Thermogenic Fat Burners

Thermogenic Fat Burners

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned veteran in the fitness game, most likely you heard of fat burners. Otherwise known as thermogenics. There are numerous brands and types of ingredients inside of these supplements but are they really worth the money? If they are, which ones should you take? The supplement industry is a multi-million dollar industry that is full of marketing hype and claims that it will help you burn fat.

What do they do?

What exactly do fat burners/thermogenics do? Simply put, thermogenics increase your body’s core temperature which in turn increases metabolism and how quickly your body breaks down and absorbs nutrients. You could imagine your body as a furnace. As you add the needed fuel, tinder, and kindling you will produce a fire. As the fire starts to burn through the fuel, tinder, and kindling, eventually it will die out and the fire would be gone. So in order for the fire to continue to burn and provide heat, you must continue feeding the fire and stoking it to make sure you do not lose the flame. Your body works in similar ways. As temperature increases in your body, the quicker your metabolism. But these fat burners have little to no effect on increasing metabolism. Even though some ingredients inside a fat burner may raise your body temperature, it cannot increase the temperature high enough to make a major difference. If anything, taking a fat burner might allow you to burn 10 extra calories. But very minimal results if any. It would be in your best interest to spend the time to do cardiovascular exercise. Rather than buying a product. Moderate to intense cardio sessions have been shown to increase metabolism and thus increase the amount of calories burned per exercise. Not only will you burn calories while you are doing the exercise itself, but there is also an ‘afterburner effect’. Even though you may not burn as many calories during the afterburner effect, you will burn excess calories hours after you complete your workout.

Do any supplements work?

In the past, we used to have products that contained a compound called Ephedra. Ephedra is derived from the Mormon tea plant otherwise known as Ephedra funerea. This plant also produces a similar drug that you might have guessed is related to ephedra, Ephedrine. Ephedra is now illegal due to the possible side effects and death of Minnesota Vikings player, Korey Stringer. Possible side effects include:

Adverse effects of ephedra consumption may include severe skin reactions, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, trembling, headache, insomnia, profuse perspiration, dehydration, itchy scalp and skin, vomiting, and hyperthermia. More serious potential side effects include irregular heartbeat, seizures, heart attack, stroke, and death.

Even though ephedra is now illegal in most states, you are still able to get products with ephedra in them. The reason is because the alkaloids in ephedra are banned but not the extract of ephedra. The extract is safe to use and are sold over the counter in select stores. It is now perfectly legal to use and I have personally used a product called Stimerex ES developed and manufactured by Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals. I have used these supplement on multiple occasions and it has helped aid me in my fat loss goals. Please be aware that this product contains stimulants. So if you are someone who is very sensative to stimulants or if you have any type of serious heart conditions, this may not be the product for you. If you are to use this product, please use a small dose first and work your way up from there. Even taking half a pill. This supplement is strong and very effective. Please keep in mind also that this product is not a magical pill and it is not going to help you lose significant amounts of fat. I would suggest individuals who are thinking of taking this supplement to consult a doctor first and if you have anywhere from 1-30 lbs of fat to lose. If you are interested in trying this product, you can find it here. This is the only fat burner or thermogenic that I will personally use and endorse!

 

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