Ergogenic Economics – 101

Balancing Your Supplement Budge

While still turning your physical deficits into lean assets

By: Rita Kaya
Magazine 8 #1

A comprehensive supplement program, using quality products, can turbo charge the rate and degree of the results provided by your training and diet. But still, we can’t buy everything out there. So, how can we manage to ride the fast lane of physical progress affordably? This age-old dilemma hovers over us like flies on a (um...) garbage can.

Well boys and girls, take a desk and grab a pencil. It’s time for Ergogenic Economics 101. With such abundant choices of supplement Widgets and Gadgets, each with its own unique attraction, it’s hard not to be like a kid in a candy store. In fact, the choices are sometimes so overwhelming – and expensive – that we sometimes feel there’s really only 2 choices: Take the whole concept and scrap it or go for broke playing supplement craps.

But, there is another choice: You and your budget can get back to basics with the supplements that gives you the most bang for your buck. How? Keep reading..

"Should I buy the stuff I see that looks the same but costs a lot less?" That’s the first question that comes to mind. It’s a trick question, though. Bottom line – quality costs: But there’s nothing more costly than spending your money on cheap stuff that doesn’t work. You’d receive much greater benefit from less of an intelligently chosen, top–of–the–line product suited specifically to your goals.

"How do I know what to start with and what’s going to do the best job for my money?" Let’s take the trick out of this question by building a supplement pyramid. It works for food groups so why not supplements?" What’s the implication? A 216 calorie dose of Beverly’s Mass Aminos and Ultra 40 (18 Mass and 18 Ultra 40 per day) cost less than a McDonald’s Value meal. The average athlete who goes on Mass and Ultra 40 gains 8 pounds of lean muscle during their first 16 weeks, with no added fat gain. Which is the better value for your money – quality supplements daily or a fast food value meal?

Mark Ritter Rita Kaya talk supplements
Rita explains to Mark Ritter why he was able to gain 15 pounds of muscle in 14 months. Adding Mass and Ultra 40 at every meal both maximizes the utilization of whole food proteins while increasing the nitrogen balance in the body to spur new muscle growth.

First Level – The Base – Quality Micronutrient Supplementation:
Everything that goes on in your body essentially begins with 2 things:

  • Macronutrients – Protein, carb, fat, and water providing the raw materials. A well– structured diet gives you most of the quality raw materials you need
  • Micronutrients – Vitamins, minerals, and co–factors that help put the raw materials together.

These vital processes include:

  • Protein synthesis
  • Cellular growth and development
  • Energy production
  • Metabolism
  • Immune function and oxidative protection
  • Hormone production
  • Enzymatic processes

So, at the base of your supplement pyramid – or stack – is a quality micronutrient supplement designed to facilitate and optimize all the chemical processes that the rigors of training, dieting, and changing body composition demand.

Recommended Choices:

  • Ultra 4 vitamins – a comprehensive "entry level" formula or
  • Super Pak the most advanced formulations available for athletic men and women

Second Level – Lean Mass Support: Lean mass support is critically relevant to any physical conditioning goal:

  • Gains in strength and power
  • Gains in musculature
But, an equally dependent goal is:
  • Fat loss! Lean mass is what burns fat. It is a metabolically active calorie–burning furnace. The more lean muscle you have, the easier fat loss becomes.

Yes, food supplies the basics. But even the best whole food has limitations. Here are some examples:
The "limiting factor": The essential amino acid profile is never optimal for utilizing all the protein that food contains. Most animal proteins are only 70 – 80% utilized for building and repairing lean mass. The rest is burned for energy or stored as fat, just like carbs and fat.

The unique biochemical composition and action of desiccated liver and casein hydrolysates elevate that ceiling by removing this limiting factor. They optimize a food’s amino acid profile to ensure that the protein you eat gets used more constructively.

Nitrogen retention: Nitrogen is to muscle what "Miracle Gro" is to plants. Boosting nitrogen in the body promotes muscle synthesis (growth). Not all proteins do this equally. For instance, clinical research has shown that a diet enriched with peptide–bonded amino acids, (i.e. Mass Aminos) increases nitrogen retention 16 times more than without the supplementation. This translates clinically – and in the real world – to increases in lean muscle tissue and muscular weight gain.

Meal Replacement: Let’s face it. There are times we just can’t get a good meal in. Ultra Size gives you more anabolic–boosting, fat–blasting, dairy–whip tasting stuff than a meal could ever hope to give. And, no guess work or backsliding on your diet program. And, don’t go for the cheap stuff. The primary ingredient in Ultra Size is Milk Protein Isolate. Research indicates that this is the #1 best protein for building muscle and losing fat simultaneously.

Your economic lesson for the day? A one–meal portion of Ultra Size costs only $2.57. Compare this to your usual fast food meal.

Summary: A high quality diet can go only so far. Lean mass support factors give you the most that food has to give while exerting unique positive effects over and above what whole food is capable of doing.

Recommended Choices:

  • Ultra 40 – 3 to 6 tablets with each meal
  • Mass Aminos – 3 to 4 tablets with each meal
  • Can’t do both? Cycle them! A few days with one a few with the other. Or, use the Ultra 40’s with meals and take the Mass Aminos when training (1 tablet per 11# body weight)
  • Ultra Size – Even if you don’t use it regularly, keep it on hand for a “meal emergency” or a guilt–free decadent treat made with an Ultra Size recipe!

Third Level – The Specialists: Here the choice will be based on what your primary goals are:

  • Goal – Lean gain:

Recommended Choices:

  1. Muscle Synergy – a compound that directly stimulates new muscle growth while it protects lean muscle. It’s like a Special Op’s team where each individual is uniquely qualified. But when these specialists unite the team empowers itself beyond expectation
  2. Mass Maker – Calories DO count – in a positive way when they are specifically designed and used for post training recovery. Used this way, Mass Maker is more effective than whole food in offsetting training stress and providing the resources to recover on the spot
  • Fat loss: Diet and training cause calories to be burned. But the body stubbornly hates to burn fat. So, even with well–designed diets many of us experience energy crashes (glycogen depletion), loss of hard–earned lean mass, and areas of fat that won’t budge. These specialists help turn fat into fuel and tune up your engines to use it better.

Recommended Choices:

  1. Muscle Mass BCAAs – Feeds the muscle directly and ’tricks’ the body into releasing fatty acids for energy. When your calories are at a minimum and there’s no slowing down (attention competitive athletes) this is one investment that pays off with big results
  2. Lean Out – Take 2 to 3 capsules before your 3 whole food meals. If possible, or desired, step it up to 2 or 3 capsules before every meal.
  3. Add Energy Reserve to kick it in higher gear: 1 tablet taken with your Lean Out
Rita Kaya at her desk

It’s evident Rita Kaya knows a lot about adding lean mass through the proper application of Beverly of supplements. She’s a registered dietician and national caliber bodybuilder, including the 2000 Masters National Champion. Since starting with Beverly in 1997, Rita’s starting with Beverly in 1997, Rita’s added 17 pounds of lean muscle mass.

According to the Wall Street Journal, researchers have found that men, on average, consumed 216 more calories in the mid–1990s than they did in the late 1970s. For women, it was an additional 112 calories per day. A man who weighs about 175 pounds who consumes an extra 216 calories per day without getting additional exercise will gain about 22 pounds over the course of a year. This amounts to about half of a large order of MacDonald’s french fries. For a woman weighing about 140 lbs., adding 112 additional calories would add about eleven pounds per year.

Summary:
Americans now spend more money on fast food than on than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music –– combined.

Quality supplements make a powerful difference in your bodybuilding progress. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get these results. But, you do have to budget a monthly amount for supplements. For most, this is far less than what the average person spends daily on just fast food alone. For about $5.00 per day you can easily purchase a Super Pak (Level One – quality micronutrients), and all the Level Two – Lean Mass Support supplements – Ultra Size (two containers), Ultra 40 and Mass Aminos.

And, if you budget for supplements an additional amount equal to what the average adult spends on alcohol, even the Specialist (third level) supplements become affordable. If you need additional help in constructing a supplement program to fit your budget please e–mail me at bevnut@beverlyinternational.net.

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