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Huge Supplement Guide For Fat Loss & Muscle Gain!

No matter your personal goal, whether it be to lose a lot of weight or just a little bit, gain some quality mass or increase your strength there is something here. Here's a great supplement guide to make your search easier. Learn more.

By: BiologyBabe

Article Summary:
  • Bodybuilding.com has the precise products to fill your needs.
  • What are the different fat loss supplements? What do they do?
  • What are the different muscle gain supplements? What do they do?

  • Huge Supplement Guide
    Everything You Need To Achieve Your Goals!

    Resolving to get into the best possible condition for your body should be an "anytime" of the year decision!

    No matter your personal goal, whether it be to lose a lot of weight or just a little bit; to gain some quality mass or increase your strength; maybe you're an endurance athlete looking for that extra push to get your numbers up, or this is the year you want to step onstage and show off all of your hard work; Bodybuilding.com has the precise products to fill your needs. And to help you out they have product reviews by real live customers and BodySpace members.

    You can search anything you're looking for by name right here: BodySpace Member Product Reviews. Even product suggestions based on your own purchases to cut down on your research time, and best of all, the lowest supplement prices on the web and price matching!

    Supplement suggestions are based below on your particular goal, and then in order of popularity among Bodybuilding.com customers and reviews.


    Fat Loss

      There are many types of fat loss aids; the top two categories are stimulant (thermogenic) fat burners, and non-stimulant fat burners. There are also several others such as carb blockers, thyroid hormone supporters, appetite suppressants, and cortisol products.

      For those that find it difficult to sum up the energy required for a lengthy cardio session, a stimulant or thermogenic fat burner would be the best option. This is also for those that just want that extra bit of edge that a stimulant can provide.

      Be sure to carefully read the ingredients, dosage, and directions accurately; and always being with the smallest dosage possible, to gauge your sensitivity to some of the common ingredients.

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      As always these should not be taken by those with heart problems, or those who are not otherwise healthy. They increase the metabolism by increasing the body's core temperature by a very small amount. Some also aid in vasodialation, claim to increase norepinephrine levels, spare muscle and curb the appetite. Common ingredients found in these types of products are caffeine, synephrine HCl, yohimbine HCl, as well as others.

      The top 5 best thermogenic (stimulant)* fat loss aids are:

      The non-stimulant fat loss products work in a variety of ways. They often contain a blend of ingredients that do different things ~ Ingredients like L-Carnitine, which claims to aid in the increase of the transport of fatty acids into the mitochondria, increasing the conversion of fat into energy and could thus make exercise more productive and last longer.

      Another common supplement along this line is EGCG (Green Tea Extract/Camellia sinesis leaf) and is known as an antioxidant; the supplement EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate may as well have very powerful antioxidant properties. In an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, it was mentioned that EGCG caused a marked increase in the amount of energy expended and the oxidation of fatty acids.

    GREEN TEA ARTICLE
    All About Green Tea!
    Green tea can be a great addition to the fitness enthusiast's arsenal. It is no wonder why the media blitz is telling you that green tea is the latest greatest supplement.
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      Then there are the thyroid supporters. These are known as guggulsterones. A Guggul is a tree that is native to India; it excretes a sticky resin from the trunk that comes from behind the bark. This resin has been used for hundreds of years for various medicinal reasons, and can be purified, and then processed into its useful Guggulsterones-Z and Guggulsterones-E components.

      The thyroid produces a hormone called thyroxin also known as T4; It' a form of thyroid hormone that is not active and must first be converted (changed) into triiodothyronine or T3, this is the active hormone. When a person becomes calorie deficient (eats less than needed to survive) the body will react naturally by slowing down the change of T4 into T3 to preserve that person's current fat stores so they don't ultimately die; this results in an overall slowing of the metabolism as a whole and thus any fat loss will stop.

      Those aforementioned Guggulsterones Z and E are able to support an already healthy thyroid function.

    THYROID ARTICLE
    Thyroid - Ultimate Guide To Getting Lean.
    If you are having trouble losing body fat or you have hit that body weight plateau, then it is time to learn more about the ultimate factor - the thyroid.
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      Carb blockers claim to work by using ingredients that make it hard for the body to release enzymes that are responsible and needed to break down starchy foods; if starch isn't able to be broken down, the body cannot absorb it. So in the end, fewer calories from these starchy foods will be absorbed.

      Some of the more popular carb blockers are:

      Cortisol is made naturally by the body. This in turn will signal the body to then store body fat and increase the appetite. Both are certainly unwanted when trying to shed those unwanted extra pounds. There are several quality products to choose from:

    FAT BURNERS ARTICLE
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    After scanning the shelves at your local supplement store or online, this often results in you deciding to try out one of the many fat burners that are out there.
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    Maintain/Gain Lean Muscle Mass

      Perhaps you are more geared towards gaining some quality lean muscle mass this winter season and want to learn about a few products that can help you lift heavier, last longer, and spare that quality lean mass that you earn in the gym from catabolization (muscle wasting). Catabolization will occur with insufficient nutrients to maintain muscle, over exercising and not allowing the body enough time to heal, and stress.

      The first thing needed when wanting to maintain or build quality muscle is protein. Protein is mandatory for the building of muscle; it is made of many smaller amino acids aka the 'building blocks of protein'. One cannot build muscle without it.

    PROTEIN ARTICLE
    The Essential Protein Policy! I would like to share some general practices to maximize the use of protein and minimize the fallout of a grueling workout.
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      There are so many different types of proteins out there, but here is a brief summary of what you can find;

      Whey

        Whey protein is by far the most popular amongst gym-goers. Its best for after work outs when our bodies need protein the most, and it's absorbed very fast, usually within 30-40 minutes.

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      Casein

        Casein is absorbed much more slowly from 2-7 hours. This is most oft used for a before bed protein as that is the longest time our bodies go without.

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      Egg

        Egg protein digests more moderately (1.5-3 hours) so it's a good day time or meal time protein to give a controlled sustained release of amino acids to the body.

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    RELATED POLL
    Which Type Of Protein Do You Prefer?

    Whey.
    Cassein.
    Egg.
    Soy.
    Blends.
    Low Carb.
    Weight Gainer.
    No preference. I like them all.

      Soy

        Soy protein is popular amongst vegetarians for the simple fact that it is the only protein entirely derived from plant life. Soy is an acceptable protein, but does not absorb as readily as whey or egg protein.

      Check Out The Great Products Soy.

      Blends

        "What can a blend of proteins offer that a straight protein cannot? Different rates of absorption. This means you can take a blended protein any time to get quick, medium, and prolonged absorption of protein. ProM3 is one of the best in the blended proteins category."

      Low Carb

        Low carb protein powders are great for those dieting or trying to lose or maintain weight, or are just watching their sugar intake.

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      Weight Gainer

        "Weight gainers are high calorie protein products that are great for people who are looking to bulk up. If you are having trouble gaining weight, taking in extra high quality calories will usually do the trick."

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    COMPARING PROTEIN ARTICLE
    Protein Comparison: How Does Your Protein Taste?
    Most people in our fast paced society will need some supplemental protein. Read on to find out more on price, nutritional content, taste, and solubility of top selling protein drinks.
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      In addition to the protein that is necessary to build that ever-wanted muscle, there is also creatine, glutamine, and the basics like daily vitamins, minerals, and of course BCAAs.

      Creatine is extremely popular amongst bodybuilders, athletes and gym lovers alike. It's extremely useful for increasing muscle mass. It is naturally occurring in the body but in very small amounts. In essence creatine increases ATP (the main energy source muscles use for explosive power) output in the body so that one can do more repetitions and more sets and also lift more weight.

      It is recommended that creatine should be cycled on and off (example: 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off) to work the absolute best. Some of the best creatine products on the market are:

      Testosterone Boosters

        Testosterone is vital in building and maintaining muscle mass.

    TESTOSTERONE ARTICLE
    Testosterone Levels And Testosterone Boosting!
    Learn more about testosterone and why it is so important to our bodies. I list some of the maladies and top natural supplements to boost testosterone levels.
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    GLUTAMINE ARTICLE
    Getting The Facts Straight On Glutamine!
    People involved in fitness and bodybuilding have found Glutamine to be a very beneficial supplement to add to their training regime.
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      Branched Chain Amino Acids

        Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) are mentioned endlessly in the forums, in conversations about cutting and recovery, and for contest preparation. So what are they?

        These are the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. As mentioned before, "Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When you eat a protein food, it gets digested in the stomach and intestine into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids that are small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream. These amino acids have far reaching effects in the body from building and repairing tissues, to producing chemicals that enable our brains to function optimally."

        The essential amino acids can't be made by the body alone. They must be obtained from complete protein foods (meats) or different combinations of vegetables as they are incomplete proteins. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine. The body is able to make non-essential amino acids from vitamins and other amino acids.

    BCAA ARTICLE
    The Importance Of BCAA's! Today, an athlete can research online and discover a multitude of information on different types of nutritional supplements, but there are still basic supplements that are the most important .
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        These essential BCAAs are very important for bodybuilders, athletes, and dieters because they metabolize inside the muscle, instead of inside the liver. Basically after digestion, once complete or partial proteins are broken back down into individual amino acids, these amino acids can now be used for energy, or to build new muscle.

        Check out these ultra popular BCAA products that Bodybuilding.com devotees love!

      Multivitamins

        The importance of a quality daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is often overlooked in many people's programs for fitness. The daily need for a high-potency multivitamin formula is paramount and may help ensure the presence of essential cofactors necessary for thousands of metabolic reactions.

        Just a deficiency in one or more of the vitamins or minerals the body needs can lead to many chemical reactions not taking place. This can in turn slow down or hinder progress towards your ultimate goal of total fitness.

        "It's recommended that one takes the multivitamin/mineral supplement first thing in the morning, and immediately after your weight training."

    MULTIVITAMIN ARTICLE
    Knowing Your Vitamins And Minerals.
    While Vitamins and Minerals are essential to your diet, it is nice to know what a serious deficiency and large excess of each can do to your mental and physical health!
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      Antioxidants

        Last but certainly not least we come to the antioxidants. The media and supplement companies have hyped everyone up on the drastic need for antioxidants. What are they?

        Antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cells; oxidation of cells comes from many sources, not all are readily known, but partly from what is known as 'free radicals'... but once oxidation occurs, the cell is considered damaged in a sense.

        Free radicals cause many health problems and cause the cell to age more rapidly; antioxidants protect the cells from free radicals and oxidation! These antioxidant products are very popular, take a look:

    ANTIOXIDANT ARTICLE
    High Intensity Interval Training!
    Antioxidants form a front line defense against cell damage caused by free radicals. Get detailed information right here about the importance of antioxidants.
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    Conclusion

    This is not an end-all for the supplements you need to achieve your fitness, bodybuilding and health goals; this is simply a starting guide to all of the things you can do to improve your workout, your strength, stamina and energy; and to help you build your best possible physique. And Bodybuilding.com does this for you with the best possible prices available on the internet!

    Anything you didn't find inside this article, can be easily located by doing a simple search at the Bodybuilding.com store, it has everything you ever wanted to know about supplementation, written by those who have used the products and have done the research for you! Happy health!

    References:

    1. Bodybuilding.com Store
    2. WebMD
    3. USDA Website
    4. American Council On Exercise Website

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