Most over-the-counter fat burners contain high caffeine and other ingredients such as green tea extract, chromium or even cayenne pepper. While these ingredients alone have been shown to have a thermogenic effect on the metabolism, it's the string of chemicals and ingredients that could cause harm, especially over time. Some fat burners are so strong they add warning labels to consumers.
The danger in fat burners isn't just physical, but emotional as well. People continue to search for the "magic pill," and when one doesn't work, they move to the next, and the next. They waste time, cash, and emotional energy feeling bad, frustrated, popping useless pills. If only they knew that in the time they spent trying all the fake fitness, had they done the right things in the first place, they'd already have the "real" fitness.
The truth is, some of these products may produce results in the short term, but they aren't sustainable results unless you clean up your nutrition and implement a solid workout plan. But if you do that, then who needs fat burners? Eat well, incorporate resistance training and get your heart pumping - that's your fat burner.
by Heather Frey
Founder and President of SmashFit.com, Motivationalist, CPT, Writer, Artist, Spokesperson, Fitness Model, National Figure Competitor
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