We're already deep into summer, once again. It's time to reveal more skin in the summer heat and show off how hard you've trained year-round. Your dedication and determination in the gym along with your diligent meal-planning are key to achieving a perfectly toned physique. Thanks to breakthrough science and research, however, there are dietary supplements that can help you achieve weight loss faster for summertime and continue to keep it off in the winter months. The following supplements made the list of essential ingredients and proprietary blends that will complement your summer workouts and weight-loss goals.
is a plant native to India with a long history of medicinal use since ancient times.
acts directly on a specific enzyme that activates cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a compound in the body which promotes the breakdown of fat (specifically from adipose tissue) for energy utilization. The activation of cAMP induces a thermogenic response to food with a simultaneous increase in metabolism. Research has shown that twelve weeks of forskolin (the bioactive component of coleus forskohlii) intake provided favorable effects on the body composition of men, while women taking forskolin have also exhibited positive effects, with regard to weight regain. There is evidence to suggest
provides weight loss without sacrificing the integrity of lean muscle mass, making it an ideal supplement to shed fat and promote the ultimate summer physique. When shopping for
, make sure you search out the gold standard for this compound, ForsLean, as found in
ProSource's Forslean Coleus Forskohlii
BetaStax Elite has proven to be a runaway sales sensation here at ProSource, as customers new and long-established have embraced this reinvention of the perennial category leader. BetaStax Elite's powerful new ingredient is an advanced botanical compound that has been shown in studies to help elevate metabolism by helping to reduce the effects of glucose among other key diet support benefits to ultimately help deliver significant reductions in excessive weight. BetaStax Elite also contains the technology that revolutionized the diet-support category, in the form of an exclusive PureWay-Slim mechanism that delivers clinically validated and significant reductions in body weight, waist and hip circumferences in as little as two weeks. In fact, in a comparison of clinical studies, BetaStax' PureWay-Slim blend achieved more weight-loss in two weeks than other leading weight-loss compounds achieved in eight weeks. Little wonder then, that this new higher potency "amplified" version of BetaStax has emerged as summer's "secret weapon" for physique transformation. New BetaStax Elite represents the most complete and comprehensive, multi-pathway offensive ever launched against excess body fat.
Green coffee bean
(coffea canephora robusta)
has received recent attention in the media and with good reason. The name of this coffee fruit bean simply refers to its raw state. The caffeine in green coffee bean provides a number of health benefits, including a thermogenic response that increases metabolism and fat breakdown, translating to weight-loss support and weight maintenance. The weight-loss promotion of coffee, however, may be further attributed by chlorogenic acid. Due to the raw state of green coffee beans, its chlorogenic acid content is much higher than that of roasted coffee. The chlorogenic acid of green coffee beans also have a higher bioavailability, meaning it's absorbed and used more efficiently in the human body. Research has shown that chlorogenic acid may support weight-loss, promote fat use for energy, modulate hormones related to obesity and aid in glucose metabolism. Green coffee bean extract is also a potent antioxidant, making it a unique weight-loss supplement that may combat oxidative stress, optimizing your body's immune defenses.
ProSource's Green Coffee Bean Extract
contains an ultra-potent, standardized dose of 50% chlorogenic acids (200 mg).
by BioQuest is your optimal, quick-fix solution for shedding excess water retention for those last-minute pool party invites. Razor Ripped contains all-natural ingredients that eliminate extra water weight in just three days or less while boosting energy levels and metabolism. Research has shown the natural diuretic effects of the dandelion in Razor Ripped, while green tea, a potent thermogenic and antioxidant, has a long history of use, dating back generations in China and other Asian countries, as a diuretic. The green tea extract in Razor Ripped works synergistically with caffeine to further promote weight loss (in the form of fat) while further promoting diuresis. Razor Ripped contains additional, natural diuretic sources like vitamin B6, magnesium, uva ursi, parsley powder, and celery seed powder to enhance the diuresis of key ingredients, dandelion, caffeine and green tea extract. Whether you're stepping out on the stage or making it a beach day,
can ensure water retention does not get in the way of showing off the details of your musculature and ripped physique.
is a major, phenolic compound of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) with a structure similar to other popular thermogenic compounds, synephrine and capsaicin. Research has demonstrated the ability of raspberry ketone to increase the breakdown of fat from adipose tissue for energy. Therefore, raspberry ketone intake may reduce body weight by decreasing fat stores, allowing your muscles and figure to shine brightly. Raspberry ketone separates itself from other thermogenics by also improving antioxidant capacity. Optimizing your body's antioxidant defenses is ideal for those long, active summer days and exposure to sun.
supplement contains only the highest-quality Raspberry Ketones in a 100 mg serving.
is one of the most widely consumed beverages and has been well-examined in scientific literature. Renowned for its many health benefits, the popularity of green tea dates back to the times of ancient China. One of the primary components of green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a polyphenol with powerful thermogenic properties that increases caloric expenditure and the use of fat for energy. An abundance of research exemplifies the ability of EGCG to optimize health profiles. Long-term consumption of green tea and green tea extract, individually, has shown to have a positive effect on body weight and enhance body composition. Green tea also provides a significant antioxidant benefit. The antioxidant capacity of green tea is particularly important with regard to combating oxidative stress that can result in increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in adipose tissue. Centuries of green tea consumption for better health are now backed by an abundance of clinical research studies.
has long been an industry standard bearer in this important weight-loss category. Include green tea extract in your regular supplement regimen and open a new front in the battle against excess fat.
is the highest-quality form of conjugated linoleic acid. Tonalin CLA is a staple supplement for those looking to lose weight and keep it off in the long run. Conjugated linoleic acid is a natural component of fats that are commonly consumed in our daily diets (found in meat and dairy products). CLA intake has exhibited a number of health benefits in scientific literature, including positive effects on heart health, the immune system and protection against cancer. Perhaps its most noteworthy benefit in the supplement industry is its effects on body composition. Studies have shown that the long-term consumption of CLA (within the dose range of 3.2 grams per day) elicits substantial body fat reduction in human subjects. CLA intake may also stave off the potential for weight gain among individuals who are susceptible to packing on the pounds in the off-season/winter.
is a must-have in your supplement regimen to have a summer body year-round.
(Zinc magnesium aspartate) is the ultimate complement to maintaining the beach body you've worked so hard for. ZMA is a formulation that contains zinc monomethionine aspartate, magnesium aspartate and vitamin B6. Zinc is an essential trace element that is required for biochemical processes. Zinc promotes healthy increases in testosterone levels, a hormone that is vital for lean muscle mass and good quality sleep. Magnesium is an element involved in cellular reactions (i.e. energy metabolism). Magnesium has demonstrated anti-catabolic effects, protecting the integrity of lean muscle mass and strength gains, by decreasing cortisol levels during exercise. Zinc and magnesium deficiencies are common among athletes and physically active people and may hinder immune defenses, performance measures and training adaptations (i.e. strength, muscle mass). Supporting research has shown ZMA supplementation to significantly promote anabolic hormones, testosterone and IGF-1, with increases in muscle strength among football players. Additional research has shown 8-weeks of daily ZMA (30 mg) intake to reduce markers of catabolism when undergoing a weight training program. By promoting good quality of sleep, recovery from workouts and an overall anabolic environment in your body, ZMA will ensure your physique reflects the hours of training you put in. As we've said, many times here at ProSource, when buying a ZMA supplement, always look for SNAC Systems ZMA, the industry gold standard, as found in
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAA)
are the three key essential amino acids of protein (leucine, isoleucine and valine). BCAA consumption provides an array of benefits for avid-exercisers, including: promotion of muscle mass gains and strength, reduction of muscle damage incurred from exercise (speeding up recovery from workouts and lessening soreness), immune system protection and endurance performance enhancement. Achieving a summer body means training hard in the gym without letting your hard work go to waste. Resistance training induces a dramatic increase in the activation of p70S6 kinase, a significant signaling pathway responsible for muscle protein synthesis (the building of muscle tissue). When BCAAs are consumed during a weightlifting session, the activation of p70S6 kinase increases even further, optimizing the hypertrophic effects you work hard for in the gym. Research has demonstrated the effects of BCAA intake (before, during and after exercise) to decrease exercise-induced muscle damage while promoting muscle protein synthesis. BCAAs are also beneficial as a readily available source of energy, with research demonstrating their ability to prolong moderate exercise performance in the heat for both men and women. The leucine component of BCAAs functions to promote anabolism while maintaining stable blood sugar levels and energy expenditure when training under a low-carb regimen and/or caloric restriction. BCAAs are an essential asset to everyone's nutrient-timing, providing valuable benefits on exercise performance while optimizing your personal aesthetics. BCAAs provided in a 2-1-1 leucine/isoleucine/valine ratio, in clinically indicated dosages (as found in
ProSource's Mega BCAA
) are your best bet.
Is your energy lagging?
will give you the performance boost you need. Beta Alanine is a non-essential amino acid responsible for carnosine synthesis in muscle cells. Carnosine is a dipeptide amino acid, consisting of histidine and beta-alanine, found primarily in type II fast-twitch muscle fibers. Type II fibers are known for efficiently undertaking high intensity/short duration tasks (i.e. sprinting, weightlifting) and, subsequently, experience immense drops in pH from lactic acid accumulation as a result of sustaining these activities. Research has shown beta-alanine supplementation to significantly increase carnosine stores, which results in lactic acid buffering, allowing you to work out at higher intensities for a longer period of time. This means extra sprinting time or extra reps in the weight room. Research has also demonstrated significant gains in strength and muscle mass with decreases in body fat resultant of beta-alanine intake. In the end, enhancing your workouts with beta-alanine translates to favorable effects on body composition. When the days get long and the nights even longer, you need to support endurance with a top-quality product like
ProSource's Beta Alanine