The Best Supplements for Fat Loss
There are so many different types of weight loss supplements out there, and not all of them work, but I've got an insider tip for you on a few that will give you the most bang for your buck. I've used all of these myself, so I know they work, and you know you can trust what Jeff Anderson's about to tell you.
Now, if you missed the first two parts of this interview, please feel free to read them, but Jeff Anderson is a bodybuilding consultant and a former Master Fitness Trainer for the U.S. Military, so he knows his stuff. And here's how Jeff responded when I asked him what he felt were the top 3 supplements for fat loss...
Here's why you gain weight as you age...
Everyone wants to miracle pill for losing weight, because losing weight sucks. I mean, everyone likes to get into the gym and try to gain weight and build muscle but, when it comes to losing weight, people just associate it with pain and deprivation. And if they can just take a pill and lose weight then they're very very happy.
But there actually are some supplements that can help you burn more body fat, and the first two I'll give you are used in combination. Because what a lot of people need to understand is that fat burning happens at the cellular level. So, fat burning really relies on your cell's mitochondria, and the mitochondria in your cells are like little furnaces. So, their job is to process the energy in food, and you have to support this cellular function in order to boost your metabolism, and start really burning fat.
But the problem is that in between the ages of like 20 and 60, the capacity of your mitochondria to do their work actually decreases by about 50%. And this is one of the main reasons why we start to gain weight a lot easier as we age. And I'm over 40 now, so I can definitely attest to that, but it gets even worse because the energy production process that happens in the cells actually produces damaging free radicals. And this also causes damage to the cells and the mitochondria, in the process, and in the end what you have is the mitochondria can't really efficiently process food for the release of energy. So, your body simply stores it as fat.
...with this, before your workout.
The First 2 Fat Burning Supplements
So, as far as supplementation goes, as lot of research has been shown that the combination of green tea extract and supplemental caffeine works really really well in supporting cellular mitochondria, to help it in the fat burning process. It's all a natural process, and a natural way to support it.
Now, green tea extract is a really powerful antioxidant, so it protects your cells from that free radical damage that I was just talking about. And then the caffeine is an adrenal stimulant that helps to metabolize the fat.
Now, the important thing is that the caffeine really doesn't have that dramatic an effect on burning fat by itself. You see a lot of weight loss supplements using caffeine, and you get this feeling of like energy and it's said to be more metabolic... well, by itself, caffeine is really not all that great of a fat burner, but when you combine it with the green tea the two of them work synergistically. And so they build upon each other, and they actually help each other perform better.
So, your dosage should be about 300mg of EGCG green tea extract, and combine that at the same time with 200mg of caffeine, taken once a day. Now, again these are both things you can find very very easy at your local supplement store, even a lot of the grocery stores now have these in their vitamin section. For caffeine you can buy something like NoDoz, or a generic version of it, they usually come in like 200mg tablets.
So, you take this combination preferably about 30 to 45 minutes before working out. It'll give you more energy in the gym, but it's also going to help start that metabolism of body fat. So that when you get in the gym and you start getting on the treadmill, or whatever you're going to do to workout, the fat is already starting to metabolize, and you can burn it off a lot faster for fuel during your workout.
The Final Weight Loss Supplement
And the third one that I'll give you is actually a really powerful one for both building muscle and burning fat, at the same time. It's conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. Now, CLA is a naturally occurring free fatty acid, and it's found mainly in things like meat and dairy products. But what it does is it helps speed up the body's fat metabolism, so it really helps in metabolizing the existing body fat that you have on your body. But it also aids in lean muscle growth, at the same time as it's increasing your fat metabolism, and the more muscle you have on your body the more fat you're going to metabolize anyway.
Now, I think we're still kind of in the initial discovery stages of just why this works so powerfully, but early results have shown that over a two year trial... this is really incredible research... CLA actually was shown that, after one year of supplementation of 3.4 grams a day, it reduced body fat by 9%. And that's pretty cool, in and of itself, but it also increased lean muscle mass at the same time by 2%. And what's cool about this is that it happened without any changes to any diet or exercise restriction. So, it was the supplement itself that appears to have cause this increase in fat metabolization and the increase in muscle mass.
So, there are three things that will work really really well for helping you burn fat, in combination, when used together. Now, with the CLA I recommend you take about 1 gram, 3 times a day, with your meals. Just take it with your meal, in the morning, noon, and in the evening time, and that's all you need.
And this with your 3 daily meals...
These are some of the most inexpensive supplements out there, but they can really help speed up the fat burning process, and I highly recommend them. Isn't it awesome how you get a one-two punch from CLA, with it's fat burning and muscle building properties?
But if you want even more supplement advice, check out part 4 of this interview... Find out how to pack on slabs of muscle!
© 2014 Ben Guinter
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