Shredding – Down to a Science Part 3
Supplements to Enhance your Progress & Accelerate Your Fat Loss
Supplements Best Practices
Supplements can definitely boost your progress. However, the efficacy of supplements are not obligated to be tested in clinical trials. Therefore, as a consumer, you must select a company that you are confident backs their products with the best, most sound scientific research. And believe me when I say this, you’ve come to the right place!
you’ve come to the right place
The Wrong Way: Falling into the Trap.
If you’re looking into a supplement and you can’t find an explanation for how it works or what ingredients it contains, turn a blind eye.
The Right Way: Doing your own Research.
You can’t expect to know what each ingredient does off the top of your head. But find one or two of the listed ingredients in your supplement and do a quick Google search. Find out if that product does what the company claims, and whether or not it’s right for you!
The Best Way: Find a Trusted Source that Provides you with High Quality Science
Below I describe two of the best supplements to shred fat and fast-track your progress to 6-pack abdominals. I would urge you to take a moment to grasp the ingredients, understand what they do and then take a look for yourself at the cited article and confirm your belief in the product!
ALLMAX RAPIDCUTS SHREDDED
As the primary fat burner presented by ALLMAX Nutrition, the combination of minerals and other ingredients that target, release and ignite fat truly raise the standard.
most people don’t consume enough chromium in their daily diets
Chromium is one of the predominant minerals found in Rapidcuts. Unfortunately, most people don’t consume enough chromium in their daily diets (20), and this is particularly detrimental for those trying to lose weight.
In human studies, supplementation with chromium alone has been shown to promote weight-loss with concomitant preservation of lean tissue (20). Now if that sounds good already, you’re in for a treat because we’re just getting started!
we’re just getting started
Two of the main Rapidcuts ingredients that target the fat breakdown/storage process are Standardized Ashwagandha and Kelp Powder. The former has been shown to decrease perceived stress levels and consequently reduce cortisol levels in the body (20). Considering the link between circulating cortisol levels and abdominal fat (21) supplementing with Ashwagandha in ALLMAX Rapidcuts, will significantly improve your progress towards 6-pack abs!
Studies have shown significant improvements in muscle strength
What you may not expect is that there is an added bonus to supplementing with this ingredient. Studies have shown significant improvements in muscle strength and size when following a resistance training regime with Ashwagandha supplementation (22). Therefore, not only will this ingredient keep abdominal fat at bay but it will ensure your muscles are nice and toned just in time for the big reveal!
Next in line is Kelp Powder, which mainly functions as a result of the active compound fucoxanthin (23). This compound has been shown to inhibit fat cell development as well as uptake of fat into fat cells (24). Moreover, it has been demonstrated to enhance fat loss in both animal and human studies (23), providing a substantial advantage when targeting fat loss.
Green Coffee Bean extract demonstrate a direct effect of releasing fat from fat cells
Three significantly active ingredients work as part of the Rapidcuts fat release mechanism. Firstly, Green Coffee Bean extract includes a blend of chlorogenic acids that demonstrate a direct effect of releasing fat from fat cells as part of the process known as lipolysis (25). Secondly, Yohimbine as a potent fat targeting agent has been discussed in a recent 2002 review (26).
This ingredient drives the release of free fatty acids from fat cells both pre- and post-exercise (26). Interestingly, another study demonstrated that women who lost weight slower than others displayed heightened sensitivity to agents that activate alpha-2 receptors (26).
As a natural alpha-2 receptor antagonist (blocker), Yohimbine would negate this effect and function to enhance weight loss by this mechanism. The combined effects of Yohimbine and Green Coffee Bean extract make them clear front-runners as essential ingredients in the fat release mechanism of Rapidcuts.
Additionally, I urge you to educate yourself on the powerful effects of another indispensible ingredient as part of the release mechanism of Rapidcuts Shredded, Yerba Mate tea, which is covered here:
LEARN MORE: POWER YOUR PERFORMANCE WITH YERBA MATE TEA
As the last step of Rapidcuts Shredded, several ingredients are designed to ignite fat stores. Capsaicin found in Capsicum [2% Pure Extracted Enteric Coated Capsaicinoids], is an ingredient that has been shown to augment fat oxidation during a restrictive diet (27) and as an added bonus, has the capacity to influence a decline in the amount of energy consumed during a meal (28).
inclusion of caffeine is a no brainer
Next, the inclusion of caffeine is a no brainer and not just because it has been observed to make exercise seem less difficult and more enjoyable (29). Biologically, it is a known inducer of lipolysis (25) and fat oxidation during exercise (29). The mechanism by which this happens is apparent in animal studies where caffeine is capable of stimulating β-oxidation (30), the step prior to the TCA cycle where fats are broken down for energy!
ALLMAX Amino Cuts
Amino Cuts can be used as a powerful pre-workout with the added benefit of being a prominent fat burner. In addition to containing Green Coffee Bean extract and caffeine as major contributors to its fat burning capacity, it also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
CLA has been shown to mediate loss of fat, decreased waist-to-hip ratio and BMI in human studies (31). The likely action of CLA on these parameters is through stimulating the activity of canitine-palmitoil-transferase-1 (CAT-1) and enhancing energy expenditure through increased expression of UCP-1 (32). If it didn’t already impress you as a pre-workout, it’s fat burning properties will surely blow you mind!
“its fat burning properties will surely blow you mind!”
Coming Full Circle
Everyone will tell you that eating right and exercising are the keys to success and that there are no other substitutes. That’s relatively true! The problem however, is that most people don’t realize what that really means or how to go about it.
I hope that this article has provided a comprehensive overview on how to get smart by calculating energy in versus energy out and how to burn through fat by implementing the correct conditioning, meal-planning and supplementation! NOW GO GET SHREDDED – and make this new years resolution the best one yet!
NOW GO GET SHREDDED
By: Steven Bugiel (IG: @stevieinonstagram) BSc (Food Science and Nutrition); MSc (Biochemistry)
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