The Bedtime Belly Buster (BBB) is best described as an overnight sensation. The word is that you can blast your belly fat and flatten your stomach with a combination of Isagenix products. But is it true? Let’s review the science behind the BBB.
What Is the BBB?
The BBB is a sweet treat that can satisfy your late-night cravings and help you avoid overindulging in less healthy alternatives at the end of a Shake Day. The core components of the BBB include a serving of IsaPro®, blended with Isagenix Fruits or Organic Greens, taken before bedtime. Providing your body with a serving of high-quality protein before bed offers satiety and has a metabolism-boosting thermogenic effect (1). As a complement to the BBB, Sleep Support & Renewal™ spray can be used to help promote a good night’s rest.
The Power of Protein
While a balanced diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle, consuming a diet that is rich in protein has been shown to support increased metabolism, greater muscle building, enhanced weight loss, and long-term weight maintenance. A higher protein intake can not only help keep you satisfied but can also stimulate a greater thermogenic response compared to carbohydrate and fat. Protein requires more energy for your body to digest and utilize, helping boost metabolism after a protein-rich meal (1-3).
Studies that show diets higher in protein can help fuel weight loss while maintaining muscle mass. One study found that older adults who had higher intakes of dietary protein lost 40% less lean muscle mass than those who had a lower protein intake (4). However, the quality of the protein is key. Protein sources that have a higher concentration of branched-chain amino acids are more effective in building muscle and supporting weight maintenance.
Protein also improves post-exercise overnight recovery and overall quality of sleep (5, 6). By providing a good dose of tryptophan, high-quality proteins such as whey are believed to improve sleep by increasing the amino acid’s access to the brain for serotonin production (7). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which converts to melatonin, helping regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
Fill Up on Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are unique compounds found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods that have positive effects on our health. According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, almost 90% of Americans are not consuming the recommended two cups of fruits and three cups of vegetables each day to reduce the risk for diet-related diseases (8, 9).
Many of the benefits we receive by eating fruits and vegetables are powered by the phytonutrients they contain, such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Carotenoids are among some of the most abundant phytonutrients and can be easy to identify because they color fruits and vegetables with vivid red, orange, and yellow hues. Flavonoids are a second group of phytonutrients found in foods such as berries, citrus fruits, and cacao. Flavonoids are key nutrients for supporting cardiovascular health in addition to a variety of other benefits for well-being.
The BBB Recipe Roundup
With the science giving the BBB a thumbs-up, you’re probably wondering about that recipe again — you’ll need the following:
- 1 scoop of IsaPro® Whey or Plant-Based Protein or 1 scoop of AMPED™ Tri-Release Protein
- 1 scoop of Isagenix Fruits or Organic Greens
Instructions: Using an IsaBlender® Max or IsaShaker™, combine 4 to 5 ounces of water with the ingredients above, and blend or shake vigorously. If desired, add ice and re-blend. Enjoy 30-60 minutes before bed on any Shake Day. The BBB is not recommended on a Cleanse Day.
Additional product recommendations:
- Sleep Support & Renewal: There is mounting evidence that the quality and amount of sleep one gets can contribute to weight loss success. Mistimed or lost sleep can wreak havoc on the body’s central circadian rhythm, affecting everything from metabolism to appetite regulation. Sleep Support & Renewal provides melatonin, theanine, and valerian root as a safe way to promote restful sleep.
- FiberPro™: Dietary guidelines recommend at least 25 to 38 grams of fiber per day, but the average adult consumes just 16 grams daily (10). One scoop of FiberPro provides 5 grams of prebiotic fiber, designed to support digestive health and promote regularity.
- Complete Essentials™ Daily Pack: Complementing your BBB with the vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients found in the Complete Essentials P.M. Daily Pack provides your body with the right amounts of nutrients to support overall health and wellness. The Complete Essentials Daily Pack (A.M. and P.M.) gives you the equivalent amount of vitamin C found in eight oranges, the chromium found in 10 cups of broccoli, and the magnesium in four dark chocolate squares.
The bottom line is that there are a variety of ways to customize the BBB to help you achieve your goals so long as you include high-quality protein and focus on getting a restful night’s sleep through a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, and proper supplementation.
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