As you've already picked up by now, your healthy eating routine and effective exercise program does not just come in a bottle; it's not just pop a pill and watch the fat melt off.
No, real world fat burning takes a bit of work on your part.
However, with that said, and after all you've learned now about ineffective and bogus "fat-loss products" can be, you are going to see that there are dietary ingredients out there that can give you a metabolic edge.
But first you have to eat well -which includes whole, minimally processed, barely packaged foods, and engage in consistent effective exercise – which includes a mix of both strength and cardio routines, almost every day.
If you don't do that, don't bother with any diet pills, because they just won't work.
Before we get into weight loss ingredients specifically, know that on top of a good diet, some dietary supplements that are essential for your body are always important for healthy and sustained fat loss:
First, a multi-vitamin and mineral blend, which helps cover any nutritional losses you may have, and ensures you have all the vitamins and minerals you need to have the strongest metabolism possible. Prograde VGF 25+ is one of the best.
Second, an essential fatty acid product, such as that from krill oil, fish oil, or flax, to meet your body's needs for these special fats which are important for proper metabolic functioning. Look to Prograde EFA Icon for your omega-3 needs.
Once these bases are covered, and you're consistently eating well and exercising intensely, you can look at scientifically-based metabolic boosters proven to help you realize your body composition dreams.
Metabolic Boosting Ingredients that Actually Work
By now you may be skeptical and wonder if anything that comes in a bottle can actually help you burn more fat and look your best. But, just because there are a lot of scams out there, it doesn't mean that nothing effective exists.
In truth, there are ingredients that can help increase the amount of calories you burn each day, on top of the calories you're already burning, by being active and eating the right foods.
And, these ingredients are found to be effective through carefully controlled scientific experiments, not some shoddy manufacturer's claim stating that you'll lose 10 lbs. in 10 minutes, or something ridiculous like that.
Without further adieu, let's look at five metabolism-boosting ingredients that are proven to help you look good on the beach and feel even greater in your clothes.
Some Like It Hot: Capsaicin
It's said that, "Variety is the spice of life." But we say that spicy foods give more variety to your life by allowing you to wear all of your favorite clothes and feel more comfortable in your skin.
That's right, spicy foods like Chile peppers contain a special fat-blasting compound called capsaicin.
Capsaicin is found within the fleshy parts of peppers that holds the seeds, mainly the pepper membranes.
In fact, the seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith around the seeds.
What's even better (especially for your taste buds) is that many scientific studies that show benefits of capsaicin for fat loss are done in a pill form – that's right, you don't have to set your tongue on fire to reap the benefits of hot pepper extracts. But, be our guest if you love Fire-Death Hot Sauce on your Omelet, because that can help fight fat too.
Capsaicin has been demonstrated in several different scientific investigations to significantly boost energy expenditure, so more calories are burned throughout the day, above and beyond eating well and exercising often. For example, Korean researchers found that red pepper extract added to a breakfast meal, boosted metabolic rate by 25% for 30 minutes after eating. This kind of boost could help you burn more body fat in just a few weeks.
Red pepper extract also can help you eat less by reducing your appetite. Researchers from the Netherlands gave men and women a supplement with 0.9 g hot pepper 30 minutes before meals. The pills helped the subjects eat significantly less and feel fuller. Similarly, Quebec researchers showed 0.9 g of encapsulated hot pepper given to study participants before a meal ate 8.5% less food, mostly from eating less fat.
Another added bonus is actual fat loss – people given 0.4 mg capsaicin plus green tea for two weeks showed a significant drop in body fat of about 0.5 kg on average for each person. The way it may have done this is a direct effect on fat cell growth, as cell culture studies have shown capsaicin deters the differentiation of body fat cells.
Overall, supplements containing this fiery extract are clinically proven in many ways to help you fight body fat and get the lean look you've always wanted.
However, they work best when combined with other metabolic-boosting ingredients. Read on to find out how.
Raspberry: Not just the fruit, but what is in the fruit
A potent nutrient, Raz K , works to help mobilize stored fat and move it to the surface of the cell. Once there, the fat cell is broken down, sending it on its way to other areas of the body.
Raspberry ketones are a natural phenolic compound found in raspberries. They can increase lipolysis, which is the breakdown of triacylglycerides into a more usable form. So, it comes as no surprise that Raz K can also: release adiponectin, aid in fatty acid oxidation and, of course, lipolysis.
Research done by Park, determined rats who consumed a high-fat diet in combination with raspberry ketones, stunningly showed no additional increase in body weight or body fat. They also showed an increase in lipolysis, or the breakdown of fatty acids in the cell, shipping it to other areas for energy.
In a similar study, Morimoto et al. discovered rats fed a high-fat diet showed a build up of triglycerides in the liver. Those same rats were fed the same exact fat-enriched diet, this time with the addition of raspberry ketones. What they found will shock you!
By adding raspberry ketones, the rats fed the same high-fat diet did not increase their body weight. They also did not increase liver weight. They actually decreased their weight and the amount of fat in their livers, even though fat in the livers increased prior to the addition of raspberry ketones. Their final conclusion: raspberry ketones can prevent and improve obesity and fatty livers!
Stimulation of your -cells and which synephrine is safe
An extract of citrus fruit, citrus aurantium, has been used widely as a way to aid in weight loss. In the
1990s, ephedra was a potent stimulate for fat burning. Due to adverse reactions, ephedra was pulled from the shelves, only to be re-released. During the ephedra-free time, people were looking for an alternative to speed up metabolism and burn more fat. People then turned to citrus aurantium, commonly referred to as bitter orange.
Citrus aurantium is a natural beta adrenergic agonist, which means it stimulates -cells to do their job. This powerful nutrient has many adrenergic amines which can increase metabolism, stimulate lipolysis, and allow more amino acid to be used by skeletal muscles.
Bitter orange and blood pressure have been one area of concern. One side effect of ephedra was an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. A component in bitter orange, synephrine, is closely matched to ephedra in chemical structure. People feared a similar increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
Therefore, supplements were running into the same problems which faced ephedra.
However, to put your mind at ease, research done by Seifert et al. determined bitter orange does not raise blood pressure or heart rate, but instead, did increase resting metabolic rate and fat oxidation (breakdown) in certain populations.
Recent research, completed in April, found similar conclusions as Seifert! Research done by Stohs et al. determined bitter orange containing p-synephrine (Advantra Z), appears to be safe with no adverse reactions linked to its use. They also mentioned millions of people consume citrus-related products which contain synephrine (Advantra Z) with no reported adverse effects to date.
So how does it work?
When -adrenergic agonist is introduced, it stimulates cells to begin the process of lipolysis. Research by Fisher et al. determined prolonged exposure to -agonists increased fat oxidation and adipocyte activation, but it also increased energy expenditure through brown adipose tissue. The theory behind the brown adipose tissue was the increased activation of a specialized molecule found in the mitochondria.
Increased activation of uncoupling protein 1, uncouples oxidative phosphorylation, leading to an increase in energy expenditure. They also determined acute exposure to -agonists results in increased lipolysis and elevated metabolic rate.
To sum it up…
B-adrenergic cells are activated by hormones, which can be secreted by adipose tissue and adrenal glands, starting the process of lipolysis. -cells are found in adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue in both adults and infants. Both tissues, when stimulated, begin the process of breaking down fatty acids for increased metabolic rate and lipolysis (adipose tissue) and increase energy expenditure, which increases thermogenesis (brown fat) in the body.
Citrus aurantium (Advantra Z) can increase metabolic rate, thermogenesis in brown fat, and adds appetite suppression, leading to feeling full and satisfied after a meal. Citrus aurantium is safe and effective for losing weight and increases metabolism with no reported increases in blood pressure and heart rate.
As you've now learned above, there are at least 3 metabolism boosting ingredients that you can start adding to your fat loss program right now.
Now, you can go right ahead and start adding these to your diet, but the problem is that many of these things are hard to eat every day. Or, if you can get them on your daily platter, you'd have to consume several teaspoons of hot pepper extract, and somehow a specialized extract of raspberries.
Not that this is impossible, but you probably wouldn't do it often, nor enjoy it.
So, the easier solution is to look for a concentration extract of these items and take them consistently along with a great diet, an effective, regular exercise routine, and a positive attitude (think great, be great, right?).
That's where Prograde Metabolism comes in – the ingredients and doses in Prograde Metabolism are based off honest and real science done with human subjects and not cells or rats. Also, since its release last year, it has helped numerous men and women stick to a healthy eating plan and fat-blasting exercise routine and reach their goals of a leaner mid-section, stronger body and healthier physiology.
What's more, Prograde Metabolism is complemented with the B-vitamins B-6, B-12, and Biotin to keep your metabolism burning strong through essential, every day metabolic reactions necessary not only for fat-loss, but proper energy production.
So, if you're eating well, exercising right, and looking for something to complement these efforts, look for a product based off real research and actual results in human beings, like Prograde Metabolism. Before you know it, you'll be fitting into your skinny jeans and feeling fitter than ever.