THE RUN DOWN
Losing weight is a different game for everyone. Some people are lucky enough to find them losing body fat without even trying, and others feel like no matter what they do they just can’t get the scales down.
You need to understand your body and know what it needs. Fact is, for most people it takes more than just cardio to lose that unwanted body fat.
A stable diet is a vital part of weight loss and that means more than just starving yourself. Your body needs enough fuel to perform at its highest level while avoiding unwanted calories.
If you feel that your workout regime and nutrition are strong enough, but still want the extra edge to help burn body fat, there are a ton of supplements that can help give you a boost in the right direction.
Weight management supplements come in a few different forms.
You have powders, pills and liquids.
For the most part, pills and powders are similar in ingredients when you are looking at complete fat burning formulas, but offer an alternative method of ingestion.
Some people prefer the ease of taking pills like Cellucor Super HD Xtreme while others like flavoured powders such as Optiburn Amped that they can sip on. It just comes down to preference.
You can also find powders of individual fat burning ingredients such as Platinum Labs Acetyl l-Carnitine.
Acetyl l-Carnitine is an Amino Acid that you will find in almost every fat burner on the market today.
One of its benefits include transporting fatty acids into your cell’s mitochondria which allows your body to burn the fatty acids during exercise and promotes a healthier, leaner physique.
Carnitine can also be found in liquid form which is absorbed faster than pill or powder form.
Your body needs protein help build muscle. There are however many forms of protein powders, some of which will benefit you if your goal is to lose weight, and others that are designed to pack on size.
The difference being the form of protein and any extras that are added such as Carbohydrates or thermogenic compounds.
To keep it simple, the best form of protein for weight loss is WPI, or Whey protein Isolate.
WPI is the purest form of whey protein and yields the highest percentage of protein per gram.
Other benefits vary on the fillers added to protein powders but pure WPI can be virtually lactose free, carbohydrate free, fat free and cholesterol free.*
WPI will help you reach your daily protein requirements without blowing out any of your other macros.
Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAAs are a great addition to any supplement stack.
Perfect for taking during your workouts or sipping on throughout the day on non training days, BCAAs can help promote muscle protein synthesis, improve recovery and increase muscle mass over time.
You can also find BCAA powders with added extras such as electrolytes which make them the perfect Intra-workout supplement.
What’s the hardest part about having a strict diet while you’re trying to lose weight?
Trying to avoid snacking during the day. Luckily, there are a ton of low carb options when it comes to Protein bars and snacks.
Offering a great boost in protein which can help you reach your daily macros, while also helping to curb your afternoon cravings, Protein bars are a great option to have on hand during the day or directly after a workout.
Just make sure you know how many carbs your protein bar has because some of them are delicious and it’s often pretty easy to demolish more than just one in a single sitting.
Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional prior to taking any dietary supplement. Read the labels and take only as directed.