What’s In A Fat Burner?

Photo Credit: reduce84098 (flickr.com)

Photo Credit: reduce84098 (flickr.com)


Above all else, we love quick fixes – for our problems in life and for our personal issues including our weight loss efforts. Of course, it would be hypocritical to say that you love to do things the hard way and that you wouldn’t have it any other way even if you knew there was an easier way to do it. I for one, know of a lot of people who would rather not do the diet and exercise thing as long as they had a really great diet pill to take every time they binged.

However, that’s not how real life works and we all know that anything easily gotten is also just as easily lost. In the case of weight loss, anything lost easily can be easily put back on, with more besides. Not only  have you subjected your body to a unnecessary bout of yo-yo dieting, you’ve also compromised its ability to lose weight somehow so that the next time you do attempt to work hard, it won’t be as receptive to your efforts.

Now who want to go through all that drama? Sure, supplementing your training with a good fat burner is fine, judging by the many weight loss supplements flooding the market. But the reason you want to lose weight shouldn’t only be about getting a great body to show off – you should also aim for getting a healthy body so you can be more productive and live better and longer. A buff body is just the icing on the cake so to speak.

It is really no surprise why the diet pill industry is enjoying such a huge popularity. Imagine over a billion people in the world all wanting to look good and look good fast – who wouldn’t want to cash in on that given the way the economy is these days. But the thing is, people tend to grab and buy now and then ask questions later and this often leads to more disappointment and I don’t mean just the results.

When something doesn’t happen or at least doesn’t happen fast enough, we all get disappointed and think that something is either wrong with us or with the product we bought. The problem perhaps lies in the fact that we don’t really think about what we’re buying as long as it claims to do what you want it to do on the label. However, that’s not to say that these supplements are a complete waste of your money but it’s just a matter of finding one that meets your fitness goals and being realistic in your expectations.

Supplements like oxyelite pro for instance, work well when combined with a good exercise or fitness program. Of course, needless to say you also have to go on a strict diet regimen to help things along and while I can already hear the collective groans of people who hate this part about losing weight, you all know that it’s the key to everything you are hoping for. You are also encouraged to consult nutritionists and browse for tried-and-tested weight loss strategies to help you with your weight loss endeavors.

Another thing that will ensure your fat burners will work is if you do thorough research on the ingredients they contain. In recent years, a spate of fat burners with ingredients like carnitine, chromium picolinate and ephedrine have dominated the market and were eagerly bought off the shelves by people who were desperate, to say the least, to lose weight and fast. While both carnitine and chromium  picolinate have gone off to prove themselves worthy, fat burning supplements with ephedrine have been banned by the FDA in 2004 due to the fact that due to its negative side effects including tremors, headaches, insomnia, heart arrhythmias, increased blood pressure and dizziness.

In choosing the best weight loss supplements, you need to really read the label. If there’s even one ingredient that you’re not familiar with or can’t even pronounce, you should just leave it alone. Also, despite repeated warnings about their inability to work and compromise your health, there are still supplements that are being sold online and off that contain banned ingredients so keep yourself in the loop so that you don’t accidentally buy these supplements. And lastly, always consult a qualified physician about any supplements you want to take before you incorporate them in your exercise program.


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