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5 Fat Burning Supplements That WORK from Experience!

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram (you should be!), I have been dieting hard and losing fat to get shredded and ripped! I have been trying lots of different fat burning supplements so I can see if they work or not, so here’s my list from experience of the ones that WORK and are worth taking alongside a good diet and exercise regime! This is not medical advice, I do NOT recommend any of the following supplements, this is MY OPINION only and is for entertainment purposes only.


  • Caffeine! A classic stimulant and one of the best fat burners. Caffeine raises your heartrate, boosts metabolism and stimulates adrenaline production. All of which help with the breakdown of fat and help you burn more calories whilst resting. Don’t underestimate caffeine, it’s a powerful stimulant and you should always take care and never take too much. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, fat burners, pre workout formulas and can be also be bought on its own in powder or pill form. I’m a big fan of coffee and drink loads when I’m dieting and losing fat, check out my blog post on coffee HERE!


  • Green tea/green coffee! Both of these are a great source of natural caffeine and will boost your metabolism making you burn more calories! They are also powerful antioxidants. When dieting your body produces a lot of free radicals which can damage your cells, antioxidants help your body ‘mop up’ free radicals and prevent what is known as oxidative damage! I have used both to burn fat and keep my energy levels up!


  • Yohimbine HCL! This is a controversial stimulant, in some countries it is illegal but in others you can get it over the counter as a supplement. Like caffeine it boosts your metabolism and makes your body release more adrenaline whilst also suppressing appetite. What is particularly interesting about Yohimbine is that it is an alpha blocker. Our stubborn fat has a lot of alpha receptors which make it hard to lose, Yohimbine blocks these and helps your body release its stubborn fat to be burned. Taking it whilst doing fasted cardio is the most effective and is what I have done to burn my stubborn fat!


  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine! This is a very bio available form of the amino acid carnitine. Carnitine carries fatty acids to the mitochondria of the cells to be burnt for energy. So quite literally carnitine is an essential component of the fat burning process. It’s naturally found in the body and food but supplementing with it has been shown to enhance fat loss and I have found it’s worked well for me!


  • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine! A bio available form of the amino acid tyrosine. Although not a stimulant itself, it does have a stimulatory effect by helping the body make adrenaline. Adrenaline mobilises fat stores and burns them for energy so massively helps with fat loss! Tyrosine is a pre-cursor to adrenaline and your body needs it to make adrenaline. I use N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine in my pre-workout and I find it improves my energy, mood and fat loss!


From my experience, all of these fat burners work well alongside a good diet and exercise regime, most of them are stimulatory based as I find these work the best. A lot of non-stimulatory fat burners in my opinion are a waste of money. In particular, I have tried CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) and Raspberry Ketones and have found little improved fat loss from them. Each to his own though, remember everyone reacts differently to different things!

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Why Coffee is AMAZING at Burning Fat!!

I love coffee, I love coffee so much! A lot of us love coffee, it tastes good, it wakes us up, gives us energy, gives us focus and lifts our mood! What a lot of people don’t know is that coffee helps us lose fat when we are on a diet!

This is assuming you don’t have any sugar or syrups in your coffee that will cause an insulin spike. When dieting it’s best to have your coffee black, no milk, no sugar and therefor no calories. I love my coffee black, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I know a lot of people don’t but if you want to burn fat fast then you need to consider having your coffee black.

So why is it amazing at burning fat? Well first, as you may have noticed coffee supresses your appetite, you don’t feel hungry once you’ve had a coffee, this is obviously great when dieting as it kills your cravings for food!

Coffee contains caffeine which is found in many fat burners, this is simply because caffeine gives us energy and boosts our metabolism! The caffeine in coffee will boost your metabolism so you will burn more calories while resting and therefor burn more fat! The caffeine in coffee stimulates a hormone called adrenaline, adrenaline makes our body mobilise its fat stores ready to be burned if energy is needed, so again helping you burn fat!

I often find when dieting that I have less energy and less focus than usual, which is understandable since I’m eating less but this doesn’t help when I’ve got lots of work to do and lots to get done! I find that coffee focuses my mind and gives me that boost I need to get stuff done even when I’m on a strict diet!

Like I said, I love coffee, and so should you!

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