Lose Fat

6 Fat Fighting Supplement Tips

M&F shares the secrets to shedding fat and getting lean.

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INVEST IN A FAT-BURNER.

Consult your doctor before trying a fat-burner if you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or high blood pressure, as fat-burners can exacerbate those conditions. New products that combine multiple ingredients, such as Hydroxycut Hardcore and Lipid Fx, work well.

CAFFEINATE YOURSELF.

Drinking coffee before doing cardio will cause you to burn more fat. Subjects who consumed 300 mg of caffeine (the approximate amount found in two cups of coffee) two hours before exercising on a stationary bike for 30 minutes were not only able to work out at a higher intensity (more total calories burned) but they also used a much greater percentage of bodyfat for fuel.

AMINOS WORK, TOO.

Researchers found that subjects who ingested 3 grams of an amino acid mixture before one hour of moderate-intensity exercise on a stationary bike burned the same amount of total calories but more fat than those taking a placebo drink.

IT’S THE TRANSPORTER.

Carnitine, which helps transport fats to where they can be burned in the mitochondria of muscle and other cells, can help you burn more fat. In one study, three weeks of carnitine supplementation increased carnitine levels in muscle and enhanced fat usage during exercise. Another study showed that just 10 days of carnitine supplementation (3 grams per day) increased the amount of fat burned.

FAT FOR FUEL FASTER.

Hydroxycitrate (HCA) appears to enhance fat loss, according to researchers. Subjects taking HCA were able to work out longer and harder, and the amount of calories they burned from fat during the hour of exercise increased. Take 250-1,000 mg once or twice a day.

TAKE CLA.

Conjugated linoleic acid has come into vogue in bodybuilding circles as a fat-burner. Several studies in humans have shown modest effects on fat loss. Try 3 grams per day.

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