Fat-Loss, though not necessarily the sole purpose of going to the gym, is an important goal for many. Most people, if asked, would probably say they'd like to get rid of some additional fat. Some people might say they'd like to get rid of a lot! But let's be honest, most people don't want to go above and beyond to lose weight. Strict diets, neverending workouts, and massive lifestyle changes are out of the question for the average individuals, especially if they're not overweight to the point that becomes a health issue.
As it turns out though, you don't actually have to change all that much to burn more fat. Just by making a few small changes to your current routine, you can actually get pretty lean.
Intensity is really the name of the game when it comes to burning fat. The harder you work, the more fat your body will burn. If you take a stroll through an average gym, you’ll see a bunch of people that aren’t doing a whole lot, just going through the motions of each exercise using a weight they could probably do a hundred reps of. That might be a great strategy if your primary goal is to kill time while your in-laws are visiting, but it simply won’t do if you want to actually burn fat.
Have you ever worked out so hard that you felt kind of high? If not, stop reading this and go do it. If your familiar with the feeling, read on…
That "exercise high" is partly due to the release of Catecholamines, a class of neurotransmitters which includes Noradrenaline and Dopamine, that not only make you feel good, but also induce lipolysis (the breakdown of fat), which we recently discussed in another article.
Anyway, the harder you lift, the more fat-burning Catecholamines are released, the more fat-burning occurs. So next time you hit the gym, GO HARD OR GO HOME!
If you train primarily for strength, you’ve probably been told not to train fasted because:
While there is certainly truth to both of those statements, they are often exaggerated by those who are train purely for strength and don’t care to lose an ounce of fat.
If burning fat is the goal, however (it should be if you’ve been reading this article), then training fasted is definitely something you should be doing at least some of the time.
When your body is in a fasted state, Insulin levels are at baseline and more fat is utilized for energy. If you combine this state, a state in which your body is looking to use fat as its fuel source, with exercise, you get increased fat-loss.
Training fasted increases fat-oxidation relative to training after consuming even something as light as simple carbs, a Gatorade perhaps.
You can also take steps to minimize the above-mentioned negative impact of training fasted through supplementation with Leucine-based supplements, so it’s not as if you have to choose between losing fat and building muscle. Anybody that says otherwise is misinformed.
Training fasted can also improve your fasting Insulin Sensitivity, which can lead to general enhancement of fat-burning and less fat storage in the long-term.
Although it is true that the vast majority of supplements advertised for weight-loss don't actually work, there are a few that do:
Rauwolscine works by blocking receptors (called alpha-receptors) which are normally responsible for stopping the breakdown of fat. This allows you to burn more fat during your workout than would otherwise be possible.
Caffeine can be useful for encouraging fat-loss, especially when stacked with something like Rauwolscine which can amplify it’s effects. Caffeine causes the release of Catecholamines, the potent fat-burning chemicals we discussed above, which directly induce lipolysis.
Recall from above that Rauwolscine allows lipolysis, once initiated, to continue longer than normal. So Caffeine and Rauwolscine makes for a simple but effective fat-loss stack on it's own. In fact, in the vast majority of multi-ingredient weight-loss supplements, these are the only two that do anything.
You can think of Synephrine as the less effective (but also much safer) cousin of the once extremely popular fat-burning supplement Ephedrine. Both compounds function as beta-receptor agonists, meaning they activate the receptors which stimulate fat-breakdown.
This is effectively the inverse of what Rauwolscine does, so Synephrine would also make sense to stack with Rauwolscine.
It's important to keep in mind, however, that Synephrine is much weaker than something like Ephedrine so expecting drastic results with Synephrine alone is sure to lead to disappointment. However, when used in conjunction with the other supplement mentioned above, it can certainly encourage some additional fat-loss.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably trying to find ways to burn fat without compromising too much. You don’t want to go on some ridiculous diet that has you pulling your hair out on the third day, or doing some strange workout that have you jumping up and down like a crazy person. Luckily, you can increase the amount of fat you burn by making a few simple changes to your current routine.