Let’s say you have been hitting up the gym regularly, following your personal trainer or at least your online training program to the tea. You have also started eating healthier, with less fat and sugars. Overall, you are doing everything you should be doing in order to lean out and get rid of that stubborn fat. Even thought, the right routine and diet are the key components for this journey, everyone could use a little extra help from the right supplements to help you achieve your goals faster and better.
I have rounded up MY favorite list of supplements for fat loss in men. Again, this isn’t for gaining mass or building size. This list is merely intended for those individuals who want to get more definition, lean out, and get rid of extra fat around waist area. Keep in mind that a lot of brands are great at marketing, and make some awesome claims, but the reality is that since the FDA does not regulate weight loss and dietary supplements many of the industry “leaders” fill their products with corn starch, sugars, fake colorings, and actually misstate the actual contents of their supplements.
I've done some extensive research and I have compiled this list for you with what I think are the BEST, and highest quality supplements in each category.
1. Whey Protein: Sometimes eating crazy amounts of protein during the day is not enough for your body to absorb it right away and form the muscle tissue. This is why Whey Protein is one of the fastest absorbed forms of protein in the body. It is an absolute must have for any person trying to get in shape.
My Recommendation: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein
Use: Drink one whey protein shake as a snack, and immediately after your workout.
2.Multivitamin for Men
Multi-Vitamins are an absolute requirement for anyone looking to supplement their diet and workouts. When you are working out constantly, drinking a lot of water, and watching what you eat, you could potentially lose a lot of essential vitamins and minerals for the body. Depending on your age range, your body requirements for multi vitamins change. I personally like the Vita Jym multivitamin, which is specifically designed for athletes and to improve performance.
Recommendation: Vita Jym
Use: Two tablets every morning with breakfast.
3.Casein Protein Powder
So if you are already eating a lot of chicken and steak, drinking your whey protein, Why do you need another type of protein such as Casein? Well Casein is the preferred protein choice for those times where you will be spending long periods of time without feeding your muscles; such as sleeping. Since Casein is a slow absorbing protein (completely opposite of whey protein), it is ideal to drink at night so your body can repair torn tissue, and rebuilt muscle while you are sleeping.
Recommendation: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Casein
Use: Drink a Casein protein shake right before you go to sleep.
Our bodies do not produce essential fatty acids. They are all ingested through food like salmon, or flax seeds. But these quantities are not enough to get the full benefits of EFAs so we have to take as supplements. Some of the benefits of EFAs are protecting your heart, help in the immune system and mainly help your muscle recover faster from intense workouts. There are different types of EFAs such as Fish Oil, Flax Seed Oil, or CLA. I personally take both CLA and Fish Oil.
Use: Take two pills a day, one in the morning and one after lunch.
Use: 5. Pre-Workout
Some people call it cheating, some people call it essential. Believe what you want to believe, but not until you have tried one. I think Pre-workouts are necessary, specially when you are on a low carbohydrate diet, and definitely NEED that extra boost of energy. Be careful which one you use, as some are dangerous and give you extreme heart palpitations, itch, and even make you dizzy. I like a Pre-workout that is also a thermogenic, that way it gives me the extra energy I need, while helping me speed up my metabolism and burn fat faster.
Recommendation: C4 Ripped by Cellucor.
Use: Take the recommended dose 20 minutes before you go the gym
Lastly, but definitely not least are BCCAs. The main guys you need to know are L-Leucine, L-IsoLeucine, and L-Valine. Those three types of essential amino acids, are crucial in muscle recovery and help prevent muscle breakdown, which if you haven't figured it out is one of the biggest issues when trying to lose fat. Branched Amino Acids will help prevent muscle loss and help to keep your energy levels high while you are working out.
Recommendation: BPI Sports Best BCCAs
Use: I like to drink them while at the gym.