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Fat Burners and Bodybuilding: What You Should Know

Fat Burners and Bodybuilding: What You Should Know

By Leslie Radford

What are Fat Burners?

How Fat Burners Can Help Bodybuilders

What to Look For in a Fat Burner


When it comes to metabolisms, it’s safe to say no two are alike. The same can be said about fat burners. Different ingredients are going to work for different people in different ways. What works for your gym buddy may not work for you. You’ll have to find what works for you by trial and error. 

Luckily, Nutrition Nation has trained staff that can point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing which fat burner to add to your stack.

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What are Fat Burners?

Fat burners are supplements that may help increase metabolism, burn fat, and promote weight loss. They’re classified according to their intended “fat-burning” action:


Thermogenesis is the dissipation of energy through the production of heat. While this is a natural metabolic process, this type of fat burner can increase that production. 


Lipolysis breaks down lipids, aka fat. Excess energy is stored as fat and when glucose stores run low, that’s what we burn.


Appetite-suppressant supplements work in different ways including blocking the absorption of macronutrients that contain calories, make our stomach feel full, and/or impact hunger hormones.

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How Fat Burners Can Help Bodybuilders

You put a lot of work into your bodybuilding regime. You are pushing your body to its limit with self-restraint and work ethic. A fat burner could give you an extra push in your efforts.

Bodybuilding relies heavily on nutrient timing, weight room stimulus, sleep, and clean supplements to get the look you’re going for.

We all know that carbs give you energy, but they also can be stored as fat. During a cut, you’ll need to pay extra attention to diet and training, and this typically means adjusting your carb/caloric intake to lose body fat. When you remove carbs from the equation, your body will be able to dip into fat storage for the energy you need.

While losing stubborn fat is its own struggle, a bodybuilder’s biggest concern tends to be muscle protein preservation. Bodybuilders should look for the best fat burner and muscle builder supplement that mobilizes whatever body fat they have left and increases metabolism while protecting muscle.

What to Look For in a Fat Burner

Lots of fat burners on the market are loaded with stimulants and substandard ingredients.

Stimulants might sound good, however, they’re not necessarily effective at the cellular level. Look for a supplement that can:

  • Accelerate metabolism
  • Increase mobilization of adipose tissue
  • Combat hunger
  • Decrease muscle breakdown
  • Improve lean body mass

Taking Fat Burners for Better Results

Next month, we’ll dive into the ingredients in fat burners and the benefits of each. In the meantime, come see the staff at Nutrition Nation — we will get you started.


The Effects of Creatine on Muscle Performance

The Effects of Creatine on Muscle Performance

Creatine is the number-one supplement for improving performance in the gym and is one of the least expensive, most effective, and safest supplements you can take.

It has many health benefits like protecting against neurologic disease, combating high blood sugar and fatty liver disease, and if you want to increase muscle mass, strength, and exercise performance, creatine is the way to go.

What Is Creatine?

Creatine is a substance that is found naturally in muscle cells (about 95% of your body’s creatine is stored in muscles in the form of phosphocreatine). It helps your muscles produce energy during heavy lifting or high-intensity exercise.

When you supplement, your stores of phosphocreatine increase and helps your body produce more of a high-energy molecule called ATP. When you have more ATP, your body can perform better during exercise.

How Does It Work?

Creatine also helps you gain muscle in the following ways:

  • In high-intensity exercise, its primary role is to increase phosphocreatine. The additional stores can be used to produce more ATP, which is the key energy source for heavy lifting and high-intensity exercise.

  • Boosted workload: Enables more total work or volume in a single training session, which is a key factor in long-term muscle growth.

  • Improved cell signaling: Can increase satellite cell signaling, which aids muscle repair and new muscle growth.

  • Raised anabolic hormones: Studies note a rise in hormones, such as IGF-1, after taking creatine.

  • Increased cell hydration: Boosts water content within your muscle cells, which causes a cell volumization effect.

  • Reduced protein breakdown: May increase total muscle mass by reducing muscle breakdown.

  • Lower myostatin levels: Elevated levels of myostatin can slow or totally inhibit new muscle growth. Supplementing with creatine can reduce these levels, increasing growth potential.

Effects on Muscle Gain

Creatine is effective for both short- and long-term muscles. In one study on weightlifters, creatine increased muscle fiber growth 2–3 times more than training alone. Total body mass also doubled alongside one-rep max for bench press.

Effects on Strength and Exercise Performance

Creatine can also improve strength, power, and high-intensity exercise performance.

One study shows that adding creatine to a training program increased strength by 8%, weightlifting performance by 14%, and bench press one-rep max by up to 43%, compared to training alone.

In well-trained strength athletes, 28 days of supplementing increased bike-sprinting performance by 15% and bench-press performance by 6%.

These improvements are chiefly caused by your body’s increased capacity to produce ATP. ATP normally becomes depleted after 8–10 seconds of high-intensity activity, but with creatine supplements, you can maintain optimal performance for a few seconds longer.

Your Guide to Glucosamine

Your Guide to Glucosamine

Glucosamine is one of the most common supplements people take for sore joints. It’s popular among both heavy-lifting bodybuilders and aging populations.

Here’s what you need to know about this supplement:

What Is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is a major component of the cartilage in your body and is the most commonly used supplement for joint health. It is often made of chitin, a substance in the shells of shellfish, but can also be derived from certain plants like seaweed, corn, and wheat.

How Is Glucosamine Taken?

Glucosamine supplements in powder or capsule form are usually taken daily at a dosage of 1500-2000 milligrams, which can be distributed into multiple doses throughout the day. It is also often sold in small ready-to-drink bottles. Capsules are the preferred method.

What Are The Benefits?

Studies have shown that a glucosamine supplement can help delay the progression of joint arthritis and pain associated with osteoarthritis. It also maintains the function of the joint.

Why Do I Need Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is used in the body as a lubricant or shock absorber. When supplementary glucosamine is taken, fibrotic articular tissues begin to heal, improving the potential diffusion of glucose and amino acids through joint capsules and membranes.

A lack of adequate glucosamine would result in joints feeling sorer after a hard workout, or your knees getting stiff after cardio. Over an extended period of time of continuous wear and tear, it’s possible to develop osteoarthritis.

The Types of Glucosamine Sources

As far supplementation goes, there are four possible sources of glucosamine: Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Glucosamine Hydroiodide, N-acetyl Glucosamine, and Glucosamine Sulphate. However, only the sulfate and hydrochloride (HCL) versions are recommended. These two glucosamines are actually identical in their effects, but the hydrochloride version is more cost-effective as it is a richer source of glucosamine. In fact, the percentage of pure glucosamine in these two common forms is 83% in the HCL version compared to 65% in the sulfate version.

After oral administration, glucosamine sulfate is split into glucosamine and a sulfate ion so the effects are identical and it doesn’t matter whether you take the HCL or sulfate version.


Glucosamine supplementation is proven to help joints and really should be a supplement for any athlete.

Glucosamine supplements have been utilized safely for decades. The results suggest there are general positive impacts on joint health and pain across a range of individuals of various ages, health, and training statuses.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about any potential interactions with medications.

Why Getting Your Supplements from Nutrition Nation is a Great Idea

Why Getting Your Supplements
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