You want to lose fat and you heard of those workout fat burners which may help you lose those chubby waist and flabby arms. Though you have no clue what a “fat burner thing” could do to you. Hazardous or not? Let’s answer those questions and enlighten your mind.

What is a workout Fat Burner?

Workout fat burners are designed with ingredients that can really give you an extra boost to help burn fat. But they can’t replace a solid diet and exercise plan. They can boost energy, help curb appetite, promote fat to be used for energy, and even increase your metabolism and core temperature so you burn more calories throughout the day.

Fat burners generally fall into two broad categories: stimulant-based and stimulant-free.

Stimulant-free formulations are ideal for those who are sensitive to ingredients with stimulant effects like caffeine, synephrine, tyramine, and yohimbine (or yohimbe).

Stimulant-based fat burners will contain a combination of one or more of the following: caffeine, synephrine, tyramine, and yohimbe. These ingredients aim to increase energy, suppress appetite, and increase fat release from fat cells (to be burned as energy).

You’ll also likely find ingredients common to stimulant-free formulations in this class of fat burners.

How do workout fat burners work?

The supplement market is flooded with fat burners that work by increasing metabolism and thermogenesis, boosting energy, suppressing appetite, or blocking carbohydrate and fat absorption.

Then, you may find 5 main categories of substances that are said to be able to burn your unwilling fats: “thermogenics”, “carb blockers / fat blockers”, “appetite suppressants”, “thyroid regulating active principles”, “cortisol blockers”.


The first category of fat burners which is also usually the most widely used are thermogenic fat burners. These types of fat burners are usually a mixture of different substances, all of which have the primary aim to ramp up the metabolic rate and body temperature. Often they will contain the controversial substance ephedra (or ephedrine), caffeine, Synephrine HCL, and yohimbe. Side effects you may notice when taking thermogenics are an increased rate of energy, a quickened heart rate, increased concentration (although for some they may find the opposite effect), and feelings of alertness.

Carb Blockers / fat blockers

This is what the carb blocker type of fat burners are aimed to do. Basically, they inhibit the enzymes that work in the body to digest carbohydrates found in food, therefore allowing the carbohydrates you do eat to pass right through your system, without adding to your daily calorie intake. Next on the list of fat burners are fat blockers.

Fat blockers work in a similar fashion than carbohydrate blockers, helping to prevent the digestion and absorption of the dietary fat calories that you consume on a regular basis. The main ingredient contained in fat blockers is Chitosan, which binds to fat while in the digestive track before it becomes absorbed and transferred into body fat stores.

Appetite Suppressants

Appetite suppressant types of fat burners are aimed towards helping to decrease your appetite as a means of speeding the rate of fat loss. The most popular active principles are: Guarana, Guar Gum, Guarcinia Cambogia, Synephrine, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid aka “CLA”.

Fibers are a good alternative to appetite suppressants. To know more, read the article Fiber Rich Food.

Thyroid Regulating active principles

For other individuals, their thyroid may not be producing enough of the hormones to keep their metabolism working at an effective rate. When this happens, a slowed metabolism results, often accompanied by a weight gain, feelings of fatigue, and feeling cold all the time.

Thyroid regulating fat burners serve to fix this issue by supplying the two main substances that the thyroid would normally produce, guggulsterone and forskolin. They also often contain a combination of other ingredients that help to increase the metabolic rate and keep the thyroid working effectively.

Be sure to take note though that if a severe thyroid issue is present, you should be speaking with a physician, as often they will prescribe you higher potency, medical ingredients in order to remedy the situation.

Cortisol Blockers

Finally, the last type of fat burner you’ll find are cortisol blockers. Cortisol production in the body is really a dieter’s biggest nightmare because not only does this mean the body is overly stressed, but it also encourages the accumulation of body fat, particularly in the stomach region.

There are many factors that can serve to increase the release of cortisol in the body, including increased stress levels, overtraining, overconsumption of simple sugars in the diet, being in a hypocaloric state and lack of sleep.

Most fat burners are composed of these categories and will often contain a variety of ingredients including chromium, green tea extract, caffeine, yerba mate, guarana extract, L-Carnitine, White Willow Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and other ingredient blends.

How to pick up the right workout Fat Burner?

Workout fat burners are designed specifically to give you the proper doses of various ingredients to support fat loss. But that doesn’t mean that the more ingredients you take, the more results you’ll get.

Supplement manufacturers state the serving guidelines and directions so you can have a way of measuring what dose works best for you. 

It’s always best to start with the lowest dose listed on the package and stay at that dose for at least a week. After that, you can determine if you want to bump up the dose to the higher end of the spectrum if it’s listed on the packaging. 

Since sticking to a clean, calorie-reduced diet is essential for fat loss, take advantage of the appetite-suppressing properties of your fat burner by taking it 30 minutes prior to breakfast and lunch. If you don’t work out in the evening, or you prefer a stimulant-free product, then take a dose 30 minutes before dinner. This will not only ensure you feel satiated after meals, but it will also help to increase your metabolism.

In a nutshell…

A calorie restricted diet is 75 percent of your battle. If you can do it and stay consistent with it, then you’ve done three forth of the work. The rest is exercise, time, and you can get extra help from those call and quotes workout fat burners.

One last thing, a safe rate of fat loss is 1-to-3 pounds per week in average, for healthy individuals. So, target realistic goals, stick to them, and be confident and patient. Then you’ll hit it or even better, beat this target!

Oh! And side note. If someone ever tells you you can lose love handles only, slam them in the back of their head. Only liposuction can localize a fat loss. That being said, see you in the next one.

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