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Weight loss has always been the ultimate goal for many people.
Eliminating all the excess fat in your body will not only make you look good, it will also give you better quality of life and a longer lifespan.
Most ‘self-proclaimed’ fitness experts are quick to say that there are only two things that can lead to guaranteed weight loss – proper diet and physical exercise. That is true.
All you need to do is burn more than you consume and you should lose weight. But it’s easier said than done.
Why You Might Need Fat Burners
Each one of us has a different body type and basal metabolic rate. Some people have such excellent metabolism that they burn more even at a rested state.
Even if you’ve been trying to reduce calorie consumption and stick to a workout routine, you might hit a weight loss plateau at some point.
When this happens, you will find yourself too lethargic when you cut down on food or increase exercise. Sometimes, you just don’t have the time or energy to quickly add more to your gym routine.
This is where the fat burning supplements come in handy.
This is the last resort when all other venues have been exhausted. And it has become a multi-billion dollar industry, with many of the options on the market being ineffective.
One of the more common ingredients of fat burner supplements that do work is a stimulant of some sort. And this is where it can get dangerous.
Why You Should Avoid Stimulant Fat Burners
A stimulant works increasing the levels of certain neurochemicals and related stress hormones.
Caffeine or other compounds that resemble its functions are commonly included in the ingredients list of the more aggressive fat burning supplements out in the market.
The nasty thing about stimulants is that they tend to increase heart rate, cause palpitation, which may result to irregular heartbeat.
Some people are more sensitive to some types of stimulants and these can lead to anxiety and other serious medical conditions or even death.
Ephedrine, for example, is a very potent stimulant. It has has been proven to burn fat effectively and improve physical performance.
It’s also very dangerous and has caused several deaths before it was banned from being distributed without prescription.
Your Options in Non-Stimulant Fat Burners
Luckily, you don’t really have to depend on stimulants to get that fat burning benefit.
These supplements work differently and will increase neurochemical levels or put strain on your heart. Unlike their stimulant-based counterparts, however, it might take some time to burn that extra weight.
Then again, it’s better to be safe than sick, or even dead.
Here are some of the best non-stimulant fat burner options:
This fat burner is actually an amino acid that is also found in your body but in very small amounts.
Food sources that have carnitine include beef and dairy but you’ll have to consume impractical amounts of steak and milk to get the carnitine necessary to even have that fat burning effect.
Carnitine, which can be bought as a supplement, is responsible for directing fatty acids into an organ called the mitochondria.
This is where fat is burned in a more efficient manner. Without this process, it will be difficult for the body to use fat as fuel so it will just store them in parts you wouldn’t want them to be.
Carnitine does this by breaking fat into smaller particles of free fatty acids which the mitochondria can convert to energy.
Carnitine is also preferred by bodybuilders as it aides in gaining lean muscle mass through the production of androgen receptors.
Androgen receptors enhance the interaction between DHT and other testosterone types which are responsible for building muscle tissues.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Linoleic acids are one of the two types of essential fatty acids that the body can’t synthesize. CLA is a modified form. Since the body can’t make CLA, you need to get it from food or supplements.
Beef from grass-fed cows and full fat dairy are some of the sources of this fatty acid but the amounts are so small they are negligible.
If you require more of CLA, you’ll have to get it from a supplement.
There are multiple studies that have proven the effectiveness of CLA and if you want to get rid of that excess weight, this supplement is a must in your list.
It works in different ways like suppressing your appetite making you eat less, training your body to use more fat as fuel so it doesn’t store much of it, and the production of more testosterone.
Choline is an essential nutrient which the human body can’t produce on its own. It’s a common ingredient to fortified milk powders as it protects the liver, bones, and the brain from disorders.
As a fat burning supplement, choline has been proven effective in boosting the oxidation of fat through the liver.
You can also find choline in most multi-vitamin supplements but on its own, the fat burning effect is not that significant.
Its potency is realized when combined with carnitine because it allows the disposal of fatty acids through urination. This process is also called fat-flushing.
If you are trying to lose excess weight, you may have already heard of the ketogenic diet.
When you’re on that diet, you will need to eat minimal amounts of carbohydrates so your body learns to use stored fat as the primary fuel as it goes in the ketogenic state. This process produces ketone bodies.
During the ketogenic state, you’ll lose fat even without additional physical activity. But if you have tried this diet, you’ll know how difficult it is to maintain that state since a small deviation from the amounts of fat, carbs, and protein you consume can get end the ketogenic state.
This is where exogenous ketones come in.
This supplement tricks your body in such a way that it thinks it’s in the ketogenic state so it continuously burns fat for fuel. But that doesn’t mean you can go crazy on the carbs.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
This is a fat compound that leads to fat loss. It can help suppress appetite and distribute nutrients properly.
ALA directs carbohydrates into the muscle and enhances the body’s usage of glucose. This can help people who are insulin resistant in their weight loss goals.
ALA also protects body organs during scenarios of high oxidation like intense physical or mental stress. It has also been proven to reverse cell aging.
Whoever said that stimulants are the only way to go when you need a fat burning supplement hasn’t really explored all options.
There are still safe ways to lose weight and although the process may be slower, you are sure that you are not damaging your body and mind.
Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals
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