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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: Dymatize ISO-100



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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Morning
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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AliAdelKhaled

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can i use NO-explode instead of caffeine, Beta-alanine, and Creatine ? because i already have NO-explode and it has these stuff in it

Apr 5, 2013 12:42pm | report
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sanders739

No, you may not. You must buy exactly what he tells you to in order to get results

Apr 5, 2013 1:34pm | report
AliAdelKhaled

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thanks :D but i need to understand the differences because they both have the same same ingredients but NO-explode got all so that will save money

Apr 5, 2013 1:53pm | report
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LeeomSi

If your NO-Explode has about the same servings of the of the suppliment for your body mass it is all the same. If it doesn't your may want to suppliment to get the rest of serving.

Apr 5, 2013 6:28pm | report
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mcgabriel

I use 2 scoops of neurocore pre workout and it has all three in the right dosage. I do not see why we should take exactly his suggested supplements if have some in one product in the right concentration.

Apr 7, 2013 3:39am | report
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AliAdelKhaled

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yeah that is what i mean Leeomsi and mcgabriel that is my point buying one supplement that contains all. i wish jim will answer soon. maybe he got another point

Apr 8, 2013 12:24pm | report
Rjeezie

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Rjeezie

Created a Body Group for this... Jim Stoppani's Shortcut To Shred.... join. Trying to get people to join who are doing the program so we can get answers and stuff

Apr 16, 2013 8:43am | report
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SolarWIZ

Indeed, you may supplement the given supplements with somefin that is equal or very close (remember quality counts). Results may vary but only by minor adjustments. So ya, go for it if you havent already.

Jun 24, 2013 7:30am | report
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you still want to buy beta alinine and creatine. you should take those on days you don't work out too. why waste the no explode on days you dont work out? I like NOxplode but I like Jack 3D more. I would rather add my own beta aline and creatine and that way I can also split the dose pre and post workout. I am on white flood now. which has beta alinine in it, but I still add a gram or two to my post work out too. There is no telling how much beta alinine and creatine these PRE work out boosters have. Beta alinine and creatine are Soooooo cheap why not buy extra and its better to get a gram or two too much than not enough. If you get the tingles, then you know you are getting too much beta alinine. so you can take less and less until you barely feel the tingles. I like Pre work out boosters becuase the stimulants hit you faster than the caffeine pills (which I take morning and post work out to counter act the crash) and they basicly all have NO boosters like arganine and/or citriline and depending on the brand lots of other goodies.

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Turisma

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With no offence sanders739, because I love this site, programs, and people behind all of this - But.... you can take only whey protein and creatine. You don't need extra BCAA's if you drink very good protein shake. Fish oil? Glutamine? You don't need it. Eat clean, eat right. Drink your protein shake and creatine and workout!

This plan is great! I will do this but without whole extra supplements. Why? Because I know from my experience that I don't need to. The only right supplements that really works are whey protein (whey, casein etc.) and creatine.

For what reason do you want to take whole this **** and tire your body?

Just make sure you eat right and workout.

They have to add this whole supplements to their programs because of the advertising...

Like I said - with no offence. It's just my take on it...

You can do whatever the f*ck! you wanna do!

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i agree with Turisma's point: eat clean, train mean, you will get what you wish for

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asafel

Turisma, thank you very much

i put my trust in you. and im happy i read your comment.
i will do so!

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Hassanov777

KHaled,
Take whatever you want. Its the same. However for him, its just a promotion.
Use the exercise and take YOUR supplement plan.
Regards,

Apr 13, 2014 7:01pm | report
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Sheamar

The Yohimbe Fuel from TwinLab states not for female to use, so I guess I won't be using that supplement.

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mvrogachev

That strange, why not for female? Internet says yohimbine has no gormonal effects.

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bellasella

Wow i am curious to know why, and if Dr Stoppani knows that. I wonder if he has had women on it too. I am assuming, since this is supposed to be a both genders plan.

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Yohimbe is sometimes used as a supplement to aid with Erectile Dysfunction as it can increase libido and blood flow to certain areas. Perhaps it is referring to that regards and means it wont help them in that area? On the other hand, Yohimbine (The chemical in Yohimbe) has been known in some people to increase anxiety and stress and perhaps affect women's hormonal balance in that way. I know I personally tend to freak out a lot more when using it, which is why I will probably skip that supplement.

Apr 18, 2013 1:15pm | report
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I ran into this today at our local GNC, because the only yohimbe they had on hand said "for men". However, the sales guy said that's because this supplement is often used to increase blood flow in men (for various reasons, like those stated above) but that it is beneficial to women as well. It's just that the company really markets it towards men, but it's okay for women too! I'll be double-checking this with my doctor as well, of course...

Apr 28, 2013 5:22pm | report
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marydietz

How about Matrix 5.0 in place of whey and casein? Or fat-free cottage cheese in place of casein? $70 for both of the proteins is a little out of my price range...

Apr 5, 2013 1:40pm | report
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Cottage cheese will do the trick.

Apr 7, 2013 3:52pm | report
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Created a Body Group for this... Jim Stoppani's Shortcut To Shred.... join. Trying to get people to join who are doing the program so we can get answers and stuff

Apr 16, 2013 8:43am | report
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egmcindoe

they offer some good stacks/packages on here just go to the store and click the added link find a supplement plan than just fond one with most of what you need and add what it dose not come with. I got a stack with pretty much everything he says you need here for 201.00 and it comes with both protiens

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elitefitness89

That's a ton of supps good hell!

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mncassidy

exactly what i was thinking haha jeez

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braindeadnyc

free program, and all the supplements together probably will run $175/month.

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