So, now its summer time and everyone is looking to show off their bodies, but is your body yet ready to be shown off? Many people out there are probably on top of their game and are almost at their ideal "summer" physique. This article is not intended for this group, but for the group of people who got a little too carried away with their bulking phase and are now trying to drastically loose fat as fast as possible without loosing their hard earned muscle tissue. In this article I am going to discuss what I feel are some very good "natural" pharmaceuticals, and how to properly apply them to drastically accelerate your fat loss diet. Now before I get natural bodybuilders yelling at me for saying that being natural entitles NO pharmaceuticals, these are what I feel to be natural, and also I would consider these non-natural if you were to compete using them. This is an article for people looking to get lean for the summer, not for a tested competition.
Anything I mention in this article will not be worth a damn if your diet is not properly in order, and your calories while dieting with these tricks should probably be even lower than a normal fat loss diet. I won't discuss nutritional practices in this article due to the fact that if you are willing to try some methods I discuss in this article your diet should already be on point as it is. The one thing I do recommend is to keep your protein intake at around 2g per pound of bodyweight, and your calories decently low.
They should be in the range of 12 calories per pound of bodyweight, although they could be adjusted upward or downward depending on your metabolism and training/cardio regimen. This is as far as I will dive into the nutritional aspects due to the fact that this isn't a nutritional fat loss article but more of an article discussing pharmaceutical tricks to aid your metabolism and fat loss efforts.
So lets get down to the main aspects of this article. I'm going to break up the content into three groups.
This may be extended into a 2 part series where I will discuss some of the non-natural aspects of dieting, but like I said that would be for a different article.
Glucose Disposal Agents /
Glucose disposal agents do not play a direct role in fat loss, but act as an awesome aid in a fat loss diet. Many have probably heard or used some of the OTC (over the counter) glucose disposal agents such as, vanadyl sulfate with chromium, and ALA. Yes, these are all pretty decent glucose disposal agents due to the fact that they mimic and support the effects of insulin in the body, but they are not the best. My personal favorite is Glucophage, or by the trade name Metformin.
This drug heightens the body's sensitivity to insulin, and is currently used to treat type 2 diabetes. For fat loss purposes Metformin is used in ketogenic diets to rapidly drop blood sugar to quickly induce ketosis. For a mixed ratio diet, Metformin would be used with carb meals insuring that the carbohydrates go to muscle tissue over fat, this is a great addition to a high sugar post workout meal.
Additionally, due to the fact that it controls insulin levels in the body, it also greatly reduces hunger in between meals. Metformin is very beneficial in that it heightens insulin sensitivity, which is very good due to the fact that most Americans are insulin insensitive. This over production of insulin which insulin insensitivity causes can lead to weight gain and also various other health problems. Now, the best way to use Metformin would be to take 2000-3000mg divided up with meals. On a moderate carb diet, you could split up the dose and take it only with your carb meals.
If you follow a CKD (cyclic ketogenic diet) type diet, the best way to use it would be with your weekend carb up, which would follow the same schedule as above. Metformin is not needed during the week, but if you like the appetite suppressing effects that it gives you, you can also use it during the week. Another thing you can do on a CKD is to have a small amount of fast acting carbs (around 40-50g) after your workout with Metformin. This will not cause you to drop out of ketosis due to the fact that the Metformin will quickly shuttle the carbohydrates into the muscle cells while still running on ketones.
Metabolic Stimulaters /
This is a given, I mean really, who uses a fat loss diet with out incorporating a thermo like ECA? Not too many people do, with all the fat loss ECA stacks on the market these days. Now don't get me wrong I think ECA is very good for fat loss, but the "optimal" fat loss combo would have to be T-3 (mostly known as Cytomel and Cynomel) and Clenbuterol. Yes, these two drugs are illegal, but not too hard to find with a little research. T-3 is a great drug whether you are natural or not, you just have to adjust your dosage accordingly and also supplement your diet with high levels of protein.
Don't get me wrong, this drug is extremely powerful, I mean its straight thyroid (you can feel it pretty quickly) and also dangerous when not used correctly, let me repeat that, very dangerous! T-3 greatly enhances your metabolic rate which slows down as your body fat and calories get lower, which means you don't have to drop calories extremely low towards the end of your diet. It also works synergistically with Clenbuterol, and keeps the effect of the drug longer.