Question: There are so many fat-burning products on the market — are they helpful or harmful?
Answer: There are numerous products on the market that contain thermogenic ingredients, or what most of us call “fat burners.”
Ephedrine, yohimbine, green tea extract (EGCG), bitter orange (synephrine) and even caffeine are examples, and they basically work by stimulating the central nervous system. This increases your “fight or flight” responses, indirectly providing energy and allowing you to process calories at a faster rate.
Another potential issue is the fact that, individually, they don’t have a real dramatic effect. As a result, companies often combine several of these ingredients into one product and then sell it as an energy or health supplement.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how any one of these stimulants will specifically affect you as an individual, let alone several of them combined together. So, despite the claims, your best bet is to pass on these ingredients and the products that contain them.
Instead, focus on maximizing your training and nutrition, and speak to a qualified professional about losing body fat in the safest and most effective way possible.