Ever wonder what’s actually in a fat burner?
To help you identify some of the best fat burning and weight loss products out there, we’ve put together this rundown on important fat burning ingredients and what they do. Use this list to see how your current fat burner stacks up!
Green Coffee Bean Extract: One of the main active compounds in Green Coffee Bean Extract is Chlorogenic acid; it’s recently been proven to work in the intestinal tract to inhibit the absorption of calories in the stomach lining. Green Coffee Bean Extract also works along multiple pathways to reduce body fat and blood glucose levels.
Chromium Picolinate: A chemical compound that’s important in limiting insulin resistance and glycogen tolerance levels in the body. Research findings have indicated that chromium picolinate also reduces carbohydrate cravings. By consuming fewer carbohydrates the body can enter ketosis mode where it burns fat to fuel the body.
Acetyl L-Carnitine: Acetyl L-Carnitine promotes the transportation of free fatty acids into the mitochondria (core of the cells) where they are burned off as energy. The result is more fat and less carbohydrates and protein burned off as energy. Acetyl L-Carnitine also assists with muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.
Higenamine: Higenamine is a beta-1 and beta-2 adrenergic agonist, meaning that it will stimulate the nervous system to boost metabolism and promote the break-down of stubborn fat cells stored under the skin. Higenamine promotes increased energy, mental focus and vasodialation (improved blood flow) as well as encourages your body to release triglycerides from your fat cells. When combined with acetyl l-carnitine the free form fatty acids will be transported to the mitochondria to be converted to pure naturally produced energy.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid: Scientifi c research findings suggest that CLA works by blocking the main enzymes that are responsible for encouraging fat cells to store additional fat and expand in size. CLA can be responsible for the metabolisation of fat cells.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This important thermogenic ingredient is abundant in polyphenolic compounds and provides an anti-obesity effect and an enhancement of insulin sensitivity (which is the opposite of insulin resistance). Grapefruit Seed Extract enhances absorption of key fat burning nutrients and keeps these nutrients working longer for great results. Most notable among these compounds are anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which are two types of flavonoids. Also present are non-flavonoid polyphenols, such as the longevity-inducing compound resveratrol. By destroying toxins, grapefruit seed decreases cortisol (a severe inhibitor of the hormones T3 and T4 that control a large portion of daily metabolism), increases digestion and utilization of nutrients, reduces cholesterol and promotes general health. All of these factors help maintain proper weight.
Raspberry Ketones: Raspberry ketones increase adiponectin which enhances fat metabolism, reduces fatty liver, reduces appetite and increases thermogenesis. They have been referred to as nature’s miracle weight loss ingredient. Raspberry ketones contain a substance similar to synephrine. Synephrine has thermogenic effects on the body that promotes increased metabolic rate, supports a healthy appetite, and supports energy (ATP) production. As a natural compound, raspberry ketone improves fat loss without the side effects of synthetic diet compounds.
Acacia Rigidula: Burgeoning obesity rates in North America and the anorectic effects of Acacia rigidula on weight loss spurred interest in the herb as a remedy for obesity. About 40 chemical compounds and amines comprise Acacia rigidula. These compounds include amphetamines, dopamines, hordenine, mescaline, tyramines, tryptamines, nicotines and amides. Acting on the pituitary adrenal axis they induce the release of epinephrine/adrenaline, orepinephrine/noradrenaline, dopamine and catecholamines that stimulate beta-receptors to increase fat breakdown and metabolic rate, suppress appetite and increase energy levels.
Guarana Extract: Many fitness enthusiasts use guarana for its metabolism-boosting effects. It also boosts long term sustained energy and performance. Guarana is also used to suppress appetite, promote mental clarity and focus, as well as relieving tension caused by stress.
Theobroma Cocoa Extract: High in naturally occurring amines such as dopamine, serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and anadamide that enhance energy, mood and focus.
Green Tea Extract: a well-documented fat burner with powerful antioxidant properties and mood elevating ability. Green tea contains a type of polyphenol (group of plant compounds with health promoting effects) known as catechins. Catechins are naturally occurring antioxidants which have been reported to have a number of physiological and pharmacological properties including fat loss. Out of the many catechins found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant. These are antioxidants and the “active ingredients” of green tea. However there are also a variety of other important nutrients such as vitamins C and E, chromium, zinc, manages, and selenium.
Citrus Aurantium: Extract is a source of synephrine which is a powerful metabolic enhancer, energy booster and appetite suppressant. Synephrine has thermogenic effects on the body that promotes increased metabolic rate, supports a healthy appetite and energy (ATP) production. Citrus Aurantium works in a similar way to the popular banned weight loss ingredients, ephedra. Synephrine acts like the chemical compound amphetamine in the way it has the ability to increase thermogenesis, ability to burn fat, and also the ability to suppress your appetite preventing excess calorie intake.
Citrus Limonum Extract: Enhances the absorption of key ingredients. It also contains polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) that may help prevent diabetes. Research shows that citrus peel extract reduces the level of serum triglycerides (TG) and cholesterol, both of which are known to contribute to disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Therefore, citrus peel extract may improve insulin sensitivity.
Coleus Forskohlii Extract: Helps regulate thyroid function to optimise lipolysis (fat burning). It’s an ancient Indian (Ayurvetic) herb that is commonly used as a fat burner through its main compound Forskolin. Forskolin is commonly used to activate an enzyme that increases a molecule called cAMP in fat cells. cAMP increases the rate of fat loss and can make other fat burners better at fat burning.
Black Pepper Extract: Increases absorption of key ingredients and has a strong thermogenic effect. Black pepper is great in aiding the proper assimilation (extraction of all the nutrients) of food. Moreover, its outer layer which contains potent phytonutrients stimulates the breakdown of fat cells. It also promotes sweating and urination and is a great way to get rid of excess water and toxins from the body. All these activities collectively help in weight loss.