Stacking Creates Peace of Mind
In this series, I’m going to share some recipes for supplements. When you combine simple ingredients together like an apothecary, you’re “stacking supplements together.” There are many advantages to taking the time to do this.
As I’ve said repeatedly: Food should be your first and best source of nutrition. First concentrate on maximizing your progress with The 8 Patterns of Fitness. If you find you still need to fill gaps or get an extra boost, that’s when it’s time to look at pills, powders, and potions.
There are many pitfalls to avoid when buying supplements. You often don’t know, or cannot control, what you’re taking, since most products come pre-mixed “for your convenience.” Stacking gives you control, because you purchase only those ingredients you want from sources that you trust. You then decide on the serving size, and combine only what is useful and safe.
In parts one and two of the series, I described the importance of knowing what’s in the food and products that you put in your mouth or on your skin. I also offered options for creating your own recipe for muscle building and energy. This entry will break down the ingredients to make a fat burning stack. I will also describe the functions of each ingredient. The recipe included in this article will address various means of increasing your metabolism to burn calories before they are stored as fat, as well as accessing or using stored body fat and preventing it from being stored in the first place. Please remember to consult with a doctor before taking these supplements. This stack is part of a healthful diet and regular exercise program.
Note: Use one ingredient from each function to test your tolerance levels and to create the combination that works best for you.
Releasing Stored Body Fat
This part of the stack encourages the fat cells beneath your skin to empty their contents, thus becoming smaller and taking up less space. The two most scientifically studied substances for this are caffeine and yohimbe. Please remember that there is already caffeine in the muscle building stack. Do not add more caffeine if you are doing both muscle building and fat burning stacks simultaneously. Use smaller doses of yohimbe in this stack as you gauge your tolerance. This is even more important if you include caffeine elsewhere in your day. Also, avoid yohimbe if you have liver, kidney or heart diseases. Do not use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid caffeine and yohimbe if you have anxiety or other psychological disorders.
Note: Use one ingredient from each function to test your tolerance levels and to create the combination that works best for you. Use either caffeine or yohimbe, not both.
Once you purge from your fat cells, you need to burn it or else you could store it again. Boosting your metabolism will force your body to use the accessible energy it has at the ready. The two ingredients to choose between are green tea extract and capsaicin. Green tea extract creates a metabolic burn that causes you to burn more calories each day, whether you exercise or not. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes peppers taste hot. As with green tea extract, capsaicin increases metabolism. Be cognizant of whether or not boosting your metabolism negatively impacts your heart.
Note: Use one ingredient from each function to test your tolerance levels and to create the combination that works best for you. Use green tea extract or capsaicin, not both.
Transporting Free-floating Fat
Freeing fat from storage allows you to use more of it; however, even with an increased metabolism, you may not burn it all. To burn it, fat has to be transported into the mitochondria of your cells. They then use it for energy. L-Carnitine is an important transporter of fat into the nuclei of cells.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) inhibits the fat cells under your skin from storing excess fat in the first place. Another beneﬁt of CLA is that it not only inhibits the storage of fat, it also contributes to burning more fat. It is part of the group of good fats called omega-6 fatty acids.
In addition to the omega-6 fatty acids, another group that may sound familiar to you is omega-3 fatty acids. Some food sources include seeds, nuts, fortified eggs and dairy products, and especially ﬁsh. Fish oil capsules are a concentrated dose of omega-3 fatty acid. It works for fat loss by activating genes that regulate fat burning while also deactivating genes that regulate fat storage.
Note: The chart names fish oil; however, since I published that original image, I’ve learned that Krill Oil has all the same benefits, but is far more sustainable for the environment.
Of course, there are other health benefits of consuming foods with caffeine, green tea, carnitine, CLA and omega fatty acids that go beyond the intention of this fat burning stack; however, one of the benefits of stacking is getting the concentrated fat burning affects without consuming the extra calories in the foods that contain them.
Remember: Use one ingredient from each function to test your tolerance levels and to create the combination that works best for you. Use either caffeine or yohimbe, not both. Use green tea extract or capsaicin, not both.
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