A fat burner is a dietary supplement that increases the users’ metabolic rate and helps them burn more calories. The term fat burner is often used as a synonym for weight loss pills, also known as diet pills. But they can be much more than just weight loss pills, like pre-workout supplements or tea mixes that help you stay hydrated while working out. They can also contain nutrients such as green tea extract, linked to reduced risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, among other benefits.
The fat burners contain a mix of ingredients meant to accelerate weight loss. A report by observer proved that most fat burners are marketed as energy boosters or thermogenic agents, which target the metabolism to boost the fat-burning process. Apart from Boosting Energy, they also increase Metabolism and suppress Appetite. Some Fat Burners contain stimulants to help improve energy levels, but others don’t have any stimulants and are considered safe for daily use.
Energy drinks contain caffeine, a very commonly used substance for its ability to increase energy in the body and mental focus. It is known that caffeine increases the heart rate and blood pressure in some individuals, so it should be avoided by people with heart problems or high blood pressure issues.
Ways by which fat burners reduce body fat
If you’re looking for a way to lower your body fat, you’ll have to have an idea of what’s happening inside and outside your body. Fat is stored in cells called adipose cells. To get rid of fat, the cell must release triglyceride (fat) molecules into the blood, transported by lipoproteins, and taken up by other cells. The more active a person is, the more calories they burn from muscle and fat stores at rest. And as long as more calories come in than go out, it’s impossible not to lose weight. Here are listed some ways by which fat burners reduce body fat.
- Fat burners block the enzyme lipoprotein lipase from hydrolyzing (breaking down) triglyceride into free fatty acids and glycerol. According to recent research, this enzyme is responsible for most stored fat in adipose cells. When lipoprotein lipase is “blocked” – making it unable to break down triglyceride into free fatty acids, glycerol, and fat globules – there are fewer circulating free fatty acids in the blood, so less fat is retained in adipose cells. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to pack on muscle or build more lean body mass (LBM) at a faster rate by taking a fat burner.
- Fat burners increase the body’s secretion of norepinephrine
This is an adrenaline-like substance that causes fat cells to release their contents into the bloodstream in lipolysis. Some people don’t know that a fat burner can lower LBM if you take too much for too long without eating the right kind of diet. Without the right diet, it’s more likely that you’ll lose muscle than fat. A study published in the journal “Metabolism” found that people who took caffeine and ephedrine – one of many popular stimulant ingredients used in fat burners – had reduced muscle mass after 28 days of use.
- Fat burners can act as stimulants, helping you lose weight
Caffeine and norepinephrine in fat burners can produce excess energy (glucose) in the blood, increasing the body’s ketones production and fuel for muscle contraction. And this probably explains why people who take fat burners experience a mood lift and feel more awake. The problem is that too much caffeine, or taking fat burners with high doses of caffeine, can lead to a loss of lean body mass (LBM).