4 Supplements That Can Help You Burn Fat

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Winter can sometimes cause us to pack on a few extra pounds. Between holiday parties, cold weather, and less daylight, it can be easy to lose to motivation to stay in tip-top shape. But that doesn’t have to be you. With these four scientifically proven supplements, you can stay in fat-burning mode all winter and have the energy to make the most of these dark months.

1. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

CLA is a recently discovered fatty acid that has been used in the treatment of cancer, obesity, and atherosclerosis. It is found most prevalently in grass-fed beef and dairy products like cheese and butter, but is also found in eggs, turkey, and even safflower oil. Recent studies have shown CLA to be effective in reducing body fat, and one study suggests that it may increase muscle mass.

If you are short on grass-fed beef products, like BN Ranch carries, there are some great supplements that pack a punch of fat-burning CLA. Muscle Pharm has one of the highest rated and proven effective CLA supplements available. Perhaps the tastiest way to supplement with CLA is to purchase a high quality grass-fed butter, like Grass Fed Traditions offers. Put it in your coffee in the morning for a boost all day, or spread on toast with your eggs.

2. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT)

MCTs get their name from the length of their carbon chains. Short chain triglycerides have 1-5 carbon molecules, medium chains have 6-12, and long chains have 13-21. The shorter the chain, the easier it is for your body to break down. MCTs are known for being rapidly converted into energy, and because the liver isn’t required to break them down, they aren’t stored as fat. Numerous studies have shown MCTs to be an effective adjunct in weight loss therapy as well as a boost to metabolic function.

Since coconut oil has one of the highest percentages of MCTs, supplementing with a tablespoon a day would be a great metabolic boost. Try it on pancakes! If you’re looking for a less messy way to consume MCTs, Onnit has a highly rated liquid form that can be taken straight out of the bottle.

3. Resistant starch

Resistant starch (RS) has numerous studies backing up its ability to improve gut health and blood sugar, and now it is receiving the spotlight for fat burning. A brief rundown on RS:

  • Resistant starch “resists” digestion and feeds beneficial bacteria in your gut.
  • The beneficial bacteria in turn produce butyric acid, which is an import short chain fatty acid that fuels gut cells.
  • RS is found in raw potatoes, green bananas, and a variety of raw starches — our ancestors ate plenty of health promoting RS, but we don’t get enough.

RS aids in weight loss by increasing fat oxidation and reducing fat storage. If you want to get the max benefits of RS, slowly work your way up to 2-4 tablespoons unmodified potato starch per day with a quality soil-based probiotic supplement, like the one offered by Garden of Life.

4. Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

ACV has been a reliable health tonic for thousands of years; even Socrates swore to the stuff. Anecdotal evidence has suggested weight loss primacy for many years, but only recently has it been discovered why. ACV contains acetic acid, which effectively blocks the digestion of starch, and the same acid helps break down protein into individual amino acids, which aids metabolism.

Try taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water before meal times to aid digestion, optimize blood sugar levels, and boost metabolism.

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