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4 Hot Thermogenic Fat Burners That You Should (or Shouldn’t) Try

By Rob Poulos...

Want a faster metabolism?  Then you may want to get in on something called thermogenesis–a bodily process that could also send your metabolism into overdrive.  While most researchers caution that a healthy diet is more important, using thermogenesis could boost your ability to lose weight, even if you’re not not paying attention to your diet.  Better yet, all you need is a pill: Multiple diet companies are now selling thermogenic fat burners, which claim to blast fat with its specially-formulated ingredients.

So what are these ingredients–and do they truly work?  Here’s what you need to know about these ingredients.

Thermogenic Fat Burners: Do They Work?

Are thermogenic fat burners really the key to quick weight loss?  Here’s the lowdown on the biggest ingredients in this category:

1. Caffeine.  You may enjoy it in your daily cup of coffee, but diet companies say it could do much more–such as speeding up your metabolism.  Many companies use it in anhydrous form as an extra way to add caffeine to pills to give you that extra energy (and calorie) boost.

The real deal: Although caffeine is a great way to stay alert, no evidence supports it as a thermogenic ingredient.  It can, however, suppress your appetite temporarily, helping you eat fewer calories.

2. Ephedrine.  Banned by the FDA in 2004, ephedrine was purportedly one of the most powerful over-the-counter diet aids.  Its thermogenic properties were legendary–a couple of pills could reportedly kill your appetite, send your energy levels skyrocketing, and make you feel great in the process.  But was it real?

The real deal:  Limited evidence supports ephedrine as an appetite suppressant, but its sheer amount of side effects, many of which affect the heart, are more than enough reason to avoid it.  It’s only safe to use under medical supervision.

3. Bitter Orange.  Used as a replacement for ephedrine after its 2004 ban, companies claim bitter orange contains nearly the same effects as ephedrine–speeding up your metabolism while killing your appetite in the process.  However, researchers aren’t so sure it works.

The real deal: Here’s a horrible truth–not only is it ineffective, the only similarities it share with ephedrine is its serious side effects.  Yikes!  Case reports have associated bitter orange with heart problems and stroke; one case even identified a man who suffered a heart attack after taking bitter orange.  Verdict: It’s not only ineffective, it’s dangerous.

4. Green Tea. Despite being consumed in China for thousands of years, it was only in the early 90s when it became popular in the United States–mainly because research revealed it could boost your metabolism.  While researchers still aren’t sure of the mechanics involved in this process, it’s now one of the most popular diet beverages (and ingredients) around.

The real deal: Limited evidence supports green tea as a thermogenic ingredient, but don’t expect to be a miracle worker.  Most people who consumed green tea daily while dieting only lost an additional 3 to 4 pounds over a 12 week period.  If you want to lose some serious weight, you’ll need to diet too.

Bottom line: If you want to lose weight, adding a safe thermogenic could make it easier.  You’ll need to eat healthy and exercise regularly first, however.

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