There are a lot of bogus fat burners on the market and a lot of misinformation on what is the best supplement stack to help increase fat loss. Our experts at Body Building Reviews want to clear the air to help you get true results with a few fat loss stack options.
Caffeine is one of the most researched supplement ingredients and has been shown to increase metabolism and fat oxidation second to its increasing adrenaline and energy output. If you can handle caffeine well, you should take 200 mg twice daily, once upon waking and once at lunch time. It also should be noted that best practice with caffeine is cycling. This can be done multiple ways but is wise if you want to gain a tolerance to caffeine. I typically go 4-8 weeks with my high level caffeine, then cut it in half for 2 weeks and then cut it in half again for 2 weeks before returning to the high dosage.
MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride fatty acid as opposed to long chain. You can supplement MCT oil by itself or the next best thing is coconut oil as it is high in MCT fatty acids. Studies have shown when you take in these type of fatty acids it will decrease fat mass to a greater degree than long-chain fatty acids, increase fat oxidation, and slightly improve your metabolic rate. Now MCT oil isn't magical (just like all supplements) but I have found it stacks well in a fat burning stack and is relatively affordable.
Yohimbine is an effective fat burner as it increases adrenaline and inhibits regulatory process in fat cells that prevents fat breakdown. It is most effective when taken in a fasted state. It is a supplement that interacts badly with some increasing anxiety, which is why we put it in our stimulate stack as it is best for those who interact well with stimulants. Dosage wise you are looking to get 15 to 20 mg daily, best take in morning fasted state.
Stack 2 Non-Stimulant
As said above this is an ideal pairing for any fat loss stack and diet.
Capsicum we could call a true "thermogenic" as it is made up of hot peppers and really turns up the heat. It is shown to increase fat oxidation, metabolism and some studies show it helps with appetite control. Though dosage is hard to nail down we suggest 150mg upon waking and prior to exercise.
I include Carnitine as it is good overall and may help with fat loss if you are low in it already. It is hard to find true non-stimulate fat burners so sometimes you have to go with what you actually know has benefits as opposed to hype. If you are low in carnitine taking it as a supplement can reduce fat as it is an amino acid that essentially convert fat to energy. It also has an effect on reducing muscle soreness, possible increases power output, and slightly increases nitric oxide. These are just a few of the benefits of L-Carnitine so it is never a bad supplement to add to a stack. Dosage should be 2 grams a day.
Diet Tips with Stacks
Always remember that supplementation is exactly what it is, supplementation. It is meant to "supplement" your diet and exercise. So if you truly want to see fat loss you need to get your diet and training in line. We will have a full article on diet and exercise for fat loss soon (on our website) but some quick tips:
(1) Get your Macros right.
Your protein should be 0.8-1 gram per pound body weight, fat 0.5 per pound body weight, and carbs should be brought down to 0.5 per pound of body weight with most your carbs around your workouts.
(2) Get your Micros right
If you are deficient in your vitamins and minerals your body will not operate at its optimum performance. You should get a good multivitamin and a well-balanced diet to cover this area.
(3) Add in that High Interval Training
Don't just sit on the treadmill for 30 minutes but go in and go full pace cardio for 60 seconds and then down to resting for 60 seconds and repeat this cycle for 15-20 minutes. This has been shown to increase fat loss and protect muscle mass better than steady state cardio.
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