Now we have been talking alot about Fat Burners.
Look at this report from the Mayo Clinic
Over-the-counter weight-loss pills: Do they work?
The temptation to use over-the-counter weight-loss pills to lose weight fast is strong. But are these products safe and effective?By Mayo Clinic staff
The appeal of losing weight quickly is hard to resist. But do weight-loss pills and products lighten anything but your wallet? And are they a safe option for weight loss? Here's a look at some over-the-counter weight-loss pills and what they will and won't do for you.
Over-the-counter (OTC) weight-loss pills: What you need to knowA number of weight-loss pills are available at your local drugstore, supermarket or health food store. Even more options are available online. Most haven't been proved effective, and some may be downright dangerous.
How can companies sell potentially unsafe products? Dietary supplements and weight-loss aids aren't subject to the same rigorous standards as are prescription drugs. Thus, they can be sold with limited proof of effectiveness or safety. Once a product is on the market, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors its safety and can take action to ban or recall dangerous products.
For this reason, it's important to do your homework if you're thinking about trying weight-loss pills. Read labels and talk with your doctor or pharmacist. Also check the FDA Web site for alerts about safety concerns and product recalls. The table shows common weight-loss pills and what the research shows about their effectiveness and safety.
Sources: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2010; Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2010
|Alli — OTC version of prescription drug orlistat (Xenical)||Decreases absorption of dietary fat||Effective; weight-loss amounts typically less for OTC versus prescription||FDA investigating reports of liver injury|
|Bitter orange||Increases calories burned||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Possibly unsafe|
|Chitosan||Blocks absorption of dietary fat||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Possibly safe|
|Chromium||Increases calories burned, decreases appetite and builds muscle||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Likely safe|
|Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)||Reduces body fat and builds muscle||Possibly effective||Possibly safe|
|Country mallow (heartleaf)||Decreases appetite and increases calories burned||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Likely unsafe and banned by FDA|
|Ephedra||Decreases appetite||Possibly effective||Likely unsafe and banned by FDA|
|Green tea extract||Increases calorie and fat metabolism and decreases appetite||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Possibly safe|
|Guar gum||Blocks absorption of dietary fat and increases feeling of fullness||Possibly ineffective||Likely safe|
|Hoodia||Decreases appetite||Insufficient reliable evidence to rate||Insufficient information|
Do Fat Burners Really Work?
This is a good one - I really need to share this story with you! It’s too good to keep to myself!
A good buddy of mine has a nutrition store in North Vancouver and the other day I went there to buy some protein powder. He showed me a few new products he just received. I love looking around his store to see what’s new on the market. I’m like a kid in a candy store!
We are in the middle of a conversation when a young woman, around 25 years old, came in and started to look around the store. My friend goes over and asks her if he can help, and she said ‘I’m looking for a fat burner. Do you have something new? I’ve tried a few of them and they don’t work. I really need to lose some weight.’
When I looked at her, do you know what she held in her hand? A chocolate bar. Now why do you think none of the fat burners she used didn’t work? You don’t need to be a genius for that. My friend looked at her and said ‘You shouldn’t eat that if you really want to lose some weight.’ She started to laugh and just keep on talking like nothing happened.
After few minutes chatting with her we discover this young woman want to lose some weight but the problem is she doesn’t exercise, eats only 2 big meals a day, and uses fat burners to lose weight. I don’t understand why she can’t lose any weight… (I’m just kidding!!)
That’s the problem. Some people use supplements but don’t exercise, and their nutrition isn’t right. They rely on supplements to get results. Supplements are here to give you some help. I don’t know anyone who has a great physique but doesn’t do any exercises and just takes supplements. It’s a package deal. Exercise, nutrition and supplements will give you some good results. You need all of them.
"When I am asked what I think about fat burners my first
response immediately is that without the proper diet and
training program there is no pill that will give you the
results that you are looking for. If fat loss is your goal
you need to create a nutritional program that will feed
your muscle tissue while starving the fat. The way to do
this is the following:
• Eat a slightly caloric deficient diet (a diet where you
ingest less calories than what you burn on a given day).
Take your approximate lean body mass and multiply it by
12 to get a good calorie base.
• Eat frequently: Your diet should consist of multiple
small meals a day (5-6) consisting of complex
carbohydrates, lean proteins and some essential fats. A
ratio of 40% carbs, 40% proteins and 20% fats will yield
• Focus on weight training: Your workout program should
focus on weight training as this activity will build more
muscle which not only serves to give you a pleasing shape
but also increases your metabolism permanently, thus
making it easier to lose fat. Four to five sessions a week
of 45 minutes will suffice for most people. "
Bottom line Bootcampers...Nothing can replace...The right training program and supportive eating.
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