How to Take HMB

Category: Weightlifting Subcategory: Weightlifting Supplements

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

HMB is a scientifically proven supplement- many supplements today will not have clinical research behind them but just marketing. The problem with no clinical research is the product will be strongly hyped, but the results will not come- simply because the product is in-effective or simply is not taken in enough quanity to see the intended resutls. For this reason, it is important to supplement with HMB (or any supplement for that matter) according to the clinical research backing the product- therefore you will obtain the results the product promises and is researched to provide. If you do not do the research and do not take enough of the supplement, you simply will not see the benefits

Step 2

The clinically researched dosage of HMB is 17 mg per lb. of body weight. This means if you weigh 150 lbs. 17mg x 150lbs = 2550 mg/ day (about 2.5 grams). Taking more than this won't hurt- but you want to shoot for around this amount daily. Since I weight 185 lbs., I would take 3,145 mg daily (or around 3 grams)

Step 3

You should supplement with this amount throughout the day in 2-3 divided doses. Depending on your optimal dosage in step 2, take half the amount in the morning with a protein rich breakfast and the other half 1-2 hours before your workout to prevent excessive muscle damage and maintain the anabolic response to training. The dosage taken before your workout (1-2 hours) should be with a light protein containing meal. I recommend 2 doses opposed to 3 because it is easy to remember to take 2 doses and you will receive the same benefits as dividing the dosage into 3. For me, I would take roughly 1.5 grams of HMB with my breakfast containing a protein shake or eggs, and I would usually consume a protein shake 2 hours before my workout- so i would supplement with another 1.5 grams of HMB at this point.

Step 4

Follow these directions for supplementing with HMB- 2 divided doses based on the optimal (clinically researched) dose in step 2 and prepare to see scientifically proven results within a couple weeks.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

HMB can be more expensive than other supplements in order to receive the proven benefits- but it is well worth it. It is natural and is one of the few supplements that is proven to work.

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HMB is short for beta-hydroxy beta-methylbutyrate and is a metabolite of Leucine. Leucine has been researched and proven to be a key activator in muscle growth. HMB is important because it isolates the anabolic properties of leucine which thus intensifies the results pertaining to reduced muscle breakdown and growth. Taking Leucine is great, but HMB is better (more expensive of course) because of the increased muscle building and muscle loss prevention effects. In fact, this ingredient is added to a new Ensure formulation to help maintain muscle mass in the elderly- clearly, this is a great supplement to take! Quite simply if you want to engineer your body to become more anabolic (in a muscle building state) supplement with HMB!

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I have been involved with fitness and natural bodybuilding for a number of years.

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