Train­ing

Im­prove your fat-loss re­sults with these re­search-sup­ported sup­ple­ments.

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These three in­gre­di­ents could boost fat loss.

When your goal is to re­duce body fat, the an­swer isn’t a crash course in di­et­ing or six hours a day of car­dio and weight train­ing. Of course you need a solid nu­tri­tion plan and a rea­son­able work­out reg­i­men that en­cour­ages the loss of body fat while al­low­ing you to hold on to — or in­crease — lean tis­sue. But an­other tool to forge an at­tack on fat is a sup­ple­ment that helps your body train more ef­fec­tively while cut­ting calo­ries.

These sup­ple­men­tary com­po­nents can help sup­port your pro­gram to get you in shape for sum­mer. Take those that ap­peal to you as stand-alones, or seek out a prod­uct that com­bines them to­gether.

RHO­DI­OLA

What it is: Rho­di­ola rosea, a plant ex­tract also known as Arc­tic rose, has been used for cen­turies to in­crease your body’s re­sis­tance to many types of stress, in­clud­ing ex­er­cise and bi­o­log­i­cal as­saults you en­counter while di­et­ing. How it sup­ports fat loss: Rho­di­ola helps boost adeno­sine triphos­phate (ATP) in the mus­cles you’re train­ing, giv­ing you the en­ergy you need to per-

form at max­i­mum ca­pac­ity, which is of­ten ham­pered when cut­ting calo­ries.

Rho­di­ola also in­creases the level of oxy­gen in your blood­stream to boost mus­cu­lar en­durance.

Re­search says: Rho­di­ola helps pre­vent the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of lipids, sup­port­ing those who are try­ing to re­duce body fat. That’s true whether you’re obese or whether you’re an ac­tive wo­man try­ing to lose a small amount of stored fat.

ASTRAGALUS

What it is: This herb is part of the bean and legume fam­ily and can be used to boost im­mu­nity, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and in­crease ni­tric-ox­ide pro­duc­tion.

How it sup­ports fat loss: NO al­lows your blood ves­sels to re­lax so your mus­cles re­ceive more blood and nu­tri­ents dur­ing ex­er­cise, sup­port­ing performance and en­hanc­ing re­cov­ery.

Re­search says: Ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, astragalus con­tains im­munes­tim­u­lat­ing ac­tive in­gre­di­ents that sup­port the ab­sorp­tion of vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents, ul­ti­mately sup­port­ing bet­ter re­cov­ery for ex­er­cise and other stres­sors.

MACA

What it is: Maca is an ex­tract from a Peru­vian plant and has been used for cen­turies as an aphro­disiac. This root is a cru­cif­er­ous veg­etable (the same fam­ily as broc­coli and cab­bage ), and it’s high in vi­ta­min C and iron.

How it sup­ports fat loss: Maca helps sup­port and boost your mood and gives you en­ergy while you’re cut­ting calo­ries. Re­search says: The ad­min­is­tra­tion of maca has been shown to help re­duce de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, and other stud­ies sug­gest that maca may im­prove speed dur­ing en­durance events.

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