Supplements are all the rage in the fitness industry nowadays. A huge variety of supplements are available online, in stores, and even at the gyms. With the popularity of fitness more and more companies offer their products to consumers and with profits in mind some companies use less than ethical tactics to get a sale.
The main thing which might or might not surprise you is that most of the poster boys and girls for a supplement company are on the performance-enhancing substances you would not be able to buy in most jurisdictions legally. In short, those models which promote your fat burner and protein are on anabolic steroids, even females are. These people are not only using substances but might not even look like this 365 days a year. They probably prepare for a photoshoot and I am not even talking about lighting, camera angles manipulations, and photoshop in the end to make a pretty picture.
This might give you a false impression that the buff dude and slim girl on the poster got there with exercise and protein alone. Which in reality is probably not the case.
I am not telling you all that to discourage you or to say that all supplements are useless and you shouldn't take them. Rather, I want you to be realistic in your expectations with both exercise and supplements.
I will throw in a list of supplements that might help you in your journey with a quick description of what those are doing. It is always a good idea to do more research to make a better decision. I will cover only supplements directly related to fat loss which give the most bang for a buck.
Also, if you mix supplements, make sure you don’t take too much of one component. If you take yohimbine as a stand-alone supplement and your fat burner contains yohimbine too, you might take too much of it if you don’t pay attention.
Dietary Supplements for Fat Loss
There are hundreds if not thousands of fat burners on the market. Some of them are good, some of them are ok, some of them are useless and some of them are straight-up dangerous. When shopping for one, make sure to stick with a reputable manufacturer and read reviews. Longer the fat burner was on the market, the longer time it had to cause some negative side effects in some people. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid the latest and newest thing and stick with something which was used and tested.
There are several good fat burners available. I will pick my top 3 and share it so you can do further research and ultimately pick for yourself.
This is my top pick which proved to be the most effective in my fat loss, combined with intermittent fasting and exercise. The fat burner includes 3 components: pre-workout, pre-workout fat burner, and meal fat burner. All 3 work very effectively if used correctly. Make sure you closely read directions as there is a specific way to take each component of the stack.
Pulse pre-workout drink
Pre-workout Fat Burner
Animal Cuts by Universal is a very effective fat loss complex. It consists of packs with 9 pills each which you take twice a day. Container with a supplement gives a very good description of components and if you are sensitive to caffeine or other stimulants, you can simply not take a stimulant pill (red pill in a package).
Animal Cuts is not as common as Hydroxycut and is more expensive generally, but I was able to find Animal Cuts in North America, Northern Europe, and South-East Asia. So, if you have a semi-decent supplement store in your area, chances are, you will find it there.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite
This is the first fat burner I ever tried. It is very effective for being relatively simple and easy to consume, unlike two other options. I did try other versions of Hydroxycut and found the Hardcore Elite version to be the best of all. One huge positive is that you can find it anywhere. I saw Hydroxycut in North America, South-East Asia, Northern Europe, and the Baltic states. If you visit your local supplement store, it will probably have it.
L-carnitine is an amino acid that helps utilize your body fat for fuel during exercise and day to day activities. Acetyl-L-carnitine works the same way as other forms of carnitine but acetyl form of the amino acid also helps support brain energy and function. For fat loss benefits, any form of l-carnitine is useful. 1 to 3 grams a day are generally recommended for fat reduction, but you must access your tolerances to the supplement. I used up to 6 grams a day for increased endurance benefits, but I am an advanced user.
Yohimbine is an extract from the bark of Africa native tree which has been used for fat loss for a very long time. HCL is a more pure and absorbable form of yohimbine. Yohimbine works best if taken on an empty stomach and I used it extensively for fasted training sessions. General recommendations for yohimbine are 0.2 mg per 1kg of body weight. So, you weigh 200 pounds (90.7kg), you will have to take 18.14 mg which will be 7 capsules of 2.5 mg. Always remember to read instructions on the package and access your tolerances. Start with low amounts and only work your way up if you can tolerate it.
You don’t have to use any supplements to lose weight. Nor do any supplements will make up for a bad diet and lack of exercise. However, if used right, supplements can give you an edge and help your weight loss to be more efficient and bearable.
Fat Loss Crash Course | Introduction
Fat Loss Crash Course | Understanding of Human Body Energy Consumption
Fat Loss Crash Course | Intermittent Fasting vs. Multiple Small Meals | Eating Mode
Fat Loss Crash Course | Exercise or No Exercise and How Much?
Fat Loss Crash Course | Dietary Supplements
Fat Loss Crash Course | Understanding Macronutrients and Micronutrients
Fat Loss Crash Course | Weight Maintenance
Fat Loss Crash Course | Top 5 Weight Loss Myths
Fat Loss Crash Course | Weight Loss Motivation
Fat Loss Crash Course Conclusion | Putting It All Together