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In this article will cover how a thermogenic fat burner works to help you burn fat faster. We will also examine how to determine whether or not they are suitable for you to use and how to identify the best thermogenics on the market.
The prevalence of obesity throughout the world has increased significantly in the last decade. As a result, various tool for the management of obesity have been proposed. Best fat burners (also known as thermogenics) are one of the tools that have been offered as a strategy for fat burning, weight loss and weight maintenance.
Best fat burners are supplements that are designed to help your body burn off body fat faster; they are fat-burning or 'weight-loss catalysts'. Some research has shown that high-quality thermogenic fat burners can increase energy expenditure by almost 20% compared to a placebo and they contain a range of herbal ingredients and are mainly found in pill or capsule form.
Even though they may assist your body in burning off body fat faster, they are not 'magic pills'! They cannot help you burn off body fat if your diet is poor. Also, if you don't exercise the results you get by using them are very limited.
Fat burners are 'supplements'! They are supposed to supplement a good diet and exercise program, not make up for a poor diet or lack of exercise.
Furthermore, when you use a fat burner it is absolutely essential that you are realistic about the results you can achieve. It is simply not physically possible to burn off more than a few hundred grams of body fat each week even if you combine it with a perfect diet and exercise program.
Sure, you may be able to lose several kilograms of weight in a week but fat is burnt off the body at a relatively slow rate because it is considered to be such an important fuel for the body, especially during a famine.
When you lose a lot of weight in a short period of time most of the weight being lost is composed of water, glycogen (stored carbohydrate), protein (mainly from muscle and other lean tissues) and a small amount of fat.
Nevertheless, a high-quality fat burner can help you burn off body fat faster than simply dieting and exercising alone. However, the supplement industry is a minefield of mis-information, deceptive marketing tactics and downright lies, especially when it comes to marketing products in the highly-competitive 'fat-burner arena'!
As a result, this article has been written to help you become a more informed consumer so you can decide whether or not thermogenic fat burners are suitable for you and if so, how to identify the best fat burners on the market from the dozens that are available.
The best fat burner can help you burn off body fat and lose weight faster by:
Speeding up your metabolism Boosting your energy level Forcing your fat cells to release stored fat into the blood stream Having a diuretic effect
The best fat burner stimulates receptors on your central nervous system and sympathetic nervous system. This means that the nerves themselves as well as the organs and systems they innervate increase the rate at which they burn up fuel, i.e. your metabolic rate (metabolism) speeds up. This will make it easier for your body to create an energy/ calorie deficit and therefore, burn fat and lose weight.
Also, by stimulating the central nervous system (of which your brain is a part) you will be able to feel more alert, awake and energetic. Through stimulation of the nervous system as well as mobilisation of the catecholamines (adrenalin and noradrenalin) from the adrenal glands, which fat burners induce, fat burners also force the fat cells to release stored fat into the blood stream, which may then be used by your body as a fuel source. This is one of the major benefits of using a fat burner, especially when you take it prior to an exercise session.
Thermogenic fat burners can also help you lose weight through their diuretic effect. Most of the best thermogenics contain caffeine, and caffeine has the effect of reducing anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) production in the kidneys. This means urine production increases and excess water may be excreted from the body.
In order to get the best possible results by using a fat burner, it should be used twice a day; once in the morning and once in the afternoon. It is best to take the second dose no later than 4:00pm because it may keep you awake at night.
A fat burner should not be taken for longer than 8 weeks and this should be followed by a 2-4 week break. There are several reasons why it is a good idea to take a break from using a fat burner.
Firstly, fat burners can have quite powerful effects in the body and as a result, the body 'down-regulates' the receptors on the nervous system after a period of time, i.e. the receptors become 'de-sensitised' to the action of the fat burner. This lessens the effect that the fat burner has. Having a break means that the receptors on the nervous system can 'open up' and become more receptive to the fat burner again in the future.
Also, because the fat burner stimulates the release of the catecholamines from the adrenal glands it is possible that over a
period of time the adrenal glands may become
or exhausted. This may lead to the following symptoms:
As a result, having a break from using fat burners is essential. Furthermore, to reduce the risk of getting adrenal fatigue, fat burners should contain 'Adaptogens'. These are herbal compounds that nourish and support the adrenal glands. Some examples of Adaptogens include: Rhodiola rosea, Withania somnifera root and Eleutherococcus senticosus root (Siberian ginseng).
Unfortunately, very few fat burners on the market contain these useful ingredients and therefore users increase their risk of getting adrenal fatigue.
The side effects of fat burners tend to be related to the stimulatory effects they have in the body. The potential side effects are
Since fat burners stimulate different receptors on the sympathetic and central nervous systems, they should not be used by people
who have the following conditions or fit into one (or more) of the following categories:
There are many suitable alternatives for these people to use in order to assist their fat-burning efforts. A good example is BCN's Thyron. Thyron is a non-thermogenic fat burner that works by optimising thyroid function and thyroid hormone production in the body.
Since the thyroid hormones play an important role in energy production and metabolism in all body cells, improving thyroid function and thyroid hormone production will definitely boost your metabolism and assist fat burning and weight loss.
Some fat burners on the market are simply 'glorified caffeine pills' whereby they contain excessive amounts of caffeine and 'token' doses of all the other ingredients. Whilst caffeine is certainly a useful ingredient in one of the best fat burner supplements it is also a very cheap ingredient. As a result, some supplement companies will design fat burners with enormous amounts of caffeine in them, usually from herbal sources like, guarana or coffee arabica, and then have minimal amounts of the other ingredients.
Some companies will even provide a long list of ingredients on their nutritional panel to make it appear that the product is packed full of thermogenic herbs when in fact the dosages of the individual ingredients (except for the caffeine and one or two other herbs) are so low that they will never have a therapeutic effect. This is deceptive marketing at its best!
Furthermore, simply loading a product with caffeine means that the effectiveness of the product will be significantly reduced in a relatively short period of time because the body will quickly 'down-regulate' the receptors on the nervous system to the effects of the caffeine.
Another way some companies try to deceive consumers is by having 'proprietary blends' of ingredients. This means they list all the ingredients on the label without giving exact quantities of each one. Unfortunately, these products usually contain one or two of the cheaper ingredients in 'mega dosages' with the remaining ingredients present in token, non-therapeutic amounts.
The good news in Australia is that all fat burners must have an AUST L number. This means they have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). However, there are still some fat burners being imported from the US that contain proprietary blends. This means their quality may be questionable.
Moderate level of caffeine Most effective ingredients Therapeutic levels of ingredients Adrenal support Easy to use Manufactured with strict regulations
The best fat burners on the market only contain a moderate amount of caffeine, ideally between 60 and 80mg of caffeine per serve. Caffeine levels higher than this are likely to cause the common side effects that are associated with excessive caffeine consumption.
Of course, caffeine is a proven fat-burning ingredient and is therefore an essential component of the best fat burners. However, excessive levels are neither required, nor desirable in order to achieve maximum fat-burning effects.
Plus, caffeine is a very cheap ingredient and dubious companies tend to include excessive levels of it in their fat burner so they can save more money at the expense of the consumer!
If a fat burner does contain high levels of one or two ingredients that means that there is not much space remaining in the capsule or pill in order to contain other ingredients in therapeutic doses. Furthermore, a fat burner that contains high doses of only a couple of ingredients with token doses of the other ingredients means that the body is likely to become de-sensitised to its action much faster. This means that the best fat burner will become less effective in a short period of time.
The best fat burners must contain the most effective ingredients for helping your body burn fat and most importantly, contain them in levels that are proven to have a therapeutic effect!
This means that virtually all of the ingredients contained in the best fat burners either stimulate the central nervous system or the sympathetic nervous system. By doing so your body's metabolism may be elevated significantly which makes it much easier for you to create the required calorie/ energy deficit that is necessary to help your body burn fat.
If a product contains inferior thermogenic ingredients or 'thermogenic-support' ingredients then maximum fat-burning results cannot occur.
For example, some thermogenic fat burners contain ingredients that don't burn fat at all but rather assist with the transport of fat or that help create a better 'fat-burning environment' in the body.
For example, L-Carnitine, is a very well known fatty acid transporter; it is not a thermogenic fat burner at all but is often contained in thermogenic fat burners on the market, usually in dosages that don't have a therapeutic effect. They tend to simply be 'label garnish' and are added to some thermogenic fat burners simply because it is a well-recognised ingredient.
Also, glucose disposal agents are compounds that can help create a better 'fat-burning environment' in the body by keeping insulin low. Whilst glucose disposal agents may be useful as a completely separate product, they are not present in top-quality thermogenic fat burners simply because they take up space in each capsule that may be given to a thermogenic (fat-burning) ingredient instead.
In order to qualify as one of the world's best thermogenic fat burners, it is imperative that the thermogenic fat burner contains therapeutic levels of ingredients.
Some of the best fat burning ingredients are also quite expensive. For example, Citrus Aurantium, whose main active ingredient is synephrine (a.k.a. oxedrine) is an expensive ingredient relative to most other thermogenic ingredients. As a result, many companies don't include it at all or if they do include it, use low dosages.
Citrus Aurantium is classified as a 'sympathomimetic', which means it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. This of course, results in greater fat mobilisation and utilisation, which makes Citrus Aurantium one of the most effective fat-burning ingredients on the market today.
When looking at an ingredient like Citrus Aurantium on the label of a thermogenic fat burner it is important that the active ingredient is also listed not just the herb or fruit that it is derived from.
For example, the amount of oxedrine or synephrine should be listed along with the Citrus Aurantium and the amount of oxedrine or synephrine should be between 10-15mg per capsule or tablet. Green tea (Camelia sinesis) is another popular ingredient in thermogenic fat burners. It should be listed along with its active ingredient, EGCG (epigallocatechin galate) and this should be at least 135mg per capsule with a daily dose of 270mg per day. 270mg of EGCG has been shown in scientific research to help promote fat burning in the body. If a thermogenic fat burner doesn't contain this level of the active ingredient then it will not be as effective as it should be.
Some of the best thermogenic ingredients are as follows: caffeine (from guarana or coffee arabica), green tea, citrus aurantium, coleus forskohlii, capsaicum, black pepper extract, evodiamine, ginger and theobroma (black tea extract).
When it comes to creating the most effective thermogenic fat burner, cost should not be an issue. That is why the best thermogenic fat burners always use the best possible ingredients.
If you consider the size of the capsules used it is obvious that there is only a limited amount of space in each one. Therefore, if a thermogenic fat burner has a long list of ingredients, how many of the ingredients do you think are in dosages that are effective? Not many of course! There is simply not enough space in the capsule.
However, some companies employ this strategy because having a long list of ingredients in the nutritional panel looks impressive. Unfortunately though, it means that there are only 'token' amounts of many of the ingredients, which results in compromised effectiveness.
The best thermogenic fat burners may have only a handful of ingredients but you can rest assured that those ingredients are in dosages that will have you burning fat fast!
One of the mechanisms through which thermogenic fat burners work is by stimulating the adrenal glands to increase their output of the catecholamines, adrenalin and noradrenalin (a.k.a. epinephrine and norepinephrine).
Unfortunately though, stimulating the release of these hormones may result in adrenal fatigue in a short period of time, which is characterised by constant tiredness, mild depression and cravings for carbohydrates.
However, the best thermogenic fat burners contain ingredients to help nourish and support the adrenal glands. This reduces the risk of experiencing adrenal fatigue. One ingredient that certain helps to nourish and support the adrenals is Rhodiola. It is a powerful 'Adaptogen' and is an ideal ingredient to be included in a high-quality thermogenic fat burner.
Plus, by nourishing and supporting the adrenals, the body's ability to keep producing the catecholamines (which assists fat burning) whilst using the thermogenic fat burner will continue.
It is simply responsible manufacturing on behalf on supplement companies to include ingredients that will improve or support the consumer's health, especially when products contain ingredients that up-regulate certain bodily functions, i.e. increasing adrenal hormone output.
In order to make their use a regular part of your lifestyle for a period of time, thermogenic fat burners must be easy to use. There should be no need to gulp down handfuls of capsules in order to assist your body's fat-burning efforts. The best thermogenic fat burners are so powerful that only a couple of capsules need to be taken per day; usually one capsule twice a day is recommended.
Any thermogenic fat burners that recommend consuming more than a couple of capsules a day means one of two things: You need to take greater amounts of the thermogenic fat burner in order to get the required fat-burning results because the ingredients aren't effective enough or the manufacturer wants you to get through the container faster so you have to go and buy another one!
This can make using thermogenic fat burners a very expensive exercise, which it certainly shouldn't be. Paying around $1 per serve is a fair price to pay for helping you achieve your fat-burning and weight-loss goals much faster.
Ultimately, that is all thermogenic fat burners are designed to do, help you lose fat faster! They are certain not 'magic pills' and will not work if your eating habits are poor. You must be willing to combine their use with the correct nutritional habits as well as an exercise program if you want to get results fast.
Another major consideration when selecting a thermogenic thermogenic fat burner is their source of manufacture. Products made in the United States are not regulated. Therefore, it is easy for some companies to produce products that do not contain the levels of ingredients that are stated on the label.
In Australia, however, the TGA (Therapeutic Good Administration) regulates all products that make label claims. In order for a product to receive an 'AUST L' number, it must conform to all the requirement of the TGA.
If a product fulfils these criteria as well as containing the ingredients mentioned earlier in therapeutic doses then it is likely to be an effective product.
An example of a high-quality thermogenic fat burner that fulfils all the criteria mentioned in this article is XLR8 Thermogenic. It has been specifically formulated to contain highly effective ingredients in dosages that are effective.
Furthermore, it is one of the few thermogenic fat burners on the market that contains Rhodiola rosea in order to prevent adrenal fatigue that is commonly associated with the use of thermogenic thermogenic fat burners.
XLR8 Thermogenic is available from health food stores and pharmacies everywhere. When used in conjunction with a suitable diet and exercise program XLR8 Thermogenic can help you burn fat and lose weight faster!
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