I'm wondering if anyone has personal experience good, bad or neutral with this. I know the science, but am looking for an actual result.
I am an active younger (25) woman who is looking at losing the last 5. I am quite lean, but looking to go the extra mile, for personal preference.
Yeah you'll notice a difference, but this only b/c you are already quite lean. It'll help give you that extra edge. I have used it on and off since I was 16, and take 1 cap (whihc may or may not be the full dose, idk) on an empty stomach in the morning before cardio. It works, and aside from assisting in fat burning, it's probably healthy for you too. Give it a shot. I've used various brands, but I hear that liquid L-carnatine is best. I've only used caps though and they still work for dropping that last couple percentages of bodyfat.
Hope this helps and good luck.
Naturally people have a fairly large amount of l-carnitine floating about so supplementation would require a large amount of orally taken l-carnitine to be taken and absorbed. To realistically get concentrations higher from supplementation the l-carnitine would have to be injected along with a dose of insulin, injected insulin in all likelihood as I'm not sure that high GI carbs will cut it.
This may be anecdotal but I found that taking a liquid carnitine supplement right before working out seemed to help me lose weight more quickly. However, it wasn't the only thing I was doing so my results cannot be directly attributed to the carnitine.
If you're really curious, you might just get a bottle and try it for a month to see if it makes a difference. Though if you say you are "quite lean" then it might not help as much as it helped me.
Something else I did that I think helped me burn fat more efficiently was to work out in a semi-fasted state. By semi-fasted, I mean no food (and especially no carbohydrates), but having had a scoop of coconut oil in my coffee before the workout. I don't know the 'science' behind it, but I had read that coconut oil promotes the use of fatty acids as the energy source to fuel the workout. Combine that with high intensity interval training, and you may see results without needing the supplement.
you are lean but want that extra mile for personal preference(you want the somali skinny) dont eat. its the quickest way to drop weight i know of. And its cheap. is it right? i doubt it. But is L-carnitine right? i doubt it. why not focus on healthy as a personal preferance?
When you say you know the science, I'm not sure if you mean it will or won't work.
Here's a great blog about it.
To lose those last 5, I'd look at Quilt's leptin reset protocol.
In short, eat a high-protein and fat breakfast within an hour of waking; don't snack; and don't eat after dinner.
Whenever Im trying to get really lean, (usually in the summer) I usually hit a stalling point before I hit my target BMI. Other than a carb re-feed the only other thing Ive noticed working for me is I will start adding in optimized carnitine first thing in the morning with my steak and eggs.
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