According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 36.5 percent of adults in the United States are obese. That means that more than a third of American citizens are at an increased risk of numerous diseases and disorders, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Certain forms of cancer
Along with these preventable diseases, obesity may affect all aspects of your health and wellbeing. Obesity has been associated with symptoms of depression and increased stress.
Whether you’re obese or find yourself with excess fat, losing weight can be a difficult ordeal. This is made even more difficult by the fact that everyone has different needs that can alter how they gain and lose weight and burn fat. While diet and exercise tend to be the foundation for most weight loss regimens, many people turn to fat burner supplements to expedite the process. Read ahead to learn more about fat burners and how they might help you shed those stubborn pounds.
How Do Fat Burners Work?
Fat burners can operate via a combination of different mechanisms. Many fat burner supplements give you an extra boost of energy for longer, more intense workouts while curbing or suppressing your appetite to keep you from eating more throughout the day.
Fat burners can also work as thermogenic agents. Thermogenic supplements are designed to promote lipolysis, your body’s method of breaking down fats into energy. This essentially means an increased base metabolic rate, allowing you to burn calories and fat faster even when you’re at rest.
Some supplements labeled as thermogenic may increase your metabolism by limiting the amount of fat that gets absorbed, instead of directly affecting your metabolic rate.
Fat Burners That Work
There are a wide range of ingredients that are reported to help burn fat. Make sure you choose a formula that has undergone scientific studies and clinical trials to ensure effectiveness and maintain your own safety.
Some of the best clinically studied fat burners that work include:
- Grains of Paradise extract – Grains of Paradise, scientifically known as Aframomum melegueta, is a spice belonging to the same family is ginger and was traditionally used for digestive and intestinal health issues. While the spice today can be used normally as a seasoning to add an extra kick to your food, Grains of Paradise has been shown to create a distinct sensation of heat, resulting in the desired thermogenic effects of many fat burning supplements. Studies show that Grains of Paradise can create an increase in base metabolic rate, improve your energy expenditure, and help to burn brown adipose (or fat) tissue.
- Japanese mugwort extract – Japanese mugwort, or Artemisia iwayomogi, is an herb commonly used in Korean cuisine that has also shown recent benefits as a fat burning ingredient. Studies show that it can act as a metabolic booster while enhancing the body’s glucose uptake into your skeletal cells.
- iFAS503® – iFAS503® is a proprietary formula that combines fleece flower extract, green tea extract and parasitic loranthus extract. These three organic ingredients are known to inhibit the production of fatty acid synthase (or FAS), an enzyme that plays a role in the production of fatty acids. These fatty acids are then used immediately as fuel during intense exercises or stored in fat cells as highly concentrated stores of energy known as triacylglycerols. As a fat burner supplement, iFAS503® limits the amount of fatty acids produced by your body, which results in a suppressed appetite and overall weight loss.
- Caffeine – Caffeine is known as the main active ingredient in coffee, but it’s also a common fat burning component. Studies suggest that caffeine benefits weight loss in two ways: increasing your metabolism and suppressing your appetite. However, be aware that you can grow tolerant to caffeine, meaning that with regular use, you will require more caffeine to feel the same results over time. Excess caffeine can also cause a wide range of problems to your physical and emotional health. Avoid formulas that include excess amounts of caffeine.
- Green tea – Green tea contains caffeine and compounds known as catechins, a type of natural phenol and antioxidant. The most powerful of these catechins is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). Catechins have a similar effect as caffeine, boosting metabolism and reducing your overall caloric intake. Studies show that drinking tea rich in catechins can cause a distinct reduction in body fat. Catechins may also work synergistically with caffeine to boost fat burning potential further.
- TeaCrine™ – TeaCrine™ is a proprietary form of the compound theacrine. This compound is an alkaloid with the same general structure as caffeine. It offers many of the same benefits as caffeine but without any of the crashing, jitters, or other drawbacks. TeaCrine™ can improve mood and mental focus while providing a cleaner, steadier flow of energy. Research also suggests that TeaCrine™ can be used complementary with caffeine to increase the positive effects of both.
- Olive leaf extract – Olive leaf extract is derived from the leaves of the olive plant. The phenols in olive leaf extract have been found to increase metabolism while boosting adrenaline and chemicals in your thyroid that encourage the processing of fat. This contributes to weight loss and a greater resistance to stress.
- Evodiamine – Evodiamine is an active ingredient in the Evodia rutaecarpa The berries from the plant have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to increase body temperature. When isolated, evodiamine can act as an effective thermogenic agent to increase your metabolism. Evodiamine may also be added to fat burning formulas to better regulate caffeine and other stimulants.
- Weak jumby pepper – Scientifically known as Microtea debilis, weak jumby pepper comes from a creeping annual herb. The pepper is expectedly spicy, but its main active ingredients are the flavonoids cirsimarin and cirsimaritin. Research suggests that these two flavonoids are about 20 times more powerful than caffeine at breaking down stored fat into energy.
- Wakame extract – Wakame is a type of seaweed that is most commonly used in sushi. The active ingredient in wakame extract is fucoxanthin, the pigment responsible for giving wakame its brown color. Fucoxanthin is a xanthophyll, a type of molecule with a similar cellular structure as vitamin A and beta carotene. Fucoxanthin reportedly stays in fat cells for a long period of time, promoting fat loss while inhibiting the spread and differentiation of fat cells. Studies suggest it may act as a powerful non-stimulatory fat burning agent. Other studies suggest that fucoxanthin may help to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels while correcting irregular glucose metabolism in muscle tissue.
Are Fat Burners Effective?
Yes, but with some exceptions. One thing to understand is that fat burner supplements will not work on their own. As effective as they are, fat burners that actually work also require you to put in work with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Fat burners are designed to help you cut fat more efficiently, leading to more toned muscles and a leaner physique.
When choosing a fat burner, make sure you read the label. Be aware of proprietary blends that might underdose on key ingredients, preventing you from getting real results. Furthermore, keep an eye out for any formulas containing large amounts of high stimulation ingredients, namely coffee. Companies have recently fallen into the trend of loading their fat burning supplements with high amounts of stimulants to help you “feel something” as a false sign of effectiveness. Being in a physical state of overstimulation can be troublesome. Overusing stimulants can also lead to a greater production of cortisol, the body’s main stress chemical. Cortisol has been shown to break down muscle and increase fat storage. Cortisol can also cause you to crave unhealthy, sugary comfort foods that will only pack on more pounds.
Caffeine tends to be the most common of these stimulants. Aside from problems with tolerance, taking too much caffeine can physically wear you down, leading to greater fatigue and longer recovery times. This can become even more of a problem if you are already prone to drinking several cups of coffee throughout the day. More caffeine does not mean more results. Instead, you will burn out quickly and you may develop sleep problems, among other issues that can interrupt your recovery and eventually slow your results overall. Either consider cutting your coffee, switching to decaf or using a stimulant free fat burner.
Tips for Taking Fat Burners
If you do decide to take a fat burner, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- This can’t be stressed enough: diet and exercise are a big part of how fat burners work. Taking diet pills that work does not mean you can feast on junk food and stay inactive all week. As always, make sure you drink plenty of water, particularly if you use fat burners that contain stimulants as these are often diuretic, meaning they make you pee more often. Drink at least 4 quarts of water every day.
- Make sure you measure your results. If you’re not weighing yourself on the scale, taking progress photos or measuring your body fat, you won’t be able to get a good idea about whether or not your product is actually giving you the results you want. You should see some form of progress within 3 weeks of incorporating a fat burner supplement, but if you don’t see results, don’t feel discouraged. As you can see from the list of fat burners that work, there are a wide range of effective ingredients and formulations out there. What works for one person may not have the same effect on you. You may just need to switch to a different product.
- Remember that more is not necessarily better. This applies to all ingredients, including caffeine. Even with the fat burners that work, the ingredients are carefully measured so that you get enough to support fat loss. Some supplements will list specific serving guidelines or directions to help you measure out the right dose for your personal needs and development. If you are just starting with fat burners, take the lower dose as suggested by the supplement label and gradually increase the dose. Many other supplements only list one specific serving size, in which case you should stick with that. Do not increase the dose unless the packaging says it is safe to do so.
- You should consider cycling your fat burner. Your body can become desensitized to the ingredients in fat burners over time, especially if you choose more stimulant-heavy supplements. Consider using your fat burner supplement for 3 to 4 weeks, stopping for 2 weeks and then cycling back onto them.
- Keep your own weight loss expectations in check. Taking fat burners that really work does not mean you’ll lose ten pounds in a week (which would be extremely unhealthy and more likely point to loss of lean muscle mass). Normal, safe weight loss is about 1 to 3 pounds per week, but remember that there are other ways to measure your success than the numbers on a scale. Much of that fat is turning into energy for more intense workouts and leaner, tighter muscle tone.
MYOKEM™ offers two patented fat burning solutions, Pyroxamine™ and Thyrovate™. Pyroxamine™ is an advanced thermogenic agent and high performance lipolytic that can boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite to accelerate fat loss while providing a smooth, clean flow of energy and greater mental focus. Thyrovate™ is a stimulant-free weight loss solution that boosts fat loss and reduces appetite to specifically target the midsection.
All MYOKEM™ products undergo rigorous testing and clinical trials to ensure completely safe, effective formulas. Each product label also features a complete list of ingredients to ensure that you know exactly what you are putting into your system. Try Pyroxamine™ and Thyrovate™ today, or fill out our contact form if you have any questions.