Are fat burning pills safe?

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A pile of white, blue and red pillsFat reducing pills are very popular in both the bodybuilding world and amongst people trying to lose weight.

The Internet has made such supplements and medicines more accessible to people that would not normally think to buy them, and few people question if they are effective or safe, before buying online.

There are several types of diet pill on the market now. There are fat blockers which actively reduce fats from the foods you eat from being absorbed through the wall of the digestive tract, reducing the amount of energy (calories) you take in. Similarly there is a drug which blocks the uptake of carbohydrate. Neither of these pills are really safe in the long term and both have some side effects which are not very pleasant. Some drugs are positively unsafe, DNP is an example. DNP kills and is illegal, but people are still taking it to aid weight loss.

Fat burning pills work a little differently in that they are designed to increase metabolism that more fat can be lost. Most often fat burning pills are used by bodybuilders prior to competitions when “cutting” is most important. How the pills work to increase metabolism varies, but most contain a chemical concoction of caffeine, guarana, green tea and other ingredients which have been shown to possibly aid an increase in fat burning.

Are Fat Reducing Pills Safe?

Although losing fat can be simpler and easier with the correct advice and nutritional products, it is absolutely essential that fat burning pills are only taken by people that are working out intensively on a regular basis. The pills should never be taken by people that are looking for an easy way to lose some weight. At best they just will not work, and at worse they could lead to side effects and ill health.

What Is A Fat Burner?


Most people know that to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. The problem is that dieting can be a physical and mental torture! A fat burner helps you move towards your weight management goals, as part of your diet and training regime.

What Are The Benefits Of A Fat Burner?

A fat burner helps you to mobilize and burn fat when used in conjunction with a sensible diet and exercise program.

For example, Maximuscle’s best selling fat-burner Thermobol contains ingredients that research shows could increase fat loss. This will help you feel more in control when restricting calories, helping to support your weight management goals.

Should You Use A Fat Burner?

If you’re training hard and still finding it difficult to lose weight, or you’re frustrated by the fact that the weight is not coming off quickly enough, a fat burner could help you reach your weight management goals more quickly.

One of the features of a fat burner is that it raises your psychological and nervous energy levels – you can become highly strung. This is designed so that you exercise with a greater intensity and therefore burn more energy.

This is the thermogenesis effect – you get hotter and work harder to burn more. It is argued that positive thinking and mental preparation before exercise can have a similar effect. In fact, much of sports and athletics coaching involves working on the psychological aspect of training to reach peak performance.


However, some research has shown that “bioactive components may support weight maintenance after a hypocaloric diet” (Belza, 2006).

Likewise, research into the effects of a green tea supplement shows it “enhances exercise-induced changes in abdominal fat” (Maki et al, 2009), i.e. you must exercise for it to be effective.

Are Fat Reducing Pills Safe?

There are many risks associated with taking these kinds of medications. Fat blockers in particular have some negative side effects, including stomach aches, diarrhea, and a tendency to interfere with other medications, notably birth control and estrogen supplements. They can also encourage undernourishment as they often block the absorption of lots of fat-soluble vitamins.

Some of these medicines are high in substances like caffeine, which can have a negative effect on the heart. These medications also don’t help slimmer to re-learn appropriate eating habits.

If you are looking to lose some extra fat, and are exercising on a regular basis, then fat burning pills such Maximuscle’s Thermobol can help to speed up metabolism to burn fat. Some products such as CLA-1000 also help to break down fat.

Typical Side Effects of Fat Burning Supplements

  • Caffeine – anxiety, sleep disruption, confusion, headaches, seeing flashes, tinnitus, mania and psychosis (rare and with very high doses).
  • Guarana – insomnia, headaches, nervousness, anxiety, heart palpitations and high blood pressure.
  • Green Tea Extract – restlessness and insomnia
  • CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – linked to increased risk factors for heart disease
  • Chromium – anemia, memory loss and DNA damage linked with chromium picolinate.
  • Chitosan – gas, bloating and diarrhea. Malnutrition possible due to blocking of fat soluble vitamins.
  • Ephedrine- hypertension, heart palpitations, acne, anorexia, urinary tract problems, confusion, insomnia, delusions, paranoia, panic attacks, headaches and dizziness, plus many more. The worse know side effects recorded have been “stroke, heart attack, and death” (FDA, 2004). Seek medical advice before going near this stuff.

Really it is for the consumer to weigh up the risks and benefits and decide if fat reducing pills are safe for them. There is no sure answer. The best answer is to adopt a healthy diet and do plenty of quality exercise. If you do decide to experiment with a fat burning supplement it is wise to keep a diary and note any unusual feelings or behavior. Increased aggression, anxiety, sleeplessness or paranoia and confusion could all indicate a problematic side effect of one of the ingredients and stopping the supplements immediately is the only recommended course of action.

Following a well structured weight loss system that emphasis both diet and exercise is the best way for most people to lose weight. However, many people intent on looking for the quicker, easier option, and if you are working out hard, then a fat burner may work well for you.

Diet Pills Kill Woman – The Dangers of Too Much Caffeine



This is not actually breaking news and we are not aware of any recent deaths. However, on researching the relationship of caffeine and health I came across a report from the journal of Veterinary & Human Toxicology that reported a death due to caffeine overdose. Although deaths from excess caffeine are rare, they do happen, and with more products flooding the market containing caffeine, these deaths are likely to continue. This gives rise to a larger question, are diet pills really safe? It is a subject that we have covered already, however, the risk of death from caffeine overdose was not considered.

A 22 year-old female was rush to accident and emergency after suffering a heart attack. Her heart attack came on after consuming too many diet pills that she had purchased online. These pills were of a thermogenic nature, designed to increase metabolism by raising heart rate. For this woman the result triggered a heart attack that killed her.

Cause of Death: Caffeine

A post-mortem examination revealed that she had a caffeine level of 1,560 micrograms/ml in her blood. The lethal limit is considered to be 100 micrograms/ml. Her caffeine levels were 15 times higher than the fatal level. How did she manage to accomplish this? No other substances were found in her blood and her death was attributed to acute caffeine toxicity.

Thermogenic Diet Pills and Fat Burners

Thermogenic diet pills are popular for one reason – they are currently legal to be sold over the counter, without prescription. The only diet pills to really work, such as fat blockers and carb blockers, have not passed testing or have had to be withdrawn from the market due to serious side effects. The thermogenic ones remain because so far they have not resulted in many fatalities.

The idea really is that by taking a thermogenic diet pill you increase your heart rate and metabolism to encourage you to exercise. Studies have found that when you consume caffeine you will workout with a greater intensity. Many athletes and bodybuilders drink black coffee in the morning before their cardio sessions for this reason. Although it is not known what happened in the case reported in Veterinary & Human Toxicology, there is a real risk that not exercising could be the cause of the highly elevated levels.

How much caffeine is safe?

Over-the-counter caffeine tablets generally contain up to 100 mg of caffeine. In 2004 Sweden put a restriction on caffeine tablets, limiting the number that could be bought without prescription to just 30 at a time. This was in response to deliberate caffeine overdosing.

Overdoses of tablets containing caffeine can be fatal, suicides as well as accidents occur.” (Thelander et al, 2010).

The study by Thelander reported the case of a 21-year-old woman who had taken 10 grams of caffeine (100 tablets). She called the ambulance afterwards and was taken to hospital but no problems were seen. Just as she was leaving hospital she collapsed after developing ventricular fibrillations (irregular and inefficient heart contractions). After 30 minutes her heart was restored but she suffered several more attacks afterwards. Doctors eventually stabilized her, but after being in hospital for 13 days in intensive care she deteriorated and died. The caffeine overdose essentially destroyed her heart, or her ability (the brain’s subconscious influence) to control her heart.

The same study looked at the toxicological results of 20 deaths attributed to caffeine overdose and in 2 of the cases ephedrine was found in the blood. Ephedrine is another chemical used in fat burners and stimulants designed to help people to lose weight.

How much caffeine in over-the-counter pills

Here are a selection of “fat burners” chosen at random by searching for “far burners” in Google Shopping results on 21st November 2011. Caffeine data taken from the product websites.

  • Maximuscle Thermobol, 90 capsules. 153 mg caffeine each.
  • Twinlab Ripped Fuel Extreme, 60 capsules, 220 mg caffeine each.
  • Nutrex 1158 Nurtex Research Fat Burner LiPo, 120 capsules – 200 mg Caffeine Anhydrous USP each.
  • Forza T5 Super Strength Fat Burners – 60 caps, 200 mg Caffeine each.

As you can see, each of these contains more capsules than the Swedish government allow to be sold on health grounds. Just 50 of the Nutrex capsules will provide 10000 mg (10 gram) of caffeine, the same amount that killed the healthy woman who Thelander and co wrote about in 2010.

Although the advice is to take one fat burner / thermogenic pill per day, some people do not read the labels and think that taking more will result in more fat burning. This is why care has to be taken as accidental overdoses do occur, and people tend to think that it is not possible to overdose on over-the-counter medicine. It is highly unlikely that anyone would take 50 fat burners in one go, however, currently the safe lower limit is not known.

How effective is caffeine?

Caffeine is certainly a stimulant, but does it really improve performance? Graham and Spriet (1991) examined the effect of caffeine on endurance athletes and concluded that neither cyclists nor runners saw any improvements in respiratory exchange ratio (used to measure fat burning) or plasma free fatty acid data (an indicator of total fat oxidation / fat burning) at rest or during exercise.

Some studies, such as the one by Namdar and colleagues in 2006 showed that caffeine actually reduces blood flow to the heart and may impair athletic performance.  As little as 2 cups of coffee reduces exercise-induced myocardial flow reserve at normoxia. Myocardial flow reserve is the rate at which blood can flow through the heart, and so impacts on the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the muscles during exercise.

Caffeine has been shown to help muscles recover after exercise, but it is also responsible for increasing cholesterol levels.

So, care must be taken if you are considering taking fat burners that contain caffeine, caffeine based energy drinks or lots of coffee. Although coffee does seem to have some advantages and positive effects on health and fitness, there are also some serious side effects of having too much caffeine.

References and Further information into fat burning products

  • Fat pills give modest weight loss” BBC News, 16 November 2007. Accessed Oct. 2011.
  • Weight Loss Products and Programs” by J. Anderson, L.Young, and J.Roach. 2008. Colorado State University. Accessed Oct. 2011.
  • “Body fat loss achieved by stimulation of thermogenesis by a combination of bioactive food ingredients: a placebo-controlled, double-blind 8-week intervention in obese subjects” by A Belza, E Frandsen and J Kondrup. International Journal of Obesity (2007) 31, 121–130. doi:10.1038/sj.ijo.0803351. Abstract:
  • “Effects of Citrus aurantium extract, caffeine, and St. John’s Wort on body fat loss, lipid levels, and mood states in overweight healthy adults” by Carlon M. Colker, Douglas S. Kaiman, Georgeann C. Torina, Theresa Perlis, Chris Street. Current Therapeutic Research, Volume 60, Issue 3, March 1999, Pages 145-153. Abstract:
  • “Thermogenic Effect from Nutritionally Enriched Coffee Consumption” by Jay R Hoffman, Jie Kang, Nicholas A Ratamess, Peter F Jennings, Gerald Mangine and Avery D Faigenbaum. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2006, 3:35-41 doi:10.1186/1550-2783-3-1-35. Full; article:
  • “Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults” by Kevin C. Maki, Matthew S. Reeves, Mildred Farmer, Koichi Yasunaga, Noboru Matsuo, Yoshihisa Katsuragi, Masanori Komikado, Ichiro Tokimitsu, Donna Wilder, Franz Jones, Jeffrey B. Blumberg, and Yolanda Cartwright. J. Nutr. February 2009 vol. 139 no. 2 264-270. Full article:
  • “Federal Register Final Rule – FR69 6787 Final Rule Declaring Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids Adulterated Because They Present an Unreasonable Risk February 11, 2004″ FDA Online publication. Accessed October 2011.
  • Anti-obesity Drug Suspended Due to Psychiatric Risks –
  • “Massive caffeine ingestion resulting in death” by Mrvos RM, Reilly PE, Dean BS, Krenzelok EP. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1989 Dec;31(6):571-2. Abstract:
  • “Caffeine fatalities – Do sales restrictions prevent intentional intoxications?” by Gunilla Thelander, Anna Kristina Jönsson, Mark Personne, Gunilla Sjölin Forsberg, Kristina Magnusson Lundqvist And Johan Ahlner. Clinical Toxicology (2010) 48, 354–358. Abstract:
  • “Acute caffeine ingestion fatalities: management issues” by Shum S, Seale C, Hathaway D, Chucovich V, Beard D. Vet Hum Toxicol. 1997 Aug;39(4):228-30.
  • “Performance and metabolic responses to a high caffeine dose during prolonged exercise” by T. E. Graham and L. L. Spriet. Journal of Applied Physiology. December 1991 vol. 71 no. 62292-2298. Abstract:
  • “Caffeine Decreases Exercise-Induced Myocardial Flow Reserve” by Mehdi Namdar, Pascal Koepfli, Renate Grathwohl, Patrick T. Siegrist, Michael Klainguti, Tiziano Schepis, Raphael Delaloye, Christophe A. Wyss, Samuel P. Fleischmann, Oliver Gaemperli and Philipp A. Kaufmann. Journal of American College of Cardiology (JACC), 2006; 47:405-410, doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2005.08.064.

  149 comments for “Are fat burning pills safe?

  1. MotleyHealth
    June 29, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Scientists from Italy’s National Research Council have developed a new style of diet pill. Once eaten it expands in the stomach to make the dieter feel full. The effect can last several hours, during which the diet does not feel hungry. It is made from a hydrogel, which the team developed when trying to make more absorbent nappy linings.

    It is thought that the pill may help to fight the obesity epidemic. Testing so far has been limited, and before the diet pill can be marketed further testing and research needs to be carried out.

    Head of research, Professor Luigi Ambrosio, realised that hydrogel may have a similar effect to gastric banding – a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach. Gastric banding is a very risky procedure and can cause long term damage to the stomach. It is thought that this new diet pill will not have any long term effects.

    The diet pill is powdery when dry but when swallowed with a glass of water turns to a jelly-like ball in the stomach. It is made from an organic compound called cellulose and can be flushed out by the body. The diet pill has not been named yet, but it is being tested in a further 90 overweight volunteers who will be monitored to see how much weight they lose and if there are any adverse effects.

    Professor Ambrosio said the pill should be taken about 30 minutes to one hour before each meal. It passes through the digestive system within five to six hours.

    Dr David Haslam, clinical director of the National Obesity Forum said there had been products around for many years which had tried to produce a feeling of fullness. “The theory has been tried and tested in the past but it’s not been that successful. “We’d need much bigger trials but it’s a reasonable enough idea. “However, it would have to be given with the appropriate nutritional advice, you can’t live on such tablets.”


    (this comment was moved from an older article)

  2. MotleyHealth
    July 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    A health warning was released on July 6th, 2009, regarding the prescription slimming pill Alli, made by GlaxoSmithKline.

    The pill was released in April 2009 and hailed as a wonder drug, the the potential to help obese patients lose 50% more weight. The drug was approved after tests by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, however recent studies indicate that it may be responsible for liver damage. The drug works by blocking the absorption of dietary fats during digestion. Investigations are continuing, and if proved conclusive then the drug will be recalled and banned.

  3. Nana Adoma
    October 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I am an ulcer patient, can I still take a fat burner pills? If yes please tell me which one to use.

  4. MotleyHealth
    October 29, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Nana. Fat burning pills based on green tea should be OK for you, as green tea actually helps treat ulcers. However, you really should consult your doctor first to be sure. I really would not suggest taking anything else until speaking with a medical professional.

  5. mahesh
    January 3, 2010 at 2:24 am

    hello mate,
    I’m 19 years old and I used to be fat when I was like 16, around 95 kg, and now I’m around 72-73 kg. As I lost weight, I had hard abs, but it never showed up because of my belly fat. I still have the same problem. I’ve started going gym alot now. Is it advisable for me to consume any of the fat burning supplements?

  6. MotleyHealth
    January 3, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Mahesh, if you are indeed working out on a regular basis, and doing quality (intensive) exercise, and also eating a lean, healthy diet with plenty of proteins and fruits, vegetables and pulses, then a fat burner can help you. Always read the labels to learn if there are any possible side effects. If in any doubt speak to a medical professional.

  7. Jp
    January 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi I am 19 and I am in the gym 3 times a week. I do mostly strength training, will the pills help me loose fat or should I be doing more cardio instead of strength? I do not want to lose muscle but I want to get rid of fat.

  8. Susan
    February 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I want to know if fat burning pills are dangerous for your heart or any other organs?

  9. Jessica
    March 23, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Hey I’m a female fourteen almost fifteen and I play tennis two or three times a week for two hours and condition. Plus on my own I weight train and “try” to eat healthy but I have this pooch on my lower stomach that I hate and can’t get rid of even though I do crunches. I have strong abdominal muscles that show above the pooch but I can’t get rid of the fat on my lower stomach. Any advice?

  10. MotleyHealth
    March 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Jessica, the key really is diet. Maybe you are eating too much of the wrong thing – sugar maybe? It is very easy to store fat in that area. If it is just a little, do not worry about it though. Just keep playing sports and exercising!

  11. lisa
    April 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Your 14 years old, do not even think about dieting, or taking pills. and i cant believe a proffessional would tell you to diet. your 14, your still growing, just eat fruit and veginstead of eating some rubbish, but your very young to even think about dieting, youve got alot of growing to do yet. learn to love yourself and be happy. not dieting, as its dangerous for a young person like u to be dieting, i should know, im a nurse. ignore this so-called professional. People like that make people anorexic and ill. and i think its disguisting and wrong.

  12. MotleyHealth
    April 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Lisa, I said that diet is the key, not to go on “a diet”. There is a big difference. Most people put on weight due to a bad diet, and by that I mean eating junk food, too much sugar, saturated fat etc. Even people that are active can put on weight if they eat a poor diet, as I am sure you know.

    Maybe we should not use the word “diet” in the proper sense now, instead say “healthy eating” to avoid confusion?

    Did you read the last piece of advice to Jessica?

  13. Phillip
    April 23, 2010 at 2:10 am

    hiya I’m 20 years old and have been going to the gym just recently as I am trying to lose my belly fat as I weigh 17.4 stone but I want to lose my belly fat quickly so I can get a 6pack with a nice muscular body. so I was wondering what will help lose that belly fat in a few months and would any supplements help lose the belly fat and help muscle building and toning.

  14. MotleyHealth
    April 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Phillip, you need to start dieting. Eat fewer calories and eat healthier meals. Cut sugar, bread, rice, starchy foods. Go low GI, lean proteins. And exercise – do whatever you can. Walking lots will help. Do not touch supplements yet, not until you are fit enough to be exercise intensively. At the moment they will just add to your daily calories and will make weight loss harder.

  15. Kim
    April 26, 2010 at 12:08 am

    My goal was to lose 20lbs. I lost 10 with eating a healthy diet, calorie counting and exercising 30-60mins 5-6days a week. Now it seems that I have plateaued a cpl weeks now. Should I try a suppliment now to reach my goal?

  16. MotleyHealth
    April 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Hi Kim, I think that losing 10 pounds on a healthy diet and with exercise is proof that you can lose the remaining weight the same way. You may need to step up your exercise routines a little to burn more fat. Get more intensive, do interval training and some weight training. Also take a fresh look at the diet, maybe there are still little areas that can be improved, esp. reduction of sugar.

  17. Arielle
    April 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I am 23 yrs old and want to lose some weight. I have been working out 30-45 min 5 days a week and am not losing anything. I do not eat junk food and stay away from all sugars. I feel like I keep working and am not getting any results, Any ideas?

  18. MotleyHealth
    April 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Arielle. Although you may not have seen any noticeable weight loss at the moment you are certainly getting fitter and stronger by doing your daily workouts. This means that you can start to push yourself a little harder – get more intensive. Maybe you could measure your waist, thighs, arms, chest and see if these change. You should be building some muscle, and this does weigh more than fat, so if you are losing fat at the same rate as you are building muscle then you will not see much of a difference in the scales. Questions you really should be asking yourself are: Do I feel better? Do I have more energy? Am I sleeping better? Start by working harder. In the last 10 minutes of your workout start doing 1 minute “sprints”, i.e. train as hard as possible for 1 minute. Then slow down to recover for 1 minute, and repeat. So you do 5 sprints (intensive intervals) in the last 10 minutes. This should help burn more fat and get you fitter.

  19. Emin
    April 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Hi all! Well I’ve been training for past 6 years and I used some fat burning pills!I had my 6 pack, I was so enthusiastic till one day I suddenly started losing not just fat but body muscle. I was eating healthy, taking proteins, so I seek medical help. My creatine level was higher than normal and risked kidney failure. So I had not just to quit GYM but also gave up on normal ordinary life style. So before to take any supplements ask yourself, what do you really need?

  20. MotleyHealth
    June 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Good advice Emin. Supplements should be used to supplement your healthy diet, not to replace food.

  21. sophia
    June 22, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I’ve been working out 5-6 days a week for the past 6 weeks and only lost 4 lb i do see an inch in my belt, and my pants legs and butt are a lot loser but the scale is not going down. I do wieght training 3-4 days out of the 6 days i work out walking or using the elipcal I am on a healthy diet no red meat only chicken , sea food , nothing fried everything grilled lots of veg. and fruits, no rice, no bread, wheat pasta if any and brown rice what do i need to do now to loose the weight and the belly fat

  22. MotleyHealth
    June 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Hi Sophia. You are doing great. OK, 4 lb is not a lot in 6 weeks, but you are slimmer and fitter, this is something to build on. When you start exercising you need to build a foundation first, the fitter you get, the harder you can work, the more calories you burn. You may still need to reduce portion size slightly to help with the fat loss, and keep an eye on sugar (which gets in everything these days, breakfast cereals included). Switch as many foods for the lowest GI ones that you can. Keep pushing yourself with your workouts. Even if the weight loss is slow, stay positive and remember these two facts: 1. You are losing weight. 2. You are getting fitter. Both of these make you healthier, and this should make you happier. Give it time, and make small adjustments to diet as you progress.

  23. Marvin
    July 10, 2010 at 12:07 am

    So the issue with fat burners if you aren’t exercising is that the fat burners themselves contain a lot of calories? I’m trying to understand why dieting + fat burners but not a large amount of exercise wouldn’t help, or exactly what is it about fat burners that are bad for you if you aren’t working out a lot.

  24. MotleyHealth
    July 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

    They do not contain calories, it is just that they are not so effective if you are not exercising and there is a risk of possible side effects occurring.

  25. Maureen
    August 6, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I am 23 years and weigh 127 kg. I want to loose about 50 kg within the next three months how should I do?.I started a healthy diet and exercising for the past 3 days, and am also drinking a plenty of water and lemon mixture. AM I ON THE RIGHT TRACK?.

  26. MotleyHealth
    August 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Hi Maureen, yes you are on the right track. Diet is the most important part. Reduce sugar intake and keep calories low. Try to do some exercise everyday, lots of walking is a good way to start if you are very overweight. Aim to lose 1-2kg a week to start with then this will lower to 0.5-1kg per week. But just keep working at it. As you lose weight and get fitter increase your exercise. Good luck! Please come back and tell us how you are getting on.

  27. Nitin
    August 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hi I have started gym just 12 days back but I haven’t lost no weight no fat infact ppl think and ask me I’m looking fatter.. I exercise for abt an 1 and a half hours or so.. I asked my trainer what could be done he said use fat burnering pills.. Now my question is is it safe for me.. I have a thyroid promlem now it is almost cleared.. I’m not able to decide what to do could u pls help with a good suggestion…

  28. MotleyHealth
    August 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Well, a trainer does not always know best, he may even make a profit on selling the fat burning pills.

    To lose weight you need to diet as well as exercise. If you have not adjusted your diet, i.e. reduced calories and reduced sugar, then you will not lose much weight in 12 days, fat burning pills or not.

    Sort the diet out, then review in another 2 weeks.

  29. Umar
    September 13, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I am a 22yr old guy, and I have been doing a really hardcore work out in gym for last 3 months . I am also using mammoth 2500 once a day with gym, ( my body is in good shape now), But I haven’t seen nearly any difference on my stomach fats, its not going down, just increasing. I don’t do a lot of abs exercise just regular (because people say my stomach will grow 3 times more if I’ll stop working out ).

    I do eat a lot to stay healthy though. And I also work on computer, so sitting is mainly the whole day routine also. So my question is can I take fat losing pills just for abs? I can lose a little muscle, no problem, but I really want a lean stomach.

  30. MotleyHealth
    September 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Umar, this is your problem: “I do eat a lot to stay healthy though”. If you are working out hard then the only additional thing you need to do to lose your belly fat is to change your diet. Eat less calories and make sure what you do eat is nutritious. Check out these bodybuilding daily diets for ideas (don’t eat as much as these guys though, they are huge).

  31. Maureen
    September 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    This is an update on my weight loss. Its been 7 weeks since I started exercising and have lost 14.6 kg from 127 to 112.4.I have a problem cause I do a lot of running than regular exercising so my right calf bone gets so painful that I sometimes feel that its broken, any ideas to prevent the pain?

  32. MotleyHealth
    September 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That is fast weight loss Maureen. As for your leg – RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. After you run. Stretch well and maybe take some fish oil supplement.

  33. Darshini Prakash
    October 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I am Darshini, 23 years old. I am a software professional so get very little time to go to the gym. I make sure I exercise at home every morning for an hour. I have been following this routine along with a healthy diet for quite sometime. My body fat, esp in the thigh n arms is very stubborn. I haven’t lost an inch!!
    So wanna know if the fat burning pills are an option for me and if they are safe for women? Awaiting your reply.

  34. MotleyHealth
    October 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Before thinking about taking any pills like this you have to be sure that your diet is a clean and lean as possible. In all honesty, if you are eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar, if you are not eating too many calories, and if you are doing regular intensive exercise, then you do not need fat burning pills. People that take these pills are usually trying to remove every little bit of fat, i.e. pro bodybuilders and athletes that need to get their weight down.

    What exercise are you doing for one hour each day? Maybe we can get your doing some more effective exercises. Also, give an example of a average daily diet.

  35. Darshini Prakash
    October 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I do yoga(24 surya namaskars), cycling for 30 mins and few crunches. Also my normal diet includes : corn flakes and slim milk wit apple for breakfast, 2 rotis n veggies for lunch, fresh fruit salad in the evenin and 1 roti n veggies for dinner. I want to get rid of all the cellulite in my body esp lower body and arms. I have tried intensive gyming for 3 months but it didn’t work.

  36. MotleyHealth
    October 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Darshini. Cellulite is not he same as fat unfortunately. Have you reduced weight? I assume that you are quite fit now. Is your yoga done every day? The rotis could be a problem, although 3 a day should not be too much. How big are they?

  37. Darshini Prakash
    October 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I make it a point to do my yoga everyday. I don’t eat rice as that might be fattening. The rotis are small and cooked without oil.

  38. MotleyHealth
    October 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds like you are doing the right things. Give it more time. Think about increasing the intensity of the yoga routines if they become too easy for you. Always try t make yourself fitter an healthier, and keep a close watch on those little snacks.

  39. arfan
    November 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

    My name is arfan and I am taking fat burner pill and have cut down a lot on fatty foods most I eat is salads pasta wholemeal bread etc I go to gym 4 days a week is it still ok to take fat burner pills even thou I exercise 4 days a week i do a lot of walking abot in my job as well…

  40. MotleyHealth
    November 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    It is normal to exercise. Reducing refined carbs, such as bread and pasta, may speed up weight loss more than fat burning pills. Many fat burning pills use polyphenols and other extracts found in green tea that have been shown to breakdown dietary fat (i.e. the fat that you eat). There is no evidence that they will actually reduce fat accumulation as the result of eating too much sugar (carbohydrate). So I am not entirely convinced that fat burning pills taken with a low fat/high carb diet are going to be the most effective way to lose weight.

  41. tony
    December 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

    hi,great topic with great update,thanks. im 22 and ive started to lose weight for about 2month,ive worked hard at the gym(3times a week),and eat twice less than i ate before but ive just lost 4 pounds, so disapointing. ive got blood preasure too, can i use fat burning pills? if yes what kind should i use?

  42. MotleyHealth
    December 4, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Considering you medical condition I strongly suggest that you speak with you doctor before taking any pills. Are you on medication for high blood pressure?

  43. tony
    December 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    no, ive not really considered it a big deal, sometimes its normal somtimes high

  44. MotleyHealth
    December 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Tony, I would certainly run this by a doctor beforehand, as they should know more about your condition and the impact different chemicals / drugs may have on it. Take the details of any pills you are considering and ask them to advise.

  45. Umar
    December 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Hey, Just a quick question, I am working on my abs real hard, I use to have a belly, But now I can see abs muscles, and I love it..its great, But I will be joining office in a week[regular job], so will my belly grow back even faster then before if not work on it with the same routine ( but keeping my diet controlled )?

  46. MotleyHealth
    December 6, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Lots of fit people work in offices, its just that it is easy to let your fitness and diet slip, especially with cheap canteen food and after work trips to the bar.

    The key is to maintain what you have been doing. Make the time to do it. There is always time.

  47. Umar
    December 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Yes, But other people are telling me that my belly will grow back even faster then before, when I will cut short on my workouts.
    Do you think a daily walk of about 2km daily (going and coming back from office) and workout in gym on weekends can keep me fit,
    I will try to hit the gym on alternate days, but for now all I have is walk and weekend workout.

  48. jack
    December 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    hey my name is jack and i got a fat belly. not that fat thow. do you think if i take fat burning pills and work out will help me out please help me out.

  49. MotleyHealth
    December 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Working out will certainly help. The fat burning pills will never be effective without a calorie restricted and healthy diet though. Some reports suggest that fat burning pills will only burn an additional 100 calories a day – that is just 1 slice of bread. So diet must be sorted out first.

  50. Maureen
    December 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hello everyone.
    These is another update on my weight. It’s been 21 weeks and i have lost 24.2kgs from 127kgs to 102.8 kgs to date. I am still exercising, eating healthy and drinking a plenty of water. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

  51. MotleyHealth
    December 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    That excellent Maureen, keep up he good work!

  52. Nagaraj
    January 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Hi i’m Nagaraj. i’m 24 and i’m working in a private concern fully a system work of about 10 to 11 hrs a day. my weight is 98kg. i feel very diffcult to walk or climbing steps and feel very lazy. and also mu body is very loose like water filled. till now i haven’t did any exercise or diet control. just today i joined a gym. i want to loose weight and want tight body. there is no one to help me how to lose weight and how to plan the diet and exercise. pls help. can i take fat burner pills? i beg u to help plsss

  53. MotleyHealth
    January 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hi Nagaraj. Do not take any pills. You have only just joined a gym, so it will take time. You need to learn how to exercise and also how to eat healthily. Get your diet under control, learn about the role of sugar, refined carbohydrates and junk food and how it makes you fat. Exercise and diet together will help you lose that weight, diet pills will not really help you much at all. This weekly fitness workout should get you going. Feel free to ask any question on any subject here on MotleyHealth. We are here to help and guide you.

  54. Onaana
    February 1, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Thanks for your good works. I think am okay after reading from all the other people. I will poose questions after embarking on your recommendations and advises to the other comments. Thanks

  55. Rachna
    March 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, I am 28 yrs old female and weight 57 kgs. i dont seem to lose my weight further, how much hard I try. I go to gym 3-4 times a week. Please suggest.

  56. MotleyHealth
    March 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    How tall are you Rachna? What is your diet like?

  57. Matt
    April 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hi, I’ve been doing P90X for over a month now. I’m taking fat burners called Thermo Fat Burn by Apex. My question is do I have to take a meal with every supplement I take of these fat burners? A lot of times I don’t have time to scavenger up a meal, I would like to know if it’s safe to take them by themselves.

  58. MotleyHealth
    April 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    What does the label say Matt? I am not familiar with Thermo Fat Burn so cannot advise. All I can say is that eating extra to take a fat burner seems counterproductive. What is in them? Be careful with fat burners, some ingredients are far from healthy.

  59. Nawaf
    April 9, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Hello my name is Nawaf and I weight about 123 and I’m 18 years old I’m really overweight and would like to start on a diet and a gym exercise problem is that whenever I go to the gym the trainer tells me to run 15 mins on the tread mail <I think that is what it is called and after I get back to him he just tells me to run for 20 mins on the tread mail apparently that lead me to leave the gym because he keeps increasing 5 mins per week which is making me angry because there is no real advice anyways I read all your wonderful comments above and a fat burning supplement isn't something that I want to use unless necessary please reply to what I should do

  60. MotleyHealth
    April 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hi Newaf, what other machines are at your gym? Increasing the time you run and the speed at which you run is a good way to get fitter and lose weight. You could do some power walking on max incline too, aim for 45 minutes walking uphill. Or do interval sprints on an elliptical.

  61. Cody Stineheart
    April 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I was working out quite vigorously for the past 2 years or so (heavy weight lifting, intense cardio sessions, gnarly circuit training/condition, and mma 5-6 days a week) which eventually led to having knee surgery last september. I put on some weight needless to say, and I still haven’t really fully recovered from knee surgery. My lifting is still intense (barring squats and anything that seriously involves my knee) and going on 4-5 days a week, I also can still do bike stuff (which can be intense, just not as intense as sprinting or longer distance running).

    Because I am getting tired of holding off on cardio I am getting ancy with this weight gain. Would it be a crime if I used fat burners to just get close to my normal weight, i was at 155, now I am at 170ish? (never done supplements other then whey protein in my life) Also anybody know anything about oxyelite? My brothers been taking it, it seems like it works. I am just not sure

  62. MotleyHealth
    April 11, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Hi Cody, we cannot really advise on any product. Just read the label and make sure you understand the possible side effects, and know what it is that the pill is trying to achieve. Really, with that much exercise you should lose weight with a healthy diet. If your diet is not improved then a fat burning pill is not going to be the answer. As for oxyelite, a quick search suggests that it is a thermogenic which means it will boost your metabolism by making your more active. Essentially it speeds the rate at which your body burns energy. Some people will react, such as sweating or jitteryness, others will not. Some people may need to rush to th bathroom while taking it, others not. The only thermogenic that I have come across before in the my studies is Sibutramine which was eventually pulled due to causing heart problems. If you are taking any other medication at the moment, either prescribed or off the shelf, speak to your doctor first as sometimes ingredients can be in both.

  63. sheref
    April 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    hi im sheref, wanted to know whether fat burning pills will help me loss additional 11 kilos. i weigh 94 kilos and my height is 6ft and 2inch i go to the gym for 4-5 times a week. i want to know the side effects of these pills! if i took the supplement for one month and quit it, will it have any affect in my body?? thx!!

  64. MotleyHealth
    April 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Sheref, that is the big problem – “will it have any affect in my body?” there is no way of knowing. Best bet is to be patient, exercise hard and eat a healthy and calorie restricted diet. If you are working out 5 times a week you should lose that weight eventually without pills.

  65. mouli
    May 13, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Hai iam very OVERWIGHT from childhood and i have thyroid i am trying very hard to loose fat but not loosing.Its becoming very hard can i use any fat bruning pills? my weight 75 kg hight 5’2 plz help.

  66. MotleyHealth
    May 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Hi Mouli. What action have you taken so far? If you are not losing any weight then these pills are not going to help at all. Are you exercising? Have you changed your diet and lifestyle habits?

  67. cas
    July 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi i am 25 , a size 16-18 and have been lazy for a long time and thats why i have put on the weight. I am ready to make a change. I have some healthy food in the kitchen now but i am thinking of buying some fat burners from the local gym suppliments shop. is it safe for me? i am a little worried about the side affects too.

  68. MotleyHealth
    July 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Cas, if you are worried then do not risk it. Start following a healthy diet and get active. A healthy diet is more than just eating “healthy food”. You need to eat a balanced diet that does not exceed your daily calories requirements. Regular exercise is vital too. Exercise 3-4 times a week, eat a healthy diet and you will not need to waste your money on fat burners.

  69. Bijan
    July 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Hi. My Name is Bijan. I’m about 188 centimeters tall and 106 kilogerams weight. It’s about six mounth that I start my carrier as a Rugby player.First I was about 111 kilogerams , but during a one month period working hard at Gym and eating Salad I loose about 5 kilos. For your Information I go to gym 4times a week and in rest of the days I have to attend my Rugby trainings. Now I wanna Ask if these kind of Fat burners are suitable for me?

  70. MotleyHealth
    July 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Bijan, just focus on getting fit and eating a healthy diet for now. At 106 kg these fat burners are not going to make a huge difference if you are exercising hard and eating a healthy diet.

  71. Help After Menopause
    July 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I am a 51 year old female who has not had a menstrual cycle for over a year now. I am taking atenalol for an adrenaline-induced heart arrythmia and I am also taking a statin for slight high blood pressure. I am unable to do strenuous exercise due to getting very winded, yet I need to lose a lot of weight. Is there a safe helpful fat burning/metabolism increasing pill I can take to help lose the weight, without damaging my heart?

  72. MotleyHealth
    July 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, I really suggest that you do not take any fat burning pills until you have spoken with the doctor who prescribed your heart arrythmia medicine. Are you able to walk? If so, start a walking plan, and start eating a healthy but calorie controlled diet.

  73. sean
    October 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hi. I am 16 years old 5’7 and weigh 134 lbs. i want to cut weight for wrestling and i have a six pack but not completely cut like i plan on. I am a vegetarian and eat a 60g protein shake after workouts. I was wondering if a fat burner pill will help me lose the fat. I work out pretty religiously like 5-6 times a week sprints and long distance runs and heavy lifting. is it safe to take these pills? thank you. sean :)

  74. MotleyHealth
    October 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Sean, all we can suggest is that you read the information provided with any pills in full and take note of all the possible side effects. As mentioned above, most have some side effects and the severity can vary a lot. It is a choice that you have to make for yourself. Although, as a wrestler, do you really need to cut maximum fat? Surely focusing on fitness, strength, speed and flexibility plus specific skills training, sparring etc. all get you in good shape for fighting. The pills could potentially hold you back – insomnia, confusion, heart palpitations – you do not really want to risk any of this if you are training to be a wrestler.

  75. Sunil Kumar
    October 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hi. I am 26 years old, 6′ height , 256 lbs as of yesterday. I started going to gym regularly from 2 weeks(except sunday), previously I used to go 2 times a week. Daily I am doing cardio for 1hr on Elliptical and do some weights for another 1 hr for a specific body part. I m a software engg and most of my work will be sitting on chair the whole day.

    My Diet is
    6:00 am (while going to office)———– 1 Banana
    8:30 am (break Fast)———————- 2 slices of wheat bread and ———————————————— 1 omellet and small coffee
    11:30 am (lunch)————————– 2 medium sized tortillas(Home ———————————————- made) with home made curry———————————————— (Indian)
    3:30 pm(After coming from Office)——— 1 glass of non fat milk with ———————————————– Oat meal and cereals
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ———————— Gym(1 Bottle of Protein)
    8:30 pm ———————————- 2 Chicken Thigh pieces grilled

    Recently my friend told me to take fat burning pills and do excercise inorder to reduce my body fat fast.I have a doubt whether there are any side effects regarding this. And also I am also very disturbed sleeper, never had a sound sleep.

    Could you please help me regarding this, How am i doing, do I have to change anything in my diet.

  76. MotleyHealth
    October 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Sunil. Well, first off, if you already have problems sleeping do not take fat burning pills as they are likely to contain a lot of stimulants which will make sleeping even more difficult. If you are managing 1 to 2 hours exercise a day then you do not need pills IMO. Your diet looks good really, let’s give the diet and fitness plan a month before deciding if anything needs changing.

  77. Madhav
    October 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Hey , I’m Madhav . I’m 16 years old , 5’10 , 72 kgs and an asthmatic patient . Which would be the best fat burner for me ?
    P.S.- I work out for all the 7 days in the week since 1 year but not the height constricting exercices since I still want to go .
    What is the way out of this maze for me?

  78. MotleyHealth
    October 31, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Madhav, regarding fat burners, the safest option is to not to take any at all. Can you re-phrase your question about exercise please, thanks.

  79. sudharsan
    November 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm


    Im going for Gym for the past 1 year. When I started the gym I was 106 kg. After started using treadmill my weight started reducing day by day and now I pushed my weight in 80′s. Even after continuing the workouts also I couldn’t push it more to 70′s.
    I did regular exercise but didn’t follow the diet properly sometimes I take non veg twice in month tats why I didn’t get proper result I guess?
    I also tried “Protein powder” for stamina. Now my coach suggest me to try 30 fat burn tablets supported by protein powder to lose more weight in shorter time. Can I go for fat burn tablets. Kindly provide a reply?

  80. MotleyHealth
    November 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Sudharsan, that is something for you to decide for yourself. What are you goals? You mention your coach – are you focussed on getting fit for sport or losing fat? What do you mean by “take non veg twice in month”?

  81. sudharsan
    November 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Motley,

    My ultimate goal is to reduce my weight and make me fit. I not interested in looking muscular.
    I’m doing workout for about 12 months. So can u pls tel will these pills help to reduce the weight. I mean bcoz of taking non veg it would would have added my calories.

  82. MotleyHealth
    November 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    In that case to lose weight (I assume you mean mostly fat) and get fit you need to increase cardio. Make sure that at least 45 minutes of your workout is cardiovascular in nature, such as running, swimming, cycling, rowing etc. Most fat burners will only provide some stimulants to encourage you to exercise more. I still do not understand what you mean by “taking non veg” once per month. If you mean that one day each month you are not eating any vegetables, just protein and fat, then there will be no problem with this. The single most important factor for losing weight is to reduce total calories and increase exercise.

  83. sudharsan
    November 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks motely. Can I have ur mail id. Pls ? Some questions I would like to ask u personally.

  84. MotleyHealth
    November 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Sorry, we do not currently offer private advice. We may introduce personal advice at a later date, but that will be a premium service.

  85. saravanan
    November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    First of all I would like to appreciate ur valuable help,

    I’m saravanan 27 years old my weight is 88 kgs ,im going to gym every day im burning 300 cal by running in treadmill and 50 cal by cycling and then 15 min low weight lifting. Problem is I could not stop eating non vegs im eating twice per week.

    will u please advise me about my thought of fat burning pills? and will you advise me for diet food schedule?

  86. MotleyHealth
    November 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Hi Saravanan, just work on getting fitter – doing more exercise. Keep your workouts varied. Your diet should be well balanced and consistent. I am not sure what you mean by “im eating twice per week” – only eating vegetables twice a week? What do you eat the other days?

  87. Rida
    December 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    hi i am Rida,
    i am 27 years old, i was 63kgs before joining office and now i am 85kgs after 4 years, i have tried many things to loose weight like yoga,swimming,gym however still my weight is not reducing so i have stopped everything. now again i have again started gyming from last 2 months and work out for 2 hours 4 days a week eat pappya 1kg everyday, but my weight has increased to 86kgs. i am very disappointed, my friend has told me to try fat burner which is for womens however i am worried of side effects someone told me that in future it will effect my pregnancy. please advice which fat burner should i take.and how to reduce weight my target is to reduce 20 kgs.

  88. MotleyHealth
    December 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Rida, why on earth are you eating 1 kg of papaya a day? That will certainly add to your weight. Reduce food intake and eat a healthier diet before even considering taking any pills. You are also right not to take any medication without consulting a doctor if you are pregnant. So my advice, do not take any fat burners. Aim to do 45 minutes of exercise a day, keep it light if you are in the later stages of pregnancy, and eat a healthy diet.

  89. Nagaraj
    December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Dear Motley,

    Again this is Nagaraj who wrote on jan 2 2011. at that time i said my weight is 98kgs and just joined a gym. However i stopped going to gym within a week. within october my weight came to 110kgs and i was totally shocked. Then immediately i started going to gym regularly along with strict low cal diet. Like.

    Morning – three wheat bread with two egg white.

    Mid morning – 1 large cup of fresh juice without milk, ice and sugar.

    Afternoon – Just one cup of boiled vegetables.

    Mid afternoon – 1 small cup of black tea without sugar.

    Night – one small bowl of oats and one full apple ( medium size )

    I wont take anything other than the above and used to drink three litres of water everyday. I joined gym on oct 8th with 110kgs and on November 8th my weight weight came down to 85kgs. Truly amazing. Still i’m following the same diet and exercise. But my weight is coming down from 85kgs since 45 days. Really frustrated. I tried changing my diet, changing my work out. But no use. My age is 24. height – 160cms. I know that 85 is not my weight and i want to bring it down to 70kgs. Kindly help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!:-( :-(

  90. MotleyHealth
    December 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Nagaraj, for now focus on your fitness, you are making great progress, you cannot really reduce the amount you eat any more without risk of being malnourished, so just keep working on burning calories through cardio and strength training. Well done, keep up the good work.

  91. akash
    December 19, 2011 at 8:32 am

    hi right now my weight is around 88kg and height is 5″11 and i am doing a gym 6 day in a week. and i want loose my weight little bit fast can i take the fat burner pills. and how much weight should be of my according to my height.

  92. MotleyHealth
    December 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Hi Akash, that is your call entirely. Understand the possible side effects, and understand that diet and exercise will make the main difference. If losing fat fast is the no.1 criteria. why not exercise twice a day? As for weight, according to the BMI your ideal weight is between 65 and 80 kg.

  93. Rida
    December 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    hi thank u for ur reply,

    i have started taking whey protein with water from 2 weeks however no results yet, pls let me know in how many days will i come to know the results. i have stopped eating papayas and also note i am not pregnant now however if i consume any fat burner pills will that affect my future pregnancy?

    My rountine is as follows-
    - morning 1.5 spoon of whey protein with water and women calcium sandos
    -then after 30 mins black tea – then got to gym and work out for an hour
    - once back take 1.5 spoon of protein the after 1 hr i have 2 boiled eggs white
    – then after an hour have lunch 2 chappatis and vegetables – in mid evening have 2 apples and 2 spoons of protein
    - then for dinner have 2 chapatis and at night before going to sleep again drink 1.5 spoon of protein with water.

    please suggest me if i am no the right track, bcz my weight is still not reducing.

  94. MotleyHealth
    December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Hi Rida, why are you taking protein powder 3 times a day? What sort of workout are you doing in the gym? To lose fat you need to eat less, not more. The only exception is if you are doing a lot of exercise, and 1 hour a day is not classed as a lot.

  95. Rida
    December 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Please let me know much protein powder should I take? and how many times should I take protein powder in a day?? I am doing normal exercises and cardio.i am not able to understand the correct diet for myself as every dietitian views are different.can you please guide me with my work out and diet for weight reduction?


  96. MotleyHealth
    December 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Rida, if you goal is to lose weight (lose fat) then you should eat a balanced diet and get daily exercise. You do not need protien powder to lose weight – protein powder helps you gain weight (muscle).

  97. rachit
    January 30, 2012 at 11:12 am


    I am a 23 years old male,
    I have been gyming since the last 8 months (2 hours, 4 times a week minimum) and I lost 14 kgs, which is not a lot considering the 1 hour cardio and weight training, I do feel fitter and better but the results are slow,
    I sill continue to gym, and have been told to use fat burners to increase my weight loss.. i was 120 kgs now i am 106kgs..please advise

  98. MotleyHealth
    January 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Rachit, 14 kg is good weight loss really. You do not mention your diet – there is no point in taking a fat burner if you are not changing your eating habits. Sort the diet out and you will lose weight quicker without the need for pills. Maintain the 2 hours gym, and keep getting fitter and stronger.

  99. rachit
    January 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    hi, thanks for the reply,
    well my diet was very big and voracious which is the reason for my weight gain,
    but since the last 1.5 years I have started thinking before feeding my self,i am not a believer in a crash diet or banishing most products from the diet,I eat whatever I want but in portion and in control.I eat 3 basic meals which are not that big in portion,luckily i am a person who doesn’t like sweets,sodas,chocolates,ice creams, fried stuff etc., so very less of all that.
    I do the usual less carbs, more proteins, less fat etc, have loads of water and green tea.
    So do I try taking some fat burners?

  100. MotleyHealth
    January 31, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Rachit, I really cannot advise you either way, the choice is yours. Understand the possible side effects and make a decision for yourself. If you do chose to take them, monitor your progress carefully. If they are not working for you, stop immediately. If you suffer any side effects, stop immediately.

  101. rachit
    January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    what might be the possible side effects?
    when I google it…almost every problem is listed…BP,heart issues,headaches,acne…etc..
    what are the major side effects faced by most users???
    I don’t have any major health issue as of now(thank god)

  102. MotleyHealth
    January 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Read the label of the product that you chose, do not rely on what is written on websites other than the official website of the manufacturer. Products changes all the time, many websites are out of date. Speak to a pharmacist, they will be able to give you the best explanation for any product – they should do this for free.

  103. Danny
    March 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Ok I was on Dialysis 5 years had a transplant 3 years ago was diagnosed with trauma based Multiple Sclerosis 1 1/2 years ago. Because of my MS I am struggling to exercise as I am without energy most days and what little I do tends to be short walks which leave me exhausted and in pain before my MS I was 75Kg I amd now 102Kg ideally I am trying to lose 20Kg but I am on a cocktail of drugs some of which are steroids and I struggle to exercise as stated above. What would you suggest as I was considering asking my Doctor for a medical aide to help me out.

  104. MotleyHealth
    March 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Danny, I think you are right, ask your doctor. With your medical history and current medication I would not like to suggest anything other than that.

  105. Rida
    April 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm


    I am 28 years old, i am going to gym from last 6 months,4 days a week however my weight has only reduced by 1kg(86-85). i have done my thyriod test and everything is normal. tried many diet plan but nothing is working out. my trainer told me that gyming is not suiting my body. pls help and let me know the reason why my weight is not reducing and is that possbile that gyming is not suiting my body? even i am surprised that i have lost only 1kg in 6 months.
    I have lost hopes that i will ever loose weight.

  106. MotleyHealth
    April 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Rida, first you should ask your trainer for a better explanation – this really does not make any sense to me so I cannot comment on why your trainer said that working out is not for you.

    The only reason why anyone ever fails to lose weight, including those with thyriod problems, diabetes, more obesogenic genes etc. is that too much food is eaten. You will not be an exception to this rule.

    You mention that no diet plans worked for you. If that is the case then you need to just eat a healthy and balanced diet but reduce portion sizes. Cut out all snacks too – you obviously do not need them if you have not lost weight during 6 months of exercise.

    Keep a food diary (log everything you eat and drink) and then review it with a high lighter pen and mark all foods and drinks that are “snacks” or signs of emotional eating. Then take steps to remove these temptations from your view.

  107. sonu
    May 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

    i have a small baby of 1 and half year. i don’t have time fr gym can anyone suggest me fat reducing pills coz m highly overweight plz help!!!!

  108. MotleyHealth
    May 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Sonu, pills will not solve your problems. You need to improve your diet and get active.

  109. sonu
    May 18, 2012 at 7:50 am

    hi any suggestion and guidance are welcomed. badly need to reduce.

  110. MotleyHealth
    May 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Start following a healthy diet, see out diet and nutrition section. Exercise every single day

  111. Sasha Singh
    May 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Hi! I’m 17 years old and I’m planing to join the gym for 2 whole months. I’m 5’10 and weigh 69 kg. I still have my puppy fat, and I have extremely huge hips and arms. Also I have a stomach fat that I try working on but there’s been no difference. I was wondering if taking fat burners could accelerate the process of losing weight. And what diet do you suggest for two complete months?

  112. MotleyHealth
    May 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Sasha. Firstly, you do not have “puppy fat” – you are 17 years old!
    2 months? To get fit and stay fit, you have to make exercise a part of your life. It is not a short term solution.
    Fat burners will not help you. You need to change your diet and get exercising.
    Aim to exercise once per day, every day. Eat 3 meals, not snacks, and make sure each meal is well balanced and healthy. No junk food, no sodas, no high calorie drinks.

  113. Harmohit
    July 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I do excercise regularly. is it safe for me to take some fat burner pills as i dont see any significant reduction in my stomach size? if yes, how i should take this? i mean before going to gym or it has a set time to take these pills.

    please reply.

  114. MotleyHealth
    July 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Harmohit, we cannot advise you on that. All we can suggest is that you read the labels on the fat burning pills to make yourself fully aware of any possible side effects before making your decision on whether or not to use them.

    But, if you have not adjusted your diet (eating less!) and tried to improve your fitness (more exercise, more often, greater intensity) then taking some pills is not going to help.

  115. khatchig
    July 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    i really want to know, after taking a fat burning pill does the person have to work out to or what? I really want an answer. Please!!!!!!!!!!

  116. MotleyHealth
    July 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hi khatchig, you really should read the article. Yes, you have to workout, before and after. You also need to fix your diet. Without exercise and healthy diet you will just suffer the side effects of the pills and not lose any weight.

  117. Stacy
    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I exercise 4 times a week.I train very hard both weights and cardio but the fat from my belly is not going away. I am thinking if I should use a belly fat burner to get rid of the fat and to discontinue it when I get the results I’m looking for. Can you advise me what to do? My current weight is 125 pounds.

  118. MotleyHealth
    November 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Stacy, did you change your diet? To lose your belly fat you need to change your diet. Pro boxers even have to watch what they eat to meeet a specific weight, and they train for 6-8 hours a day.

  119. hum
    January 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

    is their any side effect of not getting pregnant after wedding ???

  120. MotleyHealth
    January 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Hum, no, no side effect at all!

  121. JULY
    February 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I took 3 FLASH POINT sublingual FAT BURNER as a sample in a GNC at the mall 33 second absorbing type. Also bought a bottle on sale. On the ride home from the mall I noticed a small knot on my neck, unrelated to the pills but I became convinced it was a terrible disease. Never been a hypochondriac. Doctor checkup said it was just cartilage and all annual check up fine. Over the next 3 moths I took about 20 or so tablets on and off and stopped working out, developed total mania. I was certain phones were tapped etc. I went for mental health check up. Paranoid and depression was the diagnosis. After a few moths of not taking anything but multi-vitamins all was well. Then in August I took one tablet and had a horrible month. Back to the therapist. I did not even consider the diet pill at this point. One month later no meds all fine. At the beginning of January my resolution to workout, started and I took 2 sublingual flash point tabs, within a few hours I was feeling the paranoia again. After one month mental misery all is clear again. when I look back, I feel totally stupid for the fearful thoughts. Like a different person. I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience. NEVER TAKING THOSE AGAIN. Almost 40 years old and never had extreme paranoia prior to this. No DUI’s do not drink or do drugs, zero run ins with the law etc.

  122. MotleyHealth
    February 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Hi July, that is pretty scary. Did the label say anything about these possible side effects? If not you should contact the company and the FDA (if you are in America) as this information needs to be logged for health and safety reasons.

    OK, just done a little extra research. It seems that FlashPoint contains: 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine (caffeine anhydrous), beta-phenylethylamine hcl, hordenine hcl, synephrine, evodiamine, yohimbine hcl.

    One of the possible side-effects of Phenylethylamine is psychiatric or neural disorders. It escapes the controls of the FDA because it is a “natural compound”, however, medical professionals are aware of its risks. Advice is to consult with a doctor before taking it.

    “PEA shares structural and physiological similarities with the amphetamines, the administration of which can induce a schizophrenia-like psychosis” – Phenylethylamine and schizophrenia. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 1994 Jan;18(1):63-75.

    Seems you have done well to avoid it as you are one of the people prone to develop the more serious side effects.

  123. Sandip Biswas
    March 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    hi, my name is sandip biswas. I am 23 years old. Started to go gym before last two month. But am not getting me weight loss. Til now my weight is 75 kg. I don’t know what i will do?am doing gym every day 2hrs. in morning. for that happened today my gym trainer told me to take fat burning pills. But i am thing is have any side effects of that pills?pls give me reply….

  124. MotleyHealth
    March 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Sandip, if your gym trainer is telling you to get fat burning pills then this could be a sign that you need a new gym trainer. Lift more weights, perform more intensive workouts (interval training etc.) and make sure your diet is super lean and clean.

  125. Nask
    March 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I started doing gym for the last 9 months, 1 hrs a day four times a week for losing weights, I am 83 kgs now and i’m 28 years but till now my weight does not come down and if so also within 79 – 80 kgs. My problem is diet please advice me want to reach 65 – 70 kgs

  126. MotleyHealth
    March 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Nask, first read this: Our Essential Guide To Healthy Eating. Then order this eBook: Low GI Diet Plan – From MotleyHealth. Read book, follow diet plan. And exercise every day. Do some cardio, some weight training, some HIIT, some long endurance sessions.

  127. AJ
    March 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hi, I am 27yrs old & my weight is 86kgs. I have been going to the gym for the past 2months around 4days a week for 2hrs each, 1hr for cardio & 1hr for weight lifting.I havent made much progress as far as weight reduction is concerned. I dont have any personal trainer to help me. Recently my friend told me in order to lose weight and build more muscle I need to take fat burning pills along with protein supplement. I’m not too sure to if I should take his advice. Help! & and pls let me know what I need to do to get better results and which supplements should be consumed, if any? Thanx

  128. pj
    March 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    i am a 21 year girl and i have been gymming for the past 1 and a half yrs. i have been working out vigorously for 1-2and 1/2 hrs, 6 days a week. The initial 15 kgs i lost way too easily and now my weight has become stable since the last 3-4 months…i have been moderately conscious about my diet as that i have joined a new gym, my instructor has advised me to take CLENBUREXIN and he terms it safe for women. I always have believed in losing weight the natural weight but now this scheme and its reviews online have created a dilemma. please help

  129. MotleyHealth
    March 16, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Hi AJ, your friend is talking nonsense. There were fit and strong people long before the invention of either fat burners of protein supplements. If your goal is to be healthy, you need a balanced diet – fat burners tend to screw with this. If your goal is to lose fat, you need to reduce calories – protein supplements tend to screw with this.

    Make sure you are getting some protein in each meal – e.g. eggs for breakfast; chicken and fish lunches; nuts, pulses, cottage cheese, lean meats etc. with meals. Also take in vegetables and fruits. Cut out all junk, most bread, all other baked foods (cookies, cakes, pastries, pies etc.)

    Mix up your workouts – don’t just do the same lifts and cardio each day. Do some interval training, use the bikes, rowers, treadmills, cross trainers – work different muscle groups. Do some free weights as well as machines. Challenge yourself – aim to lift more weight each week, do more miles on the machines. Keep working that body.

  130. MotleyHealth
    March 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Hi PJ, we are not familiar with Clenburexin, but there are a few concerns based on the instructions on the Amazon page:

    Recommended Use:
    4 capsules per day.
    1st dose: 2 caps 30 minutes before training/meal
    2nd dose: 2 caps 30 minutes before a meal
    Take this product on an empty stomach. Wash down with 300ml of water.
    Please Note: This product has a stimulating effect so it should not be taken later than 4 hours before bedtime.

    It is a Thermogenic, it stimulates the body. If you do not exercise even harder than normal it is pointless taking it.

    The product advises that you take it on empty half an hour before exercise. It is not generally advisable to workout on an empty stomach – your muscles will tire quickly and you will not be able to push yourself to a new level of fitness. The stimulating effect will be offset against that fact that you are not able to train so hard.

    The warnings with the product, such as not suitable for children, pregnant or nursing woman, people with circulatory system problems or sensitivity to caffeine. Also not to be taken with alcohol.

    It contains some “herbal” compounds which are stimulants. Some people will says that a double espresso before a workout will have the same effect, be cheaper and not cause sleep disruption.

    Focus on getting fitter and you will naturally burn more energy each day – through increased cardio workouts and increased metabolism (more muscle).

  131. Ismael
    April 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    HI. I’m 18 years old. I’m weighting 80 kg and want lo loose 15 kg. I go to gym 3 times per week. I want to take fat burner pills to get a quicker result. I don’t know which type of fat burner i have to take.

  132. MotleyHealth
    April 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Ismael, to lose fat you need to firstly reduce total calories and increase exercise. Why take fat burners if you are only exercising 3 days a week – what are you doing on the other 4 days of the week?

  133. Mr Fat Burner
    April 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    How about natural fat burners without gluten or wheat and dairy free suitable for vegans and no packers, fillers or flow agents added?

  134. MotleyHealth
    April 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Natural without wheat and dairy? Wheat and dairy are natural aren’t they? But, if you can share some scientific evidence that supports the idea that these fat burners aid weight loss then please do so. “Natural” ones may be safer, but whether or not they actually do anything worthwhile is another matter.

    Exercising and building probably more muscle burns more fat than fat burners and has none of the unwanted side-effects (other than a little DOMS now and then).

    Also, it is very important to point out that natural does not equal healthy. Belladonna and hemlock are natural but you would not want to eat them.

    What does the scientific community say about natural weight loss pills?

    “The use of herbal dietary supplements for weight loss is associated with several ARs (adverse reactions). Considering the risk/benefit ratio, consumers should pay attention when using these products.”

    Source: Suspected adverse reactions associated with herbal products used for weight loss: a case series reported to the Italian National Institute of Health by Vitalone et al, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
    March 2011, Volume 67, Issue 3, pp 215-224

  135. Peter
    April 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Am just wondering why people who suffer from asthma can not take fat burners, is its all severities

  136. MotleyHealth
    April 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hi Peter, cannot answer that as I have not read that asthma sufferers specifically should not take fat burners. Ephedrine, which is commonly used in fat burners, is also used in asthma medication.

    But, the bottom line is that fat burners are not really very effective. If they were, doctors would be prescribing them to obese and overweight patients.

  137. cl
    April 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm


    i have a problem with my weight recently i have gained a lot of weight, instructor told me to take duromine to help me lose weight fast…is it safe for me to use it?

  138. MotleyHealth
    April 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Duromine is a brand of Phentermine. It has several known side effects, including increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, palpitations, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dysphoria, tremors and headaches. There is a risk of psychological dependence. Rebound weight gain is common. As with any weight loss pill you need to go on a strict diet and exercise too.

    It is also expensive – are you sure that your instructor is not on commission?

    Is it safe? It is certainly not 100% safe.

  139. gourav
    May 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    hi im gourav i m a20 year old boy is fat burning pill is dengerous for health and my weigth is 120 kg

  140. MotleyHealth
    May 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Gourav, as we said previously, they can never be considered totally safe. There are side effects and different people respond on different ways. Make sure you read the label and understand the risks before taking anything.

  141. Sarah
    July 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

    how can i get the
    fat burner

  142. MotleyHealth
    July 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Which fat burner Sarah?

  143. karen
    July 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I don’t know about fat burners, but what about appetite suppressants supplements. Are they safe to take?

  144. MotleyHealth
    July 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    They too have side effects which can range from unpleasant to dangerous.

  145. Souvik
    July 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    My weight has increasd too much according to my age.i go for fittnes center(gym)to reduce some fat.they adviced me about a fat cutter to use only 28 days.will it be useful or harmful?my age is 18 and i have acidity and high b.p problem(hereditary problem).pls mail me sme advices.

  146. MotleyHealth
    July 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Souvik, we cannot advise you, other than to say read the information on the drugs, understand the known side effects and make your own judgement call. If you do decide to take the pills monitor your blood pressure every day and if the pills cause it to rise further you should probably stop.

  147. Gemma
    August 14, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Are T5 weight loss pills safe to take, i am 16 and considering taking these weight loss pills i also have epilepsy would this affect my condition i have been fit free for nearly 3-4 years?

  148. MotleyHealth
    August 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Hi Gemma, there are risks with all pills. These are a thermogenic pill with appetite suppressant and may cause heart palpitations, anxiety, nervousness etc. T5 generally contain ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin so if you have any issues with these then you should not take.

    The product description of one brand says:

    “Not for individuals under the age of 18 years” and also says that if you have a medical condition to consult your doctor.

    So, the recommendation is that you do not take them.

    Are you exercising and eating a healthy diet?

  149. newt
    September 19, 2013 at 2:20 am

    many thanks for your article. I have now disposed off all my diet pills.
    I am glad I came across the article.
    thank you

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