New Fitness Posts and a Bit on Raspberry Ketones

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For quite some time, I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate some fitness related posts into this blog. I started lifting weights three years ago, and have progressively gotten more serious about it. In November, I will be competing in my first powerlifting competition. Lifting has become such a huge and wonderful part of my life that I would love share it with all of you, but I still want it to be relevant to what you want to see. So, I'll go ahead and ask...would any of you be interested in fitness related posts every now and then? If you have any specific questions please ask away!

As an attempt to get me started, I decided to review the Summit Nutritions Pure Raspberry Ketones Extract. This product was sent to me for review purposes.

Here's what the company has to say about this product on Amazon:

What is Raspberry Ketone Extract?
Raspberry Ketone is a phenolic compound, which is naturally found in berry fruits like raspberries, also known as Rheosmin, and chemically known as 4-(4-Hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone. It is the primary compound responsible for the fruity aroma of raspberries, and is often used as a fragrance and flavoring agent for cosmetics, perfumes, foods, and beverages.
How Does it Work?
In Vivo and In Vitro studies have shown that Ketones increase Fatty Acid Oxidation and stimulate Adiponectin, which is a protein involved in regulating Glucose Level and Fatty Acid Oxidation. It burns body fat and converts it into energy the body needs. In this way, it helps the body to control appetite making it an appetite suppressant. Raspberry Ketones work as an efficient weight loss supplement when combined with a balanced diet and exercise. During exercise the body requires extra energy to burn fat, and if you’re taking Raspberry Ketones, existing body fat is burned and converted into the energy needed for exercise. Raspberry Ketones also stimulate the secretion of Adinopectin (Enzyme). This supports and boosts your metabolism, which converts food into energy and will help in storing less food and fat in the body.
Raspberry Ketones and Garcinia Cambogia Work Synergistically As Weight Loss Supplements
Raspberry Ketones increase the level of Adiponectin, a protein responsible for the oxidation of body fat and convert fat into free energy for the body to use in a way that controls appetite. The fat blocker Garcinia Cambogia inhibits the enzyme Citrate Lyase, which is a key enzyme in making fat from food. It also increases the level of the Serotonin hormone, which is known as a mood elevator hormone and appetite controller. So the combined effect is additive because one blocks the formation of fat and the other burns the fat and converts it into energy, which body can utilize to preform regular activity without taking additional food. We strongly recommend a balanced diet and regular exercise to achieve best weight loss result.
Why Our Products?
Because they are pure, natural Raspberry Ketones, not synthesized in a lab, but extracted from natural sources. 250 MG, 120 capsules, no additives, no binders, no fillers and no artificial ingredients. Quality is tested and standardized against the monographs in USP/NF.
Here's my experience and thoughts on these:
I'm really sensitive to caffeine in regular fat burners. Please don't take those; they really aren't all that safe for a lot of people. I really appreciate the fact that I don't feel hyped up when I take these. I can take Raspberry Ketones before dinner and not have problems falling asleep later that night. I never felt hyped up or crazy while taking these. The Raspberry Ketones will give you raspberry burps, so keep that in mind if you hate raspberries!

Did I loose any weight while taking these?
Surprisingly, yes! I was not expecting to loose any weight at all. Both my husband and I did lose a couple of pounds when we were taking these. The thing that needs to be taken into consideration is that we were doing some pretty tough workouts and eating accordingly -- meaning high protein, lots of vegetables, and carbs before and after working out, but not carb crazy -- while taking these.

Final Thoughts:
If you are already working out and making dietary changes that are right for you, then I think that these might be able to give you a little boost. You still have to put in the effort. Any pill that just magically makes you loose weight would more than likely not be safe anyway.

Let me just add here that I never recommend "just eating less." That's a terrible idea that doesn't work over time. You should not be hungry. Also, I am not a health or fitness professional. I am just a person that has had to learn the hard way when it comes to fitness and my diet. I have gone through a lot of trial and error and am finally finding what works for me.

Feel free to leave any and all questions below!

-xoxo Lauren
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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