Weight loss basics: How to use OptimAAte to your advantage

If you are healthy and putting on weight then the simple explanation is that you are eating more than you need for your day’s exertion. It is all about striking the correct balance between what you eat and the amount of exercise you do and OptimAAte® can help ensure you lose fat rather than muscle when you are trying to lose weight.

How this works

When you exercise, your body uses a lot of key nutrients to support the exertion and produces sweat to help keep your body cool – both vital processes.

  • In a day, you use up and lose substantial quantities of important nutrient resources in the sweat including amino acids and electrolytes.
    • Our research has shown that six key amino acids are lost at vastly greater rates than others.

If you increase your daily exercise and reduce food intake, these key amino acids will be in much higher demand:

  • The body cannot always keep up with supply under restricted diets and higher exercise regimes
    • These key amino acids thus become in short supply.
  • Under these conditions, the body will break down muscle proteins to supply key amino acids.
  • In recovery, there is a lot of protein rebuilding to replenish muscle mass.
    • If this does not occur fast enough before your next exercisemuscle mass rather than fat can be reduced during weight loss challenges.

OptimAAte® contains the six key amino acids that have been identified by scientific research to be in the highest demand by the body to support exercise and recovery.

  • Taking OptimAAte® can help supply the body with the resources it needs to recover from exercise, when and where it needs it. You are more likely to:


  • No unnecessary ingredients
  • No Sugar
  • No caffeine
  • Vegan friendly
  • Batch tested by an independent laboratory to confirm the products do not contain WADA banned substances for sport.

The Basic Weight Loss Approach

There are all sorts of diets with all sorts of strategies and varying success rates. At the end of the day, you need to find what works for you. If you are eating a healthy diet, it can be frustrating when you find that you are still maintaining too much weight.

The first approach is to take stock of what you are eating in a day and plan a way to eat less in the day. You don’t always have to stop eating your favourite foods, but cut the quantities.

The first steps:

Evaluate what you are eating and patterns of eating to see if you can reduce intake. Assuming you are in generally good health, changing these patterns can really help improve well being. For example:

  1. Don’t eat between meals – write down and take stock of what you are eating in terms of snacks and treats between meals – this can be quite surprising.
  2. Don’t eat after your main evening meal – avoid the desserts, chocolates and sweets.
    • You can reward yourself (sensibly) occasionally.
  3. Avoid drinking soft drinks and cordials including many sport drinks which can contain 25 – 35 grams of sugar per serve (check that your fruit juices are not sweetened).
  4. Avoid fast foods and most takeaways which often contain high sugar and fats to contribute to your calorie loading, as well as flavour enhancers and preservatives which can alter digestion and fluid balance.

The next steps:

  1. Add exercise activities to your day  – such as a walk, swim, gym class, cycle or run.
  2. If you are already doing regular exercise activities, consider adding extra sessions per week, or add a different activity every day to your current exercise regime. For example:
    • If you are already going to the gym in the morning, go for an additional walk during the lunch break or in the evening.
    • If you walk once a day then consider walking further, or going for two walks per day.

This approach can be a good start and, maybe you feel better after a few weeks of changes to the diet and increasing exercise but the weight still refuses to shift.

  • This is the time to look at what you are eating.

Identify food groups

Many diets will tell you what you can or cannot have but I think you need to look at what you are eating and work it out for yourself. People are different and respond to different foods in various ways. The suggested approach is to work out a number of ways in which you could reduce your intake in a manner that is likely to be sustainable for you and thus allow you to increase your activities so that there is more demand on burning fat resources.

For example, in my case, some of favourite foods that I would like to eat most days in the week, include:

  • Cheese and breads
    • I would happily eat these as part of my daily lunches and dinner, but unfortunately they have high calories – so I took these out of these meals.
      • Reward: I do have bread on the weekend for breakfast but cheese remains off-limits in my diet plan.
      • I usually do more activities on the weekend and eating bread in the morning gives me all day to burn off the energy rather than store it as fat.
  • Potatoes, pasta and rice
    • Great with the evening meal, but they do tend to contribute to my weight gain – so I took these out of my regular meals.
      • Reward: I have a couple of meals a week with these carbohydrate groups, usually on the weekend.
      • This overall reduction in weekly consumption of the carbohydrates in the main evening meal makes a big difference.
  • Full cream yoghurt
    • One of my favourites but unfortunately it has a lot of calories – so I removed this from  breakfast.
  • Chocolates, fruit mixes and snacks
    • I really like these treats after dinner but they do add too many calories at a time when your body does not need them – so they are out of the daily diet.
      • Reward: once a week, I might have a little – but once you stop eating them daily, you really don’t need much to satisfy those taste buds.

OptimAAte® and diet

  • Taking OptimAAte daily can help provide the amino acids your body needs when it needs them, and thus can help reduce the muscle wasting. This supports your new regime of extra exercise so that you feel more energised, whilst reducing your food intake for effective weight reduction.

Replenishing what is most needed by the body helps reduce hunger.

Beware: if you increase your exercise load, your body can tell you that you have earnt an extra helping of food – don’t listen to it!!!

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