Last Updated on March 10, 2010 by Jimson Lee
One of my earliest articles written on this blog was the 7 types of “fat burning” supplements where I mentioned L-Carnitine and Actetyl-L-Carnitine as one of the safer fat burning supplements.
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Guest Blogger Karen Sessions writes this in-depth article on L-Carnitine.
How many times have you said to yourself “I just can’t lose those last 10 pounds”?
If losing those last 10 pounds is your passion, then you will appreciate the benefits of L-Carnitine supplementation!
It’s no doubt that weight loss and supplements are controversial issues in the fitness industry. The basis for true weight loss is proper eating and regular exercise. Supplements are beneficial for an added kick to super charge your weight-loss program. While supplements do serve their place in a fitness program, don’t rely on them as the bulk of your regimen, they are a tool.
Of the many fat-loss supplements bombarding the fitness and weight-loss industry, L-Carnitine is one that I always found useful when trying to drop extra pounds. It can help mobilize fat so it can be burned more efficiently when your rotate your calories on the lower end.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid and may aid in fat-loss endeavors. Its main function is to transfer long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria where they can be used to produce energy and burn fat. L-Carnitine can also aid in preventing fatty build up in the liver and heart.
Other benefits of the wonderful supplement are reducing triglyceride levels and improving muscular strength. L-Carnitine can also help lessen the nervousness and irritability associated with low carbohydrate eating plans. Additional advantages are suppressed appetite, increased energy, and reduced muscle fatigue. L-Carnitine can also protect against liver disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.
Your body can make L-Carnitine if you receive proper amounts of the amino acids lysine and methionine. You also need suitable amounts of vitamin B and C, as well as iron. This can also be received through nutrition, from such foods as animal protein.
Those who exercise a great deal use a lot of L-Carnitine. Therefore, it needs to be replenished to prevent a deficiency. If you are not receiving enough of these vitamins, minerals, amino’s through your diet you could possibly have an L-Carnitine deficiency, making those last few pounds stubborn to remove.
A lack of L-Carnitine can result in muscular weakness and low energy levels, as well as weight gain, and cramps. Long-term deficiencies can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and Alzheimer’s.
Vegetarians are more likely to have an inadequate amount of L-Carnitine due to the lack of animal protein in their nutrition. Therefore, L-Carnitine is an excellent supplement for vegetarians.
Liquid L-Carnitine is an easy way to receive the recommended dosage of L-Carnitine quickly. Supplement with 3 to 5 grams of L-Carnitine 20 to 30 minutes before cardio. Use L-Carnitine consistently for 6 weeks and then take 4 weeks off of L-Carnitine.
This product is absolutely safe. However, if you have a weak stomach, take it with a meal.
Since L-Carnitine helps to release fat more efficiently during cardio, provided your carbohydrates are not in excess, it is important that you eat foods of quality and exercise consistently. These factors are what make the fat burning process possible. L-Carnitine is the spark plug to get the fire burning!
Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988. She is a nationally qualified bodybuilder and holds two personal training certifications. She has written 6 ebooks on fitness and has helped hundreds of clients transform their bodies. http://www.lose-weight-forever.com/