Exposed: Hype And Lies Of 35 Top Fat Burners And “SuperFoods”

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Most Americans are fat. And that’s a fact. There are many reasons for our obesity epidemic, ranging from bad food intake, cheap food, sedentary lifestyle, social groups, alcohol.

These are just some of the main reasons we are fat.

Everybody is searching for a pill to annihilate obesity. That’s why we see the abundance of fat loss supplements that hit the market.

If you ever wanted to lose fat, I bet you’ve been interested at least once in a fat burning supplement. If you are like me, maybe you’ve tried more than one. More than two…

Have you got any results from using them?


You can’t really find out if the supplement was the main factor in your achieved weight loss. Sadly, most research studies done on fat burning supplements are showing positive results when using them. Why?

Most research studies are either funded by the respective supplement companies or they are done on rats.

The thing is… we are not rats, and we can’t really trust supplement companies that fund such research studies.

Our metabolism is different from that of a rat. Most of the time, we won’t get the positive results seen in rats. This is true even when it comes to the top fat burners you can find on the market.

I want to see the times when supplement companies will fund studies and be transparent with the results. I want to see the times when there won’t be any bullsh*t supplement on the market just to empty our wallet. 

I guess I want too much… They are currently like this…

wasting money on the top far burning supplements or superfoods

Until then, I’ll try to expose as much as possible, the reality of the fitness industry.

If you want to learn the truth about the top fat burners and superfoods on the market, keep reading…

Let’s get right into it, and analyze each potential top fat burning supplement:

1. Glutamine

The glutamine powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders. Many of them think it builds muscle or helps with fat loss.

In reality, it doesn’t. Glutamine is just another inessential amino acid. Its main role is towards proper immune system function.

The research on glutamine benefits has found mixed results. Some studies tell it works, some tell it doesn’t. From my own tests and other people’s reports, it seems that it aids your immune system function.

Coupled with vitamin C, it is great for strengthening your immune system, and it can also help when you are sick.

2. Raspberry Ketone

Many fat loss gurus state that this supplement regulates a protein that causes your fat to be broken down more easily. In other words, raspberry ketones should promote fat breakdown. Do they do that?

The chemical compound called raspberry ketone ,gives them their characteristic aroma. Some studies have found they help with weight loss. 

Let me be more specific:

Most of the studies that showed weight loss with Raspberry ketone supplements, are done on rats. Studies on rats are not valid for us.

The reality is there are no studies done on humans to show their effectiveness.

Even more than that, raspberry ketone is not even a “food” at all. It’s formulated synthetically by various methods. One method is called aldol-catalytic hydrogenation (just wanted to show you I’m smart – joke).

Another “magic liquid in a bottle” bites the dust.

3. 5-HTP

The main premise of this supplement is that it will be converted to serotonin by your body. This in turn can potentially relax you, enhance your mood, and reduce carbohydrates cravings.

You can find 5-HTP in 100 mg tablets, and the maximum dosage per day is two tablets. Many people reported drowsiness during the day and enhanced sleep at night.

It causes weight loss or not?

The reality is that this supplement doesn’t melt fat off your body by itself. If you take 5-HTP and you lose weight, the weight lost is mostly due to appetite suppressant properties of this product. Basically, you might eat less through the day.

You will definitely eat less if it works on you. But is it worth it?

Don’t get yourself used to appetite suppressants because you can potentially screw your appetite. When you stop taking them, you are at a risk of increased appetite.

You know what this means… weight regain because of increased food intake.

You are better without them.

4. Green Coffee Beans

I would really like to take a pill and lose all the fat I have. I want that fat melt off my body in an instant. Can I get something like that?

Not really. Welcome to reality.

Green coffee beans extract is nowadays marketed as a potent weight loss solution. The first person to make it popular, was Dr. Oz.

As I said in a previous garcinia cambogia review, Dr. Oz. is one of the most weight loss nonsense and fad supplements promoters out there.

He’s the guy that preaches magical supplements and miracle pills. What’s his proof that this supplement is working?

He gave green coffee beans supplements to two viewers for 5 days, and observed their weight loss. One of them dropped 2 pounds in 5 days. The other one dropped 6 pounds in 5 days.


Not really. That’s not convincing for me. That’s not real and applicable evidence if you ask me.

Let’s review the actual research studies regarding green coffee bean extract:

The most cited study about green coffee bean extract effectiveness, is a study done to evaluate the safety and efficiency of green coffee bean extract in overweight subjects.

Examining the study, I can clearly see that the trial is small, with just 16 patients. The research location was selected in India, in a Bangalore hospital.

The average weight was 168 lbs, and the average BMI (body mass) was 28.22. In this study, they used green coffee bean extract. This extract had 45.9% chlorogenic acid.

The participants were divided into 3 groups with a high, low, and placebo dose. The results?

The study is actually claiming there was no difference in calories between the groups even if they lost 17 pounds in approximately 22 weeks.

How can these people eat the same amount of calories and still lose weight?

Can that pill lift their metabolism so much that they’ve lost weight without having to rely on calories?

It’s being proven again and again that if you don’t create a caloric deficit, you can’t lose weight. That study is not valid in my eyes because:

  • The caloric intake was not carefully tracked
  • Few people inside the study
  • Funded by a supplement manufacturer
  • The results of this study are at a high risk of bias.

Other research showed that the chlorogenic acid found in these beans can have a slight effect in obese people. Sadly, the positive research was funded by the industry so we can’t really know if there weren’t any interventions.

Other than a good health supplement, I won’t really take green coffee bean extract for weight loss. It simply doesn’t work.

5. Garcinia Cambogia

This ingredient has been around for a very long time and there’s plenty of research studies for Garcinia Cambogia. The effects of this supplement are well known. It is commonly considered a top fat burner and a superfood by diet gurus.

There’s one research study done in 1998. There were 135 people that tested it. They tested the potential effects on weight loss.

The end results were as following: A Garcinia Cambogia pill doesn’t cause weight loss beyond that of a placebo pill. Done.

Garcinia Cambogia is yet another supplement that fails to cause any weight loss. You can use the fruit as a flavor enhancement but that’s all.

I wrote an in depth garcinia cambogia review some time ago and you can read it here.

6. Caffeine

Want a cup of coffee?

Want a cup of coffee?

Many fat loss gurus state that caffeine should increase your metabolism and cause weight loss. Is it true?

In reality, caffeine is mainly a diuretic and a thermogenic. It can give you a mild thermogenic effect but nothing related to weight loss.

It can give you more energy to work out, run, or do any additional physical activity. It can cause you to lose almost instant weight (through a little water loss). It will definitely push you through the door in the morning.

Sadly, most weight loss supplement manufacturers that are using this ingredient in their supplements, are trying to attribute it too much fat loss power.

Yes, it can increase fat oxidation but it’s insignificant. Your diet is still the main factor for fat loss.

If your diet is not in check, you can pretty much drink coffee until you are full and still not lose weight. Other interesting sources of coffee is black tea and yerba mate.

7. Conjugated Linoleic Acid

Conjugated Linoleic Acid is also named CLA because of the supplement companies that tag their products with this name.

CLA is supposedly a fat burner that should increase the fat metabolism inside your body. This in turn should cause weight loss. Is it true?

The reality is that CLA only has a very small impact on visceral fat. This is only true if you take a look on studies regarding CLA fat loss in humans.  When it comes to visceral fat, it is the easiest one to lose because it’s the first to melt off from inside your body.

Fortunately, aerobic activity is free. You can melt your visceral fat with ease.

Studies done on conjugated linoleic acid show no association between CLA and weight loss.

Rats are probably the only ones that can get ripped if they take conjugated linoleic acid. Sadly, it doesn’t apply to me or you.

8. Green Tea

Most claims that revolve around green tea as fat burner and weight loss aid, are related to the fact that it contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

This compound should increase your satiety levels by increasing the hormone responsible for this.

In turn, this can be an aid in preventing the storage of excess weight by improving your appetite hormones.

This means no more cravings. No more cravings means you can last longer without food. This means you won’t be hungry. This means you will lose weight.

It sounds good in theory. What about practice?

Research studies demonstrated that green tea doesn’t cause weight loss.

Another point I want to make is that when you combine green tea with caffeine, you can get a mild thermogenic effect. The effect is not big, mind you, but it’s there.

The reality is that even ephedrine and caffeine combined can only boost things up only up with 5-10%. This “cocktail” should give you a thermogenic effect lower than that.

9. 7-Keto

7-keto is a chemical also known as dehydroepiandrosterone which is formed in your body.

Most people taking 7-keto hope their metabolism will get higher. They hope for increased heat production, weight loss, improved lean body mass, reducing the signs of aging, boosting immune system function, increasing the activity of the thyroid gland, building muscle, and many more.

As you can see, this supplement is quite searched.

Sadly, I couldn’t really find a good research study to back up any of the claims this supplement makes. Very little scientific studies are done on this compound.

7-keto doesn’t cause weight loss without a proper diet and training in place. In fact, it’s a useless supplement if you use it for weight loss.

10. L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is commonly known as one of the top fat burners on the market. It is an amino acid produced in your body.

Some people also take L-Carnitine for conditions of the blood vessels, heart related chest pain, heart failure, heart complications, leg pain, high cholesterol, and many more.

How it should work?

This supplement should help your body produce more energy. It should send free fatty acids into your mitochondria. There, they get burned and used for energy.

The reality?

L-carnitine doesn’t do jack squat when it comes to fat loss. Why?

The main problem with this supplement is that if you take it orally, you can’t influence the skeletal muscle levels. You would need a lot of insulin to do that. And even then, it won’t have too much of an impact.

Research studies that prove it works?


11. Beans

Beans are mainly promoted by the usual fat loss gurus you can see around spamming ads.

Claims like “they ignite your fat burning metabolism”, they reduce blood sugar, burn fat faster, or deny the absorption of calories are quite frequent. What’s the reality?

Do they do all these things?

The reality is there’s no evidence to show that consumption of beans will cause fat loss. They might control blood sugar levels tho.

They are a good source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. But they still have calories. And excess calories will definitely make you fat. 

Don’t underestimate this fact.

12. White Kidney Bean Extract

White kidney bean extract is recommended for preventing carbohydrates absorption. 

In theory, it prevents the breakdown of carbohydrates into sugars. This in turn, should get any complex carbs into your digestive system unabsorbed. Sounds good in theory, isn’t it?

What about practice?

This compounds was released many decades ago but it failed to show and weight loss effects. 

There are no research studies to back up this supplement. While it’s a carbohydrate blocker, it is not reliable.

Eat too many carbohydrates, take white kidney bean extract, and you’ll still get fat.

13. Pine Nuts

Lately, even nuts are starting to be promoted as effective weight loss foods.

Pine nuts are seeds. They are rich in monounsaturated fat, vitamin A, lutein, Vitamin D, and C. They are also a good source of pinoleic acid, iron, and they have antioxidant properties.

A superfood?

Not really. But they are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are considered a “healthy food”.

Alright, a healthy food but what about weight loss?

There is no published research, duplicated or peer-reviewed that shows pine nuts to cause fat loss.

They don’t  cause weight loss but they are very nutritious. Make sure you don’t exaggerate by eating too many. They can make you fat with ease.

14. Mushrooms, Crimini

This mushroom is native in Europe and North America. They can be in two states: immature and mature.

The crimini mushroom is immature and brown. They are also known as portbellos.

Some gurus that are fixated on the fat loss aspect of this food, recommend them for fat loss.

Looking at research and real life application, there’s nothing that shows this food as a good weight loss aid.

They can just be a good substitute for meat. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and they also have a low caloric content. Great for weight loss in case you want to create a caloric deficit.

15. Fennel Tea

Also known as foeniculum vulgare, this plant is mainly used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Lately, there’s some interest in it regarding weight loss.

I’ve heard about claims that it cleans your body, boosts digestion, reduces weight storage, decreases hunger, boosts fat loss. Are they true?

Sadly, there’s no credible evidence that fennel tea can do any of these claims. Its side effects have not been studies but it is considered safe to consume.

The fennel tea is mostly known for improving lactation in women but these effects are not yet researched in depth. Quite in fact, there are some potential risks involved in the consumption of this tea.

16. Fucoxanthin

Fucoxanthin has been marketed as a weight loss supplement for quite a while. It is a Japanese seaweed. It is thought that it first appeared over one billion years ago. Fat loss gurus say it might be the answer to weight loss.

Another magic herb. Great…

This compound is mainly derived from seaweed. It is thought to have some thermogenic properties. Also, it is thought to support healthy liver function. This last claim is important because your liver promotes the correct utilization of fat, and also clears your blood of cholesterol. Does it work like that?

There are some research studies that show its effectiveness but they are done on mice. I haven’t seen any study that shows positive effects in humans.

Even if this compound might work, is can only have an insignificant effect on visceral fat. And visceral fat is the first to go of when you start a diet. Visceral fat is easy to get rid of in the first place.

The conclusion?

Yet another hyped-up compound.

17. Avocados

There are plenty of claims surrounding avocados as being good for weight management.

It is true that avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats. It is true they are low in sugars. It is true they are packed with vitamins and minerals.

They offer you some dietary fiber, iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B3, 2, 5, 6, 1, vitamin E, C, and K. Alright, we established they are healthy. But, are they good for weight loss?

They are a source of energy, and like every energy source, they contain about 250-450 calories each.

When it comes to nutrition, avocados are excellent to eat.

When it comes to weight loss, make sure you don’t eat too many. They won’t magically strip the fat from your body. 

They can still make you fat if you exaggerate and eat too many.

18. Chili Peppers

The claim is they cause fat loss because they boost your metabolism and body temperature. They are also supposedly reducing your appetite.

The belief is they can change the heat production of your body, and increase it. This in  turn, should help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism. Is it true?

The main reason why your face burns when you eat them is because of capsacin. 

Capsacin is a molecule that is found in chili peppers and it is responsible for the quick temperature increase via TRPV1 and adrenaline receptors.

There’s no research study done on humans that shows positive weight management effects.

You will get fat if you eat too much food, even if you eat a bag of chili peppers with it. They have numerous health benefits but fat loss isn’t one of them.

Eat them if you like them but that’s all you’ll get from them.

19. Apples

You can find plenty fat loss gurus preaching that apples are good for weight loss. Alright, they are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are also low in calories.

A claim I frequently saw when it comes to weight loss, was about the pectin content of apples. It is said that the pectin from an apple will reduce the calories and sugar that is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Basically, it should block calories and sugar. Sounds interesting, but is it true?

In reality, pectin is just a soluble fiber. It is commonly used in jellies and jams because it gives them the gelatinous consistency.

There’s no published research that clearly demonstrates pectin or apples as being a fat loss food. Although, there’s research that suggests some pectin supplements might have positive effects on cholesterol levels.

20. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is believed to be a great weight loss aid. In fact, there are claims that cinnamon can prevent fat from sticking to your body by improving glycemic control.

Looking at research studies, it seems that cinnamon supplementation doesn’t even improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes.

There is no evidence to show that cinnamon is effective for weight management in people with or without diabetes.

If you like the flavor it adds to your foods, use it.

The reality is that cinnamon won’t negate any calories you ingest. The calories you eat will still be used by your body.

21. Chia seeds

Chia seeds are mostly found in Mexic. They are originating from a plant named Salvia hispanica.

“Chia” means strength. They contain carbohydrates, fiber, omega 3, antioxidants, protein, and calcium. An ounce of chia seeds contains ~140 calories with 12 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, and 11 grams of fiber.

They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Some people and fat loss gurus claim that chia seeds have a special soluble fiber that prevents fat absorption. The same fiber supposedly has cholesterol lowering properties. In theory, it sounds good. What about practice and research?

One of the best research study I could find showed that chia seeds don’t aid in weight loss.

Another study that reviewed all the scientific evidence on chia seeds, found the same.

Eat them if you like them but make sure you don’t go overboard. They are quite calorically dense.

22. Vinegar

Vinegar is present for quite a long time in the fat loss area. 

It is recommended almost everywhere as a liquid that slows carbohydrate absorption. It supposedly keeps you fuller for longer periods of time, and also prevents the breakdown of starch. What’s the reality?

There’s a study that found apple cider vinegar as lowering the GI response of foods.

If you read my article on the glycemic index, you’ll discover that the glycemic index is irrelevant when it comes to weight loss. The same is true with insulin response.

The best study I could find that was done on humans, showed no positive correlation between vinegar and fat loss. It simply doesn’t do jack when it comes to getting rid of fat.

If you like the taste of vinegar, by all means add it to the foods you enjoy eating.

Just don’t get too excited when it comes to losing weight. It won’t do nothing in that area.

23. Pumpkin Seeds

The main claim you can hear is these seeds will decrease your body’s ability to store fat. In one of Dr. Oz’s show, he claimed that eating 1 cup of pumpkin seeds a few times a week, will help you lose weight.

Let’s first see what they contain. Pumpkin seeds are long valued as a great source of zinc, vitamin E, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and also protein (they are quite high in protein with almost ~20%).

They are also a good source of antioxidant vitamins like Vitamin E. Focusing on the weight loss aspect when it comes to pumpkin seeds, what’s the truth?

One cup of pumpkin seeds contains approximately 710 calories.

Eating a few cups of these seeds a week would give you quite a caloric hit. They are high in calories and nutritious, but what about research studies on their ability to combat fat?

No published evidence. Nada. If you like them, eat them. They won’t cause weight loss tho. 

Just make sure you don’t go overboard.

24. Grapefruit

If you are thinking about citruses and weight loss, the good old grapefruit was, and it is still a recommended fruit for weight management. People were trying it for weight loss starting from 1930’s.

The most common belief is that the grapefruit contains certain enzymes that help you regulate insulin and burn the fat.

The reality?

Grapefruits don’t burn fat. Sorry to disappoint you. While there are some studies done on obese people, the results don’t satisfy me.

Those studies didn’t tracked their caloric intake, didn’t tracked what they ate the rest of the day, didn’t tracked exactly how much grapefruit they ate.

If you are still hoping that a grapefruit will melt your fat, you will be disappointed.

There’s no controlled research study to point out they have anything to do with fat loss. The grapefruit is just another nutritious fruit that is packed with vitamin C.

Eat it if you like it.

25. Chocolate

There are claims that chocolate, especially dark chocolate that is high in antioxidants, should prevent the buildup of fat cells in your body.

Is it true?

While chocolate is always great for dessert, sadly, it doesn’t make you lose weight. It is just a nutritious treat that you should eat if you like it.

But make sure you don’t eat too much of it.

You’ll get fat in no time.

26. Watermelon

GIF-Cat-vs.-WatermelonThere are some claims that eating watermelon will cause you to lose weight faster. 

Dr. Oz. specifically made a claim in one of his shows stating that women eating water-rich foods, lost 33% more weight than women following a low fat diet.

Aside from knowing that a watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, C, and antioxidants, I don’t know about any research study to show weight loss by eating this fruit.

The study Dr. Oz. referenced is this one which compared two diets.

One was a low-fat diet and the other was a low-fat diet with fruits and vegetables.

That group that included fruits and vegetables lost ~5lbs more than the normal low-fat group. Those 5 lbs are approximately 33% more at the 6th month mark. 

The thing is that this research study has almost nothing to do with watermelon. It just studies the effects of vegetables and fruits.

Watermelon is low in calories. It’s a great diet food choice. It can keep hunger at bay for long periods of time.

But it doesn’t cause weight loss by itself. It can be used as a tool in your dieting arsenal. I eat watermelon everyday when it’s the season.

27. Quinoa

Quinoa was an important food choice for the ancient Incas. It was cultivated at high altitudes in the Andes region of South America.

The ancient Incas named it “the mother of all grains”. This grain is considered the “nutritious gold of Incas”.

It is considered a superfood because of its high nutritious and protein content. 

It is not a grain, it is a seed. It is also high in iron, contains vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin E, potassium, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, beta carotene, and folic acid. It also has a nice amino acid profile (good for vegetarians).

It is also gluten free.

It’s being promoted as a muscle building and fat loss superfood.

The reality?

You can pretty much gain muscle on caloric surplus if you add Quinoa because it has a complete amino acid profile. You can definitely benefit from more protein in your diet.

Weight loss?

Sadly, it doesn’t influence the weight you lose. Its low in calories and it is a good choice when you are dieting. It will keep you fuller for longer periods of time.

28. Water

For any type of diet you might follow, water is a necessary part. You must drink water to keep yourself hydrated.

There are claims that water can help you lose weight by increasing the rate at which you burn calories. Is it true?

There’s no genuine research study to show this. The only reason you might experience a rapid lose in weight can be because of water flush.

Basically you might hold on water because you drink too little. Once you start drinking more water, you might “flush” your body, and appear to have fewer pounds when you get up on the scale.

That’s not real weight loss. That’s water weight loss.

29. Almonds

Almonds are a source of healthy fats and other nutrients. Sadly, they are packed with calories so you have to take care how many you eat.

It’s easy to overdo on eating them.

For 1 oz. of almonds, you get 165 calories with 6g Protein, 14g Fat, 6g Carbs, and 3.5g fiber.

Are they good for weight loss?

They are just another fat loss fad fruit promoted by fat loss gurus. There’s no research study to point out they can help you get leaner.

Eat them if you like them but make sure you don’t eat too many.

30. Broccoli

eat your broccolli because it's a great fat burning supplementMany diet gurus promote broccoli as being a negative calorie food that should help you cut the calories you ingest.

Nutritious wise, broccoli is high in vitamins and minerals, and also essential dietary fiber. It is a good source of vitamin A, C, K, B6, B2, and also folate. It is also a great source of magnesium and potassium.

The best part about broccoli is its caloric content. It is very low in calories with only 40 calories/cup.

Does broccoli cause weight loss?

No. The main theory by which diet gurus base their recommendations is that eating broccoli will cause your body to burn more energy to digest them than broccoli gives you. There’s no research to clearly show it contributes to weight loss.

How broccoli can help with weight loss?

Indirectly, by keeping you fuller through the day because of its fiber content.

Eat broccoli. It’s healthy. It’s nutritious for your body. Even your parents recommend it. But don’t get tricked by the diet gurus into believing that it will automatically make you lose weight. 

Also, don’t believe the negative calorie bullsh*t.

31. Gama Linoleic Acid (GLA)

Gama Linoleic Acid is a fatty acid. It is found in different plant seed oils like borage oil. It can also be found in some supplements.

GLA is an omega 6 fatty acid which your body can convert to certain substances that can reduce cell growth and inflammation.

The main weight loss claim when it comes to GLA is that it raises your metabolism and reduce the inflammation of lipid cells. This in turn should keep the hunger away from you.

The reality?

Most available studies are done on rats. The results were less body fat accumulation. But this doesn’t apply to us, humans.

Other studies, are done in vitro and it’s the same thing. Doesn’t apply to us.

The only research studies that are relevant to a small degree, only look at weight regain after successful weight loss. The results of this study showed that it can reduce weight regain in obese humans.

Don’t get too excited yet. Their caloric intake wasn’t carefully examined so that makes the only plausible study, almost irrelevant.

32. Chitosan

If you’ve heard about chitosan, you should know by now that it’s a sugar obtained from shellfish including shrimp, lobster, and crabs.

It is quite frequently used to treat obesity and weight loss problems. Does it work?

One of the most common claims I see around is that chitosan can act as an effective barrier in your intestine to block fatty acids from entering into your digestive system. This in turn should make you lose weight. Is it true?

Not at all. Research studies clearly demonstrate that chitosan has irrelevant and minimal effects at best.

It doesn’t work. Another fat burning supplement bites the dust.

33. Calcium Pyruvate

Calcium pyruvate is a natural substance created in our bodies that is important to the digestion of carbohydrates and metabolism.

Many people claim that supplementing with calcium pyruvate can help with fat loss. 

In theory, if you supplement with calcium pyruvate, your body should burn more energy because it is the main material used in cellular respiration.

Another claim I frequently see is that calcium pyruvate supposedly breaks down the fat cells in your body.

Is all of this, true?

Sorry to disappoint you but calcium pyruvate doesn’t do jack for weight loss. A study examined the effects of CP during training on body composition.

The results were not good. Calcium pyruvate doesn’t affect body composition and it might actually negatively impact your blood lipid levels.

I won’t recommend you to supplement with it.

34. Ginseng

Also known as Asian Ginseng, it has many medicinal uses but I will focus on the fat loss aspect. I want to note that in the Western medicine, it is used as a stimulant. In the Chinese medicine, it’s mainly used as a calming agent.

The supposedly mechanism by which Ginseng should help with weight loss is through carbohydrate metabolism. It supposedly affects the way your body handles carbohydrates, improving this process.

There are many supplement companies that are adding ginseng extract to their supplements. It is useful or just another fad ingredient added on labels, to get the supplement price up?

Again, there’s no research study to point out the effectiveness of ginseng for weight loss. 

Quite in contrary, there are studies that are questioning the effectiveness of such supplements. They are not recommending ginseng as a good weight management solution.

Other studies don’t even show any effect on your lipid profile.

It doesn’t work. Save your money.

35. Rhodiola

Also known as Rhodiola Rosacea, it is a herb found at high altitudes in the northern Europe and cold Asia. It was mainly utilized for mood enhancing but lately, it started to be marketed as a potent weight loss supplement.

What are the supposed mechanisms for weight loss?

I will stick to potential weight management effects. 

There are claims by many diet gurus that Rhodiola Rosacea can positively impact exercise performance and increase ATP production (ATP is the primary source of energy for your muscles).

The main weight loss claim is that Rhodiola Rosacea will increase the number of calories you burn, and make your workouts more efficient. Also, it supposedly increases your metabolic rate.

What is the truth?

There is no research study to point out any of the aforementioned positive effects of this plant. 

Furthermore, research is lacking when it comes to this plant. 

And the last one bites the dust.


As you can see from studying my findings, most of these so called top fat burners and top superfoods that should burn fat, don’t really cause weight loss.

I hope I managed to make this list as complete as possible.

Sadly, there are no top fat burners on the market that deliver what they promise. Don’t buy into their marketing plan. Most of the time, these companies will just empty your wallet.

If I forgot to add something, please leave a comment bellow and contribute.

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  1. 7-keto will be an appealing dietary supplement. I personally would certainly love to discover a lot more analysis regarding it

  2. Hi NBB

    So basically what you are telling us, there is no such thing as a Fat Burner! I have two that may hold up. Vitamin E Oil via rape seed oil every day. and Detoxing the liver. Keeping the liver clean.

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