I was very kindly contacted by MyProtein and asked if I would like to try some of their products. I agreed instantly as I have previously ordered Whey protein powder in vanilla from MyProtein and loved it. I found it very versatile as I used it for baking as well as in shakes, smoothies and my porridge. They had a deal on at the time that I bought it so I got a very good price! When choosing which products to try I wanted something different to protein powder. I told them that my goals are fat loss and to tone up, so was recommended Thermopure, CLA and well, Almond Butter simply because I love the stuff! I had been reading up on CLA and was interested in trying it already so when this was suggested I was very excited!
MP Max Elle Thermopure capsules
Thermopure claims to raise your metabolism during exercise, reduce the amount your body digests and stores and fuel your exercise for longer. Pretty big claims! This is due to the blend of ingredients it contains. Green Tea Extract is a key ingredient which is known to reduce your appetite and increase the amount of fat your body burns. Thermopure also contains a blend of Caffeine, Cayenne and Raspberry Ketones, three ingredients that are said to increase your metabolic rate (the rate at which your body uses energy/burns calories), which will help your body to burn more calories during exercise. B Vitamins have also been added as they are said to increase the release of energy to your working muscles, preventing you from ‘burning out’ during exercise and allowing you to exercise for longer. So, as I said, pretty big claims! But I can honestly say that I did notice a difference when I took two capsules before exercising to when I exercised without taking any at all. It’s hard to really say what the difference was, I’m not saying that the Thermopure turned me into a machine at the gym able to lift heavier and run for longer, burning thousands of calories, but I definitely felt I had slightly more productive workouts when I took the Thermopure.
MyProtein CLA Softgels
I had been reading up on how CLA benefits exercise and weight/fat loss prior to being contacted by MyProtein and added it to my wish list already. Therefore I was really happy to be offered these to try! CLA is short for Conjugated Linoleic Acids. There have been several studies on the effect of CLA on weight management and the most significant effect is on body composition. CLA has been shown to reduce body fat and increase lean body mass (which is my goal!!). I am the worst at remembering to take tablets daily so didn’t take the CLA as often as I should have. However, I did notice a reduction in my body fat and an increase in my lean muscle mass in the time that I was taking it. It is hard for me to say whether this was helped by the CLA or not as I had just started a new training program which focused on losing fat and building muscle. I personally think the CLA softgels did help, as I saw more progress than when I had previously tried a similar training program. The softgels are rather large, so may be difficult for you to swallow if you struggle with taking pills or capsules.
MyProtein Almond Butter
Almond butter is a recent addition in my diet since late last year and I have been loving it ever since. When I opened my package from MyProtein and saw that they had sent me a 1kg sized tub of the stuff I literally squealed with excitement. I can get through almond butter quite quickly but I knew that this would last me ages and it has! I have used it on everything I can, in baking, on my porridge, with fruit, on toast, in smoothies, a spoonful on it’s own… You name it, I’ve probably tried it! I absolutely love this almond butter. On first opening the tub it reminded me a bit of a paint tub and it is a bit runnier to the almond butter I’m used to, but I found that made it more versatile. I will definitely be buying this when mine runs out, it tastes great.
Important: Please, please, please do your research before choosing to take any supplements or medication. What works for one person will not work for everyone. Taking CLA as an example, there have been several studies on this and side effects have been found in certain strains and certain types of people. I am not a doctor or qualified medical professional so cannot recommend anything to you, I am simply giving my opinion and my experience with these products.