“Fat Burning” Supplements Are Mostly Just CaffeineJun 17, 2022
How Fat Burning Supplements work
Caffeine is the most popular supplement in the world and it’s incredibly effective. It boosts aerobic and strength performance.
But how does it burn fat?!?
100-200mg of caffeine (~2 cups of coffee) can increase heart rate by around 10 BPM. Further, the half-life (how long it takes to clear half the caffeine out of your body) is around 3-4 hours.
There are a few other ingredients in Fat Burning supplements (B-Phenylethylamine, L carnitine, thermogenic blends, etc) and while some may have a minor effect, caffeine is by far the main ingredient.
So, do fat burning supplements “work”?
Well yes, a little bit. In a sense that they can help you burn an extra handful of calories a day, which can add up, but don’t expect a lot.
Also, caffeine pills are like 5¢ at the grocery store FYI. If your goal is fat or weight loss, consider other life changes such as exercise and nutrition habits first because these will last and lifetime and they won't cost you anything.
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