1. HCL – ARE YOU ABSORBING YOUR NUTRIENTS?
The body produces stomach acid (HCL) whenever we eat to help break down nutrients, especially protein. Due to a number of factors in modern life, most people have sub-optimal levels, a fact that leads many functional doctors to therorise that HCL deficiency is the underlying issue in a number of modern ailments. If you are HCL deficient, all that effort to eat healthy and supplement correctly may be going to waste. Read this article on how to easily test your own levels, and add HCL supplementation if necessary.
2. ADD GLUTAMINE AND GLYCINE TO POST WORKOUT SHAKES
Yes everyone loves the idea of rewarding themselves after a tough (or not so tough) workout with some well deserved sweeties, but generally only a select few who are already very lean will benefit from carbs after their workouts. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body, and will provide excellent immune support after your workout. Glycine is excellent at restoring depleted glycogen levels, but importantly it does this without spiking insulin. The key to pretty much any fat loss approach is to keep insulin in check.
3. GREEN TEA OR COFFEE BEFORE WORKOUTS
Both are slightly old school methods, but sometimes there is nothing at all wrong with the old school. The caffeine in both green tea and coffee will boost energy, making your workouts more productive. They also both stimulate cellular activity, enhancing fat burning capabilities during and after your workout. Caffeine or green tea capsules can also work well.
4. CARNITINE AND FISH OILS – SUPPLEMENT BUDDIES
Both carnitine and fish oils have been proven to help boost fat loss, but what few people know is that their fat burning capabilities improve dramatically when used together. The uptake of carnitine is greater on a relatively empty stomach, so taking 2-3 grams first thing in the morning and/or 45 mins before your workout is ideal. Fish oils are best spread evenly over the day with meals.
5. VITAMIN D
If you have to endure miserable northern winters, and/or are stuck in an office most of the day, chances are you are not getting nearly enough Vitamin D. Although getting sufficient sunlight exposure is the best way to take in Vitamin D, supplementation may be the easiest option for many of us. A standard blood test can reveal your current levels, and then you have the option of supplementing with drops, capsules or topical cream. Something around 5000 IU per day should do the trick if you are deficient. Generally the darker your skin, the more Vitamin D you need.