At this time of the year, beach season, braai time and pool parties have one thing in common, showing off all your hard work, dedication and consistency in the gym throughout the year. That’s right, time to get into the sun and show some skin! You’ve worked hard, suffered through countless kilograms of broccoli and even trained all through winter; however, whilst achieving a shredded physique is almost always easier said than done, there are ways of bettering your chances to chisel out those last stubborn areas that will make all the difference and set you apart from the rest. Climb on board as we provide some insider information on our top 5 picks to help get you poolside ready.

Fat Burners

There is, and always will be, much confusion surrounding fat burners, namely the notion that they are "magic" pills and will work regardless of dosage, physical activity, and calorie intake; this is not the case at all. Fat burners serve a purpose, and that is to energise your metabolism and put it in a higher state of fat-burning capacity. This gives you an edge and helps to shift your body into an ideal environment geared towards fat loss and calorie expenditure. Together with adequate water intake, reduced consumption of excess calories and physical activity involving high-intensity training, you are bound to surprise yourself with some great results. At Chrome Supplements & Accessories, we provide a myriad of fat burners to suit every individual from beginner to advanced, from the stimulant sensitive to those looking for that powerful caffeine kick to get them up and going. You'll undoubtedly be spoiled for choice in our stores when choosing a fat burner. Ask any of our friendly sales staff to guide you through our wide selection and help you choose the fat burner that's right for you.

L-Carnitine

An often-overlooked gem in the search for shred, L-Carnitine is a non-stimulant fat transporter of long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria of cells. Once these fatty lipids reach the mitochondria, they can be oxidized (used as fuel) to generate adenosine triphosphate or ATP. L-carnitine does this cellular work both when you exercise and rest, but research confirms that it is especially effective during intense exercise. When taken correctly, L-carnitine can boost both your training and your physique. In the gym, it can mean more endurance and bigger pumps. In the mirror, picture more muscle and less fat. A study out of Scotland concluded that in addition to its fat-transporting work, L-carnitine also enhances insulin's actions on muscle cells. What this means is that L-carnitine can help keep blood glucose levels low, even after a carb-rich meal, while also aiding glycogen replenishment.

L-carnitine's bona fide role as a fat-burning supplement is well established. During bulking periods, t can help limit fat gains and make a "cleaner" bulk. If you're cutting, it can help transport fatty lipids from fat stores into your cellular furnaces to get burned for use as energy. There are loads of L-Carnitine products available with various delivery methods including tablet forms for ease of access, liquid concentrates with faster absorption rates with even some PWO supplements including this wonder-compound to increase energy, focus and fat-burning potential. Adding L-Carnitine to your fat loss stack is essential to optimise results.

CLA (Conjugate Linoleic Acid)

These golden soft gels have been around for decades which is a testament not only to CLA's resilience in an ever-changing industry but also to its constant presence in fat burning protocols, weight management plans and diets the world over.

CLA, an essential fatty acid, is an isomer of linoleic acid, which is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid found in many vegetable oils. CLA has the ability to support and lower cholesterol, increase your metabolic rate through the supply of these essential fatty acids all whilst being entirely stimulant free which allows for dosing even late at night without keeping you from your beauty sleep. CLA has been praised for years for its usefulness in breaking down stubborn fat stores, helping to tone and tighten problem areas and contributing to total body fat reduction when added to fat-burning stacks.

Chromium

In order to maximise fat burning potential, you should ensure that your training takes place whilst balanced blood sugar levels are achieved. In plain English, fat-burning potential is much greater when you're in a fasted state or when there are no carbohydrates or sugars being digested by your body. A lesser-known compound when it comes to the reduction of body fat is Chromium. This compound is known for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels and to help build muscle and burn fat by aiding the body to use carbohydrates effectively (i.e. it lowers the blood sugar spikes caused by high GI carb sources). Chromium is imperative for diabetics as low chromium levels can increase blood sugar triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood), cholesterol levels and increase the risk for a number of conditions such as heart disease. It has also been shown to slow the loss of calcium which is great for those prone to osteoporosis. Adding Chromium to your fat loss stack increases the efficacy of fat burners, protects the body and helps insulin transport.

ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid)

ALA is a naturally occurring and necessary biological compound in the body. Although it has some vitamin-like functions, as it can be synthesized in the body, it is not classified as a vitamin. ALA has several unique abilities, including the ability to work as an antioxidant in both water and lipid-soluble parts of the cell and cell membrane. It has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants and to remain active once it neutralizes free radicals. Perhaps the biggest challenge during the fat loss process is lowered energy levels due to fewer calories being taken in. ALA helps this by turning glucose into energy more effectively so that during your cutting phase, you aren't feeling drained. The medical use of ALA has focused on its positive effects on patients with diabetes. Double-blind clinical trials in humans have demonstrated that ALA improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control, cardiovascular health, nerve function, and lipid levels, and reduces symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

While each of the aforementioned compounds have their own beneficial properties, when 3 or more of these compounds are combined in synergistic use, they provide rapid results that individuals can see and feel. Adding L-Carnitine and CLA to your favourite fat burner ensures that your brown fat or adipose fat tissue is being broken down by the CLA, transported by the L-Carnitine and burnt as energy through the use of a fat burner. Also, when trying to minimise the punch taken by your body when having the occasional cheat meal, use Chromium and ALA to ensure that those extra carbohydrates

are being used effectively and that whatever insulin spike may occur will be minimised and dealt with effectively. Maximise your shredding ability, supplement smart and show summer who is boss.



SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS

NOW Foods Sports Liquid L Carnitine

NOW L-Carnitine Liquid has all of the properties of carnitine in a highly absorbable liquid form. Carnitine is a non-essential amino acid that helps to maintain overall good health by facilitating the transfer of fatty acid groups into the mitochondrial membrane for cellular energy production.


NOW Foods Chromium Picolinate

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that is best known for its role as an insulin co-factor. Chromium is therefore critical for the maintenance of healthy glucose and carbohydrate metabolism; however, it is also important for the utilization of fat and protein.


NOW Foods Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is naturally produced in the human body in very small amounts, but it is also available through food sources. ALA is unique because it supports the body's free radical scavenging systems and can function in both water and fat environments. ALA can also recycle the antioxidant Vitamins C and E, thereby extending their activities.


SNP CLA 1000

SNP CLA 1000 provides an adequate dosage of Conjugated Linoleic Acid needed to support the metabolism of bodyfat without the unwanted calories acquired from food sources. Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a unique fatty acid clinically shown to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and promote overall health.


SSA Methyl Cuts

SSA Methyl Cuts harnesses effective thermogenic ingredients in combination to ensure you stay on track with your fat loss pursuits. If you’re looking to go hardcore and all in with your fat burning pursuits, then this product is a “must-have” to add to your stack.


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