I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about Fat-Burners.   But do they really work?

The easy answer is some do and some don’t.  Not all fat-burners are  created equal.  or at least labeled equally.  There is good leeway in  what can be labelled a fat-burner.  For me, to be  a  “fat-burner” there  are three elements that must be met.

1.) Increase Metabolism

So What is a Fat-Burner?  A Fat-Burner is a product- that as it’s name suggests- helps to speed the fat-loss process.  The active ingredients should enable you to  burn more calories at an activity than you ordinarily would.

The most effective fat-burners or only “true” fat-burners in my opinion contained the ECA stack which is an acronym for ephedrine, caffeine, and aspirin.   Supplements including elements of the ECA were popular through the 1990s and early 2000′s, (and boy did I love them) but the marketing of ephedra- or ephedrine-containing stimulant combinations for weight loss  has been restricted.   So true fat-burners are harder to find, but they can be found.

Placebo-controlled studies have consistently found ephedrine in combination with caffeine to be effective in promoting moderate fat loss without increasing serious adverse events compared to the placebo.   Supplements containing Ephedra aka Ma Huang – with or without caffeine – have similarly been demonstrated to be safe and effective in studies ranging from 8 weeks to 6 months in length and resulted in additional weight loss than the placebo.

From the best research -  ECA  fat-burners can account for approximately an extra 2-3lbs a month than you would experience without them.  So depending on how much you have to lose, it’s worthwhile in my opinion.

2.) Suppress Appetite

A Fat-Burner should include the active ingredients to  suppress the appetite.  Some of the ingredients that are known to be effective for suppressing appetite include Ma Huang , bitter orange, phenylethylamine, green tea extract, kola nut extract, theobrama cocoa, yerbe mate, guarana and yohimbe.

3.)Increase Energy

The active ingredients in a fat-burner should increase energy .  Because of the stimulatory nature of fat-burners you will usually experience an increase in energy and performance.  Placebo controlled studies have consistently shown greater performance to be experienced with eca combinations than with placebo alone.   The best fat-burners combine the ingredients in a synergistic manner that enhances energy without resulting in a jittery over-stimulated state.

Fat-burners are not for everybody.  If you don’t have much weight or body fat to lose then there is no reason to lose it so fast.  Also, some people are more sensitive to the stimulant ingredients found in many fat-burners.  If you are sensitive to caffeine or if you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, then they might not be a good choice for you.

Fianlly, keep in mind that to get the best results with a fat-burner, you should take it in the context of a a sound nutrition and exercise program.  There are no magic bullets, but a fat-burner will aid many in the process and make the journey easier.  I especially like it when I’m cutting back on carbohydrates.  It  gives me a lot of extra energy that I normally don’t have when I lower carbohydrates.

I don’t use a fat-burner year round.  I do use a fat burner at times when I have weight to lose.  I usually cycle the days I use it and take a week off after a time-frame to keep it working as effectively as possible.  I just started back on the only fat-burner I use that I refer to as “the little yellow pill”.  For more info on the little yellow pill click here.

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