People spend billions of dollars a year on weight-loss supplements. Most of this money goes to fat burners and thermogenics. First of all, fat burners and thermogenics usually belong in the same category. If a supplement raises heart rate (therefore increasing body temperature), it is a thermogenic.
When a thermogenic raises your heart rate, your body is working harder, which means it is burning more calories. When taking a thermogenic, any exercise feels like an extra effort as far as your heart and metabolism are concerned. Therefore, walking feels like jogging, jogging feels like running, etc. When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose more weight.
Unfortunately, most people who use a thermogenic lose muscle! In fact, if a pre-workout thermogenic was the only supplement a person took, they would most certainly lose lots of muscle. Losing muscle would slow down the metabolism over time, paving the way for weight gain…which paves the way for the purchase of more thermogenics.
The idea when taking fat burners or thermogenics is to lose weight but still build muscle so that your resting metabolism rate is still high and can burn off those extra calories. Eat a high protein diet or protein meal replacement shakes or post workout shakes along with thermogenics, drink lots of water and of course fruits and veggies over carbs and sugar which will help yield the optimum fat and weight loss results.
The bottom line is that a thermogenic/fat burner should not be a stand alone product. When taken in conjunction with a protein shake that locks in fat burning, we can really get somewhere with our bodies in a very short amount of time.
The reason I recommend thermogenics is simple: when taken in conjunction with a shake or high protein diet, the body burns more fat and keeps more muscle, which increases the metabolism and turns a person into a calorie-burning machine over time!
When I work with a client, my end goal for them is for their body to be a natural calorie-burning machine. Whenever fat is subtracted and muscle is added, this is guaranteed to be the case. And this is where most people go wrong: they only take a thermogenic (which typically locks in muscle loss) instead of taking it with a fat-burning-focused nutritional supplement that biochemically forces the body to lock in fat loss and muscle gain.
Supplements are helpful only when they are used correctly. Unfortunately for most of the people who are emptying their pocketbook and schedules to lose weight, they are one or two supplement strategies short of hitting the mark.
If you’re not seeing results with your supplement alone, this very well may be why. Knowledge is power. Look more in to what you are taking, make sure you are drinking the recommended amount of water a day (approx.. half your body weight in ounces of water a day if you do not work out, if you work out—aim for about 75% of your body weight as you will sweat a lot out during a workout, especially with a thermogenic!)
Find a great protein powder at a descent cost. Our Crave Whey Protein is a great shake in my opinion with 22g of protein per scoop with LOW carbs and LOW sugar. Great for a post workout shake, meal replacement shake or both! 30 servings for $34.99. You can’t beat the taste of it either. LOVE IT!
If you’d rather eat your protein aim for lean meats like chicken, beef, fish and eggs. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese (watch out for sodium levels), Milk, smoothies, Wheat Germ, and Quinoa.

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Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of Bee-Xtreme Supplements and TS Transformations her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.

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