So you are eating right and exercising, https://valeriegoldstein.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/3-secrets-to-shape-up-and-strip-down-for-the-summer-2/, now I will reveal the second secret to shaping up so you can strip down for the summer.
Secret # 2
Rule of Thumb: Incorporate supplements that will supercharge your weight loss efforts.
Synergize! Boost nutrition and exercise by supplementing your intake with nutrients that can help kick cravings to the curb and help burn fat. Work with an expert who can help you identify what may specifically work for you.
Consider supplements and foods that actually work to help you achieve your “shape up”. Try adding these in place of empty or sugar laden calories.
Kick cravings to the curb
L-Glutamine can help obliterate cravings. It is an amino acid so take it on an empty stomach or before a work out. Try 2-3 grams after an exercise routine to help boost fat loss or 30 minutes before cravings take over.
Probiotics taken on an empty stomach can help harness bacteria that cause cravings, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=probioticcravings. Purchase a product with a broad range of cultures and at least one billion colony forming units.
Coconut oil contains 60% of its fat as medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCT have been found to help reduce food intake, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25074387 and promote calorie burning, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8654328. So it actually belongs on both the kickcravings to the curb and drop fat lists. Here’s a little info on how it works: http://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts/. Try 1-6 (2 Tbsp. 3x/day) Tablespoons/day based on your level of hunger.
Drop fat and Strip Down
Whey protein used as a meal or snack replacement contributed to significant weight and fat loss (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24724774/) and helps maintain lean body mass, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25644344, better than soy protein or carbs (which were found to inhibit fat burning). Consume 20-60 grams of whey/day based on activity level, size, etc…,.
Capsaicin is an active component in chilli peppers. Using 2.56 mg capsaicin supplements per meal was shown to burn fat especially in the belly, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23844093, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634197.
L-carnitine is an amino acid that should be taken on an empty stomach, 1-2 g/day. It transports fat to the mitochondria so that it is burned and is involved in energy optimization, http://www.nutritionexpress.com/article+index/protein/showarticle.aspx?id=1487. In addition to fat loss, L-carnitine seems to be helpful with post work out exercise recovery as it delivers oxygen to the muscles and aids in muscle repair including the heart muscle. L-carnitine is naturally found in meat.
If you take medications for HIV/AIDS, or heart disease (Doxorubicin) carnitine may be helpful but there are contraindications with valproic acid, accutaine and some other meds including thyroid.
If you have a medical condition, speak with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Sixty four days until summer! Get your shape up and strip down for the hot weather ahead, blast your fat! Eating right, exercise and using supplements to accelerate weight loss for the summer season will get you where you want to be. What are you waiting for? Lose it!
The third and last piece of the shape up, strip down puzzle is coming next week. Put them (the secrets) all together and what do you have? Follow me and you will see…