The days are gone when dieters used to search for the latest weight loss wonder drug. Chemical cures are out, and natural ingredients that are kinder to the body and less likely to cause side effects are becoming the preferred choice of many people who wish to lose weight.
Most natural fat burners work by boosting the basal metabolic rate, some cause the body to lose calories as heat (thermogenic fat burning), and there are even those that do both.
Let’s take a look at some of the options available, along with their pros and cons.
Caffeine is a stimulant that’s naturally-occurring in coffee, guarana berries, and kola nut. It’s great for banishing tiredness and putting a little extra pep into the day.
Research shows caffeine boosts your metabolism and causes the body to burn calories at an accelerated rate, while also raising the core temperature of the body sufficiently to encourage thermogenic fat burning.
Caffeine is a proven fat burner that can help banish diet-related fatigue, but a minority of people do not tolerate stimulants well, so although caffeine is a natural ingredient, it is not suitable for all.
2) Green Tea
Fat burning is but one of numerous health benefits that are attributed to green tea and, whereas studies in some areas, such as cancer prevention, are ongoing, there is already a large body of evidence that proves green tea is one of the best fat burners in existence.
Although green tea contains a tiny amount of caffeine, research shows it’s fat burning capabilities are actually attributable to the catechins (antioxidants) and polyphenols it provides.
These have the ability to boost metabolism and initiate the thermogenic fat burning process for up to 24 hours.
You can drink green tea before exercise to burn even more calories!
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid that is beneficial for the health in a number of ways and is also one of the few natural ingredients that encourages accelerated fat burning while also providing improvements to existing muscle mass.
This is a winning combination because, although all body tissue requires a certain amount of calories per day, science shows each gram of muscle burns 13 kcal per day and the same weight in fat only burns 4.5 kcal per day.
Natural sources of CLA include beef, dairy products, and some vegetable oils. The CLA used in supplements is generally sourced from safflower oil.
Chromium is a mineral that is found in broccoli, grapes, and beef. It serves many roles in the body and one of the things it does is help modulate insulin levels and prevent the blood sugar crashes that can trigger cravings for food that are high in starch and sugar.
Chromium also has a long-standing reputation as a fat burner and the data obtained from clinical trials reveals people who take chromium supplements in association with weight training or other forms of resistance exercise can burn fat faster while also enhancing their ability to improve muscle mass.
Probiotics are all the rage these days. The chilled section in most supermarkets offers numerous probiotic drink, and yogurt options and probiotic diet pills are also on the rise.
This form of gut-friendly bacteria is known to offer many health benefits, and increasing probiotic bacteria levels has been shown to be a good way to get a sluggish metabolism back on track.
Probiotic bacteria also stimulates the secretion of the bile acids that help the body to break down fats. However, although probiotics can provide startling benefits for the majority of people, they are unsuitable for anyone whose immune system has been weakened by illness or medications.
6) Green Coffee Bean Extract
Although green coffee bean extract is a source of caffeine, its potency in this regard is rather poor. Its ability to boost the metabolism and provide thermogenic fat burning is due to its naturally high levels of chlorogenic acid.
This is purged from roasted coffee beans because it does not respond well to heat. Chlorogenic acid also has a balancing effect on insulin levels that is similar to that of chromium but is not quite so pronounced.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid and, like any other amino acid, it has muscle building capabilities. L-Carnitine also provides invigoration by helping the body to extract energy from food.
Its value as a fat burner stems from its ability to help transport fatty acids and push them into the mitochondria to be burned and used as fuel.
If you are interested in learning more, check out my article on the benefits of Acetyl L-Carnitine.
8) Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia cambogia is a fruity fat burner that hails from tropical climes. The rind of garcinia cambogia provides a metabolism boosting compound called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is also respected for its ability to dull the appetite and discourage the body from creating fresh stores of fat.
Unfortunately, good results require a minimum potency of 60% HCA, and experts state lesser amounts are unlikely to work. So, if your garcinia cambogia product is 60% or more, you are onto a winner.
If it’s not, or, as is often the case, the HCA level is not stated, it’s probably a good idea to turn and walk away.
An effective weight loss combination is garcinia cambogia and apple cider vinegar.
9) Cayenne Pepper
A pepper extract that’s a red-hot fat burner and an appetite suppressant too. Like many of the best natural fat burners, cayenne is a metabolism booster and a thermogenic fat burner as well.
Research reveals its ability to do both these things is due to the presence of a compound called capsaicin.
This is the compound that provides the fruit with its heat and its also what affords cayenne with its powerful hunger-fighting capabilities.