I am tired of my extra fat; can you suggest any fat burner supplements that have no side effects?


I am tired of my extra fat; can you suggest any fat burner supplements that have no side effects? – Muhammad


I am unabashedly a proponent of healthy diets and lifestyles without using energy burners or thermogenic shots.  So I won’t name a particular brand.  But for clients that insist on such “supplements,” I advise taking only the minimal dosage of a safe product of their choice with the following guidelines:

  • No ephedra/ephedrine, epitonin, ma haung, or Chinese ephedra (banned)
  • No more than 3 of following stimulants combined:  Caffeine, Guarana (up to 100 mg), Kola Nut, Theophylline, Synepherine
  • No more than 3000 mg/3 gms Taurine
  • Directions indicate full daily recommended servings total not more than 20 gm L-Arginine/Arginine alpha-Ketoglutarate or 600 mg Caffeine PER DAY
  • No more than the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for any vitamin or mineral, as established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

– Debbie M., MS, RD

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  1. Could you please name a few products that meet the guidelines you mentioned?

  2. great answer 🙂

  3. I’m sure none of the products sold out there meet any of the guidelines mentioned. That’s how they get you to burn fat: they put your body into overdrive with any of these ingredients.

    Drink green tea all day!

    • Debbie J., MS, RD

      Thumbs up for green tea and it’s EGCG. Other teas are good as well — natural caffeine sources, as is cocoa. Similar compounds theophylline and theobromine are caffeine relatives and present in these foods too.

  4. Uh, exercise? Aerobic and (functional) strength. Plus a clean and balanced diet (whole vegetables and fruit, lean protein, whole grains, unsaturated fats, water, no soda/refined sugar/fried foods).

  5. Michael Topp

    Lipo 6 is an awesome thermo. Nothing beats a good exercise and diet program. A supplement is suppose to aid in fat loss, not do it for you. I use the thermo mainly for the appetite suppression to prevent myself from over doing it on the bad food. Dieting makes you hungry all the time.

    • Debbie J., MS, RD

      The product you mentioned has a synthetic ingredient. But I agree with everything else 🙂

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