How To Burn More Fat & Boost Brain Health
I've been seeing a serious epidemic of weight gain, inflammation, and metabolic problems with clients during these trying health times. What many don't realize is the effect of the stress we have all felt on our health... from weight gain, more difficult weight loss, accumulation of body fat (specifically belly fat), increased hunger and cravings, aches, pain and inflammation, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, lack of energy, depression, elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure. All these create metabolic resistance, which not only affects our health and wellness but also makes it feel like losing weight is impossible.
Most of these health issues (metabolic markers) may not be noticeable to the untrained eye, but they do tell a story about the health of your metabolism and will require you to address the underlying issues first before you can lose weight, burn fat, reduce inflammation to ease aches and pains, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, blood pressure, improve energy, and boost mood. The best news is it also improves brain health!
If you’ve been suffering from any of these and have been feeling extra tired lately or have stomach issues like cramps, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation—you likely have an inflammation problem that needs to be addressed. And, if you've put on more than 10 pounds of weight, you almost surely have a metabolic health problem that needs to be addressed.
A new study published in Obesity (Silver Spring 2017) showed that a pro-inflammatory diet was associated with a higher risk of obesity. As you'll see, inflammation and weight gain are closely related. In fact, they cause one another.
But don't worry; there is more hope than you might think, and in this article, I’m going to teach you how to reduce all the metabolic markers listed above, in addition to shrinking your waistline, starting with making sure you're taking the right nutrients. Just a few simple tweaks to your normal routine, and you’ll feel like you've flipped a switch!
The health issues listed above aren’t the only signs of metabolic issues and high inflammation, but they are the most common, and the ones I've seen the most of this month due to lockdown stress. They are also the scariest and can be dangerous to your health and wellness. Then there are the joint and muscle issues keeping you from getting enough exercise, which makes matters worse, and it doesn’t get any better with age.
If you suffer from any of these, the physical pain can be excruciating, but so is the emotional toll it takes on you and your loved ones who worry. These Metabolic Markers are THE REAL canary in the coal mine—if you will—and these issues aren't going to get better on their own. The best thing you can do for your health is to get good at recognizing these symptoms early and take action before they start spiraling out of control.
For the best results, I am going to be as direct as possible about these issues, so you can turn things around quickly and effectively. Life is too short to waste a minute. If you're ready to lose weight and improve your health, it’s pretty simple.
If you're overweight, you've got a metabolic health/inflammation problem. It's just that simple.
But here’s the good news... by addressing the underlying issues with the smart use of safe supplements (the right ones), combined with cleaner eating like we teach you how to do on our Metabolic Meal Plan, you can reverse, or worst case, alleviate almost all of these issues.
If you're ready to burn off that stubborn fat and make losing weight easier, you need a little help from nature. I'm going to focus on two essential fat-burning nutrients that help you enter ketosis faster, which means your body is in fat-burning mode, which not only makes losing weight faster and easier, but it also comes with other health benefits such as boosting brain health and improving focus simply by teaching your body to shift fuel sources and prompt it to use stored body fat as its primary source of fuel.
The two “lipotropics” that do this best are also two of the most effective: Choline and Inositol. Both are B vitamins that help push our body into utilizing stored fat for energy when combined with the right kind of diet, like the metabolic boosting diet. Taken correctly, they also spare glycogen and preserve lean muscle tissue, which is the most important metabolic muscle we have, so protecting it is paramount. This is also why starvation doesn't work and actually STOPS weight loss and also causes rebound weight gain (this is why the Complete Protein Powder should be the first thing you begin using when you want to lose weight and burn fat).
Both Choline and Inositol are part of LynFit's Cutting Edge Weight Loss Optimizer. Cutting Edge has a reputation for helping people who struggle to lose weight and need advanced fat loss support when it comes to getting rid of stubborn belly fat that blocks weight loss. Belly fat secretes hormones that make it impossible to lose weight, which is why you need to address right from the start if you're trying to lose weight.
Cutting Edge is effective even when, or I should say especially when, diet and exercise aren't enough and are no longer working (now you know why Dr. Oz was so interested in this formula).
Choline affects your body composition (aka lean muscle mass) and is the first line of B vitamins when it comes to lipotropics/fat burning. It's most vital function is regulating (decreasing) the amount of fat that can be absorbed and blocking the formation of new fat cells. If you don't gain body fat, you never have to lose it, so it's also helpful for prevention as well as active fat burning. It also prevents the amount of fat that accumulates in the liver, which is one of the body’s storage sites for excess fat. A fatty liver can block weight loss!
Prevention is the most powerful cure!
Choline is an essential nutrient that our bodies require because it doesn’t produce it in adequate amounts. This is why it should be a daily essential, and the top of everyone’s priority list. The best way to guarantee, scratch that... the ONLY way to guarantee that your body gets what it needs is by taking it in supplement form every day (2 capsules) three times per day. It's water-soluble, which means your body takes what it needs and excretes the rest, so you have to take it several times a day to keep your blood levels full of choline to burn off stubborn body fat.
Don't get me wrong... taking two every morning beats taking none, but if you're serious about losing weight and burning off stubborn belly fat, you need to be consistent and frequent. Consistency + frequency = RESULTS every time!
What happens if you don't get enough choline?
If you don’t get enough choline, which happens when people rely on diet alone, you could be headed for more health trouble than you might realize (in addition to having excess body fat), such as kidney, liver problems, poor production of red blood cells, high blood pressure, weight gain, and lack of weight loss, which leads to obesity.
Wanna see what the study had to say?
In a 2016 study of 3214 adults, researchers looked at levels of dietary choline and inositol in obese, overweight, and normal-weight men and women. The obese segment of the study participants had the lowest levels of choline in their systems; the overweight segment had moderately low levels, and the normal-weight segment had normal levels of both nutrients. Also, the lower the levels of choline, the heavier the subjects were in weight and waist circumference. The findings indicate clearly that sub-part levels of these nutrients interfere with fat-burning (especially around the belly) and make it harder to keep weight off or maintain a normal weight.
DID YOU KNOW...?
Cutting Edge can help reverse fatty liver disease that is rapidly growing concern and affecting 25% of Americans! How do you know if your liver is in trouble? It's the size of your stomach! If yours is not flat, your liver is most likely inflamed. Cutting Edge can help!
Choline has lots of other benefits, such as helping to emulsify cholesterol, preventing it from building up in artery walls or gallbladder. Also, choline works to rid the body of toxins, poisons, and any drug residues (like the alcohol you've been consuming or over-the-counter sleep or pain relievers/meds). This is more important than you might realize because these toxins can impede fat-burning and prevent you from losing weight.
Most people think that supplements like this are only for professional athletes, but we normal people can benefit because we need it more. Studies also confirm that choline helps prevent fatigue and helps your muscles to function optimally during exercise, and also life. This nutrient has also been found to improve mood and help ease depression.
Inositol regulates insulin/blood sugar, which in turn makes it easier to lose weight, burn belly fat, and also detox the liver. Cutting Edge is unlike any other store-bought fat-burner due to the combining of these two super-important (among many others), yet often overlooked nutrients.
Why do we blend so many nutrients together?
This specific combination of nutrients stimulate the body’s production of lecithin, a lipid-based essential ingredient our bodies need to efficiently transport fats from the liver into our cells where they can be burned off for energy. Inositol is a “VIB” (very important B vitamin) because it regulates our body's fat metabolism, making it easier to pull fat from storage to be burned off. It also helps naturally reduce cholesterol by preventing the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries that clog them up, leading to their narrowing.
Cutting Edge has another strength, which is to help regulate insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps cells receive and use glucose for energy. Inositol is a highly studied ingredient because of its amazing ability to help the body use insulin in situations where blood sugar control is out of whack, which is what stops you from losing weight and blocks fat burning.
For example, when obese women become pregnant, they are at risk for gestational diabetes, which leads to babies born at a very high birth weight, and creates a greater risk of the mother (and often times the child) becoming diabetic later. An Italian study found that supplementation with inositol prevented gestational diabetes in expectant obese mothers. The reason for this benefit is that inositol reduces insulin resistance, a metabolic problem in which the body cannot properly utilize the hormone insulin. Insulin then builds up in the body, setting the stage for diabetes and weight gain.
All moms should be taking this nutrient, and because of its purity and safety, it can be taken while pregnant. (If taking while pregnant, take three hours after your pregnancy multivitamin to avoid excess B vitamins.)
Cutting Edge also contains other more advanced fat-burning, optimized lipotropic, natural, non-GMO ingredients such as biotin, which is well known for healthy hair and nails. It is also a superstar when it comes to burning off stubborn, deep belly fat.
Biotin, another VIB, activates genes involved in regulating insulin and blood sugar. Biotin is essential because it’s required by our bodies in order for it to make four specific enzymes that are key, called carboxylases. These particular enzymes are involved in the metabolism (burning off) of fats and the conversion of protein and fat to glucose.
Without enough biotin present in our bodies, our body cannot adequately metabolize fat, causing it to build-up on our bellies and in our liver. Biotin is essential for the utilization of other B vitamins, particularly folic acid, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B12, all found in Cutting Edge. We combined them for you, saving you time and money!
At LynFit, we never settle for less than the best, which is why we added the superhero fat burning ingredient L Carnitine. L-Carnitine is another essential key lipotropic nutrient. It’s a protein-like nutrient made by the body and found in foods, but not in the specific amounts needed to encourage your body to burn off stubborn stored fat, which is its main focus.
L-Carnitine is also a proven-studied ingredient, and this important research validates the fact that it helps emulsify fat build-up in the arteries and internal organs (like your liver), detoxing them in the process, so they work more efficiently. L-Carnitine also nourishes adrenal glands and manages cortisol levels that can become unbalanced due to stress, which also helps the body use stored fat for fuel.
The more stubborn your weight loss, or harder it is to lose fat, the more of the nutrients found in Cutting Edge your body needs, not only to make it easier, which is less stressful to our bodies, but also to prevent our nutrient depletion (malnourishment). This can cause adrenal fatigue that accompanies every aspect of our health, or lack of it, while encouraging our bodies to use its fat reserves as fuel.
Carnitine has been well-studied in athletes. Supplementers report enhanced energy levels, less fatigue, and greater overall athletic performance. This certainly makes sense, since carnitine boosts energy production from fat-burning and boosting glycogen storage.
What’s more, carnitine supplementation has been shown to buffer acid levels in athletes’ muscles, thereby stalling the fatigue that this normally causes during exercise. Pump up the carnitine in your muscles, and you’re less likely to tire out early in your workout, compromising your progress.
There’s more. Carnitine has anabolic properties. It enhances blood flow to muscles, which means your muscles get more nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to accentuate growth. Further, we know that carnitine is a great recovery supplement because it helps muscles repair and replenish following workouts.
These nutrients have also been studied and used effectively to help keep the liver healthy following alcohol or drug abuse, which is why Cutting Edge is a must-have nutritional supplement when it comes to weight loss and fat-burning. It's also a great all-around protector and detoxifier of the liver, the body’s main organ of metabolism.
Betaine, a by-product created when taking these nutrients together in Cutting Edge, also helps to prevent the production of homocysteine, a dangerous amino acid that is associated with a greater risk of heart disease.
Need more proof of Cutting Edge's effectiveness?
Thanks to the chromium picolinate we added to it, which is a mineral that's been proven to improves glucose tolerance, blood sugar levels are stabilized by helping to get carbohydrates into the cells to be used as energy versus stored as fat, which also helps prevent low energy and crabby moods. That's why we can say Cutting Edge blocks fat and carbs, boosts mood and brainpower, and gives you the edge. It's the best all-around effective nutrient, as well as fat-burner.
Can't avoid cravings for the wrong foods?
Research is strong when it comes to the combination of nutrients taken together, like those found in our Cutting Edge, when it comes to reducing cravings and the desire to binge on carbs, sugar, or alcohol. In other words, it appears to zap cravings for carb comfort foods. Killing, or at least taming, carb cravings is important since it can keep you from devouring junk food that will ruin your beach body and pack on pounds.
You can see why I get so excited and happy whenever I'm asked about Cutting Edge. It's one of LynFit's first babies, created to help Martha Stewart, and especially those who love food (like me) lose weight and keep it off, and clearly, for its many health and brain-boosting benefits.
Who should take it?
Everyone with a pulse... seriously!
When should you take it?
Consistency and frequency matter! Taking Cutting Edge three times daily will give you the exact dose proven to raise metabolism, reduce fat, and achieve a steady state of fat loss nutrients in your system.
You can take it with or without food, but it’s always wise to drink a full glass of water when taking any supplements.
Take two (2) capsules in the morning (one at breakfast and one mid-morning) and a third dose of one (1) capsule at 3 p.m. when your metabolism begins to slow down.
If you’re over 200 pounds, we suggest taking an additional capsule, so you would take three (3) anywhere we suggest two (2).
Cutting Edge is all-natural and non-preserved, which is also why it may smell so strong. That smell you may smell when you open the bottle is a sign of superior, more potent choline that is NOT used in store-bought brands.
Gao, X., et al. 2016. Higher Dietary Choline and Betaine Intakes Are Associated with Better Body Composition in the Adult Population of Newfoundland, Canada. PLoS One: 11: e0155403.
D’ Anna, R., et al. 2015. Myo-inositol Supplementation for Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in Obese Pregnant Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstetrics and Gynecology 126: 310-315.
Docherty, J.P., et al. 2005. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, exploratory trial of chromium picolinate in atypical depression: effect on carbohydrate craving. Journal of Psychiatric Practice 11: 302-314.
January 15th, 2018| by John Parrillo, The Press
- Lisa Lynn