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Understanding Fat Burners

Fat burners don’t actually burn fat. You might be thinking “why are they called fat burners then?” Marketing, man. Effective marketing.??

Fat burners make very bold claims, and they even back these claims with studies. Studies done on healthy individuals who are exercising and eating healthy… People who, without the aid of supplements, would be losing weight/burning fat anyway.

Fat burning supplements are usually packed with caffeine, green tea extract, and a whole bunch of other extracts that sound important and make you think you need them. The bread & butter of these supplements is the caffeine, which naturally provides energy & suppresses appetite. Fat burners also contain “thermogenic” properties, which is a fancy way of saying they make your body temperature higher. The claims here are that when your core temp is higher, you will burn more calories. Technically this is true. However, it’s such a minuscule amount that it’s going to make zero difference in your progress. You will sweat more, though. So if things like Sweet Sweat and Waist Slimmers are your thing, you’ll probably love fat burners.

If someone who is super ripped promotes a fat burning product, they are either getting paid to do so, or they have no idea what they’re talking about. Most people that take these supplements meticulously track their calories and exercise regularly, which leads to fat loss. You can’t just take a fat burner, do nothing else, and expect to magically “burn fat.” That’s not a thing.

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