What Is a Fat Burner, Anyway?

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Imthath

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There are several different ways these products can impact your body fat and they can be direct or indirect. It’s important to understand this; simply drinking a big glass of water before a meal will probably blunt your appetite. Eating more high-water foods like lettuce and watermelon will keep you fuller for fewer calories, as will high fiber foods. Yet water and watermelon are seldom called “fat burners.”

Calories are far and away the most important part of weight management and while some of the ingredients below help to blunt appetite, others take a different approach.



Here are some of the most popular ways fat burners work:

Increasing Fat Oxidation: A 2004 study in Nutrition noted that there are a lot of different exercises and dietary strategies to help the body burn more fat for fuel, as opposed to more carbs for fuel. If something increases fat oxidation, it’s about as close to a literal “fat burner” as you can get. Popular examples include green tea extract (more specifically the antioxidant EGCG) and l-carnitine.

Increasing Metabolic Rate: There are some compounds that we’ll get into below that have been seen in some studies to slightly elevate a person’s resting metabolism. That means that by taking the pill, you burn more calories than if you hadn’t taken the pill. Capsaicin, a compound that makes peppers spicy, is perhaps the most common but there’s hordenine and synephrine are also growing in popularity.

Decreasing Appetite: There are a variety of ways to decrease hunger, from prompting hormonal changes to starches that expand in the stomach. Given that the previous two entries seldom add up to more than a hundred extra calories burned, appetite suppression may be the most important part of fat burning. Glucomannan, made from the Japanese konjac tree, is one of the best supported examples but 5-HTP and psyllium husk also have a lot of evidence.
 
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