Spend months bulking and building muscle, only to lose it when you start to cut? Imagine if you could still build and maintain muscle on a zero-calorie post-workout shake... Not possible, right?
Impact EAA builds muscle in the same way as a scoop of whey, but without the calories, fat, or sugar. So, even if you haven’t heard of EAAs before, we can guarantee that they’ll be in your shopping cart by the end of this article.
EAA stands for essential amino acids — these are the building blocks for your muscles and can only be obtained from the food you eat. It’s also what makes up the protein in all of our supplements.
So, how does this new shake shape up? To get your head around this new light and lean supplement, Sports Nutritionist and Strength Coach, Grant Koch is on hand to talk us through it.
What is Impact EAA?
Firstly, Impact EAA is more like a refreshing juice than a milky protein shake. A lot of people can’t handle that heavy shake after a tough cardio session, so why not get in those amino acids with a lighter option instead
Feel invigorated with Cola, Strawberry Lime, or Tropical after your workout.
So, why is it important to consume these essential amino acids? Grant explains, “If we get all the essential amino acids in a meal, the body is able to manufacture the remaining non-essential amino acids from the 9 essential amino acids.”
“It’s really important to get a regular supply of all the essential amino acids. If some of the essential amino acids are missing from a food, then the body will break down muscle protein to get what it needs and then you risk muscle loss.”
A food with all the essential amino acids in is known as a “complete protein” — our Impact Whey Protein is a complete protein as it contains all nine of them.
Grant explains, “Impact EAA has the same amino acid profile as Impact Whey with added branched chain amino acids too.”
This means that Impact EAA is also a complete protein for maximising muscle building. No more reducing your 1 rep max just to shift a few pounds of fat.
Impact EAA is a complete protein, but so are plenty of other foods — so what makes this shake really special?
No Counting Calories
Unlike other complete proteins, like Impact Whey where you’re looking at 100 calories a shake for those all-important aminos, Impact EAA has absolutely no calories.
If you’re looking to lose weight, or reduce your calorie intake, then Impact EAA means no added calories.
Grant says that, “A prolonged calorie deficit can also lead to increased muscle protein breakdown if your body isn’t getting enough of the fuel it needs to prevent this. Impact EAA does this by providing the essential amino acids that the muscles need but without adding unwanted calories.”
With some sweet shakes, you’re left trying to strike the tough balance of protein content vs. sugar, but not with Impact EAA.
It contains no sugar and is still deliciously sweet.
Sugary snacks can lead to the dreaded blood sugar spike and crash that leaves you feeling even more lousy after a tough workout — that’s why we left it out of Impact EAA.
If dairy-based shakes leave you feeling a little less than your best, then Impact EAA could be the answer. As it’s just amino acids, there’s no dairy added in.
The only dairy that could be present is only from potential cross-contamination as it’s made in the same place as our whey protein.
Grant explains, “Lactose intolerance is one of the most common intolerances that people battle with and because of this, they might choose an inferior quality protein.”
Taking Impact EAA means you don’t have to compromise on quality nutrients to avoid the dairy.
While you should be aware that a tiny amount of whey may get mixed up with Impact EAA, this is a great low-lactose option for those with a mild aversion to dairy.
We all want to make the most of the nutrients we consume post-workout, which is why Impact EAA’s fast absorption is a definite bonus.
Grant explains, “Because Impact EAA doesn’t need to be digested like protein does, the amino acids are transported very quickly to the muscles.”
Feeling a little bewildered about plant-based post-workout nutrition? Well, you no longer need to.
Impact EAAs are completely vegan friendly, meaning you can get on board all the amino acids you need from a light and simple shake.
Often vegan sources of protein, such as beans and pulses are high in carbohydrate too, or you have to eat lots for the same amount of protein. Impact EAA makes it easy to make muscle gains without those extra calories or carbs.
Take Home Message
Impact EAA means no more balancing macros with calories. You can be sure that you’re making the most of muscle recovery by providing them with the amino acids they need in a fast and effective way with none of the calories, sugar, or lactose of a normal protein shake.
Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.