Whether it’s a necessity, for training, or a personal goal, burning fat is an important part of overall health. By focusing on burning fat instead of losing weight, you’ll reduce visceral fat, — a “type of body fat that’s stored within the abdominal cavity [and is] located near several vital organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines,” and it also has a bad habit of building up in our arteries — naturally boost energy, and you may even be able to improve athletically and get more out of your everyday workouts. How do you accomplish all of this?
Fat burning isn’t simply about reducing the amount of fat on your body, but it’s also been found that fat is a more effective energy source than glucose. While your body uses glucose first and foremost, fat provides a more sustained and enduring energy source. Sounds great! So, how exactly do you encourage your body to burn fat?
It’s a combination of both lifestyle — such as exercise, reduced stress, and sleep — and, more importantly, diet. Diet plays a major role in your body’s ability to burn more fat. If you consume large amounts of glucose — either from straight sugar or carbs — then it’ll take your body longer to burn through glucose and start using the stored fat. If you eat a low-carb, low-sugar diet that’s also supplemented with high healthy fat, then your body will more easily be able to burn through the glucose and access those fat stores.
Given that diet plays such a large role in fat burning, it stands to reason that there are a few very specific natural items that may boost fat burning. Research has found that caffeine, green tea extract, protein, soluble fiber, and Yohimbine, — a fat-burning compound found in the “bark of Pausinystalia yohimbe, a tree found in Central and Western Africa” — are all effective natural agents to boost your body’s ability to burn more fat.
So, if you’re looking to get a bit of a fat-burning boost, try incorporating some potent forms of these items! Of course, with any diet change or supplementation make sure to speak with a doctor, nutritionist, or other health care professional first!
1. Symnutrition Caffeine L-Theanine Supplements
Symnutrition Caffeine L-Theanine Supplements/Amazon.com
While you can always resort to an extra cup of joe or caffeine-based tea, going the caffeine supplement route may be easier on your system! These Symnutrition Caffeine L-Theanine Supplements are vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and crafted from high-grade ingredients in a cGMP-registered facility. On top of that, they are free of any redundant fillers and are certified for potency, purity, and integrity. A 120-capsule bottle costs $19.97.
Amazon Customer says “About time I FINALLY found a reliable, U.S.A.-made nootropic stack. It works super well for me, providing fast-acting (within 15-30 minutes) energy and sustained, calm alertness for over 6 hours with 2 pills (200mg caffeine, 400mg L-theanine). For someone who deals with ADHD symptoms (lack of focus/concentration, 1 million thoughts/minute, anxiety, forgetfulness), this works wonders and seems to be a little like a Ritalin (generic: methylphenidate) alternative. Also great for remembering people’s names (combined with bacopa monnieri), and creative output. I’ve tried one other company’s caffeine/l-theanine stack, but it made me jittery and feel strange, and I used 2 bottle’s worth to really test that hypothesis and result. Turns out a LOT of supplements are assembled in China, or even using Chinese-sourced ingredients which historically means there’s a huge variance in quality, and therefore the safety standards are wayyyyy different than the U.S. Therefore, it’s reassuring that FocusNow is made here in the U.S. Keep up the great work!”
2. Navitas Organics Matcha Powder
Navitas Organics Matcha Powder/Amazon.com
Along with having a moderate amount of caffeine, green tea is rich in the “polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)” which has been shown to help burn fat. This Navitas Organics Matcha Powder gives you the power to infuse matcha into a variety of meals throughout the day including smoothies and baked goods. Navitas is a highly trusted company offering a variety of vegan-friendly products that are also certified USDA organic and non-GMO verified. This matcha powder is premium culinary grade, sourced directly from Japan, and is also kosher, gluten-free. Rich in that wonderful antioxidant EGCG, you can use this matcha powder in a variety of ways including smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, and raw treats. A 3-ounce bag costs $12.95 — the price may vary depending on buying source through Amazon.
Kelli says “I use this organic matcha powder in my vegan matcha frappucinos. It’s cheaper than buying a Starbucks green tea frap and way healthier since I can adjust my own sweetness level. It’s a nice bright green color and doesn’t have too much of a bitter after-taste. I could honestly drink this every day! I recommend it to others who are looking for a good matcha powder. It’s cheaper on Amazon than in Whole Foods.”
3. Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder Creamy Chocolate Fudge
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder Creamy Chocolate Fudge/Amazon.com
Protein is not only a building block for your entire body, but it’s also a wonderful agent to promote fat burning as it boosts “your metabolism and [curbs] your appetite,” along with preserving muscle mass. This Orgain Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder Creamy Chocolate Fudge lets you indulge in a super healthy delicious treat while boosting your protein intake! Sourced from organic plant-based ingredients including pea, brown rice, and chia seeds, this protein powder is also loaded with dietary fiber and zero grams of sugar. Use this protein powder in smoothies, cakes, muffins, cookies, smoothies, and more! A 2-pound container costs $26.99.
James Anderson says “I started with almond milk (lactose issues), then went to a 50/50 almond milk and water. I found it broke down quicker with the 50/50 blend. The flavor is great. I’ve tried a number of powders over the years and this one is the best. I’ve changed my diet, so ingredients are key. There are no artificial things in this one. They use Stevia, which is a natural sweetener that is better for your body than anything else (other than Xylitol). If you are not used to Stevia, it may take a little to “come to the dark side”, but your body will appreciate it!”
4. Micro Ingredients Organic Triple Soluble Fiber Powder
Micro Ingredients Organic Triple Soluble Fiber Powder/Amazon.com
Maybe you heard that fiber is a boon for your gut, but it also happens to help burn fat! With that said, not all fiber is created equal and when it comes to fat burning you’ll want to focus on soluble fiber — the form that “absorbs water in your digestive tract and forms a viscous gel-like substance.” This Micro Ingredients Organic Triple Soluble Fiber Powder allows you to add soluble fiber to a variety of food items throughout the day including smoothies, oatmeal, and even baked goods! Micro Ingredients is proud to offer a product that is free of additives, preservatives, fillers, GMOs, artificial flavors and colors, soy, and gluten. This fiber is sourced from plant-based ingredients — inulin, acacia, and psyllium. A 2-pound bag costs $28.95.
Ms. W says “I wish I could get everyone to use this instead of antibiotics. My UTIs are resistant or immune to all antibiotics now. D-Mannose clears it up every time and helps my kidneys too. And I have lupus! This particular brand tastes good and is easily dissolved.”
5. KeyNatura AstaEnergy Caffeine L-Theanine Icelandic Astaxanthin & Vitamin B
KeyNatura AstaEnergy Caffeine L-Theanine Icelandic Astaxanthin & Vitamin B/Amazon.com
Looking for a caffeine supplement with a bit of a natural kick? This KeyNatura AstaEnergy Caffeine L-Theanine Icelandic Astaxanthin & Vitamin B has got it all! Along with L-theanine, this Icelandic supplement also has antioxidant powerhouse astaxanthin and vitamin B both of which boost energy and maximize mental abilities. While coffee may give you the jitters, this supplement is designed to provide a steady stream of natural energy sans the jitters that will also help with concentration, attention, alertness, memory, and even help boost fat burning. This supplement is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and all-natural. A 60-capsule bottle costs $29.99.
Grettir Olafsson says “Ever since I found Asta Energy a few months ago I’ve felt more awake and alert than from any energy drink I’ve been subjecting my body to over the years. So instead of a morning cup of coffee, I take my daily dose of Asta Energy and it lasts throughout my workday and I’m more productive than ever.”
6. Vega Protein & Energy Matcha Latte
Vega Protein & Energy Matcha Latte/Amazon.com
If you’re not a huge raw matcha fan, then finding a delicious pre-mixed concoction is a wonderful alternative. This Vega Protein & Energy Matcha Latte is a vegan-friendly, matcha-rich concoction that’s also loaded with 20 grams of plant-based pea protein. This matcha latte mix is rounded out with healthy fat MCT oil without any added sugar. On top of that, Vega offers this mix free of gluten, lactose, soy, and whey. An 18.3-ounce container costs $29.99.
Pamela J Soule says “Love that it has none of the ingredients to which I have food sensitivities, plus the added benefits of being great tasting and the caffeine provides me with a great energy boost in the mornings. The perfect foundation for morning kale, apple, blueberry, and avocado smoothies. I will definitely purchase this product again. The only thing I found noteworthy, otherwise, was that when drunk alone, the MCT oil gives it a hint of coconut flavor. Not a negative, just something to share.”
7. Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Unflavored Powder
Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Powder/Amazon.com
Garden of Life is a trusted supplement company offering many soil-based and vegan-friendly options. If flavored protein powder is a bit offputting, try this unflavored Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Powder. It’s loaded with 22 grams of organic, sugar-free, raw, pea-based protein. This supplement doesn’t stop at protein, it’s also rigged with probiotics — 3 billion CFU probiotics and enzymes — as well as raw, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, sourced from real food. On top of that, this product is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly! A 1-pound container costs $30.29.
A Customer says “I have read many of the negative reviews, and frankly, I don’t think that they are being fair to the product. I did not purchase the old product. But, many of the complaints seem to be about the scoop being larger in the new box, and the box is larger. Easy fix- don’t use the full scoop. I don’t find the taste horrible at all, in fact, it even says it is unflavored. The big change I think is in the addition of the Branch Chain Amino Acids- something which the other reviewers neglect to point out- these are extremely essential- especially for those of us recovering from a brain injury. I for one, have noticed an immediate difference since starting to use this product. Not only am I gluten intolerant with a dairy allergy, but suffered a head injury as a result of a car accident. After using this product, I started noticing immediate benefits. And I believe it to be because of the additional branch chain amino acids that were not present in the old version. I also add some raw blueberries and drink mine with unsweetened almond milk and it is absolutely delicious!”
8. Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber Supplement
Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber Supplement/Amazon.com
If you like Garden of Life and want to incorporate a soluble fiber along with a protein from this brand consider this Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber Supplement. It hits all the marks — certified USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and kosher certified — and it sources five grams of soluble prebiotic fiber from raw, whole food in every spoonful. A 7.9-ounce bag costs $15.39.
April Hegens says “This product Organic Prebiotic Superfood Fiber Supplement taste really good. I used it for the first time this morning at 9:00a today. I mixed it in my pineapple and Banana smoothie with almond milk. The taste was amazing, and I have not felt hungry yet (but I did make myself eat after 5 hours). I have not used the bathroom yet either (which I like to do because I’m on a regular schedule every morning) but we will see. I purchased this product because other fiber products are so nasty tasting and do not offer what this one does. I like the garden of life products they are clean and healthy.”
9. Nature’s Answer Yohimbe Bark Extract
Nature’s Answer Yohimbe Bark Extract/Amazon.com
Yohimbe bark has a variety of uses, but it’s most well-known as a helpful fat burner by “blocking receptors called alpha-2 adrenergic receptors,” which suppress the “body to burn fat for fuel.” This Nature’s Answer Yohimbe Bark Extract provides a highly concentrated form of this powerful fat burner which can be added to your tea, a smoothie, or even your morning oats! Natures Answer is proud to offer a product that is non-GMO, kosher, parve, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly. Plus, this extract is alcohol-free and uses USP purified water to maintain a holistic balance. A 1-fluid ounce bottle costs $12.22.
Al says “Excellent! Take less than indicated! This will get you going, heartbeat will speed up way too much if you are not careful!”
10. Horbaach Super Yohimbe Bark Extract
Horbaach Super Yohimbe Bark Extract/Amazon.com
This Horbaach Super Yohimbe Bark Extract is no only a potent extract of the fat-burning Yohimbe, but it’s both alcohol and sugar-free. Horbaach is proud to offer a product that is also free of common allergens — including gluten, wheat, yeast, milk, lactose, and soy — as well as free of artificial coloring and flavors, and GMOs. A 2-fluid ounce bottle costs $13.87.
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