Looking fit & healthy doesn’t have to mean looking skinny. It means building a healthy, strong and functional body.

Body composition is the percentage of fat relative to fat-free mass (muscle, organs, bone, water, etc.). A healthy body composition means having more lean mass and less fat mass. This is why a weight scale is not an accurate measure of health as it cannot assess your body composition.  It is unable to distinguish between water, fat, and muscle weight.

Medical professionals agree that excessive body fat is a health risk. Poor body composition (low muscle mass and high body fat) can increase disease risk. Having low muscle mass can also negatively affect strength and mobility, which become more apparent and debilitating with age. Ultimately, poor body composition can impede living a healthy, fulfilling and active lifestyle. Being thin, however, does not necessarily reduce one’s health risk. It is better to be lean – have more muscle mass and less fat mass.

Body composition can be improved through building muscle mass, losing fat mass, or both. Modifying diet and exercise habits can help.  Try focusing on these 3 areas when striving to improve body composition.

  • Muscle-Building Exercises – weight & strength training, sprinting, interval workouts
  • Lean-Focused Diet – increased consumption of lean proteins, legumes, fruits and vegetables
  • Weight Loss Strategies– reduce calorie intake, burn calories through cardio exercise, such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and aerobics activities

Fat Loss vs. Weight Loss

As more and more people strive for a healthy, balanced lifestyle; crash diets and extreme weight loss tactics are being replaced by sustainable weight management principals. Ideal weight loss strategies should aim to preserve muscle mass and enhance fat loss. Weight loss, however, tends to reduce both fat and fat-free (lean muscle) body mass, shifting metabolism to promote energy storage.

The loss of lean body mass:

  • Reduces basal metabolic rate (calories burned at rest)
  • Reduces the energy cost of physical activity

Maintaining muscle mass is important for continued weight loss, weight maintenance, and overall health and wellbeing. Fortunately, myHMB has been shown to protect and build lean muscle mass during diet interventions while simultaneously boosting fat loss.

  • Health & Wellness Coach and Fit Mom Jada Kelly
    Jada Kelly
    Fit Mom & Wellness Coach

    “With work and kids, I try to be as efficient as possible. When I train, myHMB helps me do this! Every minute I have is NOT going to waste because myHMB is helping with muscle retention and recovery. I’ve found myHMB helps me be the strong, vibrant, mom and woman I want to be.”

  • Team myHMB athlete Erin Stern
    Erin Stern
    2x Ms. Figure Olympia

    "I have counted on myHMB to help with my recovery since my college days. When I started training for figure competitions, I started taking myHMB again. I noticed that I wasn't as sore after workouts, and I was able to keep my training intensity high. I also noticed that I was able to maintain more lean muscle mass as I prepared for the stage. I believe that it helped me with my success as a figure athlete and as a track athlete!"

  • myHMB team athelte and CPA Philita Wheeler
    Philita Wheeler
    CPA & CGMA

    “While transitioning from a hardcore athlete to business owner, myHMB helped me recover from the gym and long days at a desk. Now I can more easily maintain muscle mass! During my competition days, myHMB was my secret weapon. Now it's my secret weapon for longevity in my business ventures!”

  • CrossFit athlete Taylor Galayk at CrossFit Regionals
    Taylor Galadyk
    CrossFit Games Athlete

    "CrossFit is a very intense sport and can take a toll on your body. With myHMB, I have noticed a faster recovery time and less muscle soreness. MyHMB also aids in the production of muscle mass, taking myHMB along with proper training and healthy eating I am stronger and leaner than ever!"

Decreases Body Fat

Studies have shown that supplementing with myHMB, combined with exercise such as resistance training, can help active adults lose body fat and gain lean muscle. In a 12-week study, participants supplementing with myHMB during strength training lost 210% more body fat compared to placebo-supplemented participants. They not only lost more body fat, but they also saw lean muscle gains 250% greater than lean mass gains for those on placebo.

Wilson et al., 2014

Improves Endurance Capacity

Studies show that myHMB improves aerobic performance in average, everyday athletes. MyHMB is shown to increase maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and improve the respiratory compensation point (RCP). It appears that myHMB may reduce metabolic acidosis, and the research also shows that it helps athletes tolerate high-intensity activity over a long period of time. Additional research shows that myHMB lengthens the time to the onset of blood lactate accumulation (OBLA), resulting in positive effects on endurance performance.

Lamboley et al., 2007; Vukovich and Dreifort, 2001

Improves Body Composition During and After Calorie-Restricted Diets

Calorie restriction to reduce overall body weight can result in an unwanted loss of muscle mass. But supplementing with myHMB has been shown to prevent the loss of muscle mass during a calorie-restricted diet. Using an animal model to simulate the effects of caloric restriction, a study compared caloric restriction alone in combination with training or training plus myHMB. MyHMB prevented the loss of muscle mass and lessened the loss of grip strength with caloric restriction.

Park et al., 2013

Increases Strength When Combined with Exercise

Strength gains are maximized with the use of myHMB. A meta-analysis of resistance-exercise training studies shows that myHMB supplementation results in increased strength gain. The studies showed increases for trained and untrained, young and elderly, and men and women. While the magnitude of the effect varies with training intensity and population studied, the overall effect was clear — myHMB significantly increases strength gains when supplemented during resistance-exercise training.

Nissen & Sharp, 2003

Shortens Muscle Recovery Time Following a Marathon Run

MyHMB is shown to benefit anyone involved in strenuous activity by minimizing muscle damage, which improves recovery after a workout.

Studies have shown that myHMB minimizes muscle damage during hard exercise by minimizing protein breakdown. Less protein breakdown means improved muscle cell stability and less membrane damage. This reduction in muscle cell damage (leakage) has been measured by a reduction of muscle damage markers such as creatine phosphokinase (CPK) in the blood stream. From the serious athlete to the conscientious fitness enthusiast, myHMB can help preserve healthy muscle and shorten recovery time between rigorous activity.

Nissen et al., 1996; Knitter et al., 2000

How It Works

MyHMB helps those leading active lifestyles to:

Female and male athletes performing deadlifts at a CrossFit gym

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