No matter how many claims to the contrary, there is no pill or magic potion to eliminate the body fat. To achieve it, we need a whole program of diet rich in calories and nutrients, regular and intense aerobic training and even a good weight training routine. Having said this, however, you can take different supplements which will spur the fat destruction process.
But they must only be used in conjunction with a proper training and nutrition program, not instead of. Following, I present you these supplements against fat and I explain how they can be efficient to design a complete muscular development and fat loss program.
On technical terms, lipotropic makes reference to any substance which reduces the fat storage rate in the liver cells and accelerates the transformation rate of fat into water, carbon dioxide and energy. By helping the fat to move, lipotropic products make it be available for energetic consumption, which eases its elimination.
Quality lipotropic supplements contain nutrients whose intervention is essential in this process. The following table summarizes the functions of these nutrients.
Regarding the way of use, I advice taking one capsule with each meal. If you want to take the utmost performance out of these supplements, take them accompanied with a good exercise and diet program. I also recommend you to take a good multivitamin supplement containing minerals. Vitamins and minerals act as a spur of metabolism, always providing the motivation is full.
Chromium is necessary for an efficient use of carbohydrates and lipids in the energy production. The deficient dietary intake of this nutrient is very common, and this worsens with the physical exercise, which accelerates the elimination of the limited amount the organism possesses.
Two studies performed with weightlifters showed that a supplementary contribution of chromium increased the clean muscular mass and reduced the level of body fat. For all of this, it seems wise that athletes add chromium supplements to their diet to assure the utmost efficiency of the metabolic processes.
This supplement contributes to gain size and strength. A greater muscular mass increases the metabolic rhythm, which makes the organism burn fat more efficiently. This way, creatine affects indirectly, although important, the process of fat loss.
Creatine monohydrate boosts the strength since it increases the intracellular levels of creatine and creatine phosphate. This allows a faster production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), responsible for muscular contractions. Therefore, the cells can have more energy and thus work more intensively.
Creatine increases the muscular size because it is attracted to water. Creatine is absorbed by the muscular cells and takes with it great amounts of water, which means a bigger muscle, more firm, and with better congestion. However, creatine itself does not increase directly the muscular mass. As it happens with the rest of the supplements, it has to be accompanied with a diet designed to practice bodybuilding.
You need proteins to develop muscular tissue and carbohydrates to provide energy. Creatine itself is not burned to produce energy, but it transfers the energy resulted from the oxidation of carbohydrates and fats to the ATP. Creatine is not added to the proteins, but over time it increases indirectly the muscular mass by making possible that you train with more intensity. All that for granted, providing that you always take enough clean proteins and quality calories to sustain the muscular mass you gain.
I myself have witnessed how bodybuilders who train with great intensity have won in the first month of taking creatine between 2 and 6 kilos of lean muscle mass.
Remember that clean muscular mass is a measure of everything the body contains including the skeleton, the muscles and the water except for the fats. Imagine the satisfaction such increments produce among the bodybuilders.
Regarding performance, I have seen athletes gain between 5% and 15% of strength in the heaviest lifts and complete about two extra repetitions on each set with their usual working weight. This higher training intensity will allow you to overload the muscle a lot more and thus enhance, over time, the increment of muscular proteins.
Start taking 20 or 30 daily grams of creatine monohydrate, divided in equal portions with all meals, or with a protein and carbohydrates blend. One small heaped spoon (about 5 grams) with each meal will be the proper quantity. Opt for the 20 daily grams if your weight is between 65 and 90 kilos and for 30 daily grams if you are over the 90 kilos.
I recommend that this load phase lasts one or two weeks, although you can lengthen it up to 4 weeks. When you see that you get a good congestion, the creatine reserves of the muscle will be full. Then 5-10 daily grams will be enough to keep the level of those reserves. Doing cycles with creatine is useless.
If you stop taking it, the only thing that will happen is that the level of the reserves will get used up, which happens between the 4th and 8th weeks. The best way of taking creatine is adding one spoon to the protein and carbohydrates blend and immediately take it.
MCT oil, as lipids, has a great caloric contribution (8,3 calories/gram). But this oil, as carbohydrates, is absorbed directly into the blood torrent and it is immediately used to create energy. Due to its fast transformation into energy, MCT oil is less tendency to become body fat than conventional lipids.
These are the two main reasons for taking MCT: increasing calories and substituting the intake of carbohydrates when loosing body fat is pretended. First, MCT is a source of quality calories that you can include in your diet in order to obtain more energy. Try it out and check it out by yourself. As a substitute of carbohydrates, MCT oil is a variation of the technique of reducing the intake of carbohydrates to loose fat, but without the correspondent lost of energy.
By taking fewer carbohydrates, the insulin/glucagons relation is modified. When the intake of carbohydrates is short, glucagon hormone is released, which stimulates the fat oxidation to obtain energy. With MCT oil you will have an energy source with which you can counteract the energetic drop due to the short carbohydrates intake.
Start taking half a tablespoon of MCT oil with each meal during three days. Add it directly into the food. Do not take it with your empty stomach. All along three weeks more, take a whole tablespoon with each meal. I recommend you to add half a tablespoon with each meal every three-weeks periods until you reach the maximum dose you want to take (according to the caloric contribution that this represents).
While these tips are useful in most cases, perhaps you will have to add any modification if you feel abdominal cramps or diarrhoea, due to the fast absorption of the MCT oil. Given this assumption, reduce the intake until these symptoms disappear and your tolerance increases.
Branched Chain Amino Acids
The branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) receive this designation since its side chain contains a branched carbon structure.
There are two particular aspects in these amino acids: they are among the most abundant amino acids in muscular proteins and are catabolized (destroyed) mostly during exercise. These two reasons, besides the fact that the organism can not produce branched chain amino acids, explain the need of ingestion for bodybuilders, especially for those who aspire to develop the utmost muscular mass.
The reason why these amino acids can be classified as supplements against fat is that they are selectively incorporated to the muscles, so that they help increasing the muscular mass, not the body fat. They provide basic components to the development of muscular proteins, with the subsequent anabolic effect. And the most important, they block the destruction of the existing muscular tissue during the intense exercise.
If you want the results to be visible, you will have to take considerable amounts of branched chain amino acids. A minimum of 10 daily grams is recommended, and even 20 grams would not be excessive. My advice is that you take three grams with each of the six daily meals. Always take them with the food for better absorption.