Despite having dozens and dozens of different fat burning supplements in the market there are a lot of people who are still confused on whether fat burners are effective or not, with the naturalists leaving no chance of showing that fat burners are nothing but hokum. Although our site title would probably suggest that we are on the opposite side (and to some extent, we are), here’s a simple, unbiased look at fat burners from a scientific standpoint to end the debate once and for all:
Different Types of Fat Burner
Let’s first discuss on a few different types of fat burners and the analogy behind manufacturing these kind of fat burners:
- Thermogenic fat burners: These fat burners have ingredients included in them that literally raise the body temperature through a process known as thermogensis (and hence the name). This burns fat because increased body temperature leads to the easy breakdown of fat (one of the reasons why you lose fat when exercising).
- Cortisol blockers: The stress hormone Cortisol has been associated with fast food binge eating among many individuals as a response to stressful situations. Cortisol blockers do what they’re named for: they inhibit it’s production in the body.
- Metabolism enhancers: Certain ingredients within the fat burner have been known to increase metabolism that basically enhances the fat burning process during and post workout.
Fat Burners – Safe Ingredients?
The primary reason for fat burners getting a bad rep is that many manufacturers aim to include unsafe or inaccurate proportions of ingredients in their fat burners that ultimately cause side effects and hence FDA ends up banning them. This has happened so often that it’s obvious for anyone to think that fat burners contain unsafe ingredients. However, if you dig in a little deeper, there are more than a few natural ingredients in many fat burners (some are basically free of stimulants so there are virtually no side effects). Here are a few of those ingredients:
- Ashwagandha: This ancient Indian root has found it’s way into the native medicine system called ayurveda and is a natural cortisol blocker leading to many companies using its extracts to creating the similar fat burner supplements.
- Catechins: The reason why green tea is selling like hotcakes is because of its rich content of catechins, a polyphenol that boosts metabolism. Extracts of green tea are used in making fat burners too.
- Cayenne Pepper: Although cayenne pepper doesn’t sound like something that could make a difference, it’s spicy nature and it’s function of starting thermogenesis in your body has made it a very popular ingredient in many thermogenic fat burners available today!
Of course all of this wouldn’t mean anything if there wasn’t any scientific evidence to back it up. Many studies on different ingredients like CLA and Amino Acids have proven that for the most part, fat burners that use FDA approved ingredients are effective.
Bottom line: If you research on getting the best fat burner out there and consult your doc before buying anything, you’ll have an effective fat burner on your hands that will help you lose weight pretty easily!