Fat Burners Don’t Burn Fat

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Fat Burners Don’t Burn Fat

Fat Burners Don’t Burn Fat

Seems like a dumb title right? Wrong! It’s a dumb product name. Realistically fat burners are named as such for marketing purposes, but they don’t actually burn any fat. “Well Randy if they don’t burn any fat what are they doing?” Great question! 

They’re really just suppressing your appetite. That’s right, they just help you stick to your diet when in a cut and that’s the biggest benefit they provide. Many of them are just big ole stims with some extra ingredients that have been shown to make you not as hungry.

It’s for this reason I think most people could do without fat burners because they really aren’t doing anything super special. If you’re tight on cash it’d be the last thing I’d suggest buying because a lot of losing weight is of course just sticking to your caloric deficit.

Keep in mind you’ll never lose weight otherwise. The law of thermodynamics applies to us all, so if you’re having a tough time losing weight, a fat burner will only aid in making you less hungry, not burning any fat.

Do I sound like a broken record at this point? Probably, but it needs to be said because there are still many many people who think that they can rip a fat burner pill and sit on the coach and lose weight: not the case. 

I will mention that I have used fat burners when cutting *gasp*. Yes yes, I know it sounds hypocritical, but the difference is I knew what the purpose was. I didn’t think that the pills were cutting the weight for me, they were just stopping that mid to late night snacking that plagues us all in a cut. I personally enjoyed the products I had which I’ll link below:

Yes there are two and I used them together to really crush my appetite. I found it particularly helpful at the end stages of my cut as the cals dropped much lower than my body wanted them to be. I do cover all of this in much more detail in my podcast Bone Apple Tea episode 120.

So again, grab a fat burner if you understand that taking it will realistically only modulate your appetite and potentially lose a bunch of water weight (thank the diuretics for that). I’ll list some common ingredients in a “good fat burner” with some of the claims behind them, but take it with a grain of salt and rely on the bigger rocks of diet and exercise to push you weight loss and not these pills. (Some of this is ripped straight from Legion’s website):

Caffeine

  • Helps  make you feel. 
  • it is a diuretic.

Green tea leaf extract 

  •  Helps make you feel full 
  •  It is a diuretic

Dandelion root 

  •  It is a diuretic

Black Pepper fruit extract 

  •  Can help with digestion and easing stomach

Yohimbine 

  •  Yohimbine’s ability to block the alpha-2 adrenergic receptors located in fat cells could, in theory, lead to increased fat loss and weight loss.  
  •  Several controlled studies have evaluated this and found mixed results

Forskolin 

  •  Theoretically, forskolin aids in weight loss by helping create enzymes called lipase and adenylate cyclase. 
  •  These two enzymes free fatty acids from the body’s cells. When the fatty acids are free, they can be burned as fuel. When the body burns fatty acids, it may reduce fat without affecting lean muscle mass. 
  •  These are theories with loose testing

5-HTP 

  •  5-HTP is a compound produced by the metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in foods like milk, meat, potatoes, pumpkin, and various greens 
  •  When consumed with food, helps you feel more full

Synephrine, Naringenin, and Hesperidin (I’ve only seen in Legion’s phoenix)

  •  Research shows that combined together in the proper dosing can increase your resting metabolic rate by as much as 183 calories 
  •  Looked into the study and it was with two groups of 10 back in 2011 
  •  Baseline measured and then supplements taken then 75 min after RMR is measured 
  •  Does this mean that you'll burn 183 more calories every time you take this? I don't think there’s enough evidence to suggest this 
  •  But maybe it helps? Seems like a good way to get people to buy a product though

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Randy Borruso

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University of Connecticut for Biomedical Engineering


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