I get asked about fat burning supps all the time, and I have a combo I recommend to clients that is simple and very affordable consisting of Acetyl L-Carnitine, Green Tea, Yohimbine HCL, and Caffeine. I like this combo due to the ability to adjust each ingredient accordingly. There are some great all in one products out there, I just like getting ingredients separate and how this one is adjustable to the situation. This is a great supp combo to have on hand year round to help with fat loss or keeping body fat down. Some quick points on how it works and dosages: Acetyl L-Carnitine works by pulling fatty acids into the mitochondria of the cell to be used as energy (increased fat loss), Green Tea (make sure it’s standardized EGCG) and Caffeine both work by speeding up metabolic rate supporting fat loss or staying lean. Caffeine also helps with strength and focus, and Acetyl L-Carnitine supplies the brain with energy due to it’s ability to pass the blood brain barrier unlike the regular L-Carnitine version. Yohimbine HCL works by helping to open the A2 receptors for fat burning, those stubborn fat areas that receive very little blood flow. Insulin blocks Yoh’s ability to do it’s job, so if you are on a moderate to higher carb diet there is no need to take it, but if you are on a plan and having pro/fat meals it would be good to take it there while dieting due to circulating insulin levels being lower.
The best ways I have found over the years to take this combo is twice a day in the following amounts to start- 500 mg Acetyl L-Carnitine/2-400 mg Green Tea/100-200 mg Caffiene/2.5 grams or 1 cap Yohimbine HCL twice a day first thing in the morning to help boost metab and again later in the day after a workout when EPOC is elevated and fat burning is at it’s highest after training. (Note- when taking it late in the evening drop the caffeine so you arent up all night or like most take it pre-workout, some may need to drop the green tea as well if you train really close to bed). The period each day when fat burning is the highest is always going to be the hours after you workout (EPOC) when your body is striving to return hormone levels to normal, repair, and a whole host of other processes the body is going through- a lot of those processes are fueled by fat, so taking a fat burning supp is a great idea here especially the Acetyl L-Carnitine.
Article provided by John Gorman @teamgorman Diet Coach. http://www.team-gorman.net/