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18 nutrition & supplement tips for effective fat burning.
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Effectively decreasing bodyfat while maintaining muscle mass is more complex than implementing one or two fat-burning strategies. Many bodybuilders simply cut carbs and start taking a fat burner when they go on a program to shed bodyfat. Knowing how to make the most of supplementation, diet and training, however, can dramatically impact the ability to shed bodyfat. Consider integrating several of these fat-burning strategies into your next ripping-up phase.

1 | USE A THERMOGENIC PRODUCT

There are many different types of “fat burner” supplements on the market, but perhaps the most popular and effective category is thermogenics. Thermogenics work by boosting the body’s metabolism. That is, you burn more calories during a given activity, even if you’re just sitting on your butt watching Pumping Iron again. Most products achieve this effect by increasing norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter that the nervous system releases; it is basically a form of adrenaline). Synephrine is one supplement that raises norepinephrine. Try doses of five to 20 milligrams (mg), from a standardized Citrus aurantium extract, once or twice daily for amaximum of 40 mg per day.

2 | TAKE A FAT MOBILIZER

You not only want to burn more calories, but also to make sure that many of those calories come from stored bodyfat. Certain supplements help to encourage fat to leave their hideaways (fat cells) and get burned for fuel. Forskolin is derived from the mintlike herb Coleus forskohlii. It activates fat breakdown from within fat cells. Supplements that deliver 20-50 mg of actual forskolin, taken two or three times per day, might do the trick. Caffeine also works well to get exercising muscles to use more fat. Take 200-400 mg an hour or two before workouts.

3 | USE AN APPETITE SUPPRESSANT 

To shed more bodyfat, you have to eat less — there is no way around it. The good news is that there are supplements that can help blunt hunger pangs and keep you from binging. Simmondsin is a jojoba extract that can dramatically blunt appetite by stimulating the production of cholecystokinin, a hormone that increases feelings of satiety. Try doses of 100-500 mg on an empty stomach, one to three times per day.

4 | TRY A THYROID ENHANCER 

Try a thyroid enhancer Seven-keto is a natural metabolite of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the hormone that forms testosterone. By increasing the production of thyroid hormones, 7-keto increases metabolic rate. Try 100-200 mg of 7-keto DHEA per day in two or three divided doses.

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