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What makes a Fat Burner Effective?

Updated on November 18, 2015

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Fat Burners/Diet Pills

If you are just starting out exercising, trying to get back into the groove of working out, or are a seasoned athlete, you want a little boost to help you out. No matter what kind of sports supplements you take, if you don't have self discipline, motivation, put in a lot of hard work and have determination, you will not get your desired results. Even the Incredible Hulk needed help in the Avengers, right? So which fat burners are good & will get you going? lets review the facts.

Everyone's body is different and may or may not respond to different types of pills. So just because that guy in the gym with the shredded abs says he uses a specific brand, doesn't mean it will work the same for you. However, a good Diet pill/fat burner will work by thermogenisis (breaking down of body fat), giving you more energy, increasing your fat burning hormones (burning stored fat for energy) and burn away fat by raising your metabolism. The most important thing to do when deciding which one is best for you, is simply reading the ingredients and find out what exactly you are putting into your system.

L-Carnitine Effects


Already produced naturally in our body, this non essential amino acid transfers fatty acids across cell membranes to the mitochondria. The Mitochondria uses fat as its primary energy source (helps the body produce energy). Carnitine is also imperative for the heart to function most effectively, brain function, muscle movement and several other processes of the body. Studies have shown that carnitine improves the ratio of fat to muscle loss, maintaining muscle mass while augmenting the rate that fat is burned.

Green Tea

Green Tea Extract

This is a herb that contains antioxidants which protects the body. It is an anticarcinogen, which means it fights the cancers that are in your body. Research has shown that Green tea extract increases your energy and fat oxidation (metabolism). It also has anti inflammatory properties and has been associated with improving mental alertness and many other illnesses/conditions. The down side to this herb is if used unreasonably, it will increase urine excretion and it has been linked to liver failure.

The Ephedra Plant


Ephedra is a derivative of a plant that has thermogenic affects, meaning it produces increased heat through metabolic stimulation and stimulant affects which increases your heart rate, opens up bronchial tubes, and increases your metabolism. Chinese medicine has a history of using ephedra for the cure of allergies, the flu, and asthma. Fat burners that contain Ephedra are usually the stronger, better ones, however they have been linked to several negative side effects including headaches, increased heart rate, dehydration, dizziness, constricted blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), irritability, and severe skin reactions. Some species of Ephedra are illegal and are now banned in the United States because of some of it's adverse reactions.

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CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a "healthy fat" that comes from dairy or meat products and is recognized for reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle. It is also said to encourage protein preparation instead of fat. Some research has shown (a small study so more research is definitely needed) that some people have lost body fat while taking CLA and still maintaining their bad eating habits. CLA is also said to be associated with retaining lean muscle, control type II diabetes (that's the one directly related to obesity if your unsure) as well as maintaining fat loss.

TTA (Tetradecylthioacetic Acid)

TTA or Tetradecylthioacetic Acid is a fatty acid with fat burning capabilities that control lipid homeostasis. In lamens terms, this means it converts enzymes in your body, influencing them to absorb more fatty acid. When you are working out, your body will run on fat without losing muscle. TTA also promotes insulin efficiency. This benefits you because if you limit the amount of insulin that is passing through your body, this reduces the amount of fat your body will keep. Research has also shown that TTA blocks estrogen, which is necessary if your trying to build muscle.

If one or several of these ingredients are contained in your fat burner, chances are it's probably a pretty good one. Taking more pills/doses than the bottle suggests is more than likely going to harm you rather than help you.Too much of anything is bad. A good diet pill along with a lot of hard work, will definitely get you where you want to be an reach your desired weight loss goal.

You can make your own Fat Burner

Make your own Fat Burner

You can make your own fat burners if you really don't like paying a lot of money for the ones on the shelves by purchasing fat burning ingredients individually. One simple, natural fat burner consists of cutting up cucumbers and lemons, and letting them soak/marinate in a container filled with water for 24 hours. If you wanted something a little more potent/with some kick, there are ingredients you can mix (if you have the know how of the amounts) and make your own from home. Combining fish oil, CLA, carnitine and green tea extract would increase your fat loss while providing a host of health promoting, physique building, and performance optimizing benefits. If you really wanted a super charged home made fat burner to blast the fat, add caffeine, capsaicin, and fucoxanthin to the other four ingredients.

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Foods that assist in the Fat burning process

If you are one of those people that do not like to take stimulating pills, you do have other options. Fat burners come in two different forms, they either contain stimulants, or you can get them with out/non-stimulant. Too say which type is more effective is different and will vary by individual as they burn fat in different manners. You can also consume foods that will assist your body in the fat burning process. Your eating habits should always consist of protein rich foods that augment the increase of the metabolism and preserve lean muscle mass. Some of the best protein rich choices being egg whites, chicken breasts, fish, low fat dairy products and of course whey protein powder. Your carbohydrate choices should be of the low glycemic, slow digesting varitey such as oatmeal, sweet potatoes, fruits, vegetables and brown rice. You will also need to consume foods rich in dietary fats. Contrary to popular belief, eating foods that contain fat does not mean you are going to gain body fat. As long as they are healthy fats and fit into your daily caloric intake, fat sources such as avocado, nuts, seeds, flax seeds, fatty fish, and olive oils should definitely be a part of your dietary menu. Choosing good eating choices along with a good fat burner, will assist you in reaching your weight loss goal/fitness goal that much quicker.


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      Zimkhitha 3 years ago from South Africa

      I once used a CLA based supplement and I must say that I was at my leanest and I swear I could even spot some muscles. Thanks for the informative hub!

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      Zimkhitha 3 years ago from South Africa

      I once used a CLA based supplement and I must say that I was at my leanest and I swear I could even spot some muscles. Thanks for the informative hub!