Caffeine Creates Fat Loss?

True or False: Ephedrine & Caffeine Create Permanent Fat Loss

Ever heard of, or tried Xenadrine, Hydroxycut, Metabolife, Thermadrol, Diet Fuel, Stacker, or Ripped Fuel? Just pick up any fitness magazine if you haven’t because they’ve become the hottest weight loss craze in the history of the industry.

In fact, Ephedra was banned for over the counter sale because of FDA pressure but ephedra-free products took their place and even though they’re weaker versions of the original products, the strength of the brand name is huge.

So how good are these stimulants?

Are they as good as the fitness magazines claim? Are they really that “amazing”, “clinically proven,” and “university-tested?” Do they really increase fat loss by 1700%. Do they really “burn up to 613% more fat?” I doubt it. Otherwise, would there be any fat people if this stuff really worked?

To me, it sounds kinda ridiculous. I mean where the heck did these numbers come from? 1700% or 613% greater than what?

It’s not that these products don’t work at all – thermogenic fat burners do work – the problem is the deceptive marketing and outrageous claims.

Ephedrine & caffeine are not a substitute for proper nutrition and training. Their primary ingredients are strong central nervous system stimulants so they do have many potential side effects. If your sensitive to stimulants or have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, or any other medical problems…. don’t use them!

If you’re not sure if ephedra products are safe for you, then don’t use them!

Just keep it simple. If you want to lose body fat, then train hard and get on a good nutritional diet. Once you’re eating correctly, moderately restricting your calories, doing cardio, and working out with weights – then you could consider a thermogenic herbal product if you need an “extra boost.”

There are no magic pills. I’ve use ephedra products in the past and I did notice a very strong stimulant effect which probably did “boost” my workouts (especially when I was doing a lot of running), but I haven’t used them in a very long time. Yet, I still have decently low body fat.


“Food is the cornerstone of nutrition. If you don’t eat the proper foods – lean proteins, starchy carbs, and fibrous carbs – nothing else matters. No supplement can ever provide you with all the benefits that food supplies. We were built to process foods – proteins, carbohydrates and fats – not powdered or liquid supplements alone. If you want to make the best possible progress with your physique, I suggest that you forget the hype surrounding all supplement diets or meal replacement programs and get back to basics. And that means food.”

- John Parillo, Author of High Performance Bodybuilding

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This entry was posted on September 6th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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