Fat burners are dietary supplements that claim to help you lose weight quickly by increasing your metabolism and helping your body use fat for fuel. They contain ingredients such as caffeine, which can help to break down fatty acids in adipose tissue, also known as abdominal fat. Once these fatty acids are broken down, they enter the bloodstream and can be used for energy. The good news is that fat burners themselves are not habit-forming, so you can stop taking them without any side effects.
However, your body may respond by slowing down your natural metabolic process to compensate for the stimulant, so if you stop taking it abruptly, your metabolism may slow down and you may gain weight as you recover your normal metabolic rate. Fat burners can provide tremendous benefits when used in conjunction with the right lifestyle. Here are five ways not to use fat burners and why:
- Don't take too much of any one ingredient - excessive intake of certain ingredients can cause problems.
- Don't expect immediate results - it may take 2-3 weeks for the fat burner to work.
- Don't rely on fat burners alone - they should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
- Don't use banned ingredients - some herbs, such as ephedra, that were formerly used to burn fat are now banned by the FDA because they cause high blood pressure, mood changes, irregular heart rate, strokes, seizures and heart attacks.
- Don't use fat burners to counteract unhealthy eating - fat burners will not make up for eating fried chicken, French fries, brownies or ice cream.
Knowing how fat burners work and how to use them correctly can help you achieve your weight loss goals safely and effectively.