Shari Duncan

from Green Tea to Ephedra… Fat Burners are NOT all Created Equally.
Shari

by on Apr.09, 2010, under Natural Bodybuilding, Supplementation, Weight Loss

Supplementation with fat burners can help you achieve your desired results- BUT only with a disciplined diet and regular exercise program.

I am often asked to recommend a fat burner by those struggling to get lean quick, and I often hesitate before doing so.  Fat burners and thermogenic supplements can assist with desired fat loss but remember, they are called SUPPLEMENTS for good reason.  There are no magic pills and there is much debate on their effectiveness.  There are many natural products

Green Tea~ a natural choice

Green Tea~ a natural choice

available such as green tea and guarana that contain fat burning and thermogenic properties, as well as chemically enhanced weight loss pills that may work more quickly but may also produce undesired side effects and/or become addictive.   Most natural fat burners can be found in health food stores.

A good fat burner contains certain herbs and chemicals that will do three things:

  • Burn stored fats resulting in increased energy
  • Stimulate the metabolism to “burn” stored fat
  • Suppress the appetite

With the correct lifestyle, fat burners can provide significant benefits. But they also can be misused. If you choose to supplement with a fat burner, avoid these common mistakes:

1)      DO NOT exceed recommended servings.  In fact, I recommend that first time users take less than the recommended daily serving initially to assess tolerance.  Most fat burners contain caffeine and/or other stimulants that may produce undesired feelings of nervousness, or jitters.

2)      Fat burning supplements are intended to be taken short term to stimulate the metabolism.  Even if the product you choose consists of all natural ingredients, you will develop a tolerance to it over time. Once your body gradually becomes accustomed to these stimulants, it will cease to respond.    Remember, that they were designed to assist you in reaching a short term goal and not to be incorporated as part of your daily diet long term.

3)      No two products are exactly the same.  No two metabolisms are the same either.  Basically, this means that what may work wonders for your best friend, may not be the best choice for you and your body. If you decide to incorporate an fat burner/thermogenic, you should approach it with an open mind and find the product that works best for you.

Fat burning supplements may very well be a worthwhile investment if you research and choose your products carefully and only use in conjunction with a healthy program of diet AND exercise to maximize the results.

The best weight loss supplement for you will be dependent on your individual goals and the path you wish to take in order to achieve those desired results.

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