Obesity rate is increasing in the world day by day. With people facing health problems due to obesity, they keep looking for quicker ways to lose weight. This might also bring them to use fat burners or supplements that are not natural. Many fitness trainers also suggest the intake of certain pills to lose weight easily and in a shorter period of time. What is a fat burner? Basically, any dietary supplement, powder or pill that helps in burning extra fat from your body quickly is known as a fat burner. Some experts suggest taking fat burners while others are completely aversive towards it.
The purpose that these fat serve is improving metabolism, reducing fat absorption and converting fat into energy. However, it is a preassumption that these fat burning supplements can can work without exercising, which is not the case. There is a requirement of shredding those pounds by working out even if you are taking fat burners. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Anjali Phatak, Director Nutripulse and Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Nutripulse, about the side effects of fat burners and if they are effective in the long run.
Fat burners side effects
Fat burners will help in controlling your appetite, improve your energy, convert fat into energy and increase your metabolism. But, fat burners do not need to be necessarily approved by the Food and Drug Administration before they are sold in the market and can be dangerous for your health. As per Dr. Anjali, here are the main side effects of fat burners:
1. Weak metabolism and hormonal issues
Fat burners are meant to improve your metabolism. However, a few years down the line, the external pressure of speeding up the metabolism can prove to be harmful for you. Your body can go into self defense mode and start reacting the opposite way, hence making it weaker. This side effect does not show instantly and might happen after some time. Fat burners can also lead to stomach problems such as diarrhea, constipation, and other bowel movement issues.
The stimulants (caffeine) that are present in most of the fat burners can disrupt your sleeping patterns. These supplements can increase your heart rate, thus resulting in sleep deprivation. You can drink herbal tea or listen to music that can make you sleep peacefully at night.
Fat burners can also raise the stress hormone cortisol, which can have an impact on the levels of anxiety. It is not recommended to take fat burners specially for a long period of time as one of the major side effects is anxiety and depression.
4. Kidney and liver damage
Certain fat burners have an ingredient called usnic acid. Therefore, fat burners can lead to kidney and liver damage as well. Artificial fat burning can also lead to kidney problems due to the excess of protein.
5. High blood pressure
One of the functions of fat burners is to speed up the metabolism, which can lead to an increased heart rate, resulting in high blood pressure levels. One should visit the doctor for blood pressure problems due to these artificial fat burners or supplements.
Are fat burners effective in the long run?
While some fat burners are natural, others are just supplements or pills that might seem effective at first, but are a danger for your health. According to Dr. Anjali, it is not suggested to take these fat burners or supplements as it can leave a harmful impact on your body in the long run. After a few years, it can come out in the form of several side effects. One can take natural fat burners like green tea, soluble fibres, coffee and protein rich foods. However, all these should be taken in moderation without compromising your health.
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