October 19, 2017
By Alex Eriksson (Expert contributor for Building Muscle 101)
The amounts of diets, supplements and equipment developed for weight loss are staggering, but how many of them actually work? Though some of them might, not many are sustainable for long term use.
It all boils down to people having the wrong lifestyle habits (sedentary especially) and expectations on how food should taste. Unless they find something good to replace their favorite foods with, chances for sustainable weight loss results are not high.
Proper diet and exercise remain an indispensable component of any successful weight loss regimen. Many people find it hard to accept a lifestyle where they have to physically exert themselves on a regular basis. However, for those still looking for an easier fix, supplements can play a part.
Supplements are optional, but if you want to shed those extra pounds faster, investing in a fat-burning supplement may be helpful.
However, not all supplements are good for everyone. Weight loss products with stimulants are not ideal for some, especially for older men and women. That is because caffeine and other stimulant substances can cause changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and could even disrupt your sleeping patterns.
If you also are more sensitive to caffeine than other people, you likely have a genetic mutation in your COMT gene. This gene is responsible for the breakdown of the stimulatory neurotransmitters that coffee help release.
Thankfully, there are non-stimulant fat burners out there. Stimulant-based supplements tend to work faster but if you want to go the safer route or are sensitive, non-stimulant ones are the way to go. Below are the best ingredients to look out for in weight loss supplements that fit this category.
Carnitine (acetyl l-carnitine and L-carnitine) speeds up the conversion of stored fat and triglycerides into free fatty acids, providing them as fuel for the muscle cells and mitochondria.
Aside from helping you lose weight by aiding in burning fat, carnitine also has appetite suppressing properties. Carnitine supplements work as a better alternative to eating lots of red meat, the top dietary source of carnitine. A diet high in red meat however is also great for weight loss.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a byproduct of an omega-6 fatty acid in many animal foods, is beneficial for weight loss as it inhibits fat production and storage, promotes the use of stored fats, and suppresses appetite. CLA supplements give you more of the said fat-burning ingredient than beef, milk and other animal foods can provide. Aim for CLA in supplement form if you want to reap the benefits of this fatty acid for weight loss. Our favorite is to use a high fat coffee creamer to increase CLA intake in the diet.
Sesamin, also called lignin, helps you lose weight by improving the activity of liver enzymes that influence fat utilization. It also keeps weight gain at bay by reducing fat storage.
Sesame seeds, flax, oats and other seed-based foods contain sesamin. Supplements offer you more of this compound so you don’t have to eat so much seeds through your diet.
Seaweeds contains Fucoidan and Siphonaxathin. Fucoidan is rich in iodine, an element that can help keep your thyroid in good condition (which is critical for weight loss as it is involved in metabolism).
A healthy thyroid means your body’s metabolism and fat burning capabilities remain efficient. On the other hand, a study suggests that Siphonaxathin can reduce weight by preventing the creation of new fat cells.
With supplements that contain Fucoidan and Siphonaxathin, you do not need to look for hard-to-find seaweeds in supermarkets nor visit Asian restaurants that offer dishes with seaweeds. Not to mention that many not fancy their somewhat acquired taste.
Probably the most cutting edge option on this list. Your body produces ketones when you skip meals, consume fewer carbohydrates (low carb) or fast.
When your body is in a state of ketosis, ketones become your cells main fuel in replacement of glucose. However, the natural production of ketones tends to be hard to peak. Exogenous ketones can help you get into deep ketosis without skipping meals that much or adhering to a very strict ketogenic diet.
Ketones are beneficial in weight loss because they are actually made from body fat. The more the body run on ketones, the more are needed and produced, and the more body fats are utilized and removed from the body to produce them.
Inositol and alpha lipoic acid (ACA) are two other notable non-stimulant ingredients in weight loss supplements. Inositol also prevents fat storage while ALA reduces appetite and directs carbs to enter muscle tissues instead of being turned into fat.
Non-stimulant weight loss supplements are a great help to people who want and need to get rid of excess levels of body fat while taxing their bodies minimally.
Choose the supplement based on its many ingredients with weight reduction mechanisms. Keep in mind that you should still follow a calorie deficit diet high in protein and exercise to lose that fat faster.
More importantly, never compare yourself with others who get ripped so fast. Weight loss might be harder for you because of genetics and other factors you cannot control, but you can overcome those.Maintaining a positive attitude goes a long way, not just to your weight loss journey, but to the years beyond as well.
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