The fat loss industry is a case study in twisted science. Billions of dollars are spent every year on products that promise to help you lose weight by stretching reality. It’s essential for you to know that there is no magic pill, and no fat loss product (as it stands right now) will effectively remove fat from your body without making changes to your diet or exercise behaviors.
But, that’s not the end of the story. While you can’t rely on fat loss pills to change your body, there are a few ingredients that can provide a little bit of support to help your body be in a better position to burn fat.
Before you keep reading, remember that “fat loss pills” will not make you thin or burn a lot of calories. But, they will provide a little assistance if you’re putting in the work to change your body. View it like shaving cream. Putting that on your body won’t make your hair disappear, but it will make it easier (and possibly more effective) to shave.
The ingredients below (AKA “fat loss pills) might amplify what you are doing if you’re exercising and dieting. After reviewing hundreds of studies, here are the three ingredients that show the most promise.
Caffeine is a powerful natural stimulant and one of the primary ingredients in Ladder Pre-workout. And for a good reason: caffeine helps with focus, attention, memory, and exercise performance. It also causes adrenaline and dopamine to be released, which improves your mood, induces euphoria, and increases excitability.
From a fat loss perspective, caffeine is one of the few products that can help make a small difference. That's because caffeine can produce heat in your body (known as a thermogenic effect), which has a "lipolytic effect."
Translation: caffeine causes triglycerides to release fatty acids, which can then be used to fuel your body. When you activate this process, it helps your body burn more fat.
Caffeine also puts your body in a better position to lower triglyceride levels in your fat cells, increase heat production in your fat cells, and improve the way your body processes protein. All three of these can play a helpful role in helping your body burn fat and hold on to more lean muscle mass.
The key with caffeine is finding the sweet spot where you don't build up a tolerance, need heavier and heavier doses, and see fewer and fewer results. In fact, if you want to see more benefit from caffeine, the secret is to use less of it. That lessens the likelihood of tolerance, and it helps you avoid many of the unwanted side effects such as jitters or upset stomach.
One such way is to combine caffeine with theanine, which is an amino acid found in green tea. The theanine appears to enhance the effectiveness of caffeine while needed a smaller dose, and it helps curb the jittery feelings because of the "calming" qualities of the amino acid.
Your caffeine plan
To supplement caffeine for a prolonged period, take 100 – 200 mg once or twice a day, for a daily dose range of 100 – 400 mg. People not used to caffeine should start at the low end of the dosage range, such as Ladder
Pre-Workout, which only uses 100mg per serving. Just remember: using caffeine in the evening can disrupt your sleep.
Coleus forskholii is an herbal supplement that doesn’t do too much on its own -- but, when combined with something like caffeine, it can create a better fat-burning environment for your body.
The herb has been shown to increase one of the molecules associated with lower triglyceride levels in your fat cells and increased protein synthesis in your muscle cells. Interestingly, research suggests that those who are significantly overweight are more likely to experience the benefits of Coleus forskohlii.
Your Coleus Forskohlii Plan
Coleus forskohlii supplementation should not last longer than twelve weeks. More research is needed to determine the long-term effects of Coleus forskohlii supplementation, but short-term use has been shown to be safe.
The main bioactive compound in Coleus forskohlii is called forskolin. The standard dose for forskolin is 50 mg, taken in 25 mg doses twice a day. To supplement 25 mg of forskolin, assuming a 10% forskolin Coleus forskohlii extract, take 250 mg of extract. This comes out to 500 mg of the extract total, split up into two daily doses of 250 mg each, taken four to six hours apart.
If You Want To Try Fat Loss Pills...
If you want to try a fat loss product, please consult your doctor before taking any supplement or nutritional product. While any of these products could work individually, it’s essential that you don’t carelessly combine products. The blind mixing of any supplements—and especially those in the fat loss category—is extremely dangerous.
You also have to consider potential interactions with other medications you might be using. Every effective fat loss pill can interact negatively with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a kind of antidepressant, meaning you should not combine if on those medications.