By John Parrillo
When we want to get rid of “body fat,” it’s generally for cosmetic reasons – to look fitter, be more ripped, and achieve contest shape. These are all admirable goals, for sure. Achieving them – and maintaining a lean physique – also yields amazing health benefits that you don’t hear too much about.
To understand what I mean, it helps to explain what is meant by body fat. It’s much more than unsightly pudge that collects around the belly, hips, thighs, and elsewhere. Technically, body fat is called adipose tissue, and it operates as a complex, metabolically active organ. Like any organ, adipose tissue can become diseased and dysfunctional if the organ becomes too large. In fact, a 2019 study in the European Heart Journal found that excess body fat can lead to 14 different cardiovascular problems. (1) The chief ones are:
• Aortic valve stenosis: a condition in which the valve leading from the heart to the rest of the body is no longer able to open properly;
• Heart failure: a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs;
• Deep vein thrombosis: a clot forms in a vein lying deep below the skin, especially in the legs;
• Arterial hypertension, in which too much pressure is exerted on the walls of the ar teries;
• Peripheral artery disease: narrowing of the peripheral arteries serving the legs;
• Coronary artery disease: clogging of the arteries serving the heart;
• Atrial fibrillation: irregular heart beat that can lead to clots, stroke, or heart failure;
• Pulmonary embolism: a sudden blockage in a lung artery.
Clearly, too much body fat can lead to some lethal results!
So the question is: What’s the best way to get rid of body fat?
Your Diet. Both nutrition and exercise play a prominent role in the amount of body fat you carry, but diet has the most impact. The best way to reduce body fat is to eat lean protein; natural, high-fiber carbs; essential fats – and avoid simple carbs, including fruit, because these get digested quickly, causing a spike in insulin that puts your body in a “fat storage” mode. If you follow the Parrillo Nutrition Program, you have the perfect body fat attack diet. It’s designed to eliminate body fat and maximize lean, fat-burning muscle.
CapTri® C8 MCT. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), as found in our supplement CapTri® C8 MCT, will definitely incinerate body fat, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (2)
But not just any fat … MCTs burn off belly fat (including the dangerous deep fat that pads the stomach and organs), and they pry off stubborn hip fat (which should be good news for women). MCT oil like CapTri® C8 MCT is turning out to be a body sculptor in a bottle.
The researchers involved in this study conducted a systematic review of 13 well-controlled studies that compared MCTs to long-chain triglycerides (LCTs, which are conventional fats) on weight loss and body composition in adults. The studies analyzed were three weeks in duration.
Over that time period, it turned out that compared to LCTs, MCTs decreased overall body weight naturally (without dieting) by 2 pounds on average; waist circumference by more than half an inch; and hip circumference by up to half an inch – along with statistical decreases in internal fat around organs.
Start with one tablespoon of CapTri® C8 MCT a day, and after several days, add in another tablespoon or two.
Calcium Pyruvate (CP). Made naturally in the body, CP is involved in energy-producing, metabolism-boosting reactions that occur at the cellular level. As a supplement, it has been shown to help burn fat, prevent fat regain, and rev up metabolic rate. There have been several studies that show evidence of these benefits. In a six-week study, overweight men and women took 6 grams of pyruvate daily while following a 2,000-calorie diet. Twenty-six people were assigned to either a placebo group, a control group (no supplements or special diet) or a pyruvate group.
In addition, all subjects participated in an exercise program three days a week. It consisted of a 45-60 minute aerobic/anaerobic routine.
After the experimental period, the pyruvate group lost 4.8 pounds of pure fat. By contrast, the control group gained 0.1 of fat; the placebo group lost 0.2 pound of fat. (3
The bottom line with this study is that taking 6 grams of pyruvate in conjunction with a liberal-calorie diet and an exercise program resulted in a significant decrease in fat mass.
Our pyruvate supplement is Parrillo Calcium Pyruvate (CP). For best results, pyruvate daily as directed – preferably in divided doses, about every 4 to 6 hours with meals.
Other Fat-Burners. Once you’re blitzing off body fat with the low-carb dietary approach discussed above, add in fat-burning supplements (in addition to CapTri® C8 MCT and Calcium Pyruvate). The cornerstone supplement is our Advanced Lipotropic Formula™, used by bodybuilders, weight trainers, exercisers, and athletes to get lean while preserving hard-earned muscle. Taken with each meal, this scientifically formulated supplement combines fat-burner B vitamins such as biotin, choline, and inositol; l-carnitine – a protein-like nutrient that assists the body in burning fat; betaine, a nutrient that helps with muscle recovery, and chromium picolinate, a mineral that helps move carbohydrates into your cells to be used for energy rather than stored as body fat.
Pre-Breakfast Aerobics. All types of physical activities add up, especially hard, intense workouts, and really help your body reduce body fat percentage. But to really chisel away at body fat – and get super-chiseled in the process – do pre-breakfast aerobics. This means hitting the treadmill or any cardio equipment, the walking, jogging, or running trail, or any type of aerobic exercise you like – shortly after getting out of bed in the morning. In the A.M., your body is depleted of glycogen. To fuel your pre-breakfast routine, your body will tap into fat stores for energy, and you will start leaning out pretty quickly. If you’re not a morning person, perform your cardio right after your weight-training routine, at which time you’re also glycogen depleted, and your body is more prone to burning fat for energy. For either cardio workout, go all out for 45 to 60 minutes for best results.
Now … how do you know if you’re actually losing body fat?
Of course, your clothes will be looser and you’ll see positive results in the mirror. To be more scientific and accurate, use the Parrillo Bodyfat Calipers for monitoring progress. This tool can give you a good estimate of your body fat percentage and provides more precise measurements of your progress.
1. Larsson, S.C., et al. 2019. Bodymass index and body composition in relation to 14 cardiovascular conditions in UK Biobank: aMendelian randomization study. European Heart Journal 00: 1–8
2. Mumme, K., et al 2015. Effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss and body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 115:249-263.
3. Kalman, D., et al. 1999. The effects of pyruvate supplementation on body composition in overweight individuals. Nutrition 15: 337-340.