Fat-loss Mini Series – Can Fat-burners Make You Fat?

Fitness & Training Tips, Weight Loss & Nutrition
By Marek

About Marek

I believe that I haven´t reached my full CrossFit potential and have plenty of room for improvement, as an athlete and as a coach. Becoming a part of Ignite brings me a step closer to fulfilling my dreams and I’ll do my best to help all of you to reach yours.
As the warm months of the year are approaching, we start to feel the pressure of getting our summer body ready.
I hope we all know and understand that there are no real shortcuts to fat loss and this process should be based of year around healthy, well-balanced diet and training consistency, rather than in last minute juice fasting, smashing yourself in the gym for hours or reaching for supplements 2 weeks before our summer holiday.
I’d like to get into a mini series of blogs, to help you guys understand what’s behind weight loss and maintaining healthy lifestyle.
Let me start by shining some light on fat burning supplements and why they might make you even fatter rather than helping you with fatloss.
Without a balanced, nutrition based source of energy to  get you through your day and training many people reach for caffeine and other stimulants. Relying on artificial, external sources of stimulation can lead to adrenaline resistance and result in fat retention, muscle loss and poor health.
Most fat burning supplements are stimulant based, triggering your “fight or flight” hormones, providing an energy and strength to take on any challenge. Now this is not a bad thing when you are facing a bear and need to save your life, but most people in modern society have already chronically jacked up adrenaline levels from day to day living, and taking stimulant based fat burners only increase the load on their already overworked system. This is when too much of good thing turns harmfull and works against you, rather than with you.
When it comes to fat loss, instead of relying on increasing adrenal stimulation focus on what realistically needs to happen to burn the fat off and to keep it off.
In my next blog I’ll explain the role of healthy liver in the process of fat burning. Until then put your stimulating fat burning supplements somewhere you can’t reach them and focus on well balanced eating and getting some stress-free time.
P.S. get in to the good to great challenge starting next week, to get some more insights into healthy eating habits.