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Burning Fat on a Budget

Burning Fat on a Budget

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Let’s face it – if you want to buy brand name anything, you have to be willing to dig a little deeper into your pockets. But in the current economic downturn, people are pinching pennies where ever they can to, you know, eat and stuff.

If supplements are already part of the budget that you’re trying to maintain, you can still save yourself some bucks by simply making smarter choices. Instead of buying your usual two-pound jug of protein, for example, maybe you should invest the $10-15 extra and get yourself the five-pound jug. And instead of buying the fancy, high-end, designer fat-burners, maybe you can try this stack out.

Supplement Dose/Timing Cost
Green tea extract   500 mg three times daily before meals   $8-12  
Caffeine 200-400 mg one hour before workouts   $5-10  
Calcium 1000 mg daily $10-12
Selenium 200-400 mcg per day with food   $5-10  

TOTAL: $28-44

Green tea extract contains catechins, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the main catechin responsible for the thermogenic effect of green tea. EGCG inhibits an enzyme that breaks down norepinepherine, the neurotransmitter involved in regulating metabolic rate and fat-burning.

Caffeine is an effective fat-burner due to its ability to increase fat release from fat cells. It also offers an immediate boost in muscle strength, which allows you to lift more weight for more reps, making for a better overall change in body composition.

Selenium plays a part because it is involved in thyroid hormone metabolism, not to mention muscle strength. And research continues to emerge on calcium’s ability to burn fat by promoting thermogenesis and reducing dietary fat absorption.

Cost for the entire stack would top out somewhere between $40-50, depending on your preferences. But when you consider that many of the top fat-burners can cost $50 or more, you’re saving plenty of dough to weather the financial crisis.