Get The Skinny on Fat Burners And Thermogenics

With so many fat burners out there, you’re probably a little skeptical, confused and/or concerned about all the chemicals in them. I would be too! I’ve tried a handful of different brands (some that I’d highly recommend and some I’d recommend against). It is always smart to start off with half the recommended dosage to see how your body reacts. Most fat-burning supplement labels will tell you to do the same thing, and be sure to speak to your doctor before starting any new supplement. This is important step to take before just blindly picking one off the shelf that has a picture of your ideal looking woman or man. Always do your diligence – check with your physician, look at real reviews online, and you can seek the opinions of other pro’s in the field.

Keep reading below because I’m going to breakdown what a fat burner really is, what to look for when choosing one that’s right for you, and I’ll tell you about some natural foods that help kick start your metabolism into high gear – giving you the immediate edge over weight loss.

What is Thermogenisis?

Thermogenisis is the process in which the body raises its temperature, or energy output. Thermogenisis is directly related to metabolic rate, or the rate in which we burn our food for energy. When our core temperature is increased, our metabolism goes into high gear. This ultimately causes the body to use stored fat cells to support the additional energy output. Fat burners are thermogenics, and thermogenics are fat burners. As with any new supplement or exercise regimen, it’s recommended to always consult with your doctor first. Combining solid nutrition, a consistent exercise program that includes resistant training and cardio, and supplementing with thermogenics can be a surefire way to maximize your fat loss efforts in the shortest amount of time possible.

What to Look For

Below are the names of some key ingredients in most thermogenics. They can cause restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, rapid heart beat, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, etc. It’s advised to never exceed the recommended dosage and to not take late in the day as it can keep you awake at night. 

Guarana ~ one guarana seed has more caffeine in it than a single coffee bean

  • Improves alertness
  • Increased focus
  • Helps with endurance based activities
  • Impairs the appetite
  • Causes a higher blood pressure and an increased heart rate
  • Can make you feel jittery and may prevent sleep at all.

Yerba Mate~

  • Contains Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
  • Contains Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
  • Helps Stimulate Focus
  • Boosts energy
  • Supports weight loss

Pyruvate~

  • Increase fat and weight loss
  • Improves endurance
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • powerful antioxidant

Green Tea~

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Anti-Aging
  • Weight loss
  • Prevents the growth of cancer cells
  • Increases metabolism

Caffeine~

  • Increases memory
  • Heightens alertness
  • Relieves post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%
  • Increases stamina
  • Can ease depression
  • Increase energy levels

Taurine~

  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Enhance sports performance
  • Boost heart health
  • Increase energy levels

Stimulant Free Fat Burners

Acetyl L -Carnitine

CLA (Conjugated Lineolic Acid)

Caffeine Free Green Tea Extract

All of these are fairly inexpensive, natural and will give you the most bang for your buck. You can find these supplements sold separately, but most fat burners will contain them all in one pill.

Foods That Act as a Thermogenic

Research has proven that the thermic effect of protein is the highest of all the macronutrients, fat being the least, requiring about 30% of the calories it contains, just for digestion and processing. Introduce more of these into your diet daily for maximum calorie burning.

  • Chicken Breast
  • Turkey Breast
  • Bison, Buffalo
  • Very lean red meat such as top round and lean sirloin (grass fed is especially nutritious)
  • Salmon, Tuna, Tilapia
  • Egg Whites (whole eggs in moderation)
  • Spices like Cayenne and Chili Peppers
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ginger

Combine a clean diet, an active lifestyle and introduce thermogenics slowly, and you’re well on your way to being a fat burning machine!

2 Comments

  1. Tammy Brown on February 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Very detailed and informative. Thanks Christina 🙂

  2. Hughs500 on March 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Any liquid Pharma products you’d like to see made, not on the market?

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