By now you’ve probably seen or heard of fat burners, right? You know, those “magic” pills that supposedly make your body fat melt away ike ice cream on a hot, sunny day. While it is true that fat burners can really give you an extra boost to burn excess weight when used properly, there are many myths and lies told about fat burners. Here’s the truth:
Facts about Fat Burners
#1 – Fat burners can increase weight loss
A fat burner can help you lose weight if you use it properly. Fat burners are much like a turbocharger and your metabolism is the engine. While your metabolism could run normally, adding that turbocharger is going to significantly rev up the engine to increase its performance.
Fat burners are not going to help you lose an extra 10 pounds per week, but an extra few pounds per month is a reasonable expectation. You can read what other people have experienced to help set realistic goals as well.
#2 – Fat burners are safe when used properly
Some speculation has been put into whether or not fat burners are actually safe to use. For the most part, fat burners are completely safe for the average adult, provided the directions on the label are followed. Obviously taking more than the recommended dosage can have a negative effect on your health, but if you take the normal dose you shouldn’t feel any negative impacts or side effects.
#3 – It takes time to see results
Don’t just go with the mindset that a fat burner is going to instantly help you lose weight. It normally takes your body a few weeks to adjust to a diet, new exercise regime, or use of supplements.
In addition, your results may not always come directly in the form of weight loss. Instead, your body might replace fat with muscle, which is denser and therefore won’t reflect a change on the scale. Since muscle weighs more than fat, you may even gain weight. This is why you should be measuring your waist, hips, legs, arms, and chest every week to get a good idea of how your entire body is changing.
#4 – Everybody has a unique experience
Every single person’s body is a little different and reacts in a unique way to a supplement. What works for your friend may not work for you. You should understand this before you rely on a fat burner to lose weight.
While a fat burner might deliver noticeable results to a large group of people, your body may not respond the same way. It isn’t to say the fat burner doesn’t work – it just isn’t right for you. Luckily, there are many different types of fat burners for you to choose from and with a little work you’ll find the right fat burner for you.
#5 – Too much caffeine will cause you to crash
Caffeine is the most common stimulant added to fat burners to give you that boost in energy you need. However, if you start your day with a cup of coffee and drink another couple cups per day, you may want to be careful before choosing a fat burner.
Caffeine has several effects on the body and many of them are positive but too much caffeine can cause you to feel like your heart is racing and what is known as the “jitters.” So while you may think that drinking 6 cups of coffee a day and taking a fat burner will help you see results faster, you’re really only going to over stimulate your body and possibly cause heart palpitation. Sugar is more apt to cause a “crash” than caffeine.
Myths About Fat Burners
#1 – Fat burners are the miracle cure all
As we’ve said before, fat burners are not going to help you instantly lose twenty or thirty pounds. While they may enhance your weight loss results, you shouldn’t rely on a fat burner as a “miracle pill.” This can be made tough especially with aggressive marketing campaigns on the Internet, but you need to realize that fat burners are there to aid you, not to be relied upon.
#2 – You don’t need to diet and exercise while taking a fat burner
Once again people get duped into thinking that a fat burner eliminates the need to diet or exercise to lose weight. It doesn’t really matter what kind of fat burner you take. If you’re loading your body with unhealthy fats and sugars each day, you’re not going to lose weight.
Following a healthy diet and exercise regime will ensure you lose weight safely. A fat burner will simply enhance your weight loss results and help you see a more dramatic shift in your weight, but diet and exercise are still key.
#3 – More is better
A common thought is that, “if I take twice the recommended dose, I’ll see twice the results.” This is a major misconception and the truth is that following the recommended dose is the only way you’ll see results.
Fat burners are formulated to give you a specific dose that is safe and effective. Doubling or tripling this dose may actually have the opposite effects. Follow the recommended dose on the label and you’ll be fine.
#4 – You can combine fat burners
Similar to how many people feel like using more than the recommended dose is okay, many people think that combining fat burners is also a good idea. Once again, fat burners were intended to work in a specific way so combining two fat burners can render them useless. Stick to one fat burner at a time and use it as intended and you’ll reap the rewards.
#5 – Continually using a fat burner is the best way to lose weight
Believe it or not, you should take a break from using a fat burner. This is known as cycling off a supplement. The reason you should cycle off a fat burner is because your body will develop a tolerance to the ingredients in a fat burner, rendering it very ineffective. Therefore, by cycling off the supplement your tolerance will be lowered, enabling the supplement to be more effective.
To summarize everything here, fat burners are an effective weight loss method, but you shouldn’t rely upon them solely. If you follow the directions on the label, stick to a healthy diet, and exercise regularly, then you’ll create the perfect formula for long-term weight loss that you’ll truly enjoy.