Slim Pickings


There’s more than one way to thin a cat. Meaning, because there are multiple physiological processes that increase fat reduction, you should address more than one of them to experience much greater success with losing body fat. You not only want to reduce your calorie intake, but you also want to reduce the impact those calories have on body-fat stores. In addition, you want your body to pull additional fat from storage and do all that while feeling as good as possible. Here are some supplements to help.

Boost metabolic rate: 

Pick green-tea extract

The active ingredient in green-tea extract, epigallocatechin gallate, increases the amount of fat used as energy during and after workouts and inhibits the re-uptake of norepinephrine, which is a key player in metabolic regulation and appetite control. Triggering the release of body fat while boosting metabolic rate is among the best ways to target stored fat while sparing hard-earned muscle tissue. 

Reduce appetite: 

Pick glucomannan

Glucomannan is a soluble fiber sourced from the konjac plant that expands in the stomach, making you feel fuller and therefore reducing appetite and the amount of calories you consume. In addition, glucomannan slows the release of food into your system, fueling the body for longer. 

Release fat from storage: 

Pick yohimbine

Yohimbine, the active ingredient from the Pausinystalia yohimbe tree, gets fat to march out of storage cells by inhibiting the ability of fat cells’ alpha-2 receptors, which act as gatekeepers and usually only allow the release of small amounts. By putting these gatekeepers to sleep, yohimbine encourages fat to flow more freely into the body, where it can be used to fuel activity. In addition, yohimbine allows sympathetic nerves to release more norepinephrine to increase fat burning.

Increase brain chemicals: 

Pick Mucuna pruriens

Diets are challenging and can quickly sap your mental acuity. One of the ways to boost brain power while dieting is to take Mucuna pruriens, a tropical legume. It boosts dopamine, a key brain chemical that promotes a sense of satisfaction and pleasure and helps reduce cravings. It also helps your results by boosting the release of growth hormone, helping you keep or add muscle mass while losing body fat.