From Fitness & Power
With summer now fast approaching, more and more people are really stepping up their efforts to get themselves into the best shape of their lives so that come bathing suit season they will be ready to strip down and strut their stuff without having to feel ashamed or self-conscious. Unfortunately, losing fat is far easier said than done which is why the number of obese individuals living on our planet is constantly increasing every single year.
We spend thousands on healthy foods, exercise equipment, diet plans, programs, and gym memberships yet many of us still struggle with our weight on a daily basis. Because of this, more people are turning to health and fitness supplements as a means of burning fat and helping them get in shape. The health and fitness supplement industry is worth billions and is extremely competitive, and because of this, finding products that actually work can be difficult.
Some companies will manufacture supplements and make outrageous claims about their effectiveness when in reality they don’t actually work at all, or if they do the results are far from impressive. However, some supplements do indeed work and to help ensure you’re ready for the summer this year we’ll now be taking a look at five fat burning supplements that really do work and really do what they claim to be able to do.
Green tea extract – Green tea is considered one of the healthiest beverages in the entire world, and has been consumed for medicinal purposes for literally centuries upon centuries. There are numerous health and fitness benefits associated with green tea, including the fact that as it is rich in potent antioxidants, it is an extremely impressive anti-cancer ingredient. It is the antioxidants contained within green tea extract, that help make it so incredibly effective for fat loss, with one in particular really standing out. Green tea extract contains an antioxidant known as Epigallocatechin galate, or EGCG for short. This antioxidant has been proven to increase natural metabolic rates within the body, helping to boost metabolism and therefore helping to increase energy levels and the amount of calories we’re able to burn. It also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that also has thermogenic metabolism boosting qualities, so green tea extract truly is impressive when it comes to burning body fat.
CLA – CLA, or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is an extremely impressive omega 6 fatty acid that helps promote fat loss in a number of different ways. To begin with it increases resting metabolic rates, so even whilst resting we burn more calories than average. It also promotes lean muscle mass by improving protein synthesis, and what’s more, studies have revealed that it is able to communicate with fat burning enzymes, and basically tell them to burn more body fat for energy. Not only that, but it can also prevent the body from storing excess calories as body fat, making it a very effective fat burning supplement indeed.
Forskolin – Forskolin is a natural herb that has been used in ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. There are numerous medicinal properties associated with the herb and one distinct benefit is the fact that it has been found to promote weight loss. Natural Forskolin extract has been proven to naturally decrease body fat levels and increase testosterone production, which in turn acts as a very potent fat burner and also increases lean muscle mass. The more muscle mass an individual is carrying, the more effective their metabolisms will be because muscle requires more calories to maintain than body fat, so in order to maintain muscle mass, the body is forced to burn more calories and convert them into energy, which is does via the metabolism.
Whey protein – Though it isn’t marketed as a fat burner, whey protein is actually an extremely impressive supplement when it comes to fat loss. Whey protein is marketed as a muscle building supplement, because protein is essential for the growth and repair of muscle tissue. As whey protein is so effective at providing the body with the required protein and amino acids required for building muscle, the metabolism is also forced to increase as our lean muscle mass levels increase. As mentioned, the more muscle we have, the faster our metabolisms become so whey protein is another supplement that is ideal for burning fat.
Fucoxanthin – This compound is from the same family as beta-carotene and is derived from natural brown seaweed. Experts have found that fucoxanthin is able to speed up fat burning processes within the cells on a mitochondrial level. It also helps to reduce blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity, both of which can lead to excessive weight gain.