Best Weight Loss Supplements for Men
If you’re looking for a way to strip a few extra kilos and take your training to the next level, adding a weight loss supplement to your diet is a great way to help you reach your goals sooner—but with so many weight loss supplements on the market, it can be hard to know which products will get you the best results.
Whether you’re new to the world of supplements or you’re struggling to work out why your current supplement isn’t stacking up, this guide will fill you in on everything you need to know to find the right supplements that will help you create the lean and ripped body you want.
The relationship between muscle, metabolism and weight loss
When commencing any weight loss program, it’s beneficial to understand how your body will respond to any dietary changes as some programs will yield better results than others.
Weight loss can be achieved in a number of ways. While strategies which involve cutting calories or adopting a low- or no-carb diet can be effective, they can be detrimental to your ability to achieve your weight loss goals if not followed correctly—and your metabolism plays an important role.
Metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories. While everyone’s metabolic rate is different, how effectively your body expends calories is largely determined by the amount of muscle we have. As a general rule, the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate and the quicker your body can dispose of calories.
This is great news for men who are trying to shed a few kilos. As males tend to have a higher proportion of muscle compared to women, they tend to also have a higher metabolic rate which allows them to lose weight faster.
The risk with weight loss programs which significantly restrict calories or carbohydrate intake is that the body could be sent into ‘starvation mode’.
When your body doesn’t receive adequate nutrition (malnutrition), the body’s natural survival mechanism kicks in, allowing it to function as efficiently as possible by protecting fat stores and instead using lean tissue or muscle stores as a source of energy. This effectively reduces your metabolic rate and slows the weight loss process.
How supplements support weight loss
To achieve the best possible weight loss results, it’s important that your nutritional intake allows you to maintain (or even increase) lean muscle mass to improve your metabolic rate and support your body to burn calories faster.
Weight loss supplements are the ideal way to do this as they speed up the weight loss process by ensuring your body receives the optimal balance of nutrients which allows it to burn calories, while preserving and building lean muscle.
How to choose the best weight loss supplements
If you’re entering a shredding phase and want to know what ingredients you’ll find in the best weight loss supplements, here’s a rundown of the most important ingredients to look for.
A good blend of proteins
Ensuring you get enough protein is by far the most important thing you can do to support healthy weight loss.
Not only does protein give your metabolism a valuable helping hand, but it also helps to control important weight-regulating hormones and reduce appetite—but not all proteins are the same. While some are released quickly, others take longer to be released.
To ensure protein release is gradual and sustained, ideally you want a supplement which includes a combination of proteins like Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolates (WPI) which are released quickly to help with recovery post-workout, along with regular WPI’s and concentrates and a slower-release protein like Casein to sustain you between meals.
The best weight loss supplements will also include valuable fat-burning ingredients.
African Mango (or Irvingia Gabonensis) is an ingredient which is praised for its high soluble fibre content, but has also been shown to reduce appetite, improve blood cholesterol, help break down fats and minimise the growth of fat cells.
Raspberry ketones are another good ingredient to look for, shown to help break down the fat within cells and encourage the release of the hormone adiponectin which helps to regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is also another beneficial fat-burning ingredient which is believed to shrink or eliminate fat cells and speed up metabolism.
Thermogenic or ‘heat producing’ nutrients such as Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Extract, Guarana, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Choline, Inositol and CLA can each support weight loss by helping to boost metabolism and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), in turn helping your body to burn more fat.
Carb-blockers such as Phaseolamin, Garcinia and Green Coffee Extract (which also has thermogenic properties) act as valuable weight loss aids.
Containing substances which prevent carb-digesting enzymes from breaking down the complex carbohydrates found in foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes, carb-blockers allow a proportion of these complex carbohydrates to pass through the digestive system without adding to your calorie intake and keeping your blood sugar in check.
Nitrogen-retaining amino acids
Amino acids (and proteins) are essential for our bodies to be able to break down food and grow and repair body tissue. While protein is crucial for muscle growth, it’s the amino acid building-blocks that create an optimal environment to support metabolic function.
Ideally you want to look for a weight loss supplement which includes essential Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) such as Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine which make it easier for your body to eliminate fat, as well as other important amino acids like Glutamine to aid protein synthesis.
Low in fat and carbohydrates
Good weight loss supplements will limit the amount of included fat and carbohydrates. If you are trying to strip body fat, ideally you want to stick to between 2,000-2,500 calories per day, with protein forming around 30% of your daily calorie intake.
While having a certain amount of fat in your diet is essential, limiting it to around 15% of your daily calorie intake should help you stay leaner while also providing more energy to train and build muscle and supporting generally better health.
Carbohydrates are also an important energy source, however it’s important to avoid simple sugars as they are known to wreak havoc with your metabolism, especially with insulin and blood sugars. Restricting the amount of carbohydrates in your diet over several months will also force your body to revert to burning fat as its major energy source.
A bit about our weight loss supplements range
At Max’s, our quality Australian-made weight loss supplements have been carefully developed to incorporate a range of selected premium ingredients that make it easier to shred fat and build lean muscle.
As self-confessed health and fitness nuts, we formulate all our own products and carefully source the ingredients to ensure they stand up to the most stringent quality standards—we test and use our products ourselves, and if we don’t think they work, we won’t sell them.
From our fat stripping shred system and advanced thermogenic fat stripping protein, through to fat burning capsules, cookies and bars, we’ve got everything you need to kick your weight loss campaign into gear.