Four of the best supplements for fat loss and lean muscle growth
If we had the choice, 9 out of 10 of us would have a much bigger and more muscular body, with much smaller body fat percentages. Many of us would ideally like to be at around 10% or less body fat, with large amounts of lean muscle mass. Losing fat and building muscle is not easy however, in fact, only a select few people in the world can actually do both simultaneously as it is notoriously difficult to build muscle whilst in a calorie deficit, which is obviously required in order to burn the fat. If you’re fed up of carrying too much body fat, and not enough lean muscle mass, take a look at these four supplements, which have been proven on numerous occasions to help aid fat loss and muscle growth, when used in conjunction with an effective diet and training program.
Whey protein – Starting with the most obvious and most popular muscle building supplement in the entire world we have whey protein powder. Whey protein is absolutely essential for anybody looking to increase their lean muscle mass levels due to the fact that protein is vital for muscle growth and repair. Whey protein is ideal for people looking to build muscle and lose fat simultaneously because it is naturally low in calories and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream once consumed. Always make sure you mix your shakes with water rather than milk in order to keep the calorie content low, and if you’re following a low-carb diet plan, make sure you choose a low carb version.
CLA – CLA, or Conjugated Linoleic Acid, as is its full name, is a fantastic supplement when it comes to fat loss for a whole variety of different reasons. To begin with, CLA is an Omega 6 fatty acid supplement that has been found to boost the immune system, regulate cholesterol levels, and increase the metabolism. This increase in metabolism means that not only do your burn calories and body fat at a much more efficient rate, but you will also enjoy increased energy levels as a result. There is also evidence to suggest that it could lead to an increase in lean muscle mass too.
BCAA’s – BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) have also been found to play very vital roles in fat loss and muscle growth and development. They are made up of the amino acids, Leucine, Valine, and isoleucine, and the main reason why they’re so beneficial is the fact that the body processes them differently to the other many amino acids out there. Rather than first being processed in the liver, like other amino acids, BCAA’s are immediately utilised by muscle tissue, immediately providing the muscles with the nutrients necessary for growth and recovery. They act as a sort of anabolic trigger, helping to initiate protein synthesis and preventing muscle tissue from being wasted and broken down by the body for energy, allowing it to eat into its body fat stores instead.
Green tea extract – Green tea is considered one of the healthiest beverages in the world, for a number of different reasons. It is packed full of beneficial antioxidants, one of which is known as EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG has been found to increase the metabolism, even whilst resting, allowing the body to burn calories at a much faster and more efficient rate. The caffeine naturally present in green tea extract also aids in fat loss because it has been found to possess thermogenic properties, which means that the body burns more calories trying to digest and break it down once it has been consumed. Green tea extract also helps boost our immune systems, making us much healthier and happier as a result.
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