Loss Program - How to Lose 20lbs In 30 Days (part 2)
Weight Loss Guide - Best Fat Burners
The weight loss industry is a huge business, and it's huge for a good reason - over two thirds (2/3) of the American population is either overweight or obese! Many fat burners and diet pills contain various stimulants and thermogenics that help increase metabolism and burn away fat.
As the name suggests, thermogenics has to do
with temperature - these supplements raise your body temperature,
and the number of calories burned. Thermogenic fat loss products
have proven to be effective helping people lose weight; however
Athletes, bodybuilders, and people from all
walks of life are pitched at with diet and weight loss products.
In recent years, Xenadrine RFA 1 appeared on the scene and gained
'superstar' popularity for the weight loss results it delivers,
and recently, Cytodyne has discontinued the Xenadrine RFA-1 line
of products because it contained ephedrine – an active ingredient
in many fat burners that did wonders for fat loss, but also caused
many unwanted side effects, even death.
Thermogenic compounds tend to stimulate the
central nervous system, like caffeine and ephedrine. Like all
supplements/drugs, if not used responsibly, thermogenic products
can lead to abusive behavior. Short term use of these products
can produce excellent weight loss results; however, long term
use can lead to adapted tolerance to these substances leading
to little and/or no fat loss benefit. Worse yet, prolonged use
can lead to chemical dependence... That’s right, there is
the small possibility that you can get addicted to fat burner
after prolonged use, and I’ve even written an article about
this, re-posting an email I received from one of my visitors who
crashed when he stopped using Xenadrine. See
Studies have shown thermogenics to effectively
reduce fat when used for less than five to six weeks, after which
time, the effectiveness begins to disappear over the next four
to five weeks. With over eight weeks of continual use, tolerances
establish and you see very little weight loss improvements. At
this point, you should stop using such a product since it's not
going to do you much good. If you insist continuing using thermogenic
products, it's recommended you take some time off, and then continue.
There are quite a few fat burners on the market,
how do you know what to use, and what will work best? Well, I
can’t really tell you that, because what works for one individual
may not work for the next, simply because everyone’s body
is different. However, we provide in depth reviews of many fat burners and weight loss supplements on our site here, and you can read much more in depth reviews
Cardio and Weight Loss Diet
Almost anyone will know you should do cardio
when trying to lose weight, but why do you see so many people
day in, day out on the treadmill, without any noticeable improvements?
You see, losing fat isn’t as complicated as most people
think, and doing more cardio will not necessarily make you lose
more body fat. As said before, the simplest way to look at it
is: if you burn more calories than you consume, then you will
lose fat! It’s as simple as that, really.
Obviously, doing regular cardio helps as well.
It not only helps you burn excess calories, but also improves
your cardiovascular health, and helps improve your endurance.
But ask yourself this: what’s easier?
- To eat whatever you want, and spend
a few extra hours doing cardio to burn off the excess calories
you had, or
- To eat healthy and clean, and only spend
20 to 30 minutes doing cardio?
So, why only 20 to 30 minutes of cardio? Research
shows that high intensity training for shorter periods of time
is more effective at burning fat than low intensity, long duration
training, and the higher the intensity of the cardio, the greater
the fat loss. For diet and nutrition, there are three basic nutrients you need
to know about:
- Protein – is made up of amino
acids, and is what helps build muscle tissue. Each gram of protein
you eat gives you 4 calories.
- Carbohydrates – is the fuel used for
energy, and each gram of carbohydrate also gives 4 calories.
- Fats – fats are packed with calories
compared to proteins and carbohydrates. Each gram of fat contains
On a cutting diet, here’s a very simple rule of thumb to estimate
how much calories you should be consuming each day. Take your
body weight, and multiply by a factor of 10 to 12, and that how
much calories you should be consuming each day. For example, for
a person who weighs 200lbs, the amount of calories he/she should
be taking is daily is:
200 X 10 = 2000 to 200 X 12 = 2400
So, this individual should be getting about 2000 to 2400 calories
daily. Now, as you progress in your weight loss, the amount of
calories you need will also reduce with the drop in body weight.
Let’s say after 2 months, this person’s body weight
drops to 180lbs, he/she will need 1800 to 2160 calories daily.
However, please keep in mind that this is just a rule of thumb.
One Diet Supplement We Recommend
While there are numerous fat burners and diet pills on the market, the one that we highly recommend isn't a fat burner, and does not contain stimulants. The supplement we're referring to is called CLA. It’s a dietary
supplement (a fatty acid) that you can get from dairy products,
but just not enough. Also, you might be interested to find out that scientific studies have found CLA to help with weight loss, and it can also induce region specific fat loss - especially around the stomach and legs area. You can read more about CLA in detail from these links below:
CLA Benefits and Side Effects
User Feedback and Reviews
Typically, CLA supplements will recommend you
take about 3 to 5 grams a day; however, from my experience and
all the feedback I’ve had, taking 6 to 9 grams a day will
be more effective at cutting down body fat, especially around
the waist area.
For fat burner use, regardless of which
one you choose, I wouldn’t recommend taking it longer than
8 to 10 weeks. After this time, you body develops a certain tolerance
for the stimulants, and prolonged use can lead to chemical dependence
on the fat burner, and if you ever do decide to use the fat burner
again, wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before going back on. Waiting
longer is even better. As for CLA, since it’s a dietary
supplement you can choose to take it as long as you want. I should
point out to you that generally, you need to stay on CLA for at
least 1 month for results to start showing. So be patient.
Although fat burners can help you to lose
some fat, but you should never rely on them to do the work for
you. You need to be disciplined about your diet and exercising.
Make healthy eating and exercising a regular part of your lifestyle
– you’ll be glad you did! Good luck!