Weight gain has become a common household problem during THE GREAT INDIAN LOCK DOWN. People have put on fat (me included) and are now trying their best to lose those extra pounds. For some reason, the first thing that catches their eyes are these fat burners. When I say fat burners, it includes the crappy weight loss shakes, youtube remedies, whatsapp forwards, fat burners that we sell at m2 supplements… This list goes on and on. So, let me get it straight.
THERE IS NO FAT LOSS PILL/TREATMENT IN THE LEGAL MARKET THAT WILL MELT UR FAT AWAY.
There are surgical treatments, illegal and experimental drugs that can help, but I am not getting into that space. If weight loss is that simple, every person in this world will be lean and ripped. Take a pill and just chill will never work. In fact, most of these youtube/whatsapp remedies are bad for us. Apple Cider + honey in empty stomach will cause severe stomach inflammation due to its acidic nature. It may even lead to stomach ulcers. Some raw vegetable juice remedies like bottle guard, beet root and bitter guard can cause dehydration and make you weak. It worst cases can lead to urinary tract infections.
So, what are fat burners and what do they do? Fat burners are fat loss supplements. As the name suggests, they just supplement your fat loss journey. Say, you are in a fat loss path that helps you lose 3 kgs of FAT [not weight] per month. Throwing in a good fat burner may help you lose 3.3 – 3.5 kgs of FAT. It can accelerate your FAT loss by 10 – 15%. As you can see, I am stressing fat. Fat loss and weight loss are two different terms. If you are not aware, I strongly recommend you to google it. In addition to this, most fat burners contain caffeine. This will help boost your metabolism by a small margin [2 – 5%]. It is also a stimulant that can keep you from getting too tired and cranky. It is natural to feel exhausted when you are in a low calorie diet. Personally, caffeine helps me a lot to get through my office hours without getting cranky by noon.
To add more clarity, let me throw some light on fat burning foods and herbs used in most of the legally sold fat burners. A good fat burner generally has all these in different ratios
Several studies have suggested that caffeine can boost your metabolism. This means that your body uses fat to produce energy more efficiently. And exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet will more easily burn fat as a result. It also helps enhance mood.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid that helps metabolize fat cells to produce energy. However, for it to use fat as energy source your body should be devoid of any other source of energy. Having it in empty stomach, followed by High Intensity Interval Training is proven to aid fat loss.
GREEN TEA/ BLACK PEPPER/ GREEN COFFEE BEAN Extracts
These are natural fat burners. They help elevate your metabolic rate by a small fraction and aids fat loss. They are filled with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent which have anti-aging properties
Yohimbine comes from the bark of a tree called Pausinystalia yohimbe. Yohimbine blocks alpha-2 adrenergic receptors to which adrenaline normally binds. This lets adrenaline stay in your body longer to burn fat to produce energy.
It is commonly known as Malabar tamarind and has been used in Ayurveda as a appetite suppressant. Studies show that it helps you feel less hungry and helps fight sweet cravings.
Coming back to title of the article. DO I NEED A FAT BURNER TO LOSE FAT? I would say, it is not a mandate. You can always lose fat without it. A healthy lifestyle takes priority over a fat burner. Do some physical activity for 4 to 6 days a weeks. Try to chose some activity that you love. Have a hypo caloric diet. You can download some free app like healthifyme or Noom Coach to help formulate a diet chart. Have a proper sleep, 6 to 8 hours a day. This will help you lose fat in a healthy way.
If you still feel you need a harder push, then think about fat burners.