Do "fat burners" work?

There are so many “fat burner” pills on the market and I wonder if there is some possiblity that they actually work? I am not one “hookwinked” easily and dont really believe in miracle cures but with so many on the market and I wonder about the validity? I know that the public is so ready to purchase anything to make a hard job easy, and I also know that these pills are not certified by the FDA…just the multitude of them on the market and “hyped” success stories makes an intelligent person wonder if there is some portion of truth to the claims?

No they don’t work. In order to burn fat quicker you’re gonna actually have to take something that alters your metabolism.

You can increase your metabolism like Karen Carpenter did when she took thyroid pills to increase her metabolism. We all know how well that worked out for her. :slight_smile: They now think it wasn’t the anorexia but the combinaton of the extra thyroid and her heart (weakend by the anorexia) which killed her.

Actually Ephedra actually worked. But again, we all know how well that worked out.

When you stop to think about it any pill that is actually gonna change the way your body burns food is gonna really stress your body in ways that aren’t healthy for it.

I can’t pin down when it happened, but at some point they must have thrown out the “proven safe and effective” requirement for advertisements, because this kind of bogus shit never used to be advertised on TV. I think there was some decision that allowed them to advertise and sell herbal supplements without being able to pass FDA testing, and that opened the floodgates. If you read the ingredients list on these things 90% or more of them are herbal.

I don’t remember where I heard/read this but I agree. If any one single weight loss program/pill actually worked, there wouldn’t be so many of them on the market. There would be that one single item and Oprah would OWN it!

Most “fat burner” pills tend to use one or both of two substances as their primary ingredients: caffeine and fiber. Both of these can have minor effects on weight loss, but can be purchased much, much more cheaply as individual supplements, and the effects are dwarfed anyway by a healthy diet and proper exercise.

Some fat burners also used to contain Ephedra, but the substance was banned following concerns over side effects such as heart attack, arrhythmia, stroke, and death.

I think they include in their “program” diet and exercise recommendations. That way, if questioned on the effectiveness of the program, they can point out that, indeed, if you did the exercise and diet part along with taking the pills, you would lose weight.

But…she already knows “The Secret”!

amphetamines based stuff worked, and “meth” still works. Then they banned amphetamines.

For awhile I tried one. You’re supposed to take a dose two hours after dinner, before you go to bed.

It had a - shall we say - definite laxative effect. If you double or triple your output without changing your input, I guess you’ll lose weight over the long run, but I wouldn’t call it “Fat burning.”

The best weight-loss technique I’ve come up with is walking the dog at least 2 miles every day.

I had the grandest idea one day: I would provide a “fat burning, lose weight quick” plan and mass market it to the world!
It would be a flintstones vitamin along with a comprehensive diet and workout plan.

I’d make millions, who wants in?

Body builders used to recommend a mix of Ephedra, Caffeine, and Aspirin to increase metabolism during a cut cycle. It worked, but primarily because it suppressed your appetite. The aspirin supposedly extended/amplified the effectiveness of the other two drugs, but I’m of the opinion it simply helped alleviate the discomfort from heavy aerobic exercise regimen.

Losing weight has always primarily been about caloric intake, with exercise a secondary consideration. Though I gained a lot of muscle and lost a fair amount of weight, I never could regulate my diet enough to lose enough fat to look ripped, regardless of the amount I exercised.

Been out of it for a while and I’m fat like Santa now! :wink:

I thought it was the other way around. The multitude of them and the number of people who can’t lose weight makes an intelligent person wonder why anyone would believe any of them.

If one of them worked, then everybody would use it and drive all the others off the market.

“A million strong, and shrinking.”

It wouldn’t need to be a staple for long. :slight_smile:

This makes me wonder: Were advertising regulations for BROADCAST television also applied to CABLE television? And are there any regulations at all for online advertising? (I seem to remember a tradition that the likeness of The President could not be used in commercial advertising, yet Mr. Obama’s photo is in every other ad I see on the Internet.)

Well, there are plenty of drugs that have off-label weight loss applications. Dexedrine, vyvanse, and concerta all ring a bell. A common side effect is appetite suppression and depending on how you adjust your eating habits accordingly, they may help with a weight loss regimen. Mileage will vary.