Fat burning is an important part of your Cutting Cycle. Countless fat burners exist in the market and almost all of them boast of excellent results. Selecting one out of such supplements can be a daunting task in itself. Ingredients on a label are often confusing for people like you and me to understand. Listed below are some of the most powerful and effective fat burning ingredients that you should look in a supplement before buying it:
Fat Fighter #1: L-Carnitine
Beta-oxidation is the process in which fatty acids are broken down to generate energy and an important part of this process is that the long-chain fatty acids must reach the inner region of the mitochondria of the cell. It’s important to note that on their own fatty acids are incapable of crossing the mitochondrial membrane. However, research has shown that L-carnitine can make this possible and can make cells generate energy so that you can push through even the hardest of workouts.
What is Carnitine?
Carnitine is a bipolar compound that occurs in muscles and liver and it is involved in the transport of fatty acids across the inner mitochondrial membrane. Intense training can thus, result in depleted levels of this compound in your body and can lead to lower energy levels. Supplementation of this amino acid can help you achieve your fat loss goals faster by making it possible for you to workout with greater intensity.
Carintine is abundantly found in certain foods such as red meats and it goes without saying that you should include these in your diet. However, it’s also important to take a good l-carnitine supplement. When trying to supplement, you should aim for 1000-3000 mg per day.
Fat Fighter #2: Green Tea
Green tea is one of the most famous fat burners ever. It’s made from Camellia Sinensis and is rich in polyphenols as compared to other kinds of tea. Polyphenols are compounds that are abundantly rich in antioxidants and two of the main polyphenols found in green tea include catechins and flavonoids. Catechins are known to boost metabolism multiplying your body’s ability to burn fat.
EGCG account for 40% of the catechins contained in the green tea. This specific type of catechins promotes weight loss through thermogenesis (by increasing your body’s temperature) as well as through fat oxidation.
However, there’s more to green tea’s fat-burning effects than just this. It also contains caffeine, even though in a very small amount. Green tea is rich in theophylline and theobromine, both of which act as stimulants in the ways that are different to caffeine. Theophylline relaxes the muscles of the airway making it easier for you to breathe. It also stimulates the heart to beat faster and harder at the same time. Theobromine, on the other hand, helps boost blood flow throughout the body. These two factors, when combined with caffeine, can result in a fat better training session.
You can take green tea in a couple of ways. Either you can drink it using bagged tea of loose tea leaves or you can use a green tea supplement. When taking a supplement, make sure that it contains close to 50% EGCG and if you decide to drink it, a daily dose of 1000mg of green tea with around 500 mg of EGCG should suffice.
Fat Fighter #3: Capsicum
Capsicum is another fat burner that’s hugely famous for its weight loss properties. It contains a compound called Capsaicinoid that is responsible for giving red hot peppers their spicy flavor. A lot of supplement companies use capsaicinoids as a key ingredient in their fat burners.
These compounds speed up your metabolism through thermogenesis. They also break down adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the body’s main form of energy, and they stimulate lipase, an enzyme which breaks down fat for use as fuel.
One of the problems with this fat burner is that having too much spicy capsicums can result in an upset stomach. In order to avoid this, its best to take a supplement with a daily dose of 100-300 mg of capsaicinoids. Since it can irritate your stomach, its best to take such a supplement with your food. It’s also important to start with a small dose initially and then gradually increase it to avoid any kind of digestive issues.