Fat Burner Supplements: What you Need to Know

The weight loss industry is a complicated one. Deciding to embark on a weight loss journey or muscle transformation is the first step -- and a hard one. Once you come to terms with what you want, and what your goals are then you’ll likely encounter multiple diet and exercise programs all offering quick and easy weight loss.

In fact it is not easy -- and is unclear if it was ever easy. Even after cleaning up your diet and figuring out a workout plan, you may not be seeing the results you want. This can be and is frustrating, especially if you’ve spent hours at the gym and invested in cleaner food options.

However, if you find yourself experiencing this you are not out of options. When it comes to losing those last five pounds, or just enhancing your existing physical transformation you may be in need of some supplement 101. Look no further then to some of these simple solutions when it comes to burning fat through supplement intake.

Continue reading this article to learn:

  • More about fat burner pills and appetite suppressants
  • What fat burner pills are right for me
  • What are the long term effects of fat burner pills?

Everything you need to know about fat burner pills

Get familiar with how these supplements work and how they can quicken your weight loss journey.

Gel and soft capsule supplements
When looking at starting weight loss pills, it’s important to distinguish between its two main forms: prescription pills and over-the-counter supplements.

We’ve established that the basics to weight loss include eating less and moving more -- but some people may opt into weight loss drugs. We’ve got you covered with what you need to know about these pills and how they work.

To start, taking weight loss pills does not take out the need for diet and exercise, and they’re not for everyone. Specifically, it’s important to know that doctors usually only prescribe them if your BMI is 30 or higher, or if it’s at least 27 -- and if you have a condition relating to weight, like type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Not all weight loss pills are needed by prescription. You can get weight loss pills in the form of appetite suppressants that are available over-the-counter -- they can be purchased without a prescription. The market is saturated with herbal supplements available for over-the-counter purchase, found in vitamin shops and drugstores. The main difference between prescription and over-the-counter is that herbal supplements are not considered mediations -- and thus don’t follow strict FDA guidelines.

Before seeking a prescription weight loss pill or going the supplement route it’s important to tell your doctor about your medical history. For example, talk about your allergies, other supplements -- herbal or natural -- that you are taking, or if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning on getting pregnant soon.

On the market: diet pills versus appetite suppressants  

Learning more about how these supplements work in your body, and everything ingredient related.

Infographic listing health benefits of Dr. Emil's Bedtime Burn
PM Fat Burner is multi-functional as it leads to many beneficial health benefits for the human body, including boosting metabolism.

Now that we’ve distinguished between the most common diet pill forms -- by prescription and over-the-counter supplements -- let’s look at some common brands, what their ingredients are, and how they work in your body.

Bedtime Burn by Dr. Emil

This weight loss supplement is doctor-formulated -- made with ingredients clinically shown to boost metabolism and burn fat while asleep or at rest. This supplement is free of harsh stimulants, and as a two in one benefit with being a calming sleep aid and appetite suppressant. On the surface Bedtime Burn manages weight, but also enhances any and all health goals starting with sleep aid.

Some FDA-Approved Weight Loss Pills

  • Xenical and alli (orlistat)
  • Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate)
  • Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection)
  • Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate)
  • Phentermine

Some common functions in these pills are how the chemical breakdown proves to possess an inhibitor -- which means that once taken, it works to decrease the absorption of fat. Another common function is how the chemical breakdown can prove to work together to promote weight loss through suppressing appetite and improving insulin sensitivity. The baseline understanding is that intake of these pills is accompanied with lifestyle adjustments to sustain weight loss.

Other Herbs and Supplements for Weight Loss

  • Garcinia cambogia
  • Glucomannan
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • Raspberry ketones
  • Forskolin
  • Chromium
  • Green tea
  • Bee pollen

Functions of these less FDA-regulated supplements include ingredients like dietary fiber supplements that are said promote weight loss. While more research needs to be done when it comes to supplements and their results -- the baseline understanding is the way they are organically derived from fruit or plant extracts that are said to improve calorie burn and suppress appetite.  

Looking ahead with fat burner pills

Learning more about what research shows about side-effects with fat burner pills.

Slice and unsliced orange, and  a lemon with a packet of pills on a white plate
Before starting any type of fat burner pill it’s important to understand any of the potential side effects -- like nausea or dizziness.

We’ve talked about the good that comes with fat burner pills like boosting the process of fat metabolism in the body, and how that’s done through an increase in the metabolic rate, which raises body temperature and increases your energy expenditure. But when it comes to potential side effects you should first know that your weight loss journey when paired with fat burner pills will depend on the type you are using, your diet and exercise routine, and your body’s physique.

“Stimulant-free weight loss - Our night time fat burner is free of harsh stimulants and carefully crafted to avoid unpleasant side effects, such as jitters, nausea and insomnia which are common in many fat burners and weight loss supplements.” -Dr. Emil

As always, check-in with your doctor about any diet pill or weight loss supplement you are considering starting. If you are looking for a more comprehensive list of products, visit the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements to stay informed on the current information when it comes to safety and effectiveness of a product!

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