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Holiday Damage Control, Ease Into The Holiday Season With These Binge-Beating Supplements

For fitness enthusiasts and bodybuilders, the holiday season has always presented a challenge. How can you enjoy the culinary abundance without sacrificing your waistline? In addition to increasing cardio and eating cleaner between holiday meals, science has provided the aesthetically inclined with some very effective weapons. Over-indulgence is just one obstacle to maintaining the physique. Holiday stress, missed workouts, and skipped meals also play a major role. Unfortunately, there is no pill that adds hours to the day or goes shopping for you. However as far as appetite suppression, enhancing glucose uptake, minimizing fat storage, and increasing fat oxidation, Planetary Nutrition has you covered.

If physique enhancement were war, then the primary weapon would be sesamin. Introduced by Avant Labs in 2003, sesamin is a lignan found in sesame seed oil that possesses fat-burning, antioxidant, and lipid-balancing properties. Sesamin is a very unique weight-loss aid due to its ability to increase overall health and wellbeing. Sesamin works by increasing oxidation of free fatty acids (FFAs) through its effects on fat-storage and fat-releasing genes.  This extra FFA oxidation occurs regardless of caloric intake, making sesamin an excellent product to use when trying to minimize fat gain. Sesamin allows both the liver and skeletal muscles to release more FFAs into the blood stream where they can be used as fuel. Sesamin accomplishes this task by acting as a Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-gamma (PPARG) antagonist. Supplementing with sesamin also improves many metabolic functions that most people write off to bad genetics. These functions include: insulin sensitivity, fat storage, fat oxidation, liver and kidney function, and lipid profiles. Sesamin is available in many formulas and is sometimes combined with CLA and other healthy fats, as it has shown to work synergistically with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. As a stand-alone product, 500-750mg of sesamin should be taken daily. Another supplement that acts on PPAR and is worth mention is Tetradecylthioacetic acid (TTA). TTA is a PPAR-alpha agonist, and increases FFA oxidation, allowing the liver to burn more stored body fat as fuel. Currently, no products contain both sesamin and TTA, and caution, as well as a lowered dose of each, is recommended when stacking the two. 

While the supplements mentioned above help get rid of stored fat, it's always better to avoid storing it in the first place. Appetite suppressants play a key role in preventing holiday binge eating. While most appetite suppressants contain some stimulants, many of the key ingredients, such as hoodia gordonii, glucomannon, and jojoba extract help curb the appetite without any stimulant effects. While many fitness enthusiasts look down on products such as Trimspa X-32 because of its commercial success and celebrity spokes-models, the results from using Trimspa are hard to dispute, especially the product's ability to control appetite.

While appetite suppression is one way to avoid holiday weight gain, it's not very fun. If you like your appetite but don't like its repercussions, caloric-inhibitors such as BSN's Cheaters Relief, and Fizogen's Cheat Tabs may be your best bet. These formulas are based on products such as white kidney-bean extract, chitosan, and other herbs, amino acids, and fibers that have demonstrated the ability to block the absorption of both carbohydrates and dietary fat. 

Finally, another key reason that fit people get fat around the holidays is that over-indulgence in calorie-dense foods can decrease insulin sensitivity and raise blood sugar levels. While many supplements claim to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake into muscle cells, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) has the most research and real-world feedback.  Furthermore, of all the ALA formulas, Designer Supplements Glucophase-XR is the undisputed king of insulin-mimetic supplements. With a potent dose of potassium-R-ALA, biotin, quercetin, and the quercetin analogs Q3D and Q4D, Glucophase-XR is a top-selling formula for a reason.

Now that you're armed with your choice of the above supplements, preferably one from each genre, there's one more reason to relax and enjoy the holidays. You may regret what you said about your mother-in-law, but you won't regret enjoying all the rich and filling cuisine. While  damage controlsupplements won't replace discipline at the dinner table and the gym, the above-mentioned products certainly make things easier.

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