on the GI the higher they will raise your blood sugar, and quickly. Typically, the healthiest individual keeps their blood sugar levels consistent, not too low and not too high. However, there are times when you’d like to consume carb sources higher on the GI scale, specifically after physical activity. 

Brown Rice

Brown RiceBrown rice has become the most popular alternative to white rice. Restaurants, like Chipotle, Qdoba, and even some sushi restaurants offer brown rice as a “healthy” alternative to white rice. So when should you “error on the side of caution” and select brown rice over white rice? Well, before we can answer that question we need to look at the profile of brown rice.

100g of Brown Rice
Glycemic Index: 55
Calories: 111
Fats: 1g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 3g
Fullness Factor: 2.3

Brown rice falls right in the middle of the GI scale, which is perceived as a healthy carb source to maintain a steady glucose level in your blood. As it compares to white rice, brown rice has less calories and less carbohydrates. Brown rice also has a fullness factor, the higher the number the more “full” you feel when eating the source thus causing you to consume less while getting “fuller” more quickly, higher than white rice.

When Should I Select Brown Rice?

Brown rice is very healthy for anyone. There are no negative implications to brown rice. Brown rice is a whole grain and a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, an excellent source of manganese and high in fiber. There should be NO caution when consuming brown rice.

If your goal to weight loss or maintaining your weight, then brown rice is the selection for you. Brown rice will not give you any spikes in your glucose levels and insulin levels outside the norm leading to increased fat storage. It has less calories than white rice and you’ll consume less while feeling “fuller” quicker. If counting carbs and calories are in your wheelhouse than brown rice is for you.

White Rice

White RiceWhite rice has come under a bad rap in recent years from healthy blogs claiming that there are other alternatives that are much better for you. Sure, there are alternatives that are healthy to white rice, but white rice is not bad for you. White rice has a place in a lot of people’s diets. To understand why it is important to understand the profile of white rice.

100g of White Rice
Glycemic Index: 55-72 (depending on length of grain)
Calories: 130
Fats: 0g
Carbohydrates: 28g
Protein: 3g
Fullness Factor: 2.1

A big noticeable difference between white rice and brown rice is the GI score. Why does white rice vary? White rice is 56 on the GI scale for long-grain and 72 for short-grain. This is important to note when you select which version of white rice you want.

​When you look at a GI score of 72 your health alarm may go off and tell you that this is bad. Why would you want to consume a food that is going to raise your blood sugar so much and so quickly? For non-diabetics you may want to rapidly increase your blood sugar (and thus your insulin levels) after physical activity. High GI foods speed up recovery as insulin helps move glucose into your muscle tissues thus helping with recovery. So a 72 may not be a bad GI score depending on your goals.

​You will also notice that white rice has more calories and more carbs. If you are a very physical person this is not a bad thing. Calories and carbs are an energy source for your body to burn giving you energy when you need it.

​The last thing that stands out is the fullness factor. White rice has a lower fullness factor than brown rice. This means that white rice is not as “filling” as brown rice. One cup of brown rice would make you feel more full than one cup of white rice. This is not a bad thing; it’s just how the foods differ. Just like brown rice there should be NO cautions taken when consuming white rice. You should consume white rice if it fits with your goals.

When Should I Select White Rice?

If your goal is to gain weight and muscle mass, you should select white rice. When you are gaining mass you want to increase your carb intake. White rice has more carbs than brown rice. Also, with a lower fullness factor you can consumer just as much white rice as brown rice plus leaving room for you to consumer your others macros (proteins and fats) without getting too full too quickly. With the higher GI score white rice is going to raise your glucose levels, this producing more insulin which helps aid glucose in the muscle tissue allowing you to recover faster.

Even if you are not trying to get as big as an ox but you are very active you should select white rice. White rice will replenish your energy levels. If you are active than the increase in glucose will still help with muscle recovery even though you are not trying to gain any size.

The one area I would suggest is if you are “bulking” but you are anything but lean than maybe you should select brown rice over white rice until you lean down. Starting lean on white rice is much better than starting “chubby” on white rice. However, most people who are trying to gain weight and muscle mass are typically already lean.

Moral of the Rice Debate

The moral of the story is that both brown rice and white rice are very healthy carb sources for your diets. There is a time for both depending on your goals. Weight loss and maintenance should lean in the direction of brown rice while weight gain and increase muscle mass should lean on the side of white rice. Do not fear either. However, if you want to change up your carb source do not be scared to try these alternatives to rice.

6 Tips to a Stronger Back

6 Tips to a Stronger Back[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1509498163758{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]I rarely, rarely do any isolating exercises with clients, athletes or during my own training. I try to be as efficient and productive as possible because, let’s be honest, not many of us can train as long or as often as what we would like….kids, school, work, life etc.

Let’s kill two (or more) birds with one stone. In a society where “slouching” with “rounded shoulders” is accepted as the norm, let’s put some focus into how to counter-balance bad posture and to increase your back strength. A strong back is necessary for good posture during your normal daily activities. It is also essential so you can squat and deadlift heavy weights without folding up like a chair.

Pulling Your Bodyweight

You have to be able to control your bodyweight before you start throwing around massive amounts of weight. Not having body control will lead to bad technique which will limit your gains or even worse… injury.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]Inverted rows are a great place to start. Pulling your body upward in a horizontal position forces you to engage your glutes, hamstrings and erector spinae along with all the major upper body back musculature. You can progress by lowering the bar height as you increase strength.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3325″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1509498402098{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Pull-ups are excellent. Both pull-ups and inverted rows are better than lat pull downs in my book. If you have been doing three sets of the same number of reps of pull-ups for as long as you can remember, add a weight belt or weight vest, try a thicker bar to challenge your grip strength or adjust your hand position. Do something different, just make every rep difficult.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Dumbbell and Barbell Rows
” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]These free weight exercises should be a regular in your program. Go hard and go heavy to get dense, massive back musculature. If you want to build “strength” you need to lift heavy. Doing three sets of twenty reps alone won’t get it done.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3326″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1509498408163{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

​Traps

Nothing makes you look more badass than having thick, chiseled traps. Barbell low pulls, hang cleans, hang snatches and even deadlifts are terrific for trap development. Including Olympic lifts into your workouts will add a new stimulus to your back and hips to greatly improve your strength levels (please have a certified USAW or CSCS strength coach to assist you in how to progress safely).[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Front Squat Walkouts” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]This activates your core, erector spinae, thoracic muscles and everything from your toes to your eyelids. Build up to performing 110%-130% of your one rep max (1RM) for back squats. You will take baby steps forward and backward in the squat rack not allowing the bar to tip right/left, while keeping your shoulders and hips level at all times as you brace your core as if you are awaiting a Floyd Mayweather Jr. punch to your stomach. One hidden benefit of this exercise is that it prepares your core and spinal erectors to carry heavier weight than what you can squat. So when your legs get stronger, your core and spinal erectors are strong and prepared for the ride and won’t hold you back from setting that new PR. Boom.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][image_with_animation image_url=”3327″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1509498747284{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]

Carry Heavy Things

Suitcase carry, farmers walks and waiter walks are three of my favs. This does four things:

  1. Improves your grip strength
  2. Improves your core strength
  3. Improves your shoulder strength
  4. Strengthens any imbalances you have right/left

It challenges your total body to strengthen equally to minimize risk of compensating or having a dominant side. Your body breaks at the weakest link; areas of weakness will show up when you do single arm carry’s and start comparing right versus left. Correct these imbalances to keep your gains skyrocketing so you avoid plateaus.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Rest and Foam Roll” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ width=”2/3″ column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]When you work fatigued muscle, it can’t grow and get stronger. Eat healthy, use a foam roller, get a lot of sleep and let your hormonal system lead you to new gains.

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INTERVIEW: Ryback Reeves On His Supplement Line Feed Me More Nutrition

Feed Me More Nutrition Logo[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]As a kid growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada Ryback Reeves had one dream: to become a WWE superstar. Ryback went from ringing the bell at a live event in Las Vegas as a kid (which he won via radio contest) to main eventing WWE pay-per-views. In all those years Ryback spent trying to make it to the WWE, and even while he was employed by WWE, he learned a lot about health and fitness, wellness, supplements and his body. Ryback has leveraged this information learned over the years to introduce his own line of supplements: Feed Me More Nutrition.

History with The Big Guy

I met Ryback for the first time back in 2013. WWE called me to come in as an “extra.” As an extra you get a tryout match prior to a TV taping and you might get called upon to do a segment on TV with one of their superstars. I was immediately drawn to Ryback because he was a throwback of my youth. He looked immortal like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior, something you don’t see in the wrestling industry today. I had seen Ryback many times on TV but never up close and in-person. I had a goal of putting on size, so what better person to ask than The Big Guy himself.

I will admit I was nervous approaching Ryback for the first time. I had the opportunity to speak with him for an extended period of time, something he did not have to do. I asked him about gaining size, various exercises I could do and supplements I could take. Ryback spent over 30-minutes with me going through so many aspects of bodybuilding. You could see the excitement in his eyes and hear it in his voice. Ryback had a passion for bodybuilding. He had a passion for health. He had a passion for supplements.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Conversation With The Big Guy Ryback” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1509497261935{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]It comes as no surprise to me that Ryback’s “life after wrestling” would be dedicated to the world of sports nutrition. This is why I was excited to be able to talk to Ryback about his new venture, Feed Me More Nutrition, and learn about his supplement line. There are a lot of unknowns yet about the line but I set out to get some answer that I had about it to share with all of you here at FitnessInformant.com. These are all actual responses from Ryback.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][image_with_animation image_url=”3320″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”What Is The Story Behind Feed Me More Nutrition? ” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1509497316758{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]Feed Me More Nutrition is something I have wanted to do for years now. I have always been obsessed with supplements and nutrition from a very young age. I take great pride in looking the way that I do naturally going on 35 years of age. In a day and age in wrestling where larger than life characters are further and fewer between, I feel I am more of a throwback to those larger physiques of years past, without the use of PED’s.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][image_with_animation image_url=”3321″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Since walking away from my full time television job with the WWE I have the time and the resources to finally make this goal happen. The results I have gotten over the years and my obsession with always wanting to improve and learn more have provided the energy and fuel in order to make Feed Me More Nutrition a major player in the supplement industry. I’m at a point in my life where as much as I want more and more success; I also want to help people and help educate people that we can look and feel great without putting our body in danger. My heart and soul has gone into this, and I wake up each and everyday excited in anticipation of the launch of Feed Me More Nutrition!​

When Does Feed Me More Nutrition Officially Launch?

As of right now we are scheduled for the beginning of December to launch the first three products. We were hoping for a November launch, but I have been very specific in wanting everything at a certain level, and when dealing with thousands of units of each product, making sure things are done right from top to bottom is beyond important.

What Products Will Be Available at Launch?

Wake Up Unlimited Energy! Pre-Workout, ISO-Hungry Grass Fed Whey Protein Isolate, and The Big Guy All Natural Testosterone Booster.

Where Will People Be Able To Purchase Feed Me More Nutrition Products?

FeedMeMore.com is where they will initially be sold online and I am currently working on getting them in select Nutrition Stores in Las Vegas and other parts of the country. The goal is to get worldwide distribution, but I am going to be very hands on to make sure things go as planned.​

Who Formulated Your Products?

The formulas are created by myself, but I am working with ABH Pharma and their food scientists have helped tremendously in the flavoring department.​

Are All Your Products Made in the USA?

Yes, everything is made in the USA.​

Will Feed Me More Nutrition Be Available Overseas?

International shipping will be made available through FeedMeMore.com until a worldwide distribution deal is in place.​

How is Feed Me More Nutrition Different Than the Rest of the Sports Nutrition Industry?​

There are some very good companies out there, but one thing the majority of them have not evolved on is eliminating the use of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. The goal of a nutritional supplement is to not only make you look and feel better, but to also be good for you internally as well. Any company using aspartame and sucralose (as these are dirt cheap sweeteners) either don’t have health of the consumer in mind, or don’t care. Feed Me More Nutrition uses Stevia a plant based sweetener and while more expensive, is truly superior to aspartame and sucralose.​

Another problem is a lot of these companies use athletes who are using performance enhancing drugs to endorse and market their brand. That isn’t to say the supplements from other companies don’t work, because a lot of them do, but the athletes using PED’s don’t have to rely on proper supplementation alone. I have been drug tested my entire career in wrestling and admit to using PED’s in my early 20’s, but had to learn proper nutrition and what ingredients and herbs actually worked, in order to keep my physique at a certain level.​

Every athlete works hard, I just chose to go a certain path and have the experience of knowing what is legit and what isn’t. The formulations I have created are specifically from individual ingredients I have learned work over the years, and even better work well together. Feed Me More Nutrition has created formulas that don’t just put one or two ingredients that work we have literally put more of the best ingredients that synergistically work well together into each and every formula. The end result is premium sports nutrition supplements that will not only do as they say, but also be good for your health. Everything created is because I have personally used them, to help assist in the results and physique I have achieved over the years.​[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”How Will You Establish Credibility with Your Product Line?” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”.vc_custom_1509497555931{padding-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_row_inner column_margin=”default” text_align=”left”][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]That is something I have personally spoken to ABH Pharma about, as they are manufacturing the Feed Me More Nutrition line. They are a top notch well respected company and to ensure the products meet all label claims 3rd party testing will randomly be done at times, so the consumer can have peace of mind, as well as seeing that I personally am committed to excellence with the Feed Me More brand. Not to forget also, but I use these products myself and if there is one thing to know about Ryback Reeves, it is I don’t short change myself![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” width=”1/2″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][image_with_animation image_url=”3323″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” border_radius=”none” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

What Product Are You Most Excited About In Your Line?

There are so many unique and cool supplements that will be released over the next year that it is hard to not be excited about all of them! If I had to choose just one though it would be The Big Guy All Natural Testosterone Booster. Personally suffering from low testosterone while younger and then being on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for five years I was hell bent on finding something that would restore my natural testosterone. Being 35 I am at a point where I am looking to eventually have children and being on TRT doesn’t help my chances with that.​

Over the years I have kept track of individual herbs and ingredients that worked. When I walked away from the WWE I decided to conduct an experiment to see if I could restore my natural testosterone levels. I compiled a list of all these ingredients and had ABH Pharma make me samples in tablet form. I have had blood work performed multiple times since beginning this experiment and as of this very moment for the first time in 10 years my natural testosterone levels are totally normal. Add to that my luteniezing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are both in the upper normal range when previously were nearly at zero!

Everyone I have had use the samples have all seen great results and look and feel better than before they started. I will be having other test subjects do a two month run of The Big Guy All Natural Testosterone Booster along with doing blood work before and after to truly show the safety and effectiveness of this product. I am in this for the long haul and the number one driving force with Feed Me More Nutrition is that the products actually work and are of the highest quality. People will see this instantly and feel my passion and drive in making Feed Me More Nutrition the best it can possibly be. I am joining an over saturated market, but Feed Me More Nutrition is different and will raise the bar and standards of sports nutrition supplements!​[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

NutraBio 100% Whey Protein Isolate Review: A Top Rated Whey Protein Isolate

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