Men's Fitness Guide To Supplements: Part 2 - Fat Burners
You've asked yourself the question many times when you see an advertisement of a formerly pudgy guy who's now ripped to the bone promoting a fat-burning supplement: Does that stuff really work? Actually, yes, it does. But it's only a small part of the equation. Getting extra lean requires intense training over a long period of time and a clean diet.
A good supplement, however, can make that extra bit of difference that gets you over the hump in losing those last few pounds of body fat. And in an industry always on the cutting edge of nutrition science, fat-burning supplements (also called thermogenics because they help the body burn more calories) now do more than just burn fat. They increase energy, improve mood, and even make you stronger in the gym.
Here are the different types of fat-burning ingredients and what you should keep your eye out for.
Lipolysis is the process of releasing fat from your fat cells, so, as you can imagine, lipolytic agents are good things to have on your side when you're looking to lose weight.
When fat is removed from cells and burned for fuel, those cells shrink and you get leaner. Caffeine is great for increasing lipolysis, but so are the ingredients yohimbine, forskolin (which also boosts testosterone), and hydroxycitric acid.
When searching for an effective fatburning supplement, look for those ingredients.
Releasing fat from fat cells isn't enough. If that fat isn't burned for fuel, it'll remain in the bloodstream and end up getting stored again. That's bad news.
This is why carnitine is a great supplement. It helps transport the released fat into your cells' mitochondria, where it's subsequently burned and gone for good.
The thyroid gland plays a highly crucial role in your body: It produces thyroid hormones that increase your metabolism. For those guys well into their 30s or 40s, revving up the metabolism is highly desirable.
Two of the more effective thyroid-stimulating supplement ingredients are bacopa monniera and forskolin.
Consider this category of ingredients a means of behavior modification. If you're cleaning up your diet in hopes of shedding fat, two of the biggest things to overcome are food cravings and hunger pains.
You remove unhealthy foods and extra calories from your diet, you get hungry. That's just the way it goes.
Few hormones play a bigger role in staying lean than insulin. When you eat a carb-heavy meal, insulin levels rise, fat-burning is blunted, and your body instinctively begins hoarding fat. Good luck trying to get ripped when this happens on a regular basis.
For those who refuse to go low-carb, ingredients that support healthy blood sugar levels already within normal range, such as antioxidant alpha lipoic acid, cinnamon extract (aka Cinnulin PF), chromium, and evodiamine may help provide added metabolic support.
If you've ever gone on a serious get-lean, calorie-restricted diet, you probably recall experiencing some moodiness as a result. If you don't recall, your significant other definitely does.
Fortunately, supplement manufacturers understand this effect, which is why they include in their fat-burning products ingredients to boost your mental well-being.
Your body-fat percentage can be well into the single digits, but if you're holding too much water under your skin, you won't get that sharp muscle definition that bodybuilders and high-level fitness models possess.
You may not want to hold that "dry" look for long, but it's nice for the periodic trip to the beach or a photo shoot.
This is where a supplement with diuretic ingredients can help. Natural diuretics that will get rid of some of that water under the skin include dandelion (Taraxacum officianilis) extract, uva ursi (aka bearberry), and horsetail extract.
A good starting point when looking for supplements that will help you lean out is the stimulants market.
The most common fat-burning supp is caffeine, as it's a proven calorie and fat burner; and it also reduces hunger, improves mood, and boosts strength levels. Caffeine has a lot going for it, which is why it's found in most fat burners.
Green tea is another popular one. Its active ingredient, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been suggested to increase calorie burning.
Two other thermogenics, synephrine and capsaicin (often listed as capsicum), also ramp up calorie burning.
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actually, to really get rid of water, you would actually have to drink more water.. every time you urinate, sodium molecules will follow, thus less water retention. :)
well i forgot to mention drinking lot of water but Celery as a vegetable works like magic,, tried by myself and it does wonders to water retention removal
I would stick with celery because you do not want to drink a lot of water which will create electrolyte imbalance.
water is essential - especially if you are supplementing. you would have to drink a ton of water for an electrolyte imbalance, and seeing as how many people are chronically dehydrated, that does not seem too likely in many cases.
for L-Carnitine to actually have an effect you'd have to take almost a supposed month supply in a matter few days. Not worth it.
Yohimbe HCL (and only HCL) is really the only effective product I've seen listed. It binds Alpha 2 receptors, blocking binding of catecholamines to prevent fat retention. It takes awhile to start working, and to get the best benefit you'd need to be taking an Alpha-1 and Beta 1 and 2 agonist. That's why ECA stacks and Yohimbe HCL were such a great combo.
Also, as a person who has to take Thyroid meds for life, let me just say this: DONT PLAY WITH YOUR THYROID!. If its working, leave it alone. Because if you try and rev it up, when you stop taking whatever is to do that, it will stop working altogether, then good luck ever burning fat again.
Totally agree with what you said. There is scientific proof that L carnitine isn't worth taking and when it comes to the thyroid if it ain't broke don't fix it.
I totally agree with "DONT PLAY WITH YOUR THYROID" because people take short cuts and end up screwing their thyroids: hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism. Instead try increasing raw food such as, raw cheese, seaweed/sea vegetables which contain iodine which your thyroid need to function at the right level.
I have been taking CLA Core for about 2 months now and feel like i am getting great results, its a non stimulant and all natural supplement, that works for me, for those of you that dont want to get loaded up on caffine.
What was the timeline, did they check other factors such as electrolytes? Something like Fasting for a day has shown to increase GH as well which is a lot safer and easier to do if you are a busy person. Remember our ancestors did not eat 3-6meals a day 7days per week.
Can anyone recomend a fat burner with aal or most of the above ingrients? I'm currently using a SA product, USN Phedra Cut, but have heard that they add a lot of other thhings to the product. Advise?
1 Broncheeze, 1 81mg Baby Aspirin, and 50mg Caffiene pills. take once a day. It works amazingly, its legal and everything else is pretty much BS.