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ast article we talked about one of the diet supplements, ephedrine. For some, taking a central nervous system stimulant is just a little too harsh for the body. To help those individuals out, we will cover a few fat burners and diet supplements that arenít too harsh.

The first thing weíll talk about is soluble fiber. soluble fiber, which is found in beans, legumes and oatmeal, can aid the loss of fat in two ways. First, fiber slows the release of carbohydrates from the stomach into the blood; slowing digestion retards the release of sugar into the blood so that insulin is released at a modified rate(lowering insulin levels inhibits fat storage while allowing fat to be used as fuel.) Second, fiber works similarly to chromium, vanadyl and fish oils in that it makes muscle tissue receptors more insulin-sensitive; less insulin is thus required to channel carbohydrates into muscle to make glycogen. Recommended dose: 15-25 grams daily.

The next one is L-Carnitine. L-carnitine, is a close cousin to amino acids. It is found in higher concentrations in organ meats, such as beef liver and beef heart. If you donít like organs, you can try lamb. It is also an ingredient in many of today's commercial fat burners. Carnitine is a catalyst. When calories are reduced or when a person exercises, fat is tapped for fuel. The body breaks down fat cells to obtain glycerol and fatty acids. Carnitine transports the fatty acids from the blood, across the cell membrane, and into the mitochondrial portion of muscle cells where fatty acids are burned as fuel. Some research reveals that using high amounts of supplemental carnitine can improve aerobic capacity also. Recommended dose: 1,000-3,000 mg/day.

The third supplement will be Citrimax by Nastrol. Citrimax is a brand of Hydroxy Citric Acid (HCA). It is a natural compound extracted from the rind of the fruit Garcinia cambogia. In clinical studies, HCA supplementation acts as an appetite suppressant, and it has shown the ability to inhibit the actions of a specific enzyme in the liver, called ATP-citrate lyase. This particular enzyme is partially responsible for the conversion of dietary carbohydrates to fat (Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism-West publishing co. 1995). There have been mixed feedback from the use of this product. Some swear by it and some say it doesnít work for them. If you decide to try it and it works, youíve got yourself a winner. If it doesnít, donít use it again.

Well, today weíre going to cut it short. The next issue weíll be talking about the extremely awesome and powerful CREATINE MONOHYDRATE. Well, thatís it from Semper Fitness. Good luck on your hunt for the right supplement. Stay pumped, stay motivated and OO-RAH!

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