Is your current fitness goal to lose weight and get shredded? It’s no mystery that diet and exercise make up the foundation of any successful weight loss endeavor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself an extra edge. If you want to suppress your appetite, support weight loss, and crank up your energy, thermogenics or fat-burning supplements can help.
Taken alongside a caloric-restrictive diet and comprehensive exercise plan, fat-burning supplements can increase your metabolic rate and energy levels promoting a higher level of calorie burning and faster results.
A thermogenic waist trimmer belt is the cherry on top. Wear it during your workouts and you’ll be amazed at the results.
Let’s take a look at seven of the best fat-burning ingredients and how you should take them throughout the day.
Found in cacao, the main ingredient in chocolate, theobromine has several benefits that can promote weight loss as well as your overall health.
In a study published in Discovery and Innovation, a journal of the African Academy of Sciences, theobromine was shown to support a dramatic weight loss in rats. After one week of theobromine supplementation, rapid weight loss was observed.
At the conclusion of the twenty-eight-day study, researchers found a decrease in total serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol. What’s more, HDL cholesterol – also known as the “good” cholesterol – was elevated.
Theobromine is a great way to increase energy levels without the side effects common to large caffeine doses. It can also improve your mood. Overall, theobromine is an excellent ingredient for supporting weight loss. (1)
GREEN COFFEE BEAN
Made famous by Dr. Oz, green coffee bean is more than just a here-today, gone-tomorrow trend; it works exceptionally well for weight loss.
A review of three studies published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice showed that subjects supplementing with green coffee bean burned more fat and lost more weight than their placebo counterparts.
What’s more, green coffee bean extract was shown to improve insulin sensitivity while supporting fat utilization for energy. This means green coffee bean extract is a supplement worth considering if you are naturally trying to alleviate diabetic symptoms.
Researchers confirmed that green coffee bean is an excellent way to support a healthy diet and exercise program for weight management. (2)
We know that the original ephedra doesn’t exactly have the most squeaky-clean reputation; however, since it was banned in the early 2000s, safer extracts have been produced, mirroring the benefits without the side effects.
Also known as ephedra viridis, this extract contains ephedra alkaloids and it’s been found in a few studies to have a lot of promise as a fat burner.
One study published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that ephedra alkaloids combined with caffeine resulted in obese subjects losing up to fifteen pounds of body fat.
Caffeine is another natural fat-burner that has been shown to promote calorie burning, energy levels, and overall metabolism. Great on its own, green ephedra gets a welcome boost from caffeine. Consider this combo if you aren’t sensitive to stimulants. (3)
WHITE WILLOW BARK
Also known as salicin, white willow bark is more than just a fat burner; it’s also an anti-inflammatory compound, making it useful post-workout.
White willow bark was a part of the original ECA stack that exploded in popularity in the early 2000s. ECA stands for ephedra, caffeine, and aspirin, and this triple threat was extremely popular with bodybuilders looking for insane energy, training for fat loss and getting shredded, and alleviation of muscle soreness.
As a standalone supplement, white willow bark has been shown to promote fat oxidation and weight loss. One study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that subjects taking a white willow bark supplement lost an average of seven pounds after only two weeks. (3)
SIBERIAN GINSENG EXTRACT
Long held as a necessary ingredient for overall wellness, Siberian ginseng has been used for thousands of years for longevity. Recent studies have suggested that Siberian may be useful as a cognitive enhancer as well as a form of weight loss support.
A study published in Journal of Ginseng Research showed that ginseng extract provided an anti-obesity effect while supporting healthy gut bacteria. While the sample size was small with only ten subjects, ginseng holds a lot of promise for weight loss.
At the very least, ginseng can be used as a natural way to boost energy levels. More energy helps you get things done including your workout, and this will help to support weight loss. (4)
BITTER ORANGE EXTRACT
Popular in weight loss blend supplements, you’ll find bitter orange extract on labels as citrus aurantium. A fat burner with plenty of studies to its credit, bitter orange extract is a must-have for anyone serious about burning fat and building muscle through a healthy diet and exercise program.
The fat-burning benefits of bitter orange extract lie in three tyramine-based metabolites: N-methyltyramine, octopamine, and synephrine. A study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that these three plant-based extracts successfully supported fat utilization for energy, increased metabolic rate, and kickstarted post-workout recovery. (6)
Yerba mate is a staple of South America, especially Brazil. It’s prepared and consumed as a tea to support energy levels and overall health. The key compound to more energy is an extract found naturally inside the tea called guarana. Recent studies have made guarana one of the most popular nootropic (brain boosting) and weight loss supplements around.
In a study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, subjects given guarana extract were found to be more alert with a higher cognitive functioning power. Subjects also commented on how they did not have much of an appetite when taking guarana. In other words, guarana was a potent appetite suppressant.
Guarana is also a natural source of caffeine. As mentioned above, caffeine is a natural thermogenic, proving itself time and time again by increasing energy levels and promoting calorie burning.
More energy, less appetite? Sounds like a perfect combo for burning calories and achieving that weight loss goal.
WHICH FAT-BURNING SUPPLEMENTS DO YOU WANT TO USE?
The science is clear: The ingredients mentioned above provide a powerhouse of fat burning support. Every ingredient has been proven to support fat oxidation while suppressing your appetite. Which of the ingredients mentioned above will you use to support weight loss? Have you used any of these ingredients before? What were the results? Let us know on our Facebook.
- Eteng, Mbeh & Ibekwe, HA & I. Umoh, U & E. Ebong, P & B. Umoh, I & Eyong, Eyong. (2007). Theobromine rich cocoa powder induces weight loss and changes in lipid profile of obese Wistar rats. Discovery and Innovation. 18. 10.4314/dai.v18i3.15745.
- Onakpoya I, Terry R, Ernst E. The Use of Green Coffee Extract as a Weight Loss Supplement: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials. Gastroenterology Research and Practice. 2011;2011:382852. doi:10.1155/2011/382852.
- Hackman RM, Havel PJ, Schwartz HJ, Rutledge JC, Watnik MR, Noceti EM, Stohs SJ, Stern JS, Keen CL. Multinutrient supplement containing ephedra and caffeine causes weight loss and improves metabolic risk factors in obese women: a randomized controlled trial. Int J Obes (Lond). 2006 Oct;30(10):1545-56. Epub 2006 Mar 21.
- Song, Mi-Young, Bong-Soo Kim, and Hojun Kim. “Influence of Panax Ginseng on Obesity and Gut Microbiota in Obese Middle-Aged Korean Women.” Journal of Ginseng Research 38.2 (2014): 106–115. PMC. Web. 26 June 2018.
- Stohs SJ, Preuss HG, Shara M. A review of the human clinical studies involving Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) extract and its primary protoalkaloid p-synephrine. Int J Med Sci. 2012;9(7):527-38. Epub 2012 Aug 29.
- Kennedy DO, Haskell CF, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB. Improved cognitive performance in human volunteers following administration of guarana (Paullinia cupana) extract: comparison and interaction with Panax ginseng. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2004 Nov;79(3):401-11.