Fat burners: the facts

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Want to burn fat?

Want to lose some fat? First, reduce your calorie intake. Second, increase the amount of energy you burn through your workouts. Third, protect your lean muscle mass by maintaining an adequate supply of protein in your diet. Fourth, raise your metabolism to burn even more fat.

Fifth – take a fat burner. Why? Because as part of an overall fat reduction program, fat burners attack fat on three fronts.

Metabolic boost

Take a thermogenic fat burner to raise your metabolic rate. The faster your metabolism turns over, the more calories it burns and because you’re limiting what you eat, your body will turn to fat stores as a secondary fuel source.

Appetite suppressants

Can’t withstand the cravings for a mid afternoon snack? Fat burners take the edge off your appetite, giving you the fortitude to stay away from the fridge!

Fat blockers

Some fat burners also block your body’s absorption of fats, preventing it from storing fat as a fuel source. It’s just what you need when you’re trying to reduce your energy stockpiles and deflate your spare tyre!

What to take

There’s a huge range of burners on the market, so choose one that suits you. Do always remember that fat burners are powerful supplements; always read the directions on the packet and never exceed the recommended dose. Here are a few products to consider.


The original fat burner, caffeine kickstarts your central nervous system, takes the heat out of your appetite, raises your heart rate and triggers the production of adrenaline. That’s good news for your fat loss program because your body uses more calories, you don’t feel as hungry and that adrenaline boost means you’ll catch fire in the gym. With caffeine products it’s important to take a time out every couple of weeks to avoid dependence and the risk of exhausting your adrenal glands.

Green tea

A healthy drink in its own right, green tea is a great source of antioxidants. That said, if it’s fat you want to burn, drinking endless cups of tea probably won’t help you that much. But taking a green tea extract might. It’s the Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) that does the job, an antioxidant, it helps your body process fat faster, and unlike caffeine doesn’t increase your pulse rate. A word of warning though – if you’re pregnant, green tea extract is not for you.


CLA stands for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, a fat burner that works by speeding up your metabolism, helping your body burn fat, and its good for your immune system too. An additional benefit of CLA is that it promotes muscle growth and tissue repair, helping you towards your bodybuilding goals.

Acai Berry

Take acai berry extract to counteract one of the main triggers for fat retention: the sugar spike you get immediately after meals. And an added bonus, over time, acai berry also lowers insulin, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Whey protein

Make sure that as you lose fat, your body doesn’t also eat its way through your hard won lean muscle mass. A protein supplement will protect your gains and help you towards your fat loss goals by keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

For a full rundown of all you need to design your own comprehensive fat loss program, check out our fat loss guide.

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