13 Aug 4 Top Natural Fat Burning Supplements For a Supercharged Metabolism
Most people are always looking for a way to burn more calories to stay lean or lean up. However nearly four out of 10 adults in the USA will be obese within five years if people keep packing on pounds at the current rate, putting their health at risk (not to mention upgrading your wardrobe to bigger sizes!)
Currently, about 31%, or about 59 million people, are obese, which is defined as roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. Almost 65% are either obese or overweight, 10 to 30 pounds over a healthy weight. This level of obesity increases a persons chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and even some types of cancer. I've seen many clients go off their blood pressure medication after losing enough weight. The health benefits of being lean are too numerous to list and the feeling you have when you are maintaining a fitness lifestyle is a fantastic thing.
I've put together a list of natural supplements that are my favorites for keeping a healthy metabolism for weight loss and weight maintenance. These four natural supplements have many other benefits aside from having to do with weight loss which is why they are my favorite picks and make for a very affordable choice when picking supplements. If you plan to maintain a lifetime fitness program, these 4 supplements must be part of your health and fitness arsenal.
Green tea is something that has many benefits and is widely available. It is a tea made from the leaves of Camellia Sinesis. It's been hotly advertised for years as a helpful weight loss agent and has in some studies been shown to increase metabolism by as much as 3%. What makes green tea to have a super charged value is its ability as a powerful antioxidant. It is full of catechin polyphenols and the one you are looking for on the label when purchasing is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Aside from increasing calories burned per day, it can help fight cancer and lower LDL cholesterol levels. With the numerous health benefits, along with reducing oxidative stress and the ability to increase your metabolism, Green Tea is a must have to maintain in your fitness locker. Most versions contain a small amount of caffeine but also can be purchased in a decaffeinated version. If you are looking for something with thermogenic properties and can handle caffeine this makes a great choice for buffing up the metabolism.
This is another blockbuster natural supplement that should be in every vitamin cabinet. What makes fish oil so special? It contains the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These specific components have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, improve body composition, and reduce inflammation in the body. Some studies have even shown possible anti cancer effects. For infants and young children DHA is critical in their brain development. There are chewable versions of DHA that you can give your kids. DHA has also been found to be helpful with adults and children with ADD and ADHD. The fat in fish oil binds to PPARs (peroxisome proliferator activated receptors). The good fats such as DHA and EPA bind to these PPARs to help you burn more fat and make you more insulin sensitive giving a positive effect on your blood sugar. When you eat bad fats they bind to your PPARs and shut off your bodies fat burning abilities. This all sounds a little complicated however, simple put Fish Oil is effective. I have personally watched clients lose an inch off of their waist within a few weeks of adding a quality fish oil supplement to their diet. For an excellent fat burner, blood sugar regulator, and anti-inflammatory you should take fish oil every day.
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl L-carnithine
Another metabolic and health booster to add is alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L-carnithine. These can be taken separately and are even conveniently added into 1 capsule for a complete package. Alpha lipoic acid is a great choice for helping your body to metabolize sugar, especially in the muscles to promote energy. It reduces blood sugar which is very important in preventing diabetes in the long run. On top of that it is a powerful antioxidant that goes out neutralizing cell damaging free radicals. It can also help recycle other anti oxidants like Vitamin C, E, and beta carotene making them more available to do their job fighting off free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid can be found in various strengths and can be taken 2-3 times per day at 100 to 300 mg daily. On top of this, you can add acetyl L-carnithine which helps transport fat into the mitochondria for burning. This can help people with diabetes, insulin resistance, and anyone trying to lose body fat to speed up the fat burning process. It has been shown to prevent damage to the mitochondria through oxidative stress making it another top pick for your anti oxidant arsenal.
The four natural supplements listed above can offer you not only better health but improved metabolic function and fat loss. They are natural supplements and they are also not classified as stimulatory (except for green tea depending on the caffeine content). All of these ingredients are found in many of the fat loss products that are marketed today but those products typically include such a small dose that it is not effective for fat burning or the health benefits. There are many "kitchen sink" fat burners that have 10 to 20 ingredients on the label but are only moderately effective. You can purchase the most effective ingredients separately and as an added benefit they are cheaper this way. You'll find that many fitness trainers rank these 4 supplements at the top of their list of must haves.