What are fat burners? What are they supposed to do? Do they work? Should I take one? Whenever I get a new client, the topic of fat burners and or a weight loss supplements usually comes up and these questions are asked. I'll try to answer these questions about fat burners here, and also put together a do's and don'ts list to make things a little easier.
Fat burners are marketed as a diet supplement and are supposed to help you burn/lose fat. These supplements normally contain compounds that have been shown to boost the metabolism, curb hunger, and give you energy. The specific compounds are mixed in together in different quantities or formulas by the different companies selling these products.
Fat burners can help your fat loss/ weight loss goals if used properly. On the other hand, they can be a total waste of time and money if used improperly. So here's the fat burners do's and don'ts list to help you decide on wether to supplement with one or not.
- Don't use a fat burner as an alternative to diet and exercise
- Do use a product that contains caffeine as caffeine has been shown to boost metabolism
- Do consult your physician before using a fat burner or any other supplement
- Don't use a fat burner late at night as they do contain stimulants
- Do use a product that contains green tea as it's also been shown to boost metabolism
- Don't use more than what is recommended
- Do research the ingredient list in your chosen fat burner
- Do keep track of progress to see if it's worth your investment
- Don't expect magical results
- Do buy from a reputable company