The term “fat burner” is used to define supplements and foods that encourage the body to burn fat.
The average person using a fat burner is probably doing so in an effort to lose weight but athletes, models, and celebrities who are not overweight may use fat burners due to a desire to have better muscle definition and a leaner-looking physique.
How Fat Burners Work
Most fat burners contain compounds that speed up the metabolism.
These compounds may also initiate a process called thermogenic fat burning. Either one of these abilities will cause the body to use up calories faster and compounds that do both may pack twice the power.
The Role of Calories Within the Body
“Calories” is a popular word in health and fitness circles, but many people do not know what a calorie is and, due to this, fail to grasp the real importance of calories and embark on quests to lose weight or improve their physique with only the vaguest idea of how their calorie intake may be working for or against them.
They know too many calories is a bad thing and that’s about it. Fortunately, the subject of calories and the role they play within the body is not overly difficult to explain.
A calorie is a unit of energy. In the case of domestic electricity, energy is normally measured in amps, watts, and volts. Energy intake and expenditure in the body is measured in calories, though kilojoules are also sometimes used, to a lesser extent.
The body is a biological machine that is fuelled by the energy it extracts from food. It continues burning its fuel 24 hours per day and when it has more fuel than it needs it stores it as fat.
The amount of fuel the body receives, expends, and stores is measured in calories.
When the body does not get enough food to give it the required amount of energy it starts “burning” its fat to release the calories it contains. The speed at which the body burns calories is governed by the metabolism.
A Special Note on Themrogenic Fat Burners
One of the most striking differences between a living body and dead body is the temperature. Living flesh is warm. Dead flesh is not. This is because the machine has stopped functioning.
Have you ever noticed how computers, televisions, and other appliances get warm during use? This is due to heat being released as a byproduct to all the processes that are being carried out within, and domestic products that produce less heat during use are often sold on the virtue that they are more energy efficient.
All the processes that are ongoing within the body 24 hours per day produce heat in a similar way. All that heat is energy being lost from the body into the atmosphere.
That’s why crowded rooms can become so warm. The amount of energy that is lost this way is also measured in calories.
When people exercise or do other forms of intense physical activity they “work up a sweat” and begin losing extra energy from their bodies in the form of heat.
This process is known as thermogenesis. Certain compounds, such as the capsaicin provided by chili peppers and the catechins in green tea, have the ability to trigger a slight rise in the body’s core temperature, causing a greater amount of energy to be lost from the body as heat.
Compounds that have the ability to do this are known as thermogenic fat burners and they have the potential to help the body waste extra calories 24 hours per day, even while sleeping.
Why Fat Burners Fail
The truth of the matter is, genuine fat burners never fail. Diets fail and they fail because causing the body to expend more calories is not enough on its own.
The fact that the body has started burning more calories will not help it to reduce its levels of stored fat if you continue to give it far more calories than it needs. Your body will continue to store all those extra calories and your levels of body fat will increase.
The average man only needs 2,500 calories per day and the average woman needs just 2,000 calories per day.
This is the amount of calories they will need to power normal function. To lose weight they will need to ensure their diet provides less calories than they need.
If the average man only gets 2,000 calories per day instead of 2,500 he will lose weight.
If he makes no changes to his diet or normal level of physical activity and continues to eat 2,500 calories per day, in conjunction with a good fat burner, he will also lose weight because the extra calories he is losing due to a faster metabolism and /or thermogenic fat burning will mean 2,500 calories is no longer sufficient to power normal function and his body have to start burning fat.
If he then reduces the amount of food he is eating he will burn more fat. Increasing his level of physical activity will create a further calorie drain and the results will become even more dramatic.
No fat burner will make your fat vanish. Only your body can do that and it won’t be able to do so unless you make the necessary changes and the most important change of all will need to be your diet.
For example, a portion of chicken korma curry provides around 800 calories and contains 50g of fat. That’s a lot of energy. Much more than your body is going to need in a single sitting.
Donner kebabs are even worse. A single kebab may provide 1,000-2,000 calories and 30-65g of fat. For a woman, that one kebab may provide all the energy she needs for the day and the energy provided by anything else she eats will need to be stored as fat.
Fast foods are always bad, but many foods that you may have at home and may even think of as healthy options can have an unusually high calorie count.
Granola is a good example. A 100g serving can provide a whopping 471 calories and that’s without adding any milk or sugar.
So, if you are serious about burning your fat, you will need to work with your fat burner instead of against it, take a serious look at what you are eating each day, and make the necessary changes.
Keeping a food journal may help you to do this and you could be surprised at the discoveries you will make. There’s nothing like seeing things presented in black and white.