Are People Just Trying To Stop Me From Living My Life Or Do Fat Burners Really Not Work

Jake Thorp
Jake is a competitive crossfit athlete and 85 kg weightlifter based out of Albany, NY. He is the in-house weightlifting coach at Crossfit Beyond as well as a crossfit L1 trainer there. He has recently graduated from the College of Saint Rose and has a bachelor's of Science in Molecular biology. He has been involved with the fitness industry for over five years, between personal training, corporate fitness, crossfit, and weightlifting. During his free time he trains and competes throughout the northeast region, and enjoys experiencing the great outdoors as often as possible. Find him on Instagram @hammerofthorp for movement demos and training tips.

Two of the more popular supplements that have picked up steam in recent years are fat burners and thermogenic aids. These commonly come in pill form and are used to help burn fat by increasing your core body temperature as well as slightly boosting your metabolic rate for an extended period of time.

They usually contain caffeine or coffee bean extract, along with green tea extract, mixed with some other fancy root or bark extracts that make you sweat through your shirt at any given time. The theory behind it is if you can boost your metabolic rate for an extended period of time, your body will demand more energy to use, and therefore (hopefully) will mobilize fat stores for energy, resulting in “burning” fat tissue for the required energy.

Sounds great, right? My honest opinion is that these fat burners are first and foremost a waste of money, and secondly a quick fix for the lazy (sorry).

Every human being, regardless of their genetics, is capable of burning fat, raising their metabolism, and improving body composition without a pill. It may take more discipline for some, but you better believe you are capable of doing it.

Any minimal amount of fat you burn from these pills will likely come back when your bottle of fat burners runs dry, unless you want to keep buying it every month for the rest of your life!

My best advice is put the work in, do your homework, and watch what you eat. The hard work pays off, and will last longer than a month’s worth of fat burning pills.

“But I don’t have time to workout, I need fat burners to keep me lean!” Yes, you do have time. Even if you have to stop reading my incredibly interesting pieces on fitness and nutrition to make time, you have time. So shut up and go workout, save yourself some cash and do it the hard way.