Do Fat Burners Really Work?

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Do Fat Burners Really Work?

The short answer, not exactly.  The fact is, there is no magical pill out there for you to take and suddenly start melting away the fat to give you your ideal body.  It just doesn’t exist.  That seems to be the biggest mistake people make when deciding to use supplements marketed at fat burners.  We will often assume they will do all the work for us, when in reality, burning fat is done primarily through a healthy diet and exercise.

That’s not to say fat burners aren’t helpful in some ways, but they aren’t the magical supplement people seem to think they are.  For example, there are supplements out there that can give you energy or curb your appetite which are marketed as fat burners.  People will take these and just expect the weight to fall off when in reality, they’re only going to help if you’re regularly exercising and eating well.

Another type of effect some fat burners have is speeding up our metabolism with ephedrine.  The International Sports Science Association says this is could be a dangerous method for fat burner supplements to use as it is basically stimulating the release of adrenaline in the body.  Combining something like this with an energy-boosting drug such as caffeine was proven to work in a study.  180 obese patients were treated by diet and either an ephedrine/caffeine combination, ephedrine, caffeine, or placebo three times a day for 24 weeks. Weight loss levels were greater with the combination than with placebo from week 8 to week 24 whereas the weight loss in both the ephedrine and the caffeine groups was similar to that of the placebo group.

This study specifically shows us a few things about fat burners. The study was performed with only obese subjects where only overall body weight was used as a measurement and they did not use body fat percentage as a measurement. This was also done with a diet, which is THE key part to losing weight and shedding fat, and like we said earlier, some “fat burners” are effective – but not in the way many people think.  Fat burners with an ephedrine and caffeine combination may aid in your fat burning goals, if you’re obese, and you follow a healthy diet.  If you’re not considered obese, there isn’t enough evidence to suggest a fat burner supplement like this would help.

One more thing to note, and most importantly, are the side effects from a supplement like this. Ephedrine has horrible documented side effects, in and out of the study, which include high blood pressure, irregular heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, tremors and headaches, to seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Fat burners which contain ephedrine aren’t recommended because of this.  It’s not worth the risk especially considering our key factor in our weight loss goals – THE DIET!

To lose fat you need to eat healthy foods and have a caloric intake that is slightly less than you use daily, and exercise is important to build your muscles and show off your toned body. The more you work out, the more calories you burn, which means the more fat you lose.  But also keep in mind that you need to keep up with the caloric intake so that you have all the energy you need to get through the day.  It’s not easy.  It’s actually a complicated balance – but not an impossible one.

Losing weight, burning fat, and getting the body you want won’t be done through a magical pill.  But there are fat burners that have their place in supplementation, as long as you keep your outlook clear and your goals realistic. One thing you don’t want to do is to go overboard and try to lose as much weight as possible in the short period of time.  It’s not healthy and it completely defeats the purpose of working out and eating right.  You’re trying to lose weight and build lean muscle, but when you try to lose too much weight too quickly, you could end up losing some of your muscle definition as well.

Trying to simplify a not so simple subject is difficult, but we’ll give it a shot…

Set realistic goals for weight loss, maybe a few pounds a week.  Eat healthy – plenty of vegetables, healthy fats, and lots of protein. Work out regularly any way you can, even if you can’t make it to the gym every day, – use the stairs not the elevator, take the dog on an extra walk, do some push-ups and sit-ups at home – whatever it takes, just start exercising.  Stick to your diet for a bit before considering taking a fat burner. Again we’ll stress, the diet is the biggest part.  You can’t start taking a fat burner and then get back on your old diet of fast food and snacks.

All of that being said, there is a reason we don’t make a fat burner. They really don’t have a lot of scientific research to back them up, and we don’t believe they make a significant difference when it comes to doing what you need to do to burn fat and lose weight. It’s about eating right and working out more, there’s no pill or supplement you can take that can make you do that.  We need to make those decisions on our own, and stick to them.  Another reason we don’t make a fat burner supplement is because of what we said in the very beginning of this blog post, so many people see them as magic pills, and we don’t want that associated with our brand.  We only make supplements that are scientifically proven to work and produce results.