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Muscle Sport Magazine

CUTTING EDGE SUPPLEMENTATION…DEFINING THE PERFECT PHYSIQUE

By Leigh Penman

As we say goodbye to one year and herald the arrival of a new one we often find ourselves jotting down various resolutions for the year ahead. Topping most people’s lists is usually some health related subject, the most popular being losing weight and getting into shape. So, off we trot to the nearest gym, sign up for a membership and then, just as an insurance policy, we head to the health store in search of a ‘training partner’ in the form of some fantastical fat burner which promises us that we will drop pounds in record time. These stimulant-based products have many drawbacks. Some of them have been known to cause nausea so extreme that the only aerobic workout you are going to get is running to and from the bathroom!

However, that is not the biggest problem you are likely to encounter with most OTT (over-the-counter) ‘fat-burners’. No, the biggest problem is the fact that these ‘training partners’ come complete with an evil twin. Allow me to introduce you to…

THE CORTISOL FACTOR

When we use traditional stimulants we provoke the adrenal glands into releasing epinephrine and norepinephrine. These ‘fat-mobilizing’ neurotransmitters in turn trigger the release of cortisol and, as bodybuilders, the last thing we want in our bodies is an excess of cortisol.

The simple fact is that cortisol is an anabolic antagonist. When the body produces too much cortisol there is an increase in the breakdown of lean muscle tissue throughout the body. In addition to this cortisol also suppresses immune function and leads to a greater tendency to store body-fat in the abdominal area. What’s more, on discontinuing use of many of the currently available over-the-counter stimulants, there is a strong possibility of a rebound effect occurring. In other words the body goes into a fat storing mode for a period of time until it regulates itself from the effects of over stimulation. So, at this point the question has to be: “ Is it possible to maximize fat loss whilst minimizing cortisol production?”

Thankfully, the answer is “Yes”, thanks to…

LIPOLYZE

LIPOLYZE was developed by Species Nutrition to effectively address the problem of preventing cortisol release whilst promoting fat loss. This state-of-the-art formula represents a huge transformation in the way we traditionally approach fat loss. It is, without a doubt, the most potent non-stimulant based fat burner legally available.

In LIPOLYZE you will find the following ingredients in perfectly balanced amounts. Scientifically formulated to create the ultimate synergistic reaction and promote maximum fat loss, whilst maintaining hard earned muscle tissue:

USNIC ACID: In terms of producing a thermogenic effect in the body, Usnic acid has few – if any – rivals. Of even more interest is the fact that it achieves its effect without causing over stimulation of the Central Nervous System (CNS). This means you will experience no jitters, no nausea, no anxiety, no increase in blood pressure and no increase in heart rate. In addition, Usnic acid does not cause physical dependence within the body. Those of you who ‘depend’ on your morning cup of coffee to kick start your day know what we are talking about here!

PROPIONYL – L – CARNITINE: L -Carnitine is a cellular transport system, shuttling long chain fats into the cellular mitochondria (where oxidation to the energy molecule ATP occurs).

In essence, the more L- Carnitine you have in your system, the greater your ability to burn fatty acids for energy will be. However, there is a catch…regular L-Carnitine lacks the ability to penetrate muscle tissue. This is why LIPOLYZE uses Propionyl-L-Carnitine in its formula. With this specialized form of L-Carnitine you have a substance with a tremendous ability to penetrate skeletal muscle and thus facilitate the transport of long chain fatty acids into the mitochondria for swift oxidation into useable energy.

CYCLIC AMP: Also known as CAMP (Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate) this substance is derived from the breakdown of ATP in the cells. Cyclic Amp is part of an energy ‘relay team’. Taking the 2nd run, following stimulation of the cells receptors, CAMP makes sure all intercellular processes are performed in order that maximum fat burning can be achieved. CAMP also significantly increases the levels of thyroid hormone (Thyroxin) within the body, which in turn elevates metabolic rate.

GUGGULSTERONES: Talking of the thyroid gland, Guggulsterones are one of the few natural substances that have a significant affect on thyroid function. Put simply, the thyroid gland releases thyroxin (T4), which is an inactive form of thyroid hormone. Thyroxin is then converted to 1-triiodothyronine (T3) in various tissues, particularly the liver and kidneys. T3 is approximately 4 times as potent as T4 on a weight basis and its principle effect is to increase the metabolic rate of body tissues.

However, when dieting, the body tends to slow down the conversion of T4 to T3. This leads to a slowdown of the metabolic rate and a decreased level of fat loss. LIPOLYZE contains Guggulsterones Z & E which turn this situation around by assisting the conversion of inactive T4 to T3. This leads to the restoration of normal thyroid function and therefore a resumption of the fat burning process.

GREEN TEA EXTRACT: Green Tea Extract is included in LIPOLYZE for a very good reason. Not only does it have extremely powerful antioxidant qualities (similar to Vitamin C, E and beta carotene) it has also been shown to exert significant fat burning properties. In fact, in a study documented in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Green Tea Extract was found to cause a 4% increase in 24-hour energy expenditure. This translates to a 35-43% increase in daytime thermogenesis. What’s more, this comes without an increase in heart rate, blood pressure or anxiety levels.

Another study pointed to the fact that fat loss with Green Tea Extract seems to occur predominantly in the abdominal region. It was also noted that an inhibition of the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine occurred – prolonging its biological effects. An inhibition of fat storage enzymes and a lowering of cholesterol levels have also been observed when Green Tea Extract was added to the diet.

So there you have it, five ingredients and five good reasons to make LIPOLYZE an integral part of your supplement plan. LIPOLYZE leads the field when it comes to selectively causing fat tissue loss whilst preserving lean muscle mass. LIPOLYZE is available exclusively from SPECIES NUTRITION. To find out more go to www.speciesnutrition.com or go to our links page and simply click your way to successful weight management.

Leigh Penman, in addition to be a staff writer at MuscleSport Mag, has been writing for bodybuilding magazines, websites and nutritional supplement companies since 1985. Whilst residing in the UK, she earned the reputation of being one of the top female writers in bodybuilding-related media. Her credits included being a contributing editor on all the magazines in production as well as filling the shoes of Ladies Editor and Showbiz Editor on two publications (the later being on Arnold’s sanctioned magazine, ‘Bodypower’). During this time she also competed successfully on four occasions (placing in the top four in all contests).

Relocating to New York in the late 1990s she focused her writing attention to crystal healing techniques and metaphysics – however, she still maintained a five day workout schedule during this time and gained her personal training certificate.

Having also studied pharmacology in relation to sports performance, her writing began taking her in that direction until the present day which sees her embarking on a return to the magazine world, as well as extending her web-related work in the bodybuilding and fitness field.

Leigh has been working out for close to thirty years so she is clearly a writer who ‘walks her talk.’
She can be contacted personally at zeal2heal@yahoo.com.

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