There are few supplements that have come under more scrutiny than fat burners. Most supplement companies offer them and they can come in a variety of ways to be ingested; anything from powders, liquids, tables, and capsules.
However, just because something is popular doesn’t mean that everyone should use it. In fact, many people who use them have no idea how they work or if they’re even safe. The good thing about all the scrutiny is that there’s a lot of research that comes along with it.
What Are Fat Burners?
Fat burners are used by athletes, bodybuilders, dieters, and fitness enthusiasts for the purpose of achieving a specific fat percentage or a desired look. When used in conjunction with a proper diet and fitness program, fat burners can enhance your fat loss progress.
How Fat Burners Work
Fat burners increase your ability to lose weight by speeding up your metabolism and inducing thermogenesis. Don’t worry, thermogenesis is simply an effect caused by your body burning calories for energy and creating heat.
There is a good chance that you’ve experienced a thermogenic effect before. If you have ever drank a cup a coffee on an empty stomach or ate a large meal and began to sweat—that’s thermogenesis in action.
Are They Safe?
The short answers is that fat burners are safe to consume when used responsibly and when there are no underlying issues. A high-quality fat burner will not only boost your metabolism and burn calories, but you can expect several other benefits as well:
- Reduced appetite
- Increased energy
- Enhanced mood
Notice that the key word when dealing with fat burners is “high-quality”. It’s important to look at the ingredients and make sure that there is more than just an outrageous amount of caffeine.
Who Should Avoid Them?
The reason that fat burning supplements cause such a stir with proponents and opponents is that there is clearly a segment of the population that should avoid them. If you have a pre-existing heart, hormonal, or digestive issue, then please avoid them.
Aside from documented health issues, there are some other things to consider if you are debating the safety of fat burners. As previously mentioned, you shouldn’t take a supplement that contains caffeine in an unjustifiably high amount.
With that being said, even high-quality fat burners will contain a fair amount of caffeine. So, if you already consume a large amount of caffeine through coffee and teas, adding a fat burner to that may be too much stimulation in your diet.
While mentioning the term “fat burners” in the gym is a great way to stir up a lot of debate; the truth is that they are safe to use, but they are certainly not for everyone. If you have any of the underlying issues discussed, then it is best to stay away.
However, if you have no issues and, most importantly, consulted a physician, a high-quality fat burner could be just what you need to assist with your weight loss goals.
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