This article is not about some new “miracle” natural supplement that will melt fat away.
People keep find those but we still keep getting fatter as humans.
Remember, supplements are to “supplement” your diet. Although I will have an occasional protein shake or meal replacement shake, and they can be valuable, we are going to cover supplements here.
You need to be eating reasonably healthy first!
We really want to specifically lose fat, not “weight”
Although the article is named “Best Weight Loss Supplements” we really want to lose fat, not muscle or bone or hair or . . .
In the 90s I used the ECA stack – ephedrine hydrochloride, caffeine, and aspirin. A lot of people did. It worked. It had side effects certainly. Although it only made me feel bad, Wikipedia’s listing of side effects is scary!
The PAGG Stack I personally take:
I am now taking a PAGG stack, which I learned about from the The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. Side effects apparently are none (disclaimer: I have no medical training. Check with your doctor FIRST!).
We’ll discuss each of the compounds in the “stack” (or combination) and then how to take them for maximum effect.
Jump to the bottom if you want to skip the details
Policosanol: Policosanol is an extract from plants, specifically plant wax, and often comes from sugar cane. It is perhaps somewhat controversial and my favorite supplement superstore doesn’t even carry it. It may also lower bad cholesterol levels and raise good cholesterol levels.
ALA or Alpha-Lipoic Acid: ALA is a strong water and fat soluble antioxidant that occurs naturally in some foods but in small quantities. It supposedly works by mimicking insulin and increasing insulin sensitivity.
For our purposes, ALA kicks butt because it helps store carbs in muscle and in your liver instead of as fat.
Garlic Extract: Garlic and garlic extract are used for many purposes. Garlic extract that delivers high doses of “allicin” like the one recommended (or read the label, the suggested one delivers 3200mcg per 350mg or pill) are recommended.
Green Tea Favanols (Epigallocatechin or EGCG): EGCG is used for many things. It appears it also help steer carbs to muscle for storage instead of fat cells, much like ALA, and also may speed up the normal death of fat cells and help prevent rebound/yoyo diet syndrome.
Taking the PAGG stack is simple:
First the doses are:
Policosanol: 20-25mg per dose (I take 25)
ALA: 100-300mg per dose (I take 100)
Garlic Extract: 200-350mg (I take 350)
Green Tea Favanols: 325mg (I take 326.5mg, close enough, which comes in a 725mg decaffeinated green tea extract pill)
Just click on the links above to see the actual supplement products I take.
Follow the dosing schedule below best you can for 6 days a week, skipping one day a week, and taking one week off every two months.
Before breakfast, lunch, and dinner (3 times a day) take AGG.
Before bedtime, take PAGG.
If you miss a dose or happen to take it after or during a meal, don’t panic, you do not need to be perfect for it to have an effect. Of course it’s also not magic and if you are living on junk food, regular midnight pizzas, and only excercise when you get up to grab more beer do not expect ANY effects!
You need a reasonable diet to succeed (no, not “perfect” – you can have the odd midnight pizza!)
Of course consult your doctor first before starting.
I did, really, and he gave me the green light.