Drama-Free Fat Burners
Here’s something to keep in mind: No pill or potion, on its own, will do 100% the work for you – period. The process of reducing body fat is not one that can be expedited overnight, and it certainly won’t happen if you aren’t willing to put forth the effort. It takes dedication, consistency, hard work and a fair mount of knowledge on what the body requires in order to stimulate metabolism. So as you go about your quest to shape up, here’s the lowdown on 5 simple, effective, science-based supplements that can help you make the most out of each meal and workout.
Aside from being a long-time personal favorite, this amino acid-like compound is also one of the most researched substances in the nutritional science community, and to date, has been the subject of over 18,000 studies. Here’s how it works. Deep inside every cell are microscopic, energy-producing sub-cellular structures known as mitochondria. L-Carnitine’s job is to transport the fatty acids from food (including those difficult to burn brown and saturated fats) into the mitochondria. From there, they’re converted into energy that the body can use immediately. Doses vary, however 1,000-3,000 mg prior to training has become well accepted as the norm.
Essential Fatty Acids
Unless you consider yourself among the extremely supplement savvy, there’s a good chance that you may be living under the assumption that all fat is bad. Wrong. In fact, without the right amounts of “good” fat, the body will have an extremely difficult time metabolizing stored fat. Furthermore, we didn’t become the fattest nation on earth by hawk eyeing labels in some foolish attempt to avoid saturated fat. We did it by throwing a wrench into our Omega- 3:Omega-6 ratio. Typically, most Americans consume 30 times the amount of Omega-6 as they do Omega-3 essential fatty acids. This imbalance robs the body of many biological components needed to utilize stored fat for energy. Supplementing 3,000 mg of a quality Omega-3 source such as fish oil, flax seed or supplements which contain the proper amount of EPA/DHA, is the easiest way to get things back on track.
The integrity and health of a person’s digestive tract is vital when it comes to losing weight. Sadly, most people don’t understand how important it is, and as a result, 50 million Americans live with chronic digestive disorders-not to mention bulging guts and sagging asses. At birth, we’re wired genetically to manufacture a specific number of enzymes-an amazing process called “enzyme potential.” Years of scarfing down fast and processed foods, liquor and tons of sugar forces the body to call upon these reserves in greater numbers. By the time most of us reach adulthood, we produce far fewer enzymes than we did as kids. That, coupled with our collective attitude to avoid fresh, enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables only complicates he process. When this happens, it becomes very difficult to properly break down solid foods, and even more difficult for the small intestines to absorb nutrients. Instead of passing through the intestines unfettered, undigested “waste” sits, rots, and eventually oozes into the bloodstream to be stored as fat. This is disastrous. You can avoid this gastrointestinal nightmare by taking a digestive enzyme with each major meal.
Protein consumption is riddled with overtones of high-powered bodybuilding mutants and powerlifters, all of which have been blown completely out of proportion. Yes, athletes training for strength and size do need a bit more than the average John or Jane Doe. And yes, it does facilitate the process of repairing and building muscle. But that doesn’t mask the fact that everyone needs it. The body burns 10 calories digesting 100 calories or protein, and only 4 for every 100 calories of carbohydrates. This is known as the “themic” effect. Additionally, protein has a two-tiered affect on appetite control. First, it stabilizes blood glucose, which in turn helps control insulin levels. Next, protein consumption encourages the production of 2 enzymes that help induce feelings of fullness: cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). If you decide to go the protein shake route, I would advise anyone to prepare one in the morning, and one immediately after working out. Keep each serving limited to 25 grams of protein.
We’re constantly being reminded to eat more fiber, though it seems as if no one is actually heeding this advice. And honestly, how could you blame anyone. The current recommended daily allowance for fiber is somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 grams daily, and as you already know, that equates to a lot of raw vegetables. But here’s something you might not know. Without an adequate supply of fiber in your diet, you put yourself in prime position to gain excess, unnecessary body fat. Glucomannan is a very safe and effective natural fiber that literally “bulks up” in the stomach to absorb excess fat from meals. Once absorbed, they pass easily through the digestive tract without being digested, and unable to store throughout the body. The aforementioned bulking process, in itself, helps too. Because when space is occupied in the stomach, feelings of fullness come much quicker. 1,500- 2,000 mg, taken 30 minutes before eating is ideal.
Losing weight doesn’t have to suck, but it does require a staunch commitment right from the start. Chew your food thoroughly, eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism fired up, and don’t starve yourself. With the right mindset and a well nourished machine, you’ll never have to worry about holding in that gut come beach season.