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Posted by Fit Body Boot Camp
July 17, 2013 • 5 min read
Everyone knows that taking vitamins or supplements is an easy way to stay healthy, but there are so many different ones on the market that it’s difficult to keep track of which supplements do what for our bodies.
Choosing the right supplement for your workouts depends on what you want to accomplish fitness-wise. Are you after losing weight and melting fat, or do you want to tone up and build more muscle? The answers to these questions will help you decide on which supplements to try.
There are lots of different supplements out there that will help you to burn more fat than you usually would. The boot camp in Tulsa recommends trying calcium and vitamin D, vitamin B complex, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyphenols found in green tea, and what’s great about all of these supplements is the fact that you can get them through your diet as well as in pill form.
Calcium is not only important mineral for maintaining strong muscles, but researchers are discovering that calcium may play an important role in the way our body sheds fat. Calcium is sometimes found in your body’s fat cells and the more calcium a fat cell has, the more fat the cell will release to be burned. Up your intake of low fat dairy foods like greek yogurt or low fat milk or pop a calcium supplement, but be sure not to over do it as too much calcium can be linked to cardiovascular disease among other illnesses. Keep your intake between 600 to 1,000 milligrams.
There’s been a lot of studies on vitamin D and how it relates to insulin. Insulin is a fat storing hormone found in the body and vitamin D helps your body to respond to it better. Vitamin D helps glucose get into body cells, which burns glucose for energy. Coupled with calcium, vitamin D is another supplement that will help you to burn more fat.
Vitamin B complex helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins as well as helping your body to unlock and utilize the stored energy found in food and when your body is running like it’s supposed to, you’re more likely to burn fat instead of storing it.
Omega-3 fatty acids help weight loss by switching on enzymes that trigger fat burning in cells and help to reduce emotional eating by boosting your mood. Salmon is the best way to get this nutrient naturally, but there are really good supplements on the market.
Green tea is probably the best known metabolism booster found in recent years. The reason for this is because green tea contains polyphenols, which are the antioxidant that give the green tea its kick. Drink it while it’s hot to achieve maximum results.
When it comes to building muscle, protein is king. Whey protein is probably the most popular protein supplement on the market today and for good reason. It’s been shown in multiple studies to improve protein synthesis (the process of generating new proteins), which can lead to building more lean muscle.
Whey protein supplements also contains branched-chain amino acids and those amino acids help to repair and build muscle tissue. They’ve also been shown to give you more energy before for your workouts and decrease muscle soreness after your workout is over.
The Tulsa boot camp says to get the maximum effect choose a whey powder that contains whey protein hydrolysates (whey protein broken down into smaller fragments for faster digestion) or whey protein isolate and aim to take or drink about 25 grams after your workout.
Remember that these supplements and the nutrients they contain only help to aid you in your workouts, not replace them. So, keep up the dedication and hard work!
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