Do you want to get absolutely ripped? It starts with hard work in the gym and a smart nutrition program. To get the most benefits, you’ll also want to look carefully at your nutrition. Netrition has a range of dietary supplements that can supplement what you get from food. These are three supplements to add to your regimen if you want to get ripped.* Just be sure to get your healthcare provider’s go-ahead before taking any nutritional supplement.
A Foundation of Hard Work and Smart Nutrition
The only way to build strength is to work your muscles. Hitting the gym a few times a week, at least, can increase muscle size and strength as you get ripped. A routine to improve strength usually includes using weights that make muscles fatigued in 2 to 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions each. Hips, back, chest, biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, and your core should be targeted 2 to 3 times weekly.
While strength training can boost muscle size and strength, good nutrition can support muscle growth and recovery, not to mention reduce body fat, so your muscles pop out and give you that ripped appearance. These are some guidelines.
- Carbs are good after a workout to replenish glycogen.
- Protein is good before and after workouts to support muscle growth and recovery.
- Hydration is essential throughout the day and workout.
- Vitamins and minerals from healthy foods are needed to keep your body in tip-top shape.
Dietary supplements can add to the nutrients you get from healthy eating.
Dietary Supplements to Support Efforts*
Green tea extract, L-carnitine, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are common sports supplements.
Known for its role in heart health, green tea extract may have other effects. It is rich in antioxidants, which can help reduce cellular damage.* That is important when you are trying to build muscle! Green tea extract may promote normal metabolism, which is helpful when trying to shred fat.
NOW Green Tea Extract comes in veggie capsules in bottles with 100 capsules. Each capsule has 400 mg of green tea extract, plus 60 mg of vitamin C, which is an essential antioxidant.
L-carnitine is another antioxidant and protective against cellular damage. It is an amino acid, or part of protein, which is what muscles are composed of. In addition, L-carnitine helps with energy metabolism in working muscles to allow them to keep working as you push yourself to the limit.
L-carnitine is naturally in meats and other high-protein foods, but supplements can have higher amounts. Netrition has a range of L-Carnitine products in forms such as capsules and pleasant-tasting liquids.
Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, is a fatty acid, so should you really be taking it when you want to burn fat? It turns out the CLA tells your body to burn fat and stop storing fat. Less fat storage can help you appear shredded.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplements or changing your exercise program.
*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. Netrition products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.