The Amino Acids That Fight Fat

I want to start this article by telling you that a great physique will not happen solely with the help of a pill or powder. Most guys think that supplementation is the key to getting ripped. And when we’re hitting (and passing) 40, we tend to want to get all the help we can get. But the fact of the matter remains, there truly is no substitute for proper diet and training.

That being said, adding certain supplements to a sound diet and training regimen will help you to fast track the results you’re looking for. And if shedding body fat is your goal, then you should strongly consider supplementing with l-glutamine and acetyl L-carnitine — amino acids that fight fat. Both can be purchased at a sports nutrition store and are relatively inexpensive.



Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in protein. It is widely used by athletes/lifters to prevent muscle tissue breakdown during those long and intense workouts, as well as aid in muscle recovery during the post-workout phase.

But what glutamine does not get much recognition for, is its ability to block the storage of fat we consume in our diet. Glutamine has been shown to reduce body fat even in conjunction with high-fat diets.

This is a great incentive for people with high-fat diets to supplement with glutamine, but I cannot stress enough that you must ensure your dietary fat consists of unsaturated fats obtained from healthy sources like nuts, avocados or raw olive oil (to name a few), and not disgusting trans fats you would normally get from fast food.

The consistent consumption of trans fats will ultimately lead to many health problems that could be fatal, and glutamine is useless in fighting chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.


There is an abundance of studies that have proven L-carnitine’s fat-burning properties. Unfortunately, carnitine often takes a back seat to the supplement industries constant marketing of “fat-burning” formulas. Depending on the country you live in and their drug administration laws, you could be ingesting a cocktail of stimulants that could potentially do more harm than good.

Carnitine, on the other hand, is an amino acid, not a stimulant. This makes it a non-addictive compound that won’t have negative side effects that come with substances like caffeine or ephedrine. Carnitine works in the body by promoting the use of fat cells as energy by driving them right into your cell mitochondria to be burned up. It’s a great supplement to have on hand to compliment a balanced diet and active lifestyle.

Now you don’t need to be a scientist to lose weight. Diet and exercise go hand in hand. As you get into the habit of exercising, you will want to know more about food and what it contains. Start with a simple diet plan and then consider adding amino acids that fight fat to enhance the results from your new fitness program.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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