Choosing The Right Type Of Fat Burner
Often when the decision is made to start an intensive diet geared towards maximal fat loss, a similar decision is made to look into what types of supplements might help you get there faster.
After scanning the shelves at your local supplement store or online, this often results in you deciding to try out one of the many fat burners that are out there all stating that they will help aid in your quest for rapidly shedding the layers of body fat that you are desperately trying to part with.
But, at the same time, it can be quite overwhelming to see just how many different products are out there, all calling themselves a "fat burner." How do you know which one to choose? Or furthermore, which one will deliver you the results you're looking for?
The trick is understanding that not all fat burners are the same and each will work slightly different depending on what your particular goal is.
Once you get a firm grasp on this, then it simply comes to choosing the particular brand you are most comfortable with.
Different Types Of Fat Burners
The following are the different types of fat burners that are commonly seen and which additional benefits they offer that you should strongly consider when making your purchasing decisions.
1. Thermogenic Fat Burners
The first category of fat burners which is also usually the most widely used are thermogenic fat burners. These types of fat burners are usually a mixture of different substances, all of which have the primary aim to ramp up the metabolic rate and body temperature. Often they will contain the controversial substance ephedra (or ephedrine), caffeine, Synephrine HCL, and yohimbe (yohimbe is not found in combination with ephedra however).
Side effects you may notice when taking thermogenics are an increased rate of energy, a quickened heart rate, increased concentration (although for some they may find the opposite affect), and feelings of alertness.
If you wish to avoid stimulant substances (ephedra or yohimbe), then there are a variety of stimulant-free thermogenics on the market as well. These would be good for anyone who has a heart condition, or who feels slightly unsure about taking stimulant type of products.
Additionally, keep in mind that if taken for extended periods of time on a regular basis, stimulant types of products will create a lot of excess stress on the CNS, which then could lead to overtraining. It's a good idea to always come off stimulant types of products every so often to give your system a break and also to prevent feelings of dependency on stimulants to "get you going."
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The human central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. These lie in the midline of the body and are protected by the skull and vertebrae respectively.
This collection of billions of neurons is arguably the most complex object known.
The central nervous system along with the peripheral nervous system comprise a primary division of controls that command all physical activities of a human.
Neurons of the central nervous system affect consciousness and mental activity while spinal extensions of central nervous system neuron pathways affect skeletal muscles and organs in the body.
2. Carb Blockers
Next on the list of fat burning options out there are carb blockers. Since carbohydrate rich foods are often the biggest problem foods for those who are dieting because first, they often constitute many of the foods you crave, and secondly, because when you eat them it causes a cascade of events in the body that leaves you hungry again, anything that will work towards blocking the absorption of the calories from carbohydrates will be to your benefit.
This is what the carb blocker type of fat burners are aimed to do. Basically, they inhibit the enzymes that work in the body to digest carbohydrates found in food, therefore allowing the carbohydrates you do eat to pass right through your system, without adding to your daily calorie intake.
Since total fat loss is a function of total calories consumed, with these calories removed, fat loss is enhanced.
3. Appetite Suppressants
Do you have an appetite that just won't stop? If so, it's more than likely you're struggling to have success with weight loss since you can't stop eating! Many, many people deal with this issue, not only because of a high physiological hunger, but also because often there are psychological factors at work with our appetite.
Ever walk through the food court in the mall and find yourself feeling slightly hungry? Odd how you were not hungry beforehand but with the stimulus of fresh smelling food became hungrier, isn't it? This is those psychological factors at work.
Appetite suppressant types of fat burners are aimed towards helping to decrease your appetite as a means of speeding the rate of fat loss.
Potentially the most popular ingredient you'll find in appetite suppressants is Hoodia, which was first discovered in Africa and used when long hunting expeditions were undertaken and food was scarce. Many individuals report being able to go for hours on end without any feelings of hunger whatsoever, so if this is an issue you deal with on an ongoing basis, an appetite suppressant variation of fat burner may be just what you need to look for.
4. Thyroid Regulating Fat Burners
For other individuals, their thyroid may not be producing enough of the hormones to keep their metabolism working at an effective rate. When this happens, a slowed metabolism results, often accompanied by a weight gain, feelings of fatigue, and feeling cold all the time.
Thyroid regulating fat burners serve to fix this issue by supplying the two main substances that the thyroid would normally produce, guggulsterone and forskolin. They also often contain a combination of other ingredients that help to increase the metabolic rate and keep the thyroid working effectively.
Be sure to take note though that if a severe thyroid issue is present, you should be speaking with a physician, as often they will prescribe you higher potency, medical ingredients in order to remedy the situation.
5. Fat Blockers
Next up on the list of fat burners are fat blockers. Fat blockers work in a similar manner that carbohydrate blockers do, helping to prevent the digestion and absorption of the dietary fat calories that you consume on a regular basis.
The main ingredient contained in fat blockers is Chitosan, which binds to fat while in the digestive track before it becomes absorbed and transferred into body fat stores.
6. Cortisol Blockers
Finally, the last type of fat burner you'll find are cortisol blockers. Cortisol production in the body is really a dieter's biggest nightmare because not only does this mean the body is overly stressed, but it also encourages the accumulation of body fat, particularly in the stomach region.
There are many factors that can serve to increase the release of cortisol in the body, including increased stress levels, overtraining, overconsumption of simple sugars in the diet, being in a hypocaloric state (which is necessary in order for fat loss to be seen), and lack of sleep.
Unless you are very careful to take measures to reduce all of these factors in your lifestyle, chances are cortisol is playing a role in your progress.
By using a cortisol blocking fat supplement, you help prevent the effects of cortisol on the body, therefore reducing the chances that it'll start turning the food you eat into body fat tissue.
These will often contain a variety of ingredients including chromium, green tea extract, caffeine, yerba mate, guarana extract, L-Carnitine, White Willow Extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and other ingredient blends.
So, next time you are slightly confused over which fat burner to take, keep all of these different variations in mind. Ask yourself if you are looking for something to dull your appetite, to help reduce the effects of dietary carbohydrates or fat on your body, to help give you more energy, or to reduce the cortisol production that's seen. By identifying the right product for you, you increase the chances that it will work to its full effects on your body.