Swallowing a pill to burn calories and lose weight might sound too good to be true. While you’ll never experience the same level of calorie burning from supplements that you will from an intense workout routine, many people lack the essential vitamins and nutrients they need to get the most from their workout — which means that far too much blood, sweat and tears are being shed in vain!
Of course, you must talk to your doctor before you begin taking a new supplement. If you get the go-ahead from your physician, here are some calorie burning substances that can make a difference in your effort to lose weight.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Some meat and dairy contain a healthy fat known as CLA. It builds muscle and burns fat at the same time, making it a potent double whammy for many people. However, before you start gulping down supplements of CLA, you need to understand that it’s not some wonder pill. Studies attribute CLA with the ability to help people shed about a pound or so of body fat per month when taken in the maximum effective dose of 3.2 grams per day. With the increase in muscle mass, the overall weight loss is minimal. But, of course, there are still health advantages to dropping fat and building muscle with help from a supplement.
Even healthy, balanced diets still miss out on some vital nutrients. The mineral zinc happens to be one of the most overlooked. It’s plentiful in dark poultry meat, scallops, beef, and oysters, so you can see how diets centered on produce and lean chicken and turkey would come up lacking. A secondary problem is that a typical supplement regimen might focus on other minerals — phosphorus, calcium, and iron, for example — that interfere with zinc absorption. Your thyroid gland requires zinc to create thyroid hormone, which is essential in maintaining energy and metabolism. Taking a zinc supplement ensures your body can keep up with its calorie burning responsibilities.
Green teas — and teas in general — are a great source of catechins. Just what is this mysterious substance? Think of it as a protector of the natural stimulants in your body. When free to run amok, these stimulants boost cell activity, and, thus, increase your body’s energy usage. In this way catechins indirectly help you burn calories as you go about your normal day. As with any of the substances on this list, catechins won’t make it possible for you to shed pounds by the day. Calorie burning effects vary from person to person, so don’t expect any miracles.
The mineral selenium helps ensure that your thyroid stays healthy and produces metabolism boosting hormones on schedule. Taking a regular supplement of this substance will promote optimal energy levels and contribute to calorie burning.
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