When you check into a supplement store or open a health magazine you will notice that you are bombarded with various fat burning “magical” pills which will promise a leaner you in 7 days or get you amazing abs in 4 weeks……I have had bad experiences with fat burners, having experimented with many in my younger days, this post is going to run over why I don’t recommend them and why you don’t need them.
Most of the ‘Fat Burners’ on the market are nothing more than glorified Caffeine, which basically means they are pharmaceutically manufactured caffeine in high doses, mixed with some other odd herbs which most likely do nothing and probably damage your health in the long run. Add to this they are basically a big rip-off as they cost nothing to make and they cost extortionate prices.
These fat burners with their high doses of caffeine and other stimulating herbs will undoubtably put unnecessary strain on not only your heart but also your Endocrine and Central Nervous Systems. This is bad news, your body works hard to repair these systems at night and through exercise by flushing them free of toxins so adding the extra stress these stimulants will cause, will likely lead to:
- Central Nervous System Burnout
- Mental Fatigue
- Aggressiveness and Mood swings
- Hamper body’s ability to recover from everyday stress
- And even Psycological problems (Depression, anxiety etc)
Which is really not worth it when you take into account they really don’t make much difference….
They Don’t Really Work
At the end of the day losing fat comes down to two things which are Diet and Exercise. If your eating good foods when your hungry (Meat, Vegetables, Nuts, Fruit. Check these guidelines…..) And you are doing a good amount of Activity each week (Running, Martial Arts, Weight Lifting, Intense Yoga, Surfing etc…) you will lose weight.
There is Another Way
The only thing that these ‘Fat Burners’ have right is the fact they contain caffeine which actually does help your body burn fat in various ways including handling blood sugar levels and releasing fat stores. Caffeine is also a great pre-workout stimulant it will give you mental clarity and let you work harder. Thats Why I suggest natural stimulants that won’t cost you the earth and contain enough caffeine to help you burn fat and exercise harder.
Always Black, Have a nice shot of Espresso or an Americano before exercise. This is the purest and most reliable form of natural caffeine I have found and its cheap. A small bag of coffee will cost you a fraction of what a tub of Fat Burners costs and will save your health and get you the same results. Experiment with coffee and see how it best works for you!
This stuff is great, Its a traditional tea from South America and very popular in places like Argentina, and Brazil it has a great effect on heating up your body and will help activate the fat burning process. It also gives a slightly more relaxing kick than Coffee so it can be a great alternative for those who don’t fare too well with coffee. This stuff is also cheap and can be bought at most health stores (make sure you get the loose variety and brew it strong) have a look at this site….. for a great piece on Yerba Mate which is packed full of Anti-Oxidants and Minerals which is an added bonus to its cleansing, fat burning properties.
I am sure you have all heard the hype about green tea but this stuff really is a great tonic for the body it has been proven to:
- Raise Metabolism
- Be a Potent Anti-Oxidant
- Help Burn Fat
- Relax the Mind and Body
Again make sure you get the loose variety, its cheaper and fresher. I try to have a few glasses a day and this is the best option for those who don’t do well with any caffeine whatever the form.
Don’t Waste your $$$ on Fat Burners
Hopefully this article has saved a few people from burning away there money on useless supplements, and given you some ideas for a more natural route. I tend to have a Coffee pre-workout or when I need a lift and sip Green Tea throughout the day, this is what I have found to be the optimal way to get the most out of natural stimulants without any adverse effects.