Do “Fat Burning Supplements” Even Work?

I never took supplements growing up.

I don’t know if it was because my parents didn’t believe in them or what, but I had friends that did.

I used to love to go over to their houses and get my share of those Flintstone chewables.

Something about it just made me feel like I was doing something special for my body… then again, they tasted pretty good, so that likely played a role.

Flash forward to high school football, and I remember reading everything I could about all of the “performance enhancing” supplements, like creatine, whey protein, and glutamine.

I mean, what highschool boy doesn’t want to “get big”…

We belonged to a fitness club in Minneapolis (it’s now a Lifetime Fitness) and I would go there to lift weights. Afterwards, I would always have them make me these huge protein shakes with this aweful MetRx shake packets that invariably created more gastric distress than anything else.

…But I really felt like I was doing something great for my body.

Did they do anything for me then?

To be honest, i’m not really sure, but I believed in them enough to at least think they did something…

So, I guess it begs the question: Are Supplements Even Helpful?

I will say this time and time again:

No supplement will ever take the place of hard training and optimal nutrition. Period.

However, once a solid training and nutrition plan is in place, I do believe that supplements can be beneficial…especially at maximizing fat loss.

*Caveat: I would never expect supplements to account for more than 5-10% of a person’s fat loss success.

None-the-less, for many people, it’s that last few % that makes a huge difference in how they look and feel.

So, I say if you can afford it, and already are working on putting the other, more seemingly important pieces of the puzzle in place, then go for it!

And here’s why:

Fat Burning Hormones

Fat loss is all about creating the right hormonal environment. Same goes for muscle building. If we can use supplements to optimize our bodies fat burning and muscle building hormones, by both, improving work output and recovery, then we can have the best of both worlds.

Caffeine: Ingesting caffeine jumpstarts the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream. This occurs when your body is breaking down your fat stores to convert it into energy. In other words, caffeine boosts your metabolism slightly and helps you burn fat

L-Carnitine: L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria, where they may be oxidized to produce energy. Carnitine has also been shown to reduce fatigue and serve as an appetite suppressant as well.

Sleep for Fat Loss

As I said in previous articles, without adequate sleep, we cannot possibly recover from exercise, manage stress, or support an optimal fat-burning hormonal environment. Therefore, maximizing the amount and quality of our sleep is crucial – just as crucial as maintaining proper nutrition and training.

Magnesium: Magnesium is vital for the function of GABA receptors, which exist across all areas of the brain and nervous system. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter that the brain requires to switch off

L-Theanine: It has been documented that sleep quality, recovery from exhaustion, and refreshed feelings were all enhanced by L-theanine supplementation.

Melatonoin: Melatonin is a hormone that helps you fall asleep. It has been taken for years as a supplement to assist with sleep but should only be used as a short term solution to poor sleep.
Fight Inflammation to Control Fat Storage

A common theme among many of my fat loss clients is a propensity to store body fat around their midsection. This is often not just subcutaneous (fatty tissue underneath the skin), but more often deep visceral fat (surrounding the organs). This is more dangerous and metabolically active body fat, which is why those people with a higher waist to hip circumference measurement are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.

Bergamot: The Bergamot is a surprisingly nutritious citrus fruit that has a fresh scent and a very useful essential oil which is taken from the peel. Bergamot supplements are taken for several reasons including lowering cholesterol levels, blood sugar, reducing middle obesity and arterial stiffness.

Curcumin: Curcumin is derived from the bright yellow Indian spice turmeric and has been used by traditional medicine for almost four thousand years.Curcumin is well-established in the medical literature as a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient

See the included Fat Burning Supplement Cheat Sheet for more about how these products work for improving fat loss in each of the aforementioned conditions.

Download Your Fab 5 Fat Loss Supplements Cheat Sheet HERE

Depending on the client, we’ll rotate through several of these products and find that they each can be valuable depending on what’s going on in your life with sleep, stress, training, work, nutrition, etc.

As I said earlier, if you’re not being compliant with your nutrition and training, then don’t bother spending money on any of these products.

So before you jump on the “fat burning supplement” bandwagon, consider how diligent you’re being with your nutrition, training and sleep, and only then should you start to implement the products from the Fat Burning Supplement Cheat Sheet

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