Last updated on September 18th, 2020 at 11:46 am
So, you want the easy way out.
Or you simply want that added oomph to your current fat-loss plan.
Whatever your current situation is, we’re sure about one thing: you want to lose fat and you want to see how fat burners can help you improve your health.
Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to cover for you in this article.
I’ll tell you how fat burners work, their benefits in fat loss, and their overall benefits in your health.
BUT before we start, I do want to mention this: we do not specifically promote fat burners at SHJ. If you’ve seen some of our other supplement articles and even our top listicles of supplements like pre-workouts, protein powders, weight management supplements, and even multivitamins, you’ll notice fat burners never made the cut.
No, seriously, they weren’t even on the weight management list!
That being said, we’ve had enough members of The SHJ Army question fat burners, what they’re good for, and whether or not they should be taking them for us to warrant an article on the top benefits.
As long as you know we don’t specifically recommend them as some of the top supplements, then we can comfortably give you the things they DO work to improve.
Also, keep in mind that many of these benefits are directly coming from the caffeine content within the fat burners (which is another reason caffeine was on the weight-management list). That’s why sometimes people will begin taking fat burners and suddenly feel jittery and anxious because they don’t realize they’re taking what’s often a large amount of caffeine (and even sometimes on top of their morning coffee or pre-workout supplement).
But as long as you are aware of all this and know where we’re coming from, then we feel comfortable sharing the benefits!
So, let’s get into it…
What Are Fat Burners & How Do Fat Burners Work?
Well, according to Coachmag:
“Fat burners are nutritional supplements. They have been proven to increase the body’s metabolism and as a result, they reduce fat absorption. The body burns fat for fuel, rather than absorbing it.”
Hell, let’s even use another definition from Healthline:
“Fat burners are any dietary supplements or related substances that claim to burn excess fat from your body. Some of these fat burners are naturally occurring. These include caffeine and yohimbine.”
So, we know they’re supplements which means they’re meant to simply supplement your current healthy and active lifestyle.
So, how exactly do the fat burners work?
Most fat burners contain very similar ingredients such as caffeine, green tea extract, yohimbine, theobromine, green coffee extract, and some of them even include Ginkgo Biloba, raspberry ketones, and other “herbal” mixes.
And these ingredients are claimed to “acutely increase fat metabolism or energy expenditure, impair fat absorption, increase weight loss, increase fat oxidation during exercise,” according to PhD.
So that’s a brief rundown on what they are and how they work. Now let’s get into the benefits of these fat burners, which mainly come from the ingredients that most of these fat burners all have…
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1. Increase Fat Oxidation During Exercise
Fat burners claim to increase fat oxidation during exercise. Fat oxidation is basically when your body breaks down fatty acids and releases them into your bloodstream to be used as energy. As you can imagine, this is useful especially if your primary goal for exercising is fat loss. So, what better way than to use the fat itself as your energy source?
It’s a bit like keto when your body is forced to use fat as its main energy source. So, by fat burners, this means promoting fat to be burned as energy, but again, that doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want. Having a good diet is still necessary.
2. Help With Overeating
Mainly due to the L-Tyrosine in fat burner supplements, it plays a role in suppressing your hunger. This appetite suppression means it will help you control overeating but, from experience, I can say it helps just a bit with overeating—the rest has to come from your own self-control and desire for better health.
It’s really like anything in life: If you want something bad, then you’ll easily resist the temptation because your focus is on the goal. But, of course, if you utilize the nutrition packets and nutrition classes in the academy, then you’ll be able to fit all the good stuff you like within your daily calories as your favorite celebrities do.
3. A Boost Of Energy
Thanks to the caffeine content in the supplement, you won’t be needing any pre-workouts or coffee in the morning. Because you’ll get enough of it.
If you’re not much of a coffee, tea or energy powder person and you want to consume caffeine, then this is one way of doing that specifically when you’re fasting or training in a fasted state. Then you can simply pop a fat burner pill and hit the gym.
4. They Have Antioxidant Properties
The thing about fat burners is that not all of them have the same ingredients but I’m trying my best to talk about the benefits commonly found in MOST fat burners. So, you’ll still need to do your research.
Now… let’s continue about the anti-oxidant properties in these supplements. So, one of the ingredients you may find is CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has anti-oxidant properties. But what does that mean and how does it help you?
According to MedicalNewsToday:
“Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.”
And free radicals have been linked to many diseases. This doesn’t mean that it prevents diseases but anti-oxidants are just good for protecting your body from damage that comes from the external environment. So, this is a win for overall health.
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5. Improves Your Endurance
Caffeine to the rescue again!
Studies show that caffeine helps improve muscle endurance, strength, and anaerobic performance specifically with high-intensity exercises.
This is good news for you if you’re doing any HIIT, powerlifting, or any other intense exercises. But the recommended dosage for these benefits seems to range between 200-400mg taken around 30 minutes before exercise.
But remember, because fat burners have high caffeine content, you may want to ease off them when it starts getting late. Otherwise, you may have trouble sleeping. Plus, long-term usage of caffeine will cause you to become desensitized to it, which is where it helps to cycle it.
6. They Reduce Fat Absorption
When you eat, your body converts calories it doesn’t need to use immediately to triglycerides (a type of fat). Fat burners make your body go through a process called Lipolysis, which is when your body breaks down stored triglycerides or triglycerides from the food you’ve just eaten. As a result, your body is absorbing slightly less fat from the food you’re eating as it’s probably used to.
Think of this as the extra 10% to your existing hard work needed to oomph your fat loss. Fat burners are meant to be used properly. And properly means they should be used to maximize your current results and not make up for a couch potato life.
7. Speeds Up Your Metabolism Through Thermogenesis
Well, this is usually why most people get them in the first place, right?
This metabolism speed is caused by thermogenesis. When a supplement has thermogenic effects, it basically means that it boosts your metabolism by raising your body temperature. It’s the same effects when you eat spicy food.
So, essentially, you’re burning calories by releasing the heat in your body. In fact, a more accurate name for a “fat burner” would be “thermogenic supplement,” which is actually another name for them anyway.
The caffeine content usually comes from the green tea and green coffee extracts. There are also studies that show caffeine to speed up your metabolism by as much as 11%. But you need to take that into consideration especially if you’re going to drink coffee. Consuming too much caffeine could make you jittery.
So that’s how fat burners help speed up your metabolism.
The Next Step
So, if you find these benefits appealing and you like the idea of using fat burners then here’s a list of the best fat burner supplements that I found that you can check out.
Remember that you can take fat burners before your workout and even on rest days.
They’re surely not made for you to sit around all day, eat fast food, pop a pill, and get skinny in 90 days—and they, in no way, promise that (although we all wish it was like that).
As with all supplements, they should be taken with a healthy dietary and exercise regimen.
Use them for their additional benefits and keep working towards bettering yourself and improving your fitness.
Until next time!
The Guy Who Drinks Tea
SHJ Team Member STARK