Fat burner—the very name suggests dramatic results and we’ve all seen the promises manufacturers make for their products.
“Watch the fat melt away!”
“Turn your body into a 24 hour fat-burning machine!”
It all gets to sound very familiar after a while, but what are fat burners and how do they work? More to the point, do they work at all, or is it all just hype?
The good news is fat burners do work, and they can work very well when used as part of an overall weight management program that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet, but they are not the magic pill that many manufacturers paint them to be in an effort to secure more sales. Any marketing material that states a particular fat burner will allow the user to eat what they want, when they want, and still watch the pounds fall off is built on a fabric of lies. It’s not going to happen. It’s as simple as that.
The Truth about Fat Burners
There is only one way people can lose weight—by consuming fewer calories each day than are needed to fuel the body’s daily activities. This can be achieved by cutting down on the calorie intake (the most traditional dieting method of all) or by increasing calorie expenditure through exercise. A mixture of both can secure better results and supplementation with a quality fat burning product can further enhance results.
When the calorie intake from food does not meet the body’s needs the body is forced to find the required calories elsewhere. Body fat is the most accessible source and the fat burning process is initiated. Fat burners assist this process.
Dieters who have reached a plateau and are no longer losing weight may find fat burners particularly useful for tipping the scales in their favor and improving weight loss results.
Dieters who are already seeing good weight loss results will be able to improve upon those results by adding fat burners to their daily regimen. But people who want to sit in their PJs all day, cramming pizza and watching TV, may be sadly disappointed because their calorie intake will likely be so high, and their burn expenditure so low, that even the best fat burners will have little effect.
How Fat Burners Work
Fat burners contain one or more ingredients that can initiate the fat burning process, but not all ingredients work in the same way. Thermogenic fat burning ingredients tend to produce the most dramatic fat burning results, with naturally-sourced thermogens being the safest option.
Thermogenic fat burners cause a slight rise in body temperature, via a process called thermogenesis, which then speeds up the metabolism and causes food to be digested more quickly. This means calories from food are less likely to become stored as body fat. It also ensures any existing body fat is burned more quickly.
Fat burners are a useful weight management tool, but the promises made for certain products can be misleading—if it sounds too good to be true it probably is too good to be true. Dieters who wish to make consistent weight losses will need to make a consistent contribution to the process by adopting a few healthy lifestyle choices.
A sensible diet, some exercise, and a safe and effective fat burning product can be a winning combination. The pounds will melt away, but consumers should take careful note of the ingredients used and make sure none of them have the potential to endanger their health.