My Top 4 Favourite Supplements!

I’ve tried many, many supplements in my day.  My first one was some sort of fat burner that I ordered from an ad in a magazine.  It think it was Dr. Sister’s fat burner or something.  I was so excited when I got the free sample.  On the sample it said 4 pills is all you need to start seeing results!  The sample only had 3 and I was too young to own a credit card so I couldn’t order a full dose.  I’m sure that was for the best.

Of all the many supplements I’ve tried I’ve settled on 4 which are my favourite.  Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Protein powder.

For me protein powder is essential.  I use it right after my workout and the convenience of it is perfect for a lazy girl like me.  I use either Kaizen or Diesel.  Both are made from New Zealand whey protein.  The reason this is important to me is because New Zealand is held to super strict standards.  Their cows are grass fed and raised without hormones or antibiotics.  There’s more to it than that but that would be a new post in itself.

  1. Fat burners.

I tried A LOT of fat burners.  The owner of the supplement store I bought them from called me his Guinee pig because I was in there trying something new so often.  Some were good, some not so good.  The one I’ve settled on is Onset by Diesel.  I really like Onset because it gives me energy without making me feel jittery or nauseous.  Also, when showed it to my coach she told me I could keep using it right up until my drug tested competition.  This meant that there were no banned substances in it which is super important to me.

  1. Creatine.

I’ve used creatine in the past and when my coach told me to start taking it again for my lean bulking season I didn’t even hesitate.  Creatine is great for helping to build and maintain muscle.  I’ve used creatine monohydrate before and now I’m using creatine HCL.  Both seem to work great for me.  I was told that creatine HCL doesn’t seem to cause the water weight gain that creatine monohydrate sometimes does.  I’ve actually never noticed any kind of water weight gain with either.

  1. Exogenous ketones.

I first tried exogenous ketones about a year ago and quite liked them.  I seemed to have more energy and a clearer head.  I only use it when my carb intake is super low though such as when I’m cutting.  Right now I’m bulking which means I’m eating a lot of carbs.  Exogenous ketones do not cancel out carbs – they assist you with getting in and staying in ketosis.  If I were to take them now with my high carb diet I’d be throwing money away and ketones are not cheap!

Less Can Be More

As I mentioned, I’ve tried A LOT of supplements and used to take A LOT.  Over the years I’ve found what works for me and stick with the tried and true and make sure that my lifestyle supports my supplement choices.  It can be tempting to take a bunch of stuff that promises to make you lean and energetic but remember, people who come up with these miracle pills really just want your money.  Be picky and if you’re not sure what you need, talk to a pro 😉

Do Fat Burners Actually Work?

Most people have heard of fat burners and many people have tried them.  Unfortunately, a lot of people who have tried them were hoping that they were a miracle pill that would magically melt fat.  If this is what you’re hoping for you’ll be disappointed.  So, do fat burners actually work?  They do!  But there’s a slight catch.

Do Fat Burners Actually Work?

Yes they do!  That’s the good news!  Here’s the (maybe) not so good news.  They do not work on their own.  Fat burners are meant to supplement an already healthy and active lifestyle to help you lean out.  In other words you can’t just pop a fat burner and then sit on your ass eating crap and expect to lose fat.  You need to be active and eating properly in order to get the benefits from fat burners.

How Do Fat Burners Actually Work?

Fat burners contain ingredients that cause the release of certain hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine.  These hormones signal the mobilization of fat from fat stores to be released into the blood stream to be used as fuel.

The key thing to take away from this is that the fat is made available to be USED.  In other words, if you’re not working out and creating a need for that fuel the fat just gets stored again.

Fat burners also contain ingredients that help suppress appetite and increase thermogenesis.  Both of these factors will help create a calorie deficit which technically translates into weight loss.  Again though, to get the best results you need to be eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Are Fat Burners Safe?

They are as long as you use them correctly and you don’t have any conditions where stimulants could put you at risk for a heart attack.  As with anything read the label and use them correctly.  Don’t double up on the dose because you want faster results – it does NOT work that way.  Taking too many stimulants can be dangerous for even the healthiest of people.  Fat burners contain caffeine so keep that in mind if you already consume products with caffeine in them.  You should keep your daily caffeine consumption below 400mg.

Should You Try Fat Burners?

Fat burners can be a very effective tool to help you get lean if you use them correctly.  Make sure you eat healthy and exercise regularly if you decide to start using them.  As always, if unsure talk to your doctor first and only use them as directed.