What I’m about to show you IS NOT a supplement you can buy in stores.
It’s a supplement created in a lab just this year (2017) and tested to promote muscle growth in older adults. It has 6 key ingredients (one that’s absolutely ESSENTIAL) you can put together at home.
The clinical test of this researcher-created supplement was conducted at McMaster University (my undergrad Alma Mater) in Ontario, Canada.
The results have shocking implications for everyone over age 45. Here’s why this is so important:
You Lose Muscle as You Get Older.
Hormonal changes that occur as you age impact your ability to build and maintain muscle mass.
From birth to age 30, your muscles grow.
Exercise takes less time to recover from, your body recovers faster, if you’re sore from lifting, carrying heavy objects, or taking on a new workout—your body quickly works to repair, restore, and rebuild your muscles (that’s before age 30).
After 30, everything starts to change.
Most estimates say physically inactive people lose about 5% of overall muscle mass every 10 years after age 30.
Even if you exercise frequently, you will lose muscle mass.
Age-Related Muscle Loss is Called “Sarcopenia.”
Your doctor (and the researchers I’m about to discuss) call this natural muscle loss process “Sarcopenia.”
The traditional treatments are more exercise or hormone replacement therapy – the goal of both is to increase levels of growth hormone to stimulate muscle production and preserve the muscle you have.
Beyond the how and why of age-related muscle loss is the reason why having muscle is so important to your health:
Muscle Increases Your Metabolism (So You Burn More Calories All the Time!)
Your body is a calorie-burning furnace. The calories in food are burned by your body as energy.
You’ve heard of people with a “fast metabolism,” right? They burn more calories “than the rest of us” – that’s what we say, isn’t it?
Well, muscle helps keep your metabolism moving faster because muscle mass requires more calories than fat.
This is one of the reasons you see so many middle-aged men and women with stubborn belly fat they just can’t get rid of…
…up to your 20s and into your 30s, your body is actively working to maintain your muscle mass. After age 30, you start to lose muscle mass naturally. By the time you’re 40 and then 50, muscle mass has significantly declined—but your diet (the number of calories you fuel your body with) never changed (or even increased).
Age-Related Muscle Loss May Be Why You Can’t Fight Off Stubborn Fat.
As your hormone levels decline, your body stops triggering the production of muscle, adipose (fat) tissue increases as your metabolism slows (muscle burns more calories than fat) and your biological age starts to get the best of you.
If you’ve heard me talk about how to fight this process before, you’ll know that many of the principles inside of the MAX Workouts program are designed to fight stubborn fat by re-stimulating the production of growth hormone.
At the same time, MAX Workouts work to trigger EPOC (known as “the afterburn effect”) to boosting your metabolic rate for up to 48 hours after your workout is over.
If you’re already using MAX Workouts and following these two principles, the supplement researchers developed at McMaster University that I’m about to share with you will only accelerate your results.
But here’s what’s really shocking:
Even if you’re not exercising at all right now, this supplement will help you increase muscle mass.
Let’s take a look at the study!
This Supplement You Can Re-Create at Home is Proven to Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss!
Researchers at McMaster University set out to determine how a whey protein supplement changed the symptoms of sarcopenia.
Researchers created a whey protein supplement you can replicate at home (details below) and…
- For 6 weeks, participants only took the protein supplement. No additional workouts, no exercise program, just the supplement.
- Then, for 12 weeks, they took the protein supplement and followed an HIIT-based exercise program - Participants what researchers called a “12-week progressive exercise training program consisting of resistance and high-intensity interval training” similar to what you’ll find with MAX Workouts.
The results of the study were published in PLOS One in July, 2017.
Here are some of the key takeaways form the study:
Even Without an Exercise Routine, this Whey Protein-Based Supplement Helped Build Muscle Mass.
During the first 6-weeks of the study, participants didn’t exercise.
They only took the whey protein supplement.
Not HIIT-Workouts. No MAX Workouts-style 12-week program. Nothing else other than the protein supplement.
And they found that participants GAINED as much muscle mass as the average person in their age group loses over an entire year – in JUST 6 WEEKS!
Researchers said, “In the first six weeks, the supplement resulted in 700 grams of gains in lean body mass – the same amount of muscle these men would normally have lost in a year. And when combined with exercise twice weekly, participants noticed greater strength gains– especially when compared with their placebo taking counterparts.”
HIIT-Style Workouts and Resistance Exercises Accelerated Results.
After the 6 week period of supplementation only was complete, researchers at McMaster University put participants through a 12-week progressive exercise program.
The program was strikingly similar to MAX Workouts-style workouts (although less frequent).
It included resistance exercise training (RET) or weight lifting two days a week after a 5-minute warmup and once weekly HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session.
The study concluded: “We report that twice daily consumption of a whey protein-based, multi-ingredient supplement resulted in significant gains in muscle strength and lean mass. In addition, muscle strength, physical function, aerobic capacity and metabolic health were further improved in response to a 12 week combined exercise training program.”
Here’s What Was in the Supplement Studied:
Let’s talk what was in the supplement.
It was a simple mix of just 6 ingredients per drink:
- Total Calories: 116
- Whey Protein: 30 Grams
- Creatine: 2.5 Grams
- Calcium: 400 Milligrams
- Vitamin D: 500 IU
- EPA: 1400 Milligrams
- DHA: 890 Milligrams
EPA and DHA are the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements.
Study participants consumed two drinks per day containing the ingredients listed above.
The primary focus of the study (and what I am most interested in) is the muscle-building power of whey protein. According to the study, whey protein was included to “enhance lean mass and strength.”
This study helped me put my own success holding back the muscle-loss associated with age into perspective: whey protein is something I personally try to take twice daily.
Here’s How I Get the Whey Protein I Need to Build and Maintain Muscle:
Alongside a multi-vitamin, I rely on High Quality Whey Protein powder to get the protein I need to build and maintain muscle.
The study that was just released confirms what I’ve shared about the power of Whey Protein supplementation for years (key benefits I actually learned while studying biochemistry at McMaster University – where this study was conducted – before becoming a chiropractor and soft tissue therapist).
Yes, It’s Still Working, Even as I Approach 50.
Because I began my career in fitness studying biochemistry, I always knew exactly how important it was to maintain muscle after age 30, into your 40s, and especially 50 and beyond.
I’ve been using whey protein to help build and maintain muscle for years.
And while my body is showing signs of slowing down, I’m not feeling the lack of energy or metabolic slow-down all of the friends I graduated from college with are going through now.
Yes, workouts are an important part of this (as this study showed).
But even if you’re having trouble following workouts, just adding the right protein supplement to your diet will make a difference – as this study proved, you don’t need the workouts to see muscle gains.
If you have issues digesting whey protein, you can try whey isolate instead. It has even less lactose than regular whey protein, so anyone that has issuea digesting lactose can take it as well.