Everyone wants to get lean as fast as possible, especially when the weather starts to get warm. The bad news is that you have to have some patience—you aren’t going to go from round to ripped in a couple weeks. The good news is that there are a few supplemental secret weapons that can help the weight come off a bit more quickly than what’s possible with just hard training and eating right.
Here are a few body-shaping supplements you should consider adding to your get-fit arsenal, so you can get lean as fast as possible:
The key nutrients in effective fat burners generally include caffeine, green tea extract (EGCG), yohimbine, and forskolin (coleus forskolii). Positive side effects of forskolin, aside from simply ramping up fat loss, are lower blood pressure, improved high-density lipoproteins, and increased free testosterone. Testosterone isn’t just good for building muscle, it’s also known to help burn body fat.
Most fat burners should be taken with food (or as listed on the bottle), but if you can time that to happen before weight training or before cardio, great! Because of the caffeine content, you’ll want to avoid using them late in the day or sleep could be disrupted.
Tight: The original and legendary formula that supports fat burning, metabolism, and healthy thyroid function
Tight Xtreme Reloaded: The ultimate fat burner that keeps your metabolism kicked up, gives all-day energy, and curbs your hunger to keep you focused.
Tight Fem: Formulated specifically for women as a potent thermogenic that can curb appetite, boost mood, and reduce water retention.
Shredded: For rapid weight loss and reduced water retention, generally recommended at the end of a dieting phase when you’re about to have a photo shoot or be on stage.
Nitric oxide (NO) and its precursors aren’t just great for getting a bigger pump during your workout. They also ramp up your fat burning because of improved blood flow. Opening up blood vessels (vasodilation) means blood can flow more freely, and that’s a big a key to melting fat, which is especially important prior to cardio exercise. So “pre-workout” formulas are also great for pre-cardio.
These are obviously best before weight training and before cardio, but if you do both weights and cardio on the same day, be cautious of overuse if the formula includes caffeine. Also, if you want to use a fat burner before training along with a vasodilator, choose the stimulant-free pre-workout to avoid double-dosing on the caffeine.
Fierce Domination: Ultra-powerful pre-workout formula for extreme workout intensity, focus, and energy/endurance along with intense muscle pumps and enhanced fat burning.
Fierce with T-Drive: Taking the Fierce formula to a new level with the addition of testosterone-boosting ingredients for maximized strength and performance with aggressive intensity and focus in the gym.
Megatron: Highly effective pre-workout formula that’s stimulant-free, so you get all the benefits of increased nitric oxide production and improved fat burning without any added caffeine—ideal for anyone avoid stimulants or already using caffeine-based fat burners.
How does a nutrient that reduces stress hormone (cortisol) help you get lean? Cortisol can increase body fat and cause your body to use muscle tissue for its energy needs. That’s a double-edged sword, so to build muscle and burn fat, you need to control your cortisol levels. Phosphatidylserine can reduce cortisol by up to 30 percent in hard-training athletes, and cortisol release can get very high during the later hours of sleep, so it’s ideal before training and before bed.
If you’re also using a fat burner or pre-workout formula, keep in mind that caffeine can trigger cortisol release, so it’s a good idea to stack caffeine-based supplements with phosphatidylserine when possible.
CortStat: The optimal source of Phosphatidylserine combined with Alanyl-L-Glutamine Dipeptide to maximize the benefits of PS and add the benefits of improved cellular hydration and nutrient absorption.
L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine are renowned fat burners because they can enhance the fat-burning process by transporting fat into the mitochondria of cells, fueling your fat-burning furnace. L-carnitine also enhances muscular-force production, which is an obvious key to stimulating muscle growth.
L-Carnitine Power: Powdered or encapsulated form of L-carnitine tartrate for effective fat burning, healthy metabolism, and improved cognition in a vegetarian-friendly formula.
L-Carnitine Liquid: A tasty liquid form of free-form L-carnitine (Carnipure sourced) combined with vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid, sweetened with Stevia leaf extract.
ALCAR 750: The potent and easily absorbed acetyl-L-carnitine HCl version of this energy-boosting and fat-burning amino acid, available in powder or tablets.
We’re not just talking about building and/or preserving muscle while dieting and training hard. Protein is also considered thermogenic, which means it helps increase your metabolism to burn more fat. It also has a higher energy cost than carbs, so if you’re serious about getting in shape (whether bigger, leaner, or both), you should eat some protein at every meal.
100% Pure Titanium Whey: Easy mixing whey protein ideal for boosting protein at meals or using as a post-workout protein source and just happens to be delicious enough to curb your cravings for sweets.
100% Casein Fusion: The ideal slow-release protein for between-meal snacks, protein shakes, or for using before bed to make sure you avoid going into a catabolic state overnight.
RawFusion: Delicious, plant-based protein with an amino acid profile that rivals milk-based proteins but with no dairy or animal proteins, making it ideal as a balanced protein choice for anyone.
Use any or all of the recommendations above to get lean, and get ready to be in the best shape of your life. Just remember to keep caffeine content in mind when choosing your fat burner and vasodilator (pre-workout). You’ve got nothing to lose…except all that unwanted body fat.
Note: For information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.