Fat Burners, Diet Pills, and Carb Blockers – What’s the difference?
All of these fat loss supplements are designed to help you lose weight, but there are some notable distinctions between these different types of supplements. It’s important to know and understand the effects of the ingredients that go into each supplement. Before you chose to put a diet pill into your mouth find out what the diet pill companies are putting into their products. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the differences between each of these supplements and explore the ingredients that make them different.
Fat Burners – A fat burner is generally a supplement that is designed to promote fat loss by either increasing your energy, stimulating your metabolism, or suppressing your appetite. These products are often sold in liquid or pill form. A fat burner is a common term used to identify all types of diet pills.
Main ingredient: Proprietary Thermogenic Blend, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid
Other ingredient: Guggulsterone, Caffeine, Diethylcarbonate
Popular Pill: Hot Rox, Fahrenheit
Diet Pills – Most weight loss supplements are lumped into this category. Pills that are sold as ‘diet pills’ are often Fat Burners, Appetite Suppressants, Thermogenics, etc. These pills work in much the same way as fat burners. It is important to note that Prescription diet pills may also fall under the category of Diet Pills. We won’t go into detail about prescription diet pills in this article, as they often contain many ingredients that are proprietary to the individual prescription drug company.
Slimming Pills – An alternative name for Fat Burner or Diet Pill.
Fat Loss Supplements – These supplements should be considered as any type of supplement that helps promote fat loss. Fat Loss Supplements include everything from Diet Pills to Thermogenics.
Fat Blockers – The FDA recently approved the over the counter sale of a new drug that reportedly blocks fat. The drug, Xenical (Orlistat) is a prescription diet pill that works by blocking the production of fat-digesting enzymes, so nearly one third of the fat that someone eats will be digested and the other two thirds will be excreted.
Main ingredient: Chitosan, Orlistat
Other ingredient: Other proprietary
Popular Pill: Trimspa, Xenical (Prescription)
Appetite Suppressants – Appetite Suppressants do exactly that, they suppress the appetite and make it so that you do not ‘feel’ hungry. These pills work by increasing the level of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that is believed to control the regulation of mood and hunger in the brain. Your brain is essentially fooled into believing that it is not hungry.
Main ingredient: Hoodia Gordinii, Phentermine Hydrochloride
Other ingredient: Other herbal ingredients, other proprietary
Popular Pill: Hoodia, Dexatrim, Phentermine (Prescription)
Thermogenics – These supplements are believed to increase the body’s metabolism through the generation of heat (also known as thermogenesis). This increase in heat and increase in energy causes the body to burn more calories. With the ban of ephedra in 2003, many products are using the herbal ingredients that mimic the fat burning ability of ephedra.
Main ingredient: Proprietary, but often contains many of the following ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Caffeine, L-Carnitine, Cayenne, Yerba Mate, Guarana, Calciu Tribasic, Ginger Root.
Other ingredient: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Norambrolide,
Popular Pill: Xenadrine, Twin Labs Ripped Fuel
Fat Burning Stacks – These products are often a combination of multiple fat burners that when ‘stacked’ are designed to promote maximum fat loss. Supplements are stacked according to their purpose within the fat loss scheme.
Main ingredient: A combination of the following:
ECA – Ephedrine, Caffeine, and Aspirin or a combination of products sold by many supplement companies.
Carb Blockers – Carb Blockers work by blocking carbs from being absorbed into the body during digestion which leads to a an overall reduction in carbs, and therefore calories, thus promoting weight loss.
Main ingredient: Phaseolamin, a substance extracted from white kidney beans.
Other ingredient: Chromium, Vanadium
Popular Pill: Dietrine Carb Blocker
Whether you chose a fat burner, carb blocker, or diet pill make sure you do your homework and find out what you are putting in your body. At Diet Pill Reviews, you can read and write reviews for over 150 of the most popular diet pills.
About the Author: Mike West is a studying dietitian and contributing editor for Diet Pill Reviews. For more information, visit www.diet-pill-review.com
Copyright 2006, M. West