7 Odd Nutrients That Burn Fat
1. Advantra Z™:
Studies indicate the active ingredient in Advantra Z (called synephrine) from citrus fruits, may even work better than the banned ingredient ephedra, but without the safety concerns. What's so unique about Advantra Z is that it can easily enter fat cells but it can’t enter the brain. This makes it perfect for burning stored body fat without any negative side effects like feeling jittery.
As for the research, scientists at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut found that users of synephrine (the active ingredient in Advantra Z) experienced an average fat loss of almost 3% of their total body weight in just six weeks without changes to their eating habits.(2) This means a 200 pound person could lose six lbs. And just imagine the results if they ate right and exercised.
2. Green Tea:
Besides being a powerful antioxidant, researchers at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland found that specialized compounds in green tea work together to stimulate the rate of calories burning by up to 500%.(3) What’s more, scientists determined that individuals drinking green tea three times per day increase their metabolic rate by 3.5%. A 3.5% increase in calorie burning equates to more than 200 additional calories burned per day—that’s 1400 extra calories burned a week or 5600 a month. The good news is you don’t have to drink green tea all day: you can get the power of green tea in a concentrated extract and take it as a pill.
Researchers at Laval University in Québec, Canada found that this patented herb increases fat breakdown and may even target specific areas like abdominal fat. Studies also indicate that this herb may increase thyroid hormones and lean body mass to boost the metabolism.(6)
This amino acid causes the release of the neurotransmitters serotonin and
dopamine which help to balance the brain chemicals responsible for causing uncontrollable food cravings.(1)
5. Cayenne (Capsaicin):
You know that warm sensation you feel when you eat something spicy like a hot pepper? Well, the ingredient responsible for this is capsaicin, and studies show it increases calorie burning (or thermogenesis). In fact, scientists at Kyoto University in Japan discovered that just 3 mg of capsaicin increased the calorie-burning rate of test subjects by up to 10%. For most people, this equates to 130 extra calories burned per day.
Capsaicin also increases how full you feel while eating. The same study mentioned above found that capsaicin caused adult women to feel full and satisfied faster during a meal so they unknowingly decreased their calorie consumption by up to 10%.(7) In other words, you will naturally eat less without even trying.
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio found that people supplementing with chromium lost up to 500% more fat than those who didn't use it.(4,5) Studies also indicate chromium may improve the metabolism through its effects on insulin.
7. Coffee (caffeine):
Coffee is the U.S’s number one caffeinated beverage, but many people don’t realize its calorie-burning properties. For example, a research study indicated that 100 mgs of caffeine (about a cup of premium coffee) was enough to increase test subjects calorie-burning rate by up to 4% for 2½ hours.
While this may not seem like a lot, 4% equals about 100 extra calories burned per day. And if you consume two cups of coffee, that’s over 200 extra calories burned per day. As you can see this can really start adding up. Burning 200 extra calories per day equals 1400 calories per week or 5600 calories per month—that’s about a pound and a half of fat burned every 30 days! (Just be sure to leave out the sugar and cream.)
So there you have it: my top 7 nutrients to burn fat faster. An important point I want to mention is that these nutrients are much more potent together than by themselves. We scientists call this a synergistic effect: the sum total of the ingredients is more powerful than their individual parts.
What’s even more exciting is the research indicates these nutrients are effective regardless of age, ability, or physical condition. In fact, the older and more out of shape you are, the more improvement you are likely to see.