This past weekend, Kevin and I were out and about, and he came across a Fat Burner with an urge to try it out. It was created by a quality brand and I looked over the main ingredients:
-A ton of B Vitamins: B Vitamins are water-soluble, meaning if you take too many, your body will get rid of them through urine, sweat, etc. They are also responsible for a lot of our metabolic process so it made sense they were the main ingredients.
-Green Tea Extract: Green Tea is known for its antioxidant properties. It also is said to aide our metabolism and possibly linked to burning fat. There aren't enough studies to conclude this, though.
-Caffeine: 240 mg to be exact....ever drank coffee and had to go to the bathroom? Well, caffeine is a diuretic and just for a point of reference, a cup of coffee contains 95 mg...let that sink in...
*Before I dive deep into this post, I want to state that I'm absolutely aware that a pill cannot burn fat* If you didn't know that, I'm telling you now...a pill cannot burn fat. Eating smart and exercise burns fat. Moving on....so after looking at all these main ingredients, I decided to give this Fat Burner a whirl. The ingredients weren't toxic to my body. If not burning fat, it was definitely going to give my body extra energy with all of that caffeine (perhaps with the goal in mind for the consumer to push harder during workouts) while also depleting excess water. Well, here's what happened....
Day 1 Monday- Definitely had a lot of energy and felt unusually lean for having not been on my best dietary behavior over the weekend. I only did about 40 mins of body-weight exercises, but I had a slight headache by the end of the day. I also felt a sharp pain on the left side of my torso (which is wherethe stomach is located, also the pancreas) I hadn't connected the dots to the Fat Burner as I had forgotten I had taken it. I slept horribly and blamed it on stressing over the wedding but by Day 2, it all made sense...
Day 2 Tuesday- I took part in Hot Power Fusion Yoga, over 100 degrees and higher humidity than the usual class I take. Within 15 minutes of class, I was depleted of all energy! I looked in the mirror and my abs were the most visible I had ever seen them in my entire life. If my dizziness, heavy breathing, or headache weren't an indicator of my dehydrated status, my unusually toned stomach was a huge sign! I could barely finish the class and I felt so nauseous and drained at the end, that I swear no set of abs are worth. I also had that sharp pain in my left side and began to worry and question my decision. I replenished and nurtured my body the rest of the day but when bed time came, I probably got 4 hours of broken sleep. After two days, I had had enough of this pill.
So my stance on these Fat Burners is pretty obvious, they do more harm than good...especially if you have no knowledge of how the ingredients are interacting in your body. Kevin is still going to try them out to see how his body responds. He hasn't taken them more than once. Personally, it's a fine line to teeter on and I believe their should be directions on how to take them. My takeaways are the following:
1) HYDRATE, more than you normally would because these pills are getting rid of a lot of fluid that you actually need!
2) Take in the morning with a meal. Since there is so much caffeine, if you want a good night's sleep, it needs to be taken as soon as you wake up.
3) I do believe there is a market for these types of pills and I believe it belongs to experienced, active, HEALTHY individuals trying to achieve certain aesthetic results i.e. body builders, bikini competitors who have an event in the near future. Is it right for someone trying to cut corners in losing weight? Nope, not at all.
4) Health is so much more than looking a certain way. Of course being overweight and holding excess fats poses its own set of problems and risks, but a 6 pack does NOT equate to health! Health and beauty do truly stem from the inside...remember that.