I don't like to use the word weight loss, I prefer the term fat loss, as this is specifically what you want to be aiming for. This is our guide to the best supplements on the market that are going to help you burn more fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.
The word supplements are often thrown around in a gym environment. They are pills, powders or fluids taken to enhance training or help aid in recovery. Most fitness models will take a lot of supplements to help maintain a lean chiseled body. There are fat burners that allegedly speed up your metabolism, you have branch chain amino acids which aid in recovery and help prevent muscle wastage.
There are also food supplements to help make sure you get enough essential nutrients such as protein powders and vitamin tablets. If you have ever logged onto a supplement website you'll be given hundreds of different formulas and products to choose from. In this guide I'll show you which ones are the most effective and worth taking.
Here are our top 3 Supplements to take when trying to burn fat and stay lean.
Branch chain amino acids contain three essential amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) that can only be obtained through eating quality protein. They help in muscle building, repair and prevent muscle tissue being used for energy. This is particularly important when you're on a fat loss diet or low carb diet such as our 7 day eating plan. When the body cannot get enough energy from carbohydrates, a catabolic process occurs within the muscle tissue. It's essentially broken down to be converted to energy for use around the body. By supplementing with BCAA's you are ensuring there are readily available amino acids in the blood stream to be used for energy production.
2. Whey Protein
A simple alternative to eating high quality protein. When you're in a rush or your body needs fast fix i.e. after training or when you can't get enough quality protein from your diet. A protein powder is also digested faster and isolates are digested at even faster rates than their counter part. There is nothing to fear when taking a simple unflavoured protein drink. A typical protein powder should only have Whey protein concentrate, emulsifier that helps when you mix and maybe a sweetener if it's flavoured, that's it.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a naturally occurring free fatty acid that aids in fat metabolism. CLA is known to increase your metabolic rate and break down fatty acids for metabolism, most effective around workouts. More research needs to done on the effects CLA really have on fat loss. There are no known negative side effects apart from a bad taste if you don't take them with food. Therefore it's advised to take 3 times a day with food. Your supplement container will give you suggested intake.
While these three supplements have different roles they are really effective when taken together. Not literally at one time but supplementing your normal diet with BCAA's, CLA's and maybe protein powder if you diet needs it. Along with a balanced diet like our 7 day plan they will support your fat loss goals giving you that edge maybe you've been looking for.
Remember to look after your body and only take these supplements if you feel safe to do so and you are ready to invest in them. Although these supplements are all naturally occurring, if you're unsure about taking them, especially if you have any health problems seek further professional advise. Check with your local supplement store of visit your doctor before you start taking anything.