Weight loss and fat burning supplements maybe the most sought, after over-marketed, and most misunderstood supplements sold online in in stores. Weight loss is big business and supplement companies do not want to lose out. So many people want to lose weight and will try almost any product without really researching it or understanding its effect on the body. There are good supplements available, but first it’s important to understand how they work.
Fat burning happens at the cellular level, relying on your cells’ mitochondria. The mitochondria are like “little furnaces” inside your cells and their job is to process the energy from your food and to metabolize fat. The problem is that between the ages of about 20 and 60, the mitochondria’s ability to produce energy decreases by around 50 percent. This is the main reason a lot of people gain weight as they get older.
A second problem is that the energy production process itself produces harmful free radicals. The free radicals then attack and damage your cells and the mitochondria. In the end, your body is left with mitochondria that aren’t able to effectively process food to release the energy. This instead leads your body to store it as fat.
There are good supplements available that can aid this process. Research shows that a combination of green tea extract and caffeine works well to support cellular mitochondria, helping its natural fat burning process. This is how it works: the green tea extract is a powerful antioxidant, so it protects your cells from free radical damage. The caffeine is an adrenal stimulant which helps metabolize the fat.
The important thing to note here is that the caffeine doesn’t have much of an effect on burning fat if used by itself. However, it is included in a lot of fat burning formulas because it is an adrenal stimulant. Basically it increases your heart rate and increases your blood pressure, which makes you feel as though you have more energy and that you’re burning extra fat. But caffeine doesn’t work well without the added green tea extract, which is needed to protect your cells from the extra free radical damage.
It’s necessary to ensure you are taking a dosage that is high enough to affect your body, without causing damage. I would recommend a dosage of about 300 mg of EGCG green tea extract, which can be bought individually, not mixed into other formulas. With this, combine about 200 mg of caffeine (just under 3 cups of coffee) per day. It’s important to monitor your caffeine intake when you take this supplement because you really don’t want to consume more than around 500 mg of caffeine in one day.
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