Let’s be honest here – we all tried fat burning supplements at least once in our life, whether it was a tea that claimed magically burn your fat or pills that you were supposed to take once a day to see a difference. There a millions of things you can buy online or in stores.
Let’s start with what exactly are fat burners? Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), a dietary supplement is defined as a product other than tobacco that contains a “dietary ingredient” and is intended to supplement the diet. Dietary ingredients include vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, and metabolites. You can read about it more here.
For me, fat burners are supplements that are supposed to help you with you weight-loss by making your metabolism faster which basically means you will poop a lot more than usual. Now, let’s be honest here – there are some supplements that actually work in addition to regular exercise and healthy eating but what are the reasons that make weight-loss supplements dangerous? Here’s a list of some of the side effects:
- Liver damage
- Blood Pressure Fluctuation
- Heart attacks
- Nausea and diarrhoea
Let’s start with liver damage. I think we all know that this one would be on top of the list. I know what you’re thinking – but how does the herbal tea can cause me a liver damage? Well, it’s been proven by specialists and researchers that even herbal tea can give you hepatotoxicity. Some fat burners and weight-loss pills contain usnic acid and other ingredients that may be harmful to your health.
Ever heard about kombucha tea? This is herbal tea but contains usnic acid which means it’s harmful and may be hepatotoxic. Consuming fat burners with green tea extract or gugul extract may cause jaundice or even hepatitis. You can read more about it here.
Next – blood pressure fluctuation. Many of fat burners contain caffeine, phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine that can cause hypertension. They added to the products to control your appetite but also affect your blood pressure. It is said that herbal additives like orange extract are interacting with caffeine making your blood pressure high. Isn’t that an argument enough to stop using fat burners? You can click here to read through an article for more information.
I’ve heard about anxiety, you’ve heard about anxiety, probably every person in the world have heard about anxiety. And believe it or not – weight-loss products can increase anxiety. Products that contain caffeine (especially those with green coffee bean extract) can cause panic attacks. Even more, if you have problems with your heart you should stay away from any products that contain caffeine in it.
Along with the anxiety, weight-loss products can cause you horrible headaches. As it’s been said before – they contain caffeine and other harmful ingredients and because of that you may suffer from headaches or even awful migraines. Even moderate amount of the product can slowly increase their impact on your health.
I think we all have someone in your family or know someone whose member of the family suffered a heart attack. And I’m not saying all heart attacks are caused by weight-loss products. But some of them contain ingredient like ephedra and aspirin. They are added to the product to ensure the longer time of effect on your body, but what comes with it – increased risk of having a heart attack. Especially when you mix it with caffeine.
As I said in the beginning of this post fat burners are supplements that makes your metabolism faster and you poop more than usual. It is known for those supplements to cause nausea and diarrhoea. Ingredients like carnitine, green tea extract, chromium, guar gum or chitosan may cause both. What’s more – most of those ingredients won’t help you lose weight. It will add to it.
The last point of fat burners and weight-loss products is insomnia. There are ingredients in the products that make glucose in your blood high. It is linked to sleepless night and turning round and round in your bed. Also, it’s proven that sleep deprivation can cause weight gain. You can read more about this topic here.
I stupidly thought that weight-loss products will actually help me. I bought endless pills and teas and I was taking them like crazy because in my mind I’ve seen myself being slimmer. But I’ve got the opposite effect. So to sum that up – weight-loss products are full of crap. They contain lots of harmful ingredients and not always help you lose weight.
Plus, there’s easier way to do it. You really don’t need any of those products in your life. And you don’t have to lose weight. You have to stop believing in “quick weight loss” that’s advertised everywhere. It’s not a way. It’s not healthy. It’s not going to make you feel better.
It’s more about being healthy. So work on your diet. Eat healthier and you’ll see that you mood will change and your energy levels will be out of the roof. Take small steps into changing your habits. Drink more water and eat some fruit – it’s really that easy! Remember that your health is important.
If you’re a person that wants to lose weight – great! I am proud of you and I am your biggest cheerleader. If you’re a person that loves their curves and edges – also great! I’m proud of you for loving yourself the way you are!
We are all different ans we all should support each other.