When you are unable to stay lean all year round and gain weight, the usual retort you give people is, “I am bulking because it’s my off season” this is like saying “I can only work hard 3 months in a year, don’t ask me to take my shirt off the remaining 9 months. Well, the good news is, you can remain shredded all year long and I will tell you how to do it. The secret is out.
That’s right. There are these two magic beverages which aid in fat loss and can prove a game changer for you . Both are extremely complex and very expensive. You literally must be on a look out as they are scarce and hard to get. Once you consume it, they work like magic. Everyone hides this because it’s a big secret in the industry. Without these there is no way you will be able to burn that stubborn fat!
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you the truth. I was just toying around and pulling you to read this. I am certain most people got thinking that now we will know that one magic secret which only a minority of the population (fitness models, bodybuilders) know. Well, apologies for squashing your expectation.The beverage I am talking about are most common and easily available off the shelf. Before I get to disclosing which, the ones are, let me bust a few myths on this subject. Most of these fat burners you see in the market are a waste of your money. Why? Nothing in this world can help your lose fat if your nutrition and training is not right. You must follow a proper diet and workout plan along with this for best and effective results. Stimulants only help you to a certain extent and it can be used as an advantage, especially when you are around 12-13% body-fat and can’t seem to work your way down. With the help of these you essentially improve your fat burning ability and could achieve a drop and very well get into a single digit number.
Now, time to tell you the names of the magic beverages. Yup! Any guesses?
Its caffeine and green tea extract.
Surprised??? So was myself the first time I learnt about it. To be honest, for a very long time I ignored this fact and didn’t pay attention to it. Only when I included these in my nutrition, I started experiencing extraordinary results! Ok, before you start making assumptions, let me clear that coffee and green tea don’t make you lose weight or shed fat. They work as catalysts. They mobilize fat into your cells which can be used as energy and help you lose body-fat. How? We will get to that in a minute. Before that, remember, you still must work your ass off in the gym and pay attention to your nutrition! Nothing in life comes easy. If it’s easy coming, its easy going as well.
Now, let’s talk about caffeine.
Caffeine- When you ingest caffeine into your body, it stimulates the central nervous system which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat making them available for use as free fatty acids in the blood. This is how caffeine helps to mobilize fat from the fat tissues. Which means you can use the fat as your primary source of energy and improve your ability to burn fat. It also boosts your metabolism which basically helps to burn calories at a faster rate. Its stimulatory effects improve focus, concentration, and energy levels. This is beneficial prior to a workout or any activity which requires energy expenditure. Caffeine is also a predominant ingredient in many weight-loss and pre-workout supplements precisely for the exact same reasons. If you were under the impression that caffeine melts fat, it does not. it frees up the fat cells for use as energy which eventually leads to drop in body fat and improves body composition.
Dosage- Now, your soft drinks and other sweetened beverages have caffeine as well. Drinking a cola or an energy drink will certainly stimulate your brain, however, the overwhelming calories that come along with it will defeat the purpose of your fat loss goal entirely. Look to consume around 400 mg which is roughly 3-4 cups in a day. This is considered safe. Cut the milk out. As explained earlier, if your goal is an aesthetic physique, dairy is not the best thing to consume. Primarily ‘cause it has lactose which is a particular sugar and needs to be burnt. You can have a milk coffee occasionally, no problems with that, however, on most days, have it black with no sugar. Yes, you read that right. No sugar! Coffee is meant to taste bitter.
Green tea or green tea extract- Green tea is made from Camellia Sinensis leaves that are used to make Oolong and black tea. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. The bio compounds present in green tea reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage.
The key active ingredient in green tea is a compound called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) and is a type of catechin (antioxidant)This is said to increase your metabolism and stimulate fat-burning. The process is quite similar to caffeine where fat is oxidized and thermogenesis is promoted. What is thermogenesis? It is a process where heat is produced in your body. It is mostly diet induced. How does it help to burn fat? Well to generate heat, your body needs to burn calories. The more heat your body generates, the more calories you’ll burn away and the better your fat burning ability.
Dosage- For best results, consume 3-4 cups with one or two tea bags with hot water in one day. You could also supplement this additionally in the form of green tea extract. Easily available in the market. Some studies say the absorption of polyphenols (micronutrient present in the tea) is enhanced when green tea (extract) is supplemented orally.
In short, the benefits of green tea are
- It Increases the body’s fat-burning hormone, norepinephrine
- Rich in antioxidants
- Promotes thermogenesis
- Develops a healthy immune system
Let me reinstate, caffeine and green tea are very effective as natural fat mobilizers only when your nutrition and exercise program are in place. Once you have that organized, you can optimize their fat loss potential. Otherwise, they are just regular beverages with passive benefits. The next time you go out for a coffee to your favourite joint, try a short black. If you like bitter coffee and like to make things adventurous, go for a double black. The rush of energy is almost instant.
à votre santé!
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