Jim Stoppani's Shortcut To Shred: Supplement Overview

Shortcut to Shred combines intense training, precision nutrition, and smart supplementation to help you cut fat while making muscle. Get the science behind the supplements.

Smart nutrition and intense training are the most crucial parts of Shortcut to Shred. Supplements are important for great results, but they'll never replace diet and exercise. My science-backed supplement plan will help you shed fat and maximize your results, but supplements won't do the work for you. If you put in the effort, supplements will enhance the shred.

Supplement Overview: Jim Stoppani's Shortcut To Shred

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The Shortcut to Shred supplement schedule is practiced and precise. Everything I do is researched, tested in the lab, and tried on my own physique. My body is a product of my brain. If you want the best results from this program, you need to follow this regimen. Every capsule, every shake, and every dose is intended to help you achieve your best physique.

Before we dive into when you should take each supplement, I'll explain why you should take each supplement. I've chosen synergistic ingredients that work in concert to help you burn fat, build muscle, and develop strength.

I've broken the Shortcut to Shred supplement lineup into a combination of my favorite products and various single ingredients so you can get effective supplement doses at awesome prices.

Supplement Science

Pre-Workout ///

A good pre-workout supplement will cover your bases with quality nitric oxide (NO) boosters, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), creatine, beta-alanine, and betaine, not to mention stimulants like caffeine to amp up your focus and training intensity, boost muscle strength and endurance, enhance muscle pumps, and promote muscle growth. Look for products that provide science-backed NO boosters, such as citrulline malate and nitrates from beet extract, at least 5 grams of BCAAs, 1.5 grams of creatine hydrochloride or 5 grams of other forms of creatine (i.e., creatine monohydrate), at least 1.5 grams of beta-alanine, and about 1.5 grams of betaine.

For stimulants, your best and safest bet is caffeine. It's one of the most studied sports nutrition supplements on the market and frequently shown to improve athletic performance. Not only does clinical research show that caffeine is very safe, but that it even may enhance overall health. For performance benefits, you need a minimum of 200 mg of caffeine before workouts to be effective. A pre-workout product that also provides other ingredients such as taurine, tyrosine, alpha-glyceryl phosphoryl choline, and huperzine A adds to the benefits.
Stoppani Suggestion: Pre JYM

Whey Protein ///

Whey is the king of muscle-building proteins. It's a fast-digesting milk protein that can help you build muscle and increase strength. Whey protein enhances recovery, boosts performance, and supports fat loss by helping you feel fuller, longer.

One of the major benefits of whey protein is its fast rate of digestion. It gets to your muscles faster than any other protein you can ingest. Whey is also loaded with essential branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), including leucine, considered one of the most critical muscle-making amino acids.
Stoppani Suggestion: JYM ProJYM

Casein Protein ///

Casein is a slow-digesting milk protein that supports muscle growth and provides a steady stream of amino acids to your muscles. Because it releases slowly, casein is a great protein to take before bed. It can help reduce muscle breakdown while you sleep and feed your hungry muscles overnight. When mixed with whey around your workouts, casein will enhance and prolong your body's anabolic response.
Stoppani Suggestion: Dymatize Elite Casein

Post-Workout ///

A solid post-workout product will provide you with proper doses of BCAAs, creatine, beta-alanine, betaine, carnitine, glutamine, and fast-digesting carbs. Look for products that deliver at least 5 grams of BCAAs, at least 1.5 grams of creatine hydrochloride (or, alternatively, 5 grams of creatine monohydrate), at least 1.5 grams of beta-alanine, at least 1-2 grams of carnitine, 3-5 grams of glutamine, and about 1.5 grams of betaine.

A good post-workout blend should also provide about 20-60 grams of fast-digesting carbs to help replenish muscle glycogen and shuttle nutrients to your muscles. Ideally, the carbohydrates should be separate from the other ingredients so that you can adjust your carb intake as needed for your body size and goals. Stoppani Suggestion: Post Jym

Fish Oil ///

Fish oil supplements are a great source of essential omega-3 fats, especially EPA and DHA. These supplements support muscle growth and fat loss; help block fat storage; promote overall health and wellness; support normal, healthy immune function; and support heart, brain, vision, and joint health. If you're not already taking a fish oil supplement, reel one in today.
Stoppani Suggestion: Optimum Fish Oil Softgells

Acetyl L-carnitine ///

Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR) is L-carnitine with an acetyl group attached. This attachment increases carnitine's uptake by the body, making it more effective. ALCAR is able to enter the brain, where it may aid in brain function, boost alertness, and support positive mood.

In other areas of the body, such as muscle cells, carnitine aids fat loss transporting fatty acids into the power centers of cells, called mitochondria. These power centers work to generate energy by burning up nutrients such as fat for fuel.
Stoppani Suggestion: MRM Acetyl L-Carnitine

Caffeine ///

This potent central nervous system stimulant increases alertness, mental focus, and your pain threshold during workouts. It also functions as a powerful fat burner. Since it's a stimulant, caffeine naturally increases the number of calories your body burns. Caffeine also attaches to receptors on fat cells to blunt fat storage and increase fatty acid release.
Stoppani Suggestion: Prolab Caffeine

Note: If the pre-workout product you choose contains my recommended dose of caffeine, like Pre JYM, you do not need additional caffeine before your workouts.

Green Tea Extract ///

Green tea enhances fat loss and offers a host of additional health and physique benefits, including joint support and muscle recovery. Green tea aids fat loss by boosting daily calorie burn. The ingredients in green tea responsible for this effect are called catechins. The most important catechin is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

EGCG inhibits an enzyme that normally breaks down norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter and hormone that boosts metabolic rate and fat burning.
Stoppani Suggestion: Bodybuilding.com Foundation Series Green Tea Extract

Yohimbe ///

Yohimbe comes from the bark of a West African tree. It contains the active compounds yohimbine and rauwolscine, otherwise known as alpha-yohimbine. Yohimbe boosts fat loss by increasing the amount of fat that your cells release. It also helps block fat storage and increase blood flow.

Research suggests that, when taken before exercise, yohimbe may more than double the amount of fat released from fat cells. Also, like caffeine, this means that yohimbe can increase muscle endurance by allowing the body to burn more fat as a training fuel source.
Stoppani Suggestion: Twinlab Yohimbe

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) ///

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring group of omega-6 fats that aids fat loss and supports lean mass. CLA burns body fat by boosting your metabolic rate and inhibiting the enzyme lipoprotein lipase (LPL). LPL allows fat cells to pull fat from the bloodstream and store it as body fat. By inhibiting LPL, CLA encourages the body to burn fat instead of store it.

By helping the body use fat for fuel, CLA also spares your muscle mass. When your body is fueling itself with fats, it doesn't need to break down muscle tissue for additional fuel. In this way, CLA can help you burn unwanted blubber and preserve your hard-earned muscle.
Stoppani Suggestion: Natrol Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Supplement Timing And Dosage

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Late Morning/Early afternoon
30-45 Minutes Pre-Workout
Immediately Pre-Workout
Immediately Post-Workout
With Dinner
With Final Meal
Before Bed

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