So you want to get lean and ripped, huh? Trying to strip off the last layer of body fat often begins with calorie restriction, and a reduction of food variety. It’s this extreme state of dieting that can create nutrient deficiencies making it harder and harder to get lean.
That’s where supplements come in. Some will directly influence breaking down fat, and others will help normalize your nutrient needs so you continue to burn calories efficiently.
Here’s a list of the best supplements to get lean and ripped like a superhero.
There are so many protein powder variants on the market, that it makes it more confusing than it needs to be. What’s worse is they all kind of look and taste the same, but some are better suited to specific goals and needs. When it comes to weight loss, and getting lean, stick with whey protein powders.
The milk derivative helps suppress your appetite, resulting in fewer calories per day, and also helps preserve lean mass. The more muscle you’re able to retain while losing body fat, the higher your metabolic rate will be.
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When most people think of caffeine, an image of a hot cup of coffee pops into their head. While most use caffeine as a morning pick-me-up, it’s also one of the most effective and widely studied weight loss supplements.
Here’s how caffeine supplementation helps reduce body fat:
– Improves Fat Oxidation
– Stimulates Nervous System
– Increases Calorie Burn
– Suppresses Appetite
There is a point, however, where too much caffeine becomes more of a health concern rather than a benefit. It can make you anxious and jittery, if you overload on caffeine. Most people will want to stay below 300-400 mg of caffeine per day.
Glutamine is an essential amino acid your body needs, and it needs a lot of it. You get a healthy dose from animal and plant protein, but you can also gain significant benefits from supplementation.
People who supplement with glutamine often experience:
– Reduction in waist size (Even without dieting)
– Gut health (Bacteria in your stomach that influences weight)
– Reduction in cravings for sugar
– Muscle growth and preservation
Supplementing with 20 grams of glutamine per day has proven safe without harmful side effects. Increasing the dosage beyond 20 grams hasn’t shown to increase the weight loss benefits, however.
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Eating cayenne pepper, or taking in supplement form, has proven beneficial to boosting your metabolism by up to 20% within a few hours after eating. It also acts a strong appetite suppressant resulting in reduced cravings after a meal, and fewer calories consumed throughout the day.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea has long been touted for its general health benefits, due to the antioxidants. It’s widely accepted as beneficial to brain health, memory, and reduction of cancer risk.
Why is green tea also gaining momentum as a powerful weight loss supplement? Because it speeds up your metabolism, and can improve fat oxidation by up to 30%.
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