The popular claim is that fat burners for men do work, and this article will examine the evidence behind it. Numerous anecdotal stories from supposed users exist online claiming to have seen a dramatic difference in their body fat in just a few weeks. A lot of these supposed users proactively tried fat-burning supplements not only because of weight issues but also for the sheer experience of new changes in their bodies that can be hard to come by through low-carb diets, bariatric surgery, etc.
Fat burners typically claim to help you lose weight and increase your muscle mass, both things that most males would find desirable.
However, before accepting mens fat burners as true, it is important to consider the limitations of the study, such as the subjects available for testing and the potential flaws that might generate inaccurate outcomes.
To determine if fat burners work, researchers are often looking at the effects on body composition (particularly with regard to muscle mass). Studies involving fat burners typically involve this measurement of body mass. The study is called a “metabolic chamber” test where subjects consume a specific supplement and measure their metabolic rate and oxygen uptake or usage. Oxygen uptake is statistically analyzed to see if there are differences between the group taking an active substance vs. those on placebo or no supplement.
Are fat burners safe? Is taking a fat burner safe? Before considering fat burners, it is important to consider that there are other risks aside from weight loss. Many supplements have been found to contain ingredients with side effects, and numbers are often misleading. The ingredients listed on the label do not necessarily mean that they are safe.
In addition, many fat burners (along with other over-the-counter products) claim to cause serious health conditions such as heart damage, cancer, and diabetes. This concern occurs when using these products in combination with the risk factors associated with certain conditions.
The results from the metabolic chamber test vary from study to study. The study is not conclusive enough to judge fat burners for men as ‘safe’ or ‘effective,’ and it should be noted that the results were not found to be consistent among other fat burners.
From the research results, it looks like there are many companies producing supplements that are producing ingredients with known side effects, such as liver damage and estrogenic activity, which can result in estrogen dominance and damage to the liver. Furthermore, there are reports of positive side effects resulting from some of these compounds, such as increased energy levels and reduced appetite.