I started taking fat burners (also known as ‘thermogenics’) this year because I wanted to see if I could make my process of staying lean easier.
But what are fat burners? Basically they’re supplements that boost your metabolism, increase fat burning and reduce appetite.
Here’s my experiences with them.
I definitely don’t think they’re necessary because I achieved sub-10% body fat at least 4 times before I started using them. I’ve found they’re good at keeping me awake (they typically have caffeine) and suppressing my appetite (at least psychologically).
But honestly I can’t tell if they’ve actually increased my fat burning rate. I admittedly have lost more weight this year than ever before, but I think that’s due to having refined my fat loss process more. I could very well just be wasting money (and these supplements aren’t cheap).
Fat burners work by increasing your body temperature, which induces fat burn. There are several ingredients typically found in a fat burner that cause your body temperature to rise. Each fat burner contains different combinations of these at varying amounts:
- Green Tea (more specifically epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG)
- Garcinia Cambogia
- Bitter Orange
Generally these compounds are safe to consume in moderate quantities.
There are, of course, side effects to fat burners. So far, I haven’t experienced any, but your experience may differ. Some side effects include:
- Increased heart rate
- Abdominal pain
- The sensation that your skin is crawling
Definitely exercise caution if you decide to use fat burners because they’re unregulated in the US.