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Supplement your way to a six pack

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Every man wants to look like Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham. Punishing gym routines, circuit training with ruthless trainers, two hundred stomach crunches and worse, all for that elusive six pack.
Not so long ago most men devoured two dozen eggs, parathas and a couple of chickens—sky rocketing cholesterol levels be damned—after a gym session all in the name of building those rippling abs. But not anymore. New world protein shakes and other scientifically designed muscle builders have cut the need for free-for-all face stuffing sessions

1. Choosing the right supplement

Fitness trainer and Nykaa expert Neha Brackstone concurs. “What you eat accounts for more than fifty percent of your success in creating and then maintaining those six packs.” Cutting back on fats and simple carbs like white bread, white rice, biscuits and cakes is important when you’re trying to tone up, she says, but you need to tank up on high quality protein to build awesome muscles.
The qualities to look for in a good quality protein supplement post workout? “It should contain a proper balance of calories from protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. It should also be low in saturated fats and sugars.” Nykaa recommends Optimum Nutrition (ON) Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Extreme Milk Chocolate Powder, powerful muscle building supplements. They come in a variety of delicious flavors like chocolate, cookies and crème and banana.

2. Find the right proteins to chow down

Remember that a balanced diet rich in natural lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats is adequate but given the frantic pace of life today, missed meals or food-on-the go, it’s a good idea to stock up balanced nutritional supplements especially if you work out for four hours or more every week. “Just consuming ‘protein’ as you know it could boomerang if you’re consuming chiken tikka and mutton cutlets in the hopes of building muscle,” says Brackstone. Filling up on protein when you don’t need much makes your body use it in the wrong way; it turns into fat! However, she says that a pure whey protein supplement is a gentler and safer way of growing muscles if you’re serious about weight training. We like GNC Amp Gold 100% Whey Protein Advanced Vanila Powder (1.96 Lb)

3. Creatine for muscle mass

According to Jose Antonio, Ph.D., a professor at Nova Southeastern University and CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, creatine is clearly the single most effective dietary supplement that is proven to increase fat-free muscle mass, muscle strength and endurance. Thus, if you're looking for a rippled body and well defined muscles taking a creatine supplement like Big Muscles Creatine Unflavored is the way to go. Creatine boost performance and helps repair and regenerate muscles after a workout. 

4. Melt the fat to show off your muscles

Brackstone reiterates that your six pack efforts will come to naught if you have stubborn rolls around your middle. The solution? “Raise your metabolism to burn fat as you build muscle.” Men often believed that building muscle and losing weight is mutually exclusive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Melt those tires by alternating between weeks of heavy weights and low repetitions to build muscle and low weights and high repetitions to burn fat. This strategy ups the metabolism by conditioning muscles to have both endurance and strength. “Combine this with a diet high in lean protein and loads of veggies and fruit and you’re sure to reach your ultimate goal of looking like a lean, mean fighting machine,” says Brackstone. Augment your efforts by including a supplement that helps burn fat faster. Take your pick from Try HealthAid Acai Ace 1500mg - Acai Berry. “The right supplement will give your metabolism a boost and encourage your body to burn more fat,” Brackstone concludes.
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