As the years escape us, looking and feeling good becomes quite the arduous task. We work longer hours, take on more responsibilities and spend our lives desperately trying to balance lives, careers and financial statements.
As we become more and more conjoined to life's never-ending to-do list, our biological self begins to decline at a pace that's mirrored only by our social calendars.
So how do we compensate? Like any other hard-working American, of course we go for the drive-thrus, carry-out, designer coffee, less sleep, American Idol, the Internet, and in light of these new modern-day essentials, we appallingly roll eyes of disgust when the evening news reminds us that one out of every three Americans is clinically obese. Go figure.
Relax. This battle against the bulge that so many of us fight is far from a hopeless one. The nutritional sciences have blessed us with a host of natural products that can make it possible to reclaim our physiques, our vigor and our ability to breathe normally at the beach.
Theoretically, lipotropics don't burn fat. But what they can do is motivate your liver to expedite the flow of bile and fat from the gall bladder while reducing the amount of fat deposited. So rather than being stored as simple sugars, fat can be used to produce readily available energy.
Some of the most popular starch inhibitors are standardized bean extracts from Phaseolus vulgaris. They work by inhibiting the activity of alpha amylase, the digestive enzyme in charge of shuttling the hundreds of complex carbohydrates from your super-sized #3 to your stomach, legs and rear.
| What Is Phaseolus Vulgaris?
The common annual twining or bushy bean plant grown for its edible seeds or pods. (i.e. The common bean)
Starch inhibitors prevent carbs from being utilized by normal metabolic processes, allowing them to be swept away to toilet heaven.
By definition, thermogenic translates to "creating heat". And where there's heat, there's hope. They work by stimulating heart rate which in turn speeds up the metabolic process. This ultimately affects how many calories the body is able to use in the production of energy.
Thermogenic formulas usually contain supplements such as DHEA, Bitter Orange, Guarana (standardized caffeine) and a long list of others. For years, ephedrine hydrochloride (ephredra) was one of the most popular until moronic misuse led to an FDA ban in 2004. Early attempts to mimic the activity proved fruitless; however some of the latest formulas seem to be improving in effectiveness.
Here's why. When you get stressed, be it from exercise, bar brawls or being chased by your boss with a machete, your body releases a stress-induced catabolic hormone called cortisol.
Not only does it have an influence on how much fat you store, it can also leave you depressed, sluggish and unmotivated. Supplements such as Phosphatidyl serine help balance how much cortisol your body releases after stressful situation.
Essential Fatty Acids
And without it, your body becomes prone to storing the overwhelming amounts of saturated fats you scarf down on a daily basis.
Mono and polyunsaturated fats (especially the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and -6) actually make it possible for your body to utilize the total fat from your diet more effectively, provided that you're getting them in balance.
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Most nutritionists recommend taking 1000mg three times a day with meals. They're great for your heart too!