Monthly Archives: June 2011

My Supplement Discovery for Burning Fat

Okay, I’ve been searching for something like this my entire post-baby life.  Prior to having my 2 wonderful kids, I was pretty thin.  But, I gained a whopping amount of weight after both kids, and it all seemed to land on my butt, thighs, and stomach.  I ended up with a “pooch” or “muffin top” across the abdomen.  I’d been trying to get rid of this thing for 15 years.  Through diet and exercise I managed to lose almost all the weight I had gained, except the last 10 pounds which seemed impossible to budge. . . .  until just recently. 

I recently saw my wonderful nutritionist, Dr. Glen Leupnitz, for a routine checkup.  I’ve seen him for over 6 years now, and he is the most knowledgeable nutritionist I know of.   He routinely advises competitive sport athletes for the  University of Texas and has even consulted with Olympic athletes in the past.  He is an expert in oncology, sports medicine, anti-aging, and many other fields. He bases his nutritional recommendations on the latest scientific studies and real-life applications.  He helped me beat breast cancer without the use of traditional chemotherapy drugs.      

So at our last meeting we were discussing my supplements, and I casually asked him if he knew of anything I could take to help me lose the last 10 pounds of blubber on my stomach and thighs.  I exercise 4 times a week, eat sensibly…yet this last 10 pounds was going nowhere.   He thought about it, and he handed me a bottle of Carnispan Timed Release L-carnitine Fumarate by Tishcon Corp.  He told me to take one right before exercise (on an empty stomach) and a 2nd after eating a protein meal after exercise.  He said he gave this supplement to his sports clients to help them increase endurance, muscle mass, and metabolism.  I didn’t change anything else in my routine.  I ate a low carbohydrate, lean protein, low-fat, low-salt diet as usual.  I really didn’t believe anything would change, but I was happily proven wrong!

After a little over a month, I gradually dropped 5 pounds of fat.  Though that doesn’t sound like a lot, it is quite a bit on a smaller person.  I could see a thinner me in the mirror and window reflections.  I can see my abdominal muscles again.  My legs are thinner and more toned appearing.  I’m so incredibly impressed with this supplement, I felt I had to share this discovery.  The formulation of this supplement allows it to be time-released throughout the day, and its bioavailability is optimized so the body can absorb it better.  This is the difference which apparently makes Carnispan more effective than other carnitine supplements.  You can get carnitine though diet too.  In fact, the body absorbs carnitine best through food, but you’d have to eat a lot of proteins (beef being the best source, then pork, fish, and chicken) or eat a lot of dairy to get adequate amounts.  I don’t eat a lot of beef or dairy, so I felt this was a good supplement for me. 

To quote from the manufacturer, this is how Carnispan works to burn fat, boost metabolism, and act as an antioxidant: 

New Carnispan® from Tishcon Corp. is a high-dose L-Carnitine dietary supplement that delivers 500mg of elemental carnitine in a Timed Release formulation specifically designed to spread the benefits of Carnitine over a longer period of time. Carnispan® is 100% vegetarian.Suggested adult dosage is one 500mg tablet with a meal up to twice per day or as recommended by your healthcare professional. L-Carnitine Fumarate is a stable form of L-Carnitine. Each serving size of 1 tablet provides 880 mg of L-Carnitine Fumarate which delivers 500 mg of elemental Carnitine. L-Carnitine has important metabolic functions and is believed to perform crucial roles in cardiovascular metabolism, exercise performance, weight control, maternal and infant nutrition and more. L-Carnitine plays a very important role in fat metabolism. It is essential for transporting long-chain fatty acid molecules (acylCoA) from the cytosol into the mitochondria of cells in the form of acylcarnitine. The aylcarnitine is then shuttled across the inner mitochondrlal membrane where it is reconjugated to form acylCoA. The free carnitine molecule is then shuttled back to pick up another acyl moiety. This specialized transport mechanism which is tightly regulated is known as the “carnitine shuttle”. Thus carnitine supplies the necessary fuel for oxidation in the electron transport chain to produce vital biological energy as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Carnitine is also involved in the formation of acylcarnitine from activated short-chain fatty acids (acylCoA) and thus protect against the accumulation of acylCoA that may be deleterious to the cell. Carnitine has also been shown to augment the aerobic metabolism of carbohydrates and enhance oxidative phosphorylation (Schonekess et al, 1995).

Scientific studies aside, all I know is that it works for me.   The only side effect I would warn you about is minor diarrhea in the beginning.  I’m thinking this was the result of the fat being flushed out the body.  It’s not bad and it does subside. There have been no other toxic side effects reported.  I think this supplement is perfect for people who are already eating healthy and exercising but just can’t seem to shake off the last 5 or 10 pounds or have hit a plateau. 

As with any supplement, ask your doctor whether it’s right for you and research it thoroughly before taking it.  It costs under $15 for 60 tablets.  So it’s much cheaper, less painful, and safer than liposuction!