4 Things You Should Know About Fat Burners
You've heard of fat burners, the magic pills you can take to instantly lose fat with no effort involved? Not exactly. Fat burners are supplements. They're designed with ingredients that can give you an extra boost to burn fat. But the secret is, the WILL NOT replace a solid diet and exercise plan.
Think of fat burners like a scope on a sniper rifle, only you're trying to shrink fat cells. Diet is the gun, the heavy artillery; exercise is the firepower; and fat burners may help you aim a bit better and kill fat more efficiently. But fat burners don't work to their best effect when they're used improperly. Usually, it's because people don't take into account the following five basic concepts for using a fat burner efficiently to lose weight.
# 1 DIET IS 80 PERCENT OF THE WEIGHT-LOSS BATTLE
One of the biggest mistakes that many people make is thinking they can just take a fat burner pill and lose body fat instantly. They think the fat burner is the "magic pill" they've been looking for! But eating whole foods and sticking to a calorie restricted diet is 80 percent of your battle. If you can do it and stay consistent with it, then you've done 80 percent of the work already! The rest is exercise, patience, and getting a boost from supplementation.
Fat burners can help enhance fat loss, but they're only going to do so if a proper diet is in place. Fat burners work in a variety of ways. They can boost energy, help curb appetite, promote fat to be used for energy, and even increase your metabolism and core temperature so you burn more calories throughout the day. But, if you take a fat burner and then feast on burgers, pizza, and bagels, you won't be seeing fat loss any time soon.
Take a hard look at your diet and determine if it fits your fat loss goal. To lose fat and reveal a lean physique you'll need to consume slightly fewer calories than you burn each day, getting lots of protein, and maintaining other clean and healthy eating habits with slow-digesting carbs, healthy fats, and lots of fresh vegetables. When you feel confident about your diet and in control of your nutrition, you can start to explore fat support supplementation.
#2 ENSURE YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS EXPECTATIONS ARE REALISTIC
Set realistic goals for yourself. Some people believe if they're using a fat burner, they should be able to melt pounds of fat off each week. Maybe that happens in dream land, but not real life!
While your rate of fat loss can be enhanced, you won't be dropping 10 pounds in a week simply because you're using the supplement. Remember: A safe rate of fat loss is 1-to-3 pounds per week for average, healthy individuals. You can push this rate up to 4 pounds per week, but it's not sustainable. Eventually, your body will hit a plateau and fat loss will slow down.
If you're dropping weight too quickly, on a fat burner or not, you could be losing lean muscle mass. And unless you want to look like shapeless coat hanger instead of a toned, fitness model or bodybuilder, you should rethink your fat-loss plan.
#3 MORE IS NOT BETTER
Some people think that taking more fat burners will increase their fat loss results....WRONG! Supplement manufacturers state the serving guidelines and directions so you can have a way of measuring what dose works best for you.
It's always best to start with the lowest dose listed on the package and stay at that dose for at least two weeks. After that, you can determine if you want to bump up the dose to the higher end of the spectrum if it's listed on the packaging. If the product lists only one serving size, you should stick with it.
#4 OVERDOING CAFFEINE WILL WEAR YOU OUT
If you can't start your day without a cup of coffee and you drink another 3-or-4 throughout your day, be careful about choosing a fat burner. Most fat burners, unless directly specified, contain caffeine or a caffeine-like substance, a stimulant. If you want to take a stimulant fat burner, watch your total intake of caffeine over the course of the day.
While you will definitely love the energizing benefits you'd get from such a high caffeine intake, if you're mixing fat burners with multiple cups of coffee or any other caffeine-containing beverage, you could really burn out quickly. You will get tired easier and struggle to recover from workouts. In the end, that equals slower results.
So while you may think that combining coffee and fat burners will only help you see results faster, you'll end up killing the positive effects of a fat burner by over-stimulating your body. Before you even get started on your fat burner, make sure to shop around a bit and find the one that best matches your needs and preferences. There are a number of different products available to use, so it's important that you don't just jump on the first one without looking at the differences among them all.