Pros & Cons of Fat Burners

Be Honest With Yourself – Is This You?

Many men who look down toward their belt and can only see a bulge in their body hiding the belt. In order to get smiles from your loved ones you begin looking for a way to get rid of belly fat.

We all know that every time a cure is discussed a debate follows. There are pros and cons as to pill-popping to remove the problem, and we get tied up in the debate, not knowing which way to turn. In addition to artificially created, mass-produced fat-burning pills (which are sometimes called “dietary supplements” there is the diet and exercise which are natural ways to lose belly fat.

Let’s just take a look at that debate and perhaps it can help you make your decision as to which way to turn. No matter what, the results of the debate better answers how to get rid of belly fat.

Now is the time for you to go about crowing the victor of this debate. As for myself, I’ve always been a fan of tradition. I always feel that tradition has worked for me and hopefully for you, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons with the old-fashioned way…by looking at the lists. Since more and more people are into the pill-popping craze, how about our breaking down the supplements and see exactly what they’re worth to us.

Let’s Compare

The pros offer speed, ease and boost.

One by one let’s take a look at each of those pros:

Regarding speed, the fat-burners win this pro hands down. The Natural ways to lose fat offer no contest. We have to accept the fact that dietary supplements work quickly and deliver results at a fraction of the time it takes diet and exercise to achieve the results you want. There are different types of at burners and some are more potent than others, though most of them take a couple of days to manifest, while a select few may have you staring at your ribs the morning after you started taking them.

As for ease, this is another sure success for supplements. Taking a couple of pills every day is a whole lot easier than lifting weights, keeping tabs on what your eat, or running in circles. Also consider that a jar of supplements is a lot cheaper than a few months membership in a good gym.

Now for boost. No question that fat-burners tend to make people more focused and more alerts. Also, due to their unique blend of ingredients, not only do they do those for you, but they also make you more energetic.

Now Wait A Minute – Let’s Take A Look At The Cons

Pills aren’t perfect and all the side effects they may cause makes them not exactly beneficial or safe, for that matter. Side effects of fat-burners can range anywhere from anxiety, loss of sleep, irritability and palpitations to a full blown heart attack. I don’t think you’ll disagree with me…I’d rather keep that belly fat than to tempt death.

Considering Temp you have to admit they work fast, but supplements burn out just as quickly. Just look in the mirror after their effects wear off and you get back all you lost – with interest! If you consider how fat you were before you started taking the pills, just take a look once you’ve stopped taking them for a week or so. That’s what I call a temp job.

Finally consider atrophy, and if you’ve used pills so your wouldn’t have to keep active
Just count on losing whatever muscles you had prior to starting taking the pills on a regular basis. Remember that as effective as those pills were regarding how to get rid of belly fat, they answer the question many people have of how to lose muscle mass.

What’s The Answer?

Now that we’ve compared the pros and cons on How To Get Rid of Belly Fat we can realize that after taking the pills, no matter how effectively they can answer your question as to how to get rid of belly fact, they can also answer your question as to how to muscle mass.

The question before you is now quite clear. Do supplements know how to get rid of belly fat? Definitely yes they do, but considering how they do it, maybe it’s better to stay natural.
The choice is yours.

A surprising number of people who are suffering from obesity are turning to fat burner pills as a solution to their problem. However, the same pills which they think can help them, can actually hurt them. There has been a lot of hype about the use of such supplements. Health experts have been alarmed at the increasing number of products made available in the market nowadays. The worry goes especially for teens and kids who are dreaming of having the same figure their superstars have.

What is there to worry about fat burners anyway? Aren’t they supposed to be helpful? First, take a look at the ingredients these products are made of. Usually, one of the compositions of most fat burning pills is a compound called Ephedra, a strong ingredient that has been proven by many to be really effective. However, one of the reported side effects of taking too much of this compound is death. Side effects are alarming and people who do not have any idea of what they are in just brush away the bad effects not knowing that they are already in a dangerous situation. In response to this situation, Ephedra is now banned by the government.

Other ingredients include aspirin and caffeine. Though both are in a way helpful to the body, the problem once again is the dosage. Too much of anything is harmful to one’s health. Taking too much of aspirin and caffeine will lead to diseases of the heart.

On the brighter side, there are all-natural fat burners that are sold in the market. They are made from natural ingredients, mainly from fruits, vegetables, herbs and other plants. Side effects are minimized and the benefits to health are great. Such products include Acai berry, Green tea, and Hoodia Gordonii. There are many more and they are becoming the world’s best fat burners. Their advantages include weight loss, healthier mind and body, and anti-ageing.

Now you want to have more energy, be Healthier, look Younger, lose weight, and cleanse your body, right?

Lipotropic fat burners are among the vast number of choices available for weight loss. It’s so easy to become confused when you are trying to decide which kind of product to use. If you have quite a lot of weight to lose, say between twenty and thirty pounds, you are likely to have a higher than normal fat level in your vital organs and blood stream, so with this in mind this fat burner may be just what you need, here are some of the benefits they offer:

First, lets determine what they are and how do they work. They are essentially compounds that act on metabolism or breakdown of fat in the body. They speed up the removal of fat or reduce the deposit of fat in the liver. One main agent is Choline, which aids in the body’s digestion of fats. In essence choline assists in burning fat that gets stored in the bodys tissues, this agent in lipotropic fat burners assist in weight loss and promote healthy liver function.

They also can help reverse the build up of fat within your organs, especially your liver, which when clogged up with fat will stop functioning properly. In easy to understand terms, this can be compared to a roadblock being cleared. One of the benefits of using these fat burners is they to clear excess fat from the liver, restoring proper function. Cleaning out the liver opens up the door for helping the rest of your body function at a higher rate of efficiency.

The lymph system is another area of the body which is adversely affected by the presence of excess fat. When the lymph system will not allow fluids to flow through the body because of a build up of fat, it is likely to lead to medical conditions which may eventually develop into illnesses of a serious nature. This is where lipotropic fat burners step in and improve the processing of fluids throughout the body, giving us more energy and getting rid of the feeling of lethargy.

Your cholesterol level is another area of your body likely to be affected if you are carrying too much fat. High levels of bad cholesterol and low levels of good cholesterol are usually found in people suffering from obesity. The use of lipotropics will help to lower the cholesterol levels and this is almost certain to make you feel on top of the world, even better than you have felt for years. Though they are not solely designed as a treatment for high cholesterol, they are safe to use along with other prescribed medications being taken for just that reason.

You will find tons of information and products that purport to contain lipotropic agents during a search online. Be safe. If you would like any more specific information whether lipotropic fat burners are right for you, your doctor is the best source to provide this to you.


What are Fat Burners?

Fat burners sound intimidating, but most are a blend of specific ingredients which help boost your metabolism (the rate at which your body breaks down calories), give you energy (usually a stimulant boost), and specific diuretics (helping to drop some water weight which is held in the cell), also certain burners aid in appetite control.

What are the Benefits of Fat Burners?

Fat burners will provide an extra boost and motivation to an individual looking to drop or maintain body fat, better alertness and energy through the day, help to control food cravings.

What are the side effects?

  • Increased blood pressure/heart rate (in certain high stimulant burners) consult with your doctor if you’re taking any medication or have a history of heart disease.
  • “Jitters” basically edginess and anxiety due to too many stimulants.
  • Sleeplessness: avoid taking too late in the day.

When to take Fat Burners & How much should I take?

All products will have a “recommended” dosage, most of the time starting low and working higher once a tolerance has developed. Try timing your dosages and aim for the same time everyday to prevent missing a dosage. Do not exceed recommended dosages!

Are Fat Burners right for you?

This is a tough question to answer; many people getting back into the swing of things in the gym do like to have an initial boost of energy and like to see a bit faster results which a good burner will provide. For someone looking for a quick fix to their flip flop dieting and exercising a burner could be a mistake, there is no magic pill. These will help you if you’re starting to exercise regularly and making better food choices.

What ingredients do Fat Burners contain?

  • Stimulants (Ephedrine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Synephrine HCL, Bitter Orange, Guarana, ect.)
  • Antioxidants/EFA’s (Green Tea Extract, Sesamin, CLA)
  • Adrenoreceptor Blocker (Yohimbine HCL)
  • Appetite Suppressors (Hoodia)

What are some Examples of Fatburners?

• VPX – Meltdown
• Allmax Nutrition – Rapidcuts
Nutrex – Lipo 6
• Nutrex – Lipo 6X
• Universal – Animal Cuts

What I think about Fat Burners?

In my own opinion fat burners will work under the right circumstances and if the proper advice and education is given to the consumer regarding diet & exercise. Many people complain about gaining weight after using a product, typically this person maintained a certain healthy lifestyle while using the product got results then after it was gone went back to eating terrible food and not exercising, thus blaming the product for their lack of motivation. On the other hand I feel any exercise is good exercise so if someone is going to invest Rs 1500-Rs 3500 on a product that will get them into the gym and moving then perfect the product is serving a purpose. For someone who takes it and sits at home… you’re wasting your money. Just remember focus on your core diet & training the results will come


Fat Burners: Beneficial or Dangerous?

By Jen Barber
Copyright © Jen Barber 2002. All rights reserved.

Athletes often look for ways to improve their training and performance, hoping to gain a competitive edge.  Many athletes have turned to supplement use to gain that edge, often supplementing with natural sourced fat burners.  Fat burners have become the dominant supplement sold on the market today and are typically used to increase energy and stamina as well as promote thermogenesis.  Thermogenesis is heat creation within the body, allowing it to burn fat at a fast rate.  Exercise in itself is a powerful stimulant of thermogenesis but there are natural substances that can help promote this process in the body as well.

The variety of fat burning products on the market is staggering.  Typical ingredients include Guarana, Citrus aurantium, Asian ginseng, Cayenne pepper, Coleus forskholii, and Green tea extract.  The herb Ephedra, until recently, had been one of the most popular ingredients in thermogenic supplements.  Ephedra, a central nervous system stimulant, was used as an energy tonic and metabolic enhancer.  While it was not suitable for people with heart problems or high blood pressure, ephedra had proven to be an effective fat burner for many athletes.  Ephedra was recently banned by World Health Market due to possible serious side effects and has been removed from most fat burning products on the market.  Fortunately for the consumer there is a wide array of other thermogenic products to choose from on the market.

Guarana, a wild herb from the Amazon region of South America, is a very popular ingredient in fat burners.  The active constituent of guarana, guaranine, is nearly identical to caffeine and has become popular with athletes looking to improve stamina, increase endurance, and burn fat.  About 500mg of guarana contains approximately 15mg of caffeine.  Guarana also contains the alkaloid compounds theobromine and theophylline, which may help curb appetite and increase weight loss.  Guarana also increases free fatty acid levels in the blood, which are then used as energy by the body.  Athletes have also been using guarana to help rid overworked muscles of lactic acid and to help recover their strength more quickly.  Guarana, like any other caffeinated product, may cause insomnia, anxiety, trembling, and heart palpitations.  While an effective fat burner, guarana is not meant for everyone and should be used with caution.  Athletes who have high blood pressure, heart problems, or hyperthyroidism, for example, should be cautious when taking products that contain guarana or other caffeinated sources.

Citrus aurantium (from bitter orange) has taken over the role once held by ephedra and caffeine.  It provides similar properties but without the associated side effects and has become a staple ingredient in many fat burning products.  Citrus aurantium contains five andrenergic amines including synephrine and tyramine, which stimulate the beta-3 cell receptors, eliciting the breakdown of fat.  The breakdown of fat causes the release of noradrenaline at the beta-3 receptor sites, increasing the rate at which fat is released from the body stores and increasing resting metabolic rate.  Citrus aurantium is a great choice for the athlete looking to improve training and performance without the side effects normally associated with central nervous system stimulants.

Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years and was traditionally used to improve mental and physical vitality.  The name panax comes from the Greek word for cure-all, panacea, and has become a popular ingredient in fat burners for this reason.  The active constituents of ginseng, the ginsenosides, are believed to increase energy and enhance physical performance.  Studies conducted at the University of Munich found that ginseng ingestion with a 4% ginsenoside extract, had a positive effect on the performance of athletes.  Athletes experienced increased oxygen absorption, recovered faster and had less serum lactate, an indicator of muscle fatigue.  Ginseng is beneficial for fatigue as it spares glycogen (the form of glucose stored in the liver and muscle cells) by increasing the use of fatty acids as an energy source.  It is also known as an adaptogen meaning it better enables the body to cope with stress.  Ginseng is generally safe but may cause over stimulation, especially when combined with caffeine.  Athletes with uncontrolled high blood pressure should not use ginseng as it may raise blood pressure.

Cayenne pepper has been used as a medicine for centuries, and has recently gained attention as a possible fat burning supplement.  Cayenne contains capsaicin, which may help increase metabolic rate and stimulate circulation.  Increasing metabolism will help burn fat faster and enhance energy production.  In general, cayenne helps overcome non-specific lack of energy, fatigue, and sluggishness.  Cayenne has also been shown to help decrease joint pain and inflammation, ultimately increasing mobility.  Capsaicin stimulates the release of various neurotransmitters from the sensory nerves, leading to their depletion.  Without these neurotransmitters, pain signals can no longer be sent.  While this effect is temporary, it may provide the athlete who suffers from joint pain with some benefit.  Cayenne appears to have little side effects and may be used by most athletes safely.

Coleus forskholii is an ancient herb from Ayurvedic medicine that has gained attention lately as a possible fat burner.  An extract called Forskolin present in Coleus has been found to be beneficial in its ability to burn fat.  Forskolin activates adenylate cyclase, which in turn triggers an increase in cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).  This increase in cAMP turns on the system responsible for the release of fat from its stores.  Forskolin is able to turn on this mechanism without triggering the central nervous system and mimicking adrenaline, and therefore does not have any side effects.  Coleus forskholii is a safe fat burning ingredient that may be used by a wide variety of athletes.

Green tea extract has become a popular ingredient in fat burners.  For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has recommended green tea for various conditions including body aches and pains, immune enhancement, and as an energizer.  The active constituents in green tea are the polyphenols, particularly the catechin, epigallocatechin gallate.  The polyphenols are believed to be responsible for green tea’s promotion of good health.  Many fat burners add green tea to their product not only for its overall health benefits but also for its natural source of caffeine.  The caffeine in green tea increases metabolic rate, energy levels and stamina.  Green tea is generally a safe product but adverse effects may occur when large quantities are consumed and include insomnia and other symptoms associated with caffeine intake.

Fat burners are the hottest supplements on the market today, whether being used by athletes or non-athletes and can provide many benefits to training and performance, including increased energy and stamina.  A fat burner may not be suitable for all athletes, as different sports require different body types.  In general, athletes involved in sports that require quickness and speed would benefit from a fat burner, while athletes involved in endurance sports that require energy reserves should not attempt to lower their body fat far enough to compromise long-term performance.  Regardless of the activity, fat burners can provide great benefits for the athlete but should be used with caution.  While fat burners are safe for a large portion of the population, they are not meant for everyone.  People suffering form high blood pressure and heart disease for example, should be cautious with a fat burner that contains natural sourced caffeine.  As long as fat burners are used correctly, they can provide many benefits for the athlete.

Side effects are naturally associated with any medicines. But we may not pay enough attention to the side effects of supplements. Fat burners have been popping up in pharmacies and doctors offices. Now that many of these pills do not require a prescription, people are running to the shelves, hoping that this tablet will cure all of their body concerns. Unfortunately, many of them do not realize that there although it may help with fat loss, there are serious side effects that come along with such medication.

On the market today, the most popular fat burner pill consists of ephedrine, aspirin, and caffeine. Most of these supplements are meant to trigger metabolism and decrease your appetite. This magic mix has said to be a health addicts dream come true, as it helps weight loss and burns extra fat. However, with any medicine, there is always a price to pay.

Surprisingly, most health junkies do not realize how serious side effects can be. What is even more terrifying is that a lot of teenagers will start taking these fat burner pills, without even reading the bottle. People are so obsessed with looking thin and attractive, that they would rather risk their health than end up overweight and obese. The majority of consumers do not understand that ephedrine, one of the most common ingredients in fat burners, is actually addictive. If you take these pills frequently and overdose, chances are your body will not be able to stop taking them. For this reason, ephedrine may start giving you mild or extreme side effects. These problems include dry mouth, anxiety, and headaches. While these sound normal and easy to manage, some fat burner users have actually had more dangerous issues with this “safe” product. If ephedrine does not agree with your system, you may start experiencing seizures and even irregular heart palpitations.

If you are just beginning to use Hyroxycut or another fat burner, it is important that you limit yourself to the minimum amount required each day. Also, if you begin to notice side effects other than mild ones, you need to immediately stop taking the fat burner. While a lot of these effects do not occur in everyone, it is crucial that you put your health first. Another way to protect yourself is to make sure you do not take the fat burner before you go to bed. This will not only cause extreme restlessness, but you will have a lot of problems going to sleep. For this reason, you should always take the pill in the morning or afternoon.

Even though we all have issues with our thighs or stomachs, we need to evaluate the situation before taking such hazardous fat burners. Although it is important to stay healthy and look our best, risking your life is just not worth it. Far too often young adults and even older consumers ignore the warnings signs written on the labels. They simply are too concerned with fixing themselves, just to fit a perfect mold. Unfortunately, this could cost them their life.

Natalie Aranda writes on health, fitness and beauty. Side effects are naturally associated with any medicines. But we may not pay enough attention to the side effects of supplements. Fat burners have been popping up in pharmacies and doctors offices. Now that many of these pills do not require a prescription, people are running to the shelves, hoping that this tablet will cure all of their body concerns. Unfortunately, many of them do not realize that there although it may help with fat loss, there are serious side effects that come along with such medication. Even diet supplements has negative impact on our bodies if not used properly.



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