Every day there is a new fat burner added to the already full shelf. And every day there is a new customer of these products. At the same time, people are struggling to lose weight. And so, I ask this question, ‘Do fat burners really work?’
Do Fat Burners Work?
Let me put it simply; if fat burners worked, there would be no fat people in the world. This statement may be harsh but it is the hard truth that we must come to grips with. Fat burners promise fantastic things but always with that one common disclaimer: ‘Only effective when combined with a balanced eating plan and regular physical activity’. So naturally, people who want use these pills have to do it in combination with some form of exercise.
But guess what? You can actually lose weight with a balanced eating plan and regular exercise – without fat burners! Ding ding ding anyone?
If you are in caloric deficit, you will lose weight without any weight loss pills. It is science. End of story.
How is it then that some people lose weight while taking fat burning products?
The pills are loaded with ingredients that mostly either suppresses your appetite or act as stimulants. Let’s take a closer look:
The active ingredients in most fat burners are caffeine and green tea extract which boosts energy levels raises the heart rate and boosts metabolism. And while these are known to increase fat oxidation, it is often in a minimal way. The rush that you will experience from the high caffeine dosage will cause you to move more than you normally would and this will eventually help you lose weight. But that is not to say that there are no side effects to the high dosage of stimulants (about 4-6 cups of coffee per serving). Users of fat burners have reported extreme anxiety, high blood pressure, headaches, nausea etc.
Caffeine and Green tea are also known to be appetite suppressants thus, you will eat much less and have fewer to no cravings. But the moment you stop taking the products, your appetite will be 3 times bigger and within a short period, you will have gained back all the weight you lost plus some. I have been there.
Real talk: Fat Burners are not as effective as advertised
Now, this is where I get real with you. The legal fat burners on the shelf are not as effective as advertised. Let me put it like this- there was a period when fat burners used to work because they contained substances that have since been banned.The products on the shelf now are more likely to burn a hole in your wallet than burn fat in your body. Simple as that. If you insist on using fat burners, look for the ones which require a doctor’s prescription.
Taking fat burners will sort out your fat problem in the short term only. Rather, deal with your issue at the core. Change your mindset, sort out your diet and maintain a consistent caloric deficit until you realise your goal. Exercise regularly either at home or at the gym.And make your own pot of coffee too.