There is a lot of confusion about what a fat burner is and isn't. A fat burner is definitely effective, but only when combined with a good diet and exercise regimen. Here is everything you need to know about fat burners.
So you’ve made the decision to add a fat burner to your supplementation; now what? Before heading to your nearest GNC, there’s a thing or two you need to know about weight loss supplements.
Too many people have false notions about what such a product can and cannot do. When it comes to any performance-enhancing supplement, your expectations need to be realistic.
When you truly understand the how, what, and why of fat burners, then you’ll be able to make a decision based on reason and not on hype that supplement makers shove down your throat.
1. Supplement Labels Can Be Misleading
Supplement labels are not regulated by the FDA, so manufacturers basically have free reign over what they put on the packaging. The results are claims that, while not outright lies, are often gross exaggerations.
Clinically Proven? By Whom?.
One prime example and one that you often see on fat burners is the two words often written in bold lettering: “clinically proven.” A product that is clinically proven definitely sounds like the real deal. After all, it means that some form of laboratory studies were done to prove that the product works, doesn’t it?
Here’s the thing: there is no official definition that constitutes the meaning of “clinically proven.” This means any company can claim their product is clinically proven as long as it performed some form of study.
Often times, those studies consist of company-funded research that barely adhered to strict scientific protocol. The “study” typically includes having a small test sample try the product while also beginning a diet and workout regimen. Any results made would then be attributed to the supplement.
You want to make sure that a product that claims to be clinically proven was actually tested in an independent study and published in a scientific journal or periodical.
A legitimate study would conduct the study using rigorous protocols, such as:
- Double blind conditions
- Accounting for external factors, such as pre-existing health conditions, socio-economic status, or lifestyle of the test sample
- Using a large enough sample representative of the demographic the supplement is targeted towards to, such as gender, age range, and level of physical activity.
Do Your Own Research.
The more claims a fat burner makes, the more research is needed on your end. Look up scientific journals to see if any of the ingredients actually do what is claimed on the label.
With Tea Rexx, every ingredient has multiple independent studies under its belt..
Caffeine, for example, has numerous studies performed at prestigious universities and medical centers that affirm the stimulants effective use for weight loss.
2. Fat Burners Are Not Meant to Be Taken Forever
Most supplements are meant to be cycled, and fat burners are no exception. You don’t want to develop a tolerance to any of the ingredients. When that happens, the body becomes accustomed to it and no longer responds to its effects.
Caffeine, which is present in most weight loss products, is a compound most people eventually develop a tolerance for.
This is something most coffee drinkers can attest to. When they had their first cup of Joe, they likely felt a powerful energy kick. However, after taking it every day for months on end, they no longer feel the effects or would need to consume more to feel the effect.
The same goes for the rise of metabolism associated with caffeine use. Initially, your body will respond to the stimulant by raising body thermogenesis, thereby burning more calories.
However, with prolonged use, your body will eventually compensate by reducing its natural metabolic rate. As a result, once you go off caffeine, your basal metabolic rate will likely be slower than it was before you got on the caffeine.
Fat burners should be taken in rhythm with your fat loss plan. Fat loss phases are typically done in cycles, usually four to six weeks before being swapped out with a muscle building phase or an off phase.
Only take a fat burner during your fat loss phase. This applies to any fat burning product, even one that only uses all-natural ingredients like Tea Rexx.
3. Fat Burners Do NOT Counteract the Effects of Poor Dieting
Too many people believe that because they’re on a fat burner that they could loosen up on their diet or skip a cardio session here and there.
Most fat burners work by elevating body temperature. The increase, though, is usually only by about one degree and only occurs when metabolism rises following cardio exercise or strength training.
While that may seem miniscule, the additional calories burned by that extra one degree rise in body temperature do add up.
HOWEVER, if you fail to rein in your diet and allow yourself to have that donut or slice of cheesecake, then you completely cancelled out the additional calories that were burned.
Remember, if the calories that went in are greater than the calories that went out, then you’re going to gain weight.
4. Even Natural Fat Burners May Have Side Effects
Just because a supplement is all-natural does not mean you can consume it like candy. Just about every natural ingredient, herb, or even food has side effects if taken in excess.
Caffeine is natural, yet over consumption has been linked to sleeplessness, nervousness, irregular heartbeat, and the jitters.
It may be obvious, but it needs to be emphasized because there are always a minority few out there that has it in their heads that taking twice the dosage equals twice the results.
Not only do you need to stick to the dosage, but it’s even advisable that you take roughly half the dosage when taking a fat burner for the first time.
This will help you evaluate whether you feel any uncomfortable side effects or adverse reactions. From there, you can gradually move up to the recommended dosage, but never go over.
On the subject of side effects, keep in mind that some of the ingredients found in fat burners are also found in everyday foods. If you consume coffee or tea, then the caffeine content from those beverages count towards the daily recommended dose.
Be mindful that even too much of a good thing can be bad for you, which is why you should always keep a food log and record the foods you’re eating.
Any supplements taken needs to be logged as well. If you experience any unusual sensations after taking a particular food or supplement, be sure to also keep tabs of that.
5. Taking Below the Recommended Dosage
As mentioned, taking about half the recommended dose is usually recommended when taking a fat burner for the first time. If you see good results at half the dose, then by all means stick to that dose; otherwise, gradually move up to the dosage listed on the label.
In an effort to save money and make the bottle last as long as possible, some dieters continue to only use half the dose. This means usually taking only one capsule when the direction says to take two or three, or only taking one serving a day when directions recommend two or three servings daily.
If you’re a bigger guy or gal, it’s unlikely that a partial dose will be enough for the supplement to go into full effect.
Look, supplements aren’t always cheap, and it’s understandable that you want to stretch your dollar as much as possible. However, if you’re not taking a supplement at a dose needed to produce physiological change, then you’re just throwing money down the drain.
6. Don’t Expect the Same Results as Someone Else
No two people’s metabolism is the same. There are simply too many factors that are at play when it comes to fat loss, including gender, age, genetics, current body mass index, current active lifestyle, and the way your body responds to certain ingredients.
It’s quite possible that you and a friend can follow the same diet, same workout routine, and take the same fat burner yet see different results.
You especially should not compare results to those before and after photos. This isn’t to say those photos are edited, but the ones typically seen in magazines and used for promoting a brand new supplement aren’t always what they appear to be.
Some of those before and after pics, in fact, were even taken on the same day or just days apart. The after photo is simply taken under better lighting conditions and within minutes after a training session when the body has that pumped and vascular look.
Everyone progresses at a different rate, so don’t ever compare your results to someone else’s, or else you’ll be vulnerable to setting yourself up for failure due to unreasonable expectations.
Remember that Fat Burners help by providing a slight metabolism boost and/or suppressing appetite; they cannot override your genetics or reverse your biological clock.
In any case, if you’re experiencing less than optimal results, then the key lies in modifying your diet and/or workout rather than switching fat burners.
7. Fat Burners Are Absolutely Safe Provided You Follow Dosage Instructions
Fat burners have received somewhat of a negative reputation following the federal ban of ephedra in 2004. Up until that point, ephedrine was a major ingredient found in most big name fat loss supplements.
Ephedra became a highly discussed topic within the fitness community after several reported deaths associated with its use. In total, there were 155 reported deaths, including the passing of Steve Bechler, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.
What about modern fat burners? None of them contain ephedra, so are they safe for use? Weight loss supplements are no more harmful than a typical over-the-counter medicine or herbal remedy.
Think of it this way: if you take an aspirin pill, it’ll relieve your headache; if you take half the bottle, it’ll probably kill you.
It all comes down to consuming the supplement responsibly. This means under no circumstances should you ever exceed dosage recommendations.
As far as the deaths associated with ephedra goes, remember that there are thousands of others who have taken the supplement with no incident. Those that died either took the supplement in excess or had preexisting health conditions that made taking the pills unsafe.
Always read the label; it will list the conditions in which the product should not be taken, such as if you’re pregnant or under a certain age. This goes for all supplements including those containing natural ingredients.
8. Fat Burners Suppress Your Appetite (to an Extent)
Most of you likely already know that most fat burners are also known for their ability to reduce appetite. This is definitely a huge plus especially since virtually every fat loss diet (or the legitimate ones at least) requires a calorie deficit.
While taking a weight loss supplement certainly makes the process more manageable, you still need to exercise some degree of discipline and not put yourself in a situation where you may be tempted to break from your diet.
There’s often a misconception that taking an appetite suppressant means you will feel absolutely satiated all the time with zero cravings.
While the food cravings may be lessened, you will still feel the urge to indulge... especially if you see all the delicious food before you at a buffet or smell the enticing aroma when passing by a Cinnabon.
You should still take active steps to remove yourself from being in such situations. This may include avoiding certain aisles at the supermarket or turning down invitations to dine out.
9. Taking a Fat Burner to Prevent Fat Gain While Building Muscle
Some people may take a fat burner during their muscle building phase in the hopes it will keep fat gain at bay.
There’s nothing wrong with this per se, but as mentioned, it’s better to hold off on using a fat burner until you begin your fat loss phase since the supplement should be cycled.
Besides, if anything, what will really prevent fat gain while building muscle is sticking to a clean diet, refraining from eating too much simple sugars, and maintaining a cardio routine. Since you’re consuming more calories overall, a fat burner probably won’t do a whole lot.
Fat Burners Are an Aid, Nothing More
Fatburners certainly have their place in a fat loss plan, but their role is limited to a product you use on the side to complement your existing diet and workout.
If you place precedent on the fat burner over your training and dieting, then you have fallen into the trap that many fall into.
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Take this supplement and use it for what it is: a fat loss aid that will accelerate results as long as you maintain a solid diet, cardio, and resistance training program.