Should You Use A Fat Burner Or Should You UP Your Training?

This time of year I am inundated with questions around fat burners and how many you should use, when you should use them, which one is the strongest and so on! Is a fat burner the right product for you and will using one enhance the rate at which you reach your goal? Fat loss is regarded as one of the hardest goals to achieve because you are constantly battling between eating right, exercising and staying disciplined towards not eating rubbish food. The question remains, will using a fat burner help you or is it a case of stepping up your training which is the key?

The Benefits Of Using A Fat Burner

Fat burners contain active ingredients which can help your body metabolise fat as energy through a particular set of ingredients. Ingredients like green tea extract, caffeine, CLA and L Carnitine when combined together can help eliminate fat from your body and increase the amount which is lost. However like most products there are other factors to consider which I will point out now..

Discipline Is Everything

If you opt to use a fat burner it doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want, this will just simply undo all of your hard work and effort you have put in. A common mistake people make is that when using a fat burner, the diet goes out of the window and you forget to stick with healthy food which has helped you so far to get to where you are right now. So using a fat burner means staying disciplined with everything you eat regardless of the fact you are now using a supplement.

When To Use It?

Fat burners should be taken on an empty stomach 30 minutes before a main meal so that they can begin working. Ideally, I think you should be using a fat burner at the final stages upon reaching your goal. This is because at this point in your journey you will have stubborn areas which will need attacking and this can really help. If you use a fat burner too early in your quest of losing fat then your body may get used to it and it won't work as well when you need it most.

What About Upping Your Training?

What if all you really need to do is increase your training and work at a new level of intensity? What if you have hit a plateau in your workouts and now it is time to mix it up and make the change. Mixing up your routines and increasing the intensity of them is a sure fire way of burning fat from your body. This can be done in many ways, increasing the amount of reps you perform, increasing your amount of HIIT, increasing your weights and so on! However you are going to increase your training you will first need to look at your old routine and adjust it accordingly.


Whether you use a fat burner or increase your training, it should help with your training and giving you the results you need! Opting for a supplement may help you psychologically to perform better so changing your routine and using a supplement could help you see better results. For more information on what fat burners to use, leave a comment below and we will get back to you :)

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.


  • joseph conway
    April 4, 2014 joseph conway

    Hi there, this was a very interesting read, however i'm 26, 13% body fat, 5'9 and 9 stone 7lbs... i have my first holiday in july im wanting to be more lean as in abs, more defined chest! Would a fat burner be a supplement you would recommend in my situation? Thanks for your time?

    • Tom

      Hi Joseph, there is often a stubborn layer of fat that can cover the abs and pecs reducing the impression of size. I would say that a fat burner can increase the metabolic rate whilst also mobilising fat stores. This should contribute to tone and definition ready for your holiday. They will only be effective if combined with regular activity and a calories controlled, balanced diet.

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