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Best Supplement for Fat Loss?


#1

Hi. I spoke with a great rep today who advised me to post in the forum for advice on which supplement would be best for fat loss for myself. I am a 38 y/o female, 160#, would love to drop last 20-25#. I have been doing CrossFit for apprx 1.5 yrs, 5-6x week. I drink a post wod recovery shake (Surge) I do not eat breakfast, I wod @ 9am. My eating is not horrible, not completely strict either; mostly Paleo, 2-3 x/month pizza/pasta.

I have been maintaining this weight for at least 6 months, a few # in both directions. I drink at least 1/2 gal water a day. I know sugar/sweets are my weakness, I do my best to limit my intake. I am a bit sensitive to caffeine…I do not drink coffee on a regular basis, so when I drink something with caffeine, I notice it. Too much & I get the jitters. I tried a raspberry keytone product for 30 days and did not notice any change. Could have been the brand/quality even though it was from a reputable company.

Any recommendations you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I hope I have provided enough information, if not, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and advice.


#2

Glad to help here.

First, we want to just drop some articles on you to read that may help you out with diet:

Paleo: The Good, Bad and the Ugly: http://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/paleo-the-good-bad-and-the-ugly

A Calorie is Sometimes Not a Calorie: http://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/a-calorie-is-sometimes-not-a-calorie

The Truth About Metabolic Damage: http://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/truth-about-metabolic-damage

You may not have any of those issues but it’s worth looking into any time fat loss is stalled.

Surge Recovery is a good supplement, but Biotest has really upgraded workout nutrition supplements since then. Not just with more advanced ingredients but also with timing. We now know that before and even during hard training is the most important time for workout nutrition, not just post. “Pre” is actually the most important for many, and very important for tough WODs. Now, are you training fasted since you mentioned no breakfast? If so, that would be one thing to remedy. Check this out:

Fasted Cardio Eats Muscle: http://www.t-nation.com/training/fasted-cardio-eats-muscle

So before we think about things in the fat burner category, let’s optimize workout nutrition. We’d suggest <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/plazma"target=“new”>Plazma, which is pre-loaded about 15 minutes before training (great if you normally train fasted) then you’d have a serving during training. If there’s no time to drink liquid during WODs done against the clock, we suggest one pre-load serving of Plazma then after training a serving of <a href="http://www.T-Nation.com/store/products/MAG-10"target=“new”>MAG-10. That may be all you need but there are options there based on your workout, schedule etc.

Now, also look into <a href="http://www.t-nation.com/store/products/indigo-3g"target=“new”>Indigo-3G. In a nutshell, this is a selective nutrient partitioning agent. That means it shuttles the nutrients you consume, like carbs, towards muscle recovery and growth instead of storing them as body fat. Also, it’s not a stimulant. The product page will get into the details.

Now, I feel like I’ve given you a bunch of homework! So if you have any questions, feel free to reply here and we’d be glad to help.


#3

I was in the middle of typing something similar to this. Diet HAS to come first. Trying to reduce your bodyfat by 15% simply by adding in a pill is not likely to be a recipe for success, particularly if your fat loss has stalled for 6 months. Your workout nutrition can be improved using the supplements Chris mentioned. I swear by Plazma, it’s the only supplement I use that I truly consider a ‘must-have’. The articles provided are also right on the money, certainly worth reading.

Your dietary ‘weakness’ is a tough one to work around. I’ve centered my own fat-loss diet around eliminating sugar almost completely.

If you want additional help with diet, you should post a typical day of food, and include your likely pitfalls as well.

Side note: how tall are you? ‘the last 20-25 lbs’ means different things to different people. If you’re 6’0, 160, this would be very different from 5’0, 160.


#4

I apologize for not replying sooner. Life took over. I will read the articles this weekend. Thank you for the info, the titles of them have me very intrigued. The reason for fasting before wod, I wake up at 8am & work out by 9am. I am not much of a breakfast eater, a half a banana and I feel full and a bit sick. Tried eating a hard boiled egg too. Results were not much better. I can eat 1 teaspoon of almond butter and that’s about it.

I am 5’4" tall. I am keeping a log of my food and portions in My Fitness Pal App. That is helping me keep track of what I am actually eating and helping minimize my sugar intake. I know it takes eating healthy and exercise; a “magic pill” only does so much and lasts so long and you usually end up heavier than when you started. I will read the articles and strengthen my mind (mind over sugar). Thank you for your time and suggestions.