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Chatting Supplements: Fat Burners
(Magic Pills?!)

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Welcome back to Chat Sh*t Get Fit - Chatting Supplements. This week we unpack the controversial part of the supplement industry in fat burners. Normally they aren't labelled simply as "fat burners" but with names normally related to heat "Thermopure", "Complete Thermogenic" and even Bill with his latest announcement of "Primal Ash From Pompeii" (Patent pending) They'll also avoid using fat burner language and instead opt for "weight management" and "help in weight loss goals". They know there's a stigma so try to avoid using the word fat burner specifically yet when you google it these products are what come up. 


In this episode, we focus on directing some key ingredients that crop up in a lot of different "fat-burning" products.

  • Caffeine

  • Green Tea Extract

  • L-Carnitine

  • Cayenne Pepper Extract

  • Black Pepper

  • Other Buzzwords

We look at the current scientific evidence on each of these ingredients to see if they have a significant impact on fat loss and if it's worth the £25+ for a months supply.


Before all that, though we break down the conventional way of losing fat which involves that commonly used buzz phrase "calorie deficit". As with all episodes in this series, before taking a health supplement it's important you consult your doctor first in case of any underlying health issues.


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New to the show? Head back to episode 1 "Let's Chat, Covid & Fitness" where we give an introduction into who we are and talk about the current state of ourselves and the fitness industry during this covid pandemic


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Studies Mentioned

Caffeine Transiently Affects Food Intake at Breakfast

Caffeine, coffee, and appetite control: a review

The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis

The Effects of Capsaicin and Capsiate on Energy Balance: Critical Review and Meta-analyses of Studies in Humans

Acute Capsaicin Supplementation Improved Resistance Exercise Performance 

Acute Capsaicin Supplementation Improves Resistance Training Performance in Trained Men

Effect of capsaicin supplementation on repeated sprinting performance

l-Carnitine Supplementation in Recovery after Exercise

Beneficial effects of l-carnitine supplementation for weight management in overweight and obese adults

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