The term fat burner and appetite suppressant can sometimes be used interchangeably with some people arguing that an appetite suppressant is in fact a type of fat burner.
This adds a little unnecessary confusion however, seeing as thermogenic fat burners and appetite suppressants are entirely different kettles of fish.
The Difference Between Appetite Suppressants and Fat Burners
A traditional fat burner, called a thermogenic, works by increasing the metabolism. This is usually accomplished via the use of caffeine, alongside other ingredients such as bitter orange, l-carnitine etc. The reason these are effective, is that they are able in accelerate the heartrate and the speed at which the body burns calories. Together, these force the body to burn fat for fuel and also provide more energy during workouts.
Meanwhile, an appetite suppressant works slightly different. This works by preventing you from feeling hungry and it does this by affecting the hormones. Hoodia is one such ingredient for instance that works by directly influencing the hypothalamus to produce more ghrelin – signalling that you’re full.
Conversely, many appetite suppressants include ingredients such as 5-HTP, which increase the amount of free serotonin in the brain. This in turn reduces hunger, as serotonin (the feel good hormone) increases when blood sugar is absorbed via insulin.
Combining Weight Loss Supplements
So while a fat burner accelerates the speed with which you lose weight, an appetite suppressant helps you to stop feeling hungry so you are better able to stick to your diet.
As you might imagine, this delivers a perfect one-two punch to help weightloss. Because you’re eating less, that means there is less sugar in the blood for fat burners to use up. In turn, that makes them more likely to move straight to the fat stores thereby helping you lose weight faster.
Better yet, because fat burners and appetite suppressants have entirely different ingredients and different mechanisms of action, there’s no reason you should get interactions between the two!
Taking it Further
You can actually take this even further too by adding in one more ingredient to your weight loss stack: a fat blocker.
Fat blockers work by reducing lipases in the digestive system. These are enzymes that are used to break down carbohydrates to extract glucose for the bloodstream. When you remove these lipases, the carbohydrates then either don’t break down at all, or they break down much more slowly. Either way, this means you don’t get the sudden rush of sugar into the blood or the ensuing insulin response and fat storage.
There’s just one problem: when you remove the glucose from your blood, you lose the chemicals associated with satiety and you end up feeling shaky and hungry. By using appetite suppressants you can prevent this and trick the brain into thinking it has had an increase in glucose.
Double check the ingredients on all your supplements and make sure there are no contradictions or that you’re not taking three lots of caffeine. Get it right though and you can have a holy trinity of weight loss on your hands!