Do "fat burning supplements" really work?
The concept behind fat-burning supplements, and why they are so appealing to the masses, is that, as stimulants (aka they speed up your metabolism), they encourage your body to burn fat more rapidly for energy use.
How does this work?
The fight or flight hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) tell our bodies to release fatty acids, or fuel, into the bloodstream for quick energy. These hormones, which typically go up because of exercise and stress, also suppress appetite.
Having these hormones high to lose body fat is the basis for most fat-burning supplements. They contain stimulants (like caffeine) that amp up our epinephrine and/or norepinephrine, and temporarily decrease our appetites.
Problem is, without exercise, releasing our "fight-flight" hormones aren't as effective for losing fat since the signal is "artificial." With no increased muscle activity that requires this extra energy our bodies have released for us, the fat will recycle back into fat storage.
This poses a problem to many because they do not understand the science behind fat-burning supplements, and oftentimes believe they can simply take the pills and burn fat as a quick-fix. That is my main objection to these types of pills.
If we stay true to the idea of stimulants helping boost metabolism, we can combine mild stimulants (like a cup of coffee) with an exercise session where those fatty acids can be used. Thus, you can boost performance & reap some benefits (plus, you know, it's way cheaper than a $50 bottle of pills).
Question for you...
Have you ever tried a fat-burning supplement before? Did you understand how it worked before purchasing or did the marketing suck you in? Did you have any success taking them?
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