The Shreditor’s Choice – Best Fat Burners

The Shreditor’s Choice – Best Fat Burners

Getting lean - the best of the best for shredding unwanted fat.

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Who is this article aimed at?
Anybody who has spent countless hours trying to find a fat burning supplement which will work, is reasonably priced, and is produced by a reputable company.
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The Best Fat Burners

A healthy diet and exercise are always going to be your best route to losing excess weight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bit of help along the way.

The best way to avoid dangerous diet pills is to stick to natural fat burners.

However, even then there’s still a lot of work to be done separating the brands that will burn through fat from the ones that’ll just burn through your bank account.

Can’t be bothered, huh? Yeah, we don’t blame you. So allow us.

This article is a summary of everything you need to know. The products we rate, the ingredients to avoid, a short buyer’s guide to help

How We Rate Products

Before we get started, let’s quickly cover the points we assess when we are rating a test booster. We go quite in-depth in this site in individual reviews, but to sum up what we are evaluating;

• The Ingredients – What is in it, and what are the dosages. Importantly, also what is missing.
• Price – Not just the cost but whether the product offers value for money or not.
• Availability – It might be wonderful, but can you actually buy it anywhere?
• Trust – You are putting these products into your body, can they be trusted?
• Testimonials – What are others saying about the product
• The Manufacturer – Who makes it, and what do we know about them.

The online world of supplements is a murky, shark-infested swamp of a place. We have navigated those swamps and dodged those sharks to bring you the best of the best.


Summary of Scores - Top 3 Fat Burners

Instant Knockout

Instant Knockout

Shred Jym

Shred Jym

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

#1 – Instant Knockout
Gold Medal - Top Fat Burner

Instant Knockout is an entirely natural fat burner from U.K based supplement company, Roar Ambition Ltd, which was originally developed to help get MMA stars into peak condition before a fight, but is now available for the general public.

Its list of premium ingredients is designed not only to safely burn fat, but also to increase physical energy and mental focus, allowing you to look and perform like the professionals it was first intended for.

  • Positives

    • All natural
    • Great thermogenic ingredients
    • Effective appetite regulation
    • Strong metabolism, energy and focus boosters
    • No proprietary blends
    • Trustworthy company
    • Shipped from the U.S & U.K
    • Good value for money
  • Negatives

    • Available from official website only
    • Slightly more expensive

Verdict

The Instant Knockout Bottle is shaped like a fist, which is fitting because this product packs a serious punch. The ingredient profile is the best we’ve seen by some way.

The balance is damn near perfect, with powerful thermogenic ingredients green tea and cayenne pepper front and center to melt away those calories, supported by a sensible amount of caffeine to boost your energy and metabolism, and the best organic appetite regulation Mother Nature has to offer in Glucomannan fiber.

This quality across the board is what sets Instant Knockout apart from the competition and is what inspires so many impressive testimonials from users of all ages, both sexes and various physiques. This stuff clearly gets results.

Instant Knockout is only available from the official website and is a little more expensive than the average, but then again, its performance is anything but average, so we would absolutely say it’s worth a purchase.

The bar has been raised with Instant Knockout, our worthy champion.


#2 Shred Jym
Silver Medal - Runner Up Fat Burner

Shred Jym is an all-natural fat burner from the range of supplements by respected former Bodybuilder, Jim Stoppanni.

It has two simple but desirable aims: to cut excess body fat, while boosting energy levels and allowing users to keep on working out.

  • Positives

    • All natural
    • Strong thermogenic ingredients
    • Good energy and metabolism enhancers
    • No proprietary blends
    • Trustworthy company
    • Good value for money
  • Negatives

    • No appetite regulation
    • Contains Synephrine which can cause side effects
    • Only available in U.S

Verdict

Jim Stoppanni’s name on any supplement is a real mark of quality and most of the ingredients chosen here are effective and well dosed. Green tea and cayenne pepper are great choices as the main burners again, and there’s a healthy amount of caffeine too. Other organic stimulants such as Acetyl-L-Carnitine and L-Tyrosine are added to keep you really sharp and energized.

Shred Jym misses top spot because the strength of multiple stimulants may cause problems for users depending on their tolerance. Particularly as one of them is Synephrine – read more about that below. Suffice to say it’s only because we know the dosages in Shred Jym that we let Dr Jim off the hook.

Shred Jym also lacks anything to help with inevitable hunger pangs. Users are left to white knuckle it on will power alone.


#3 Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen
Bronze Medal - Third Placed Fat Burner

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen is a popular natural fat burner from supplement company Muscletech, and makes up part of their impressive Performance Series.

A consistently strong seller since its release, the recently updated formula promises to deliver increased weight loss as well as extreme energy and mental focus.

  • Positives

    • All natural
    • Great green coffee bean blend
    • Potent energy, focus and metabolism boosters
    • Available in U.K & U.S
    • Trustworthy company
  • Negatives

    • Lacks key thermogenic ingredients
    • No appetite regulation
    • Stimulant strength too much for some
    • Features proprietary blend

Verdict

Hydroxycut’s main players are green coffee bean and caffeine, two excellent choices for burning fat and increasing metabolic rate.

Natural stimulants are essential for losing weight quickly and with so much on offer here, we’re not surprised it gets results. If anything Hydroxycut is too focused on energy and metabolism.

Green coffee bean isn’t supported by any other thermogenic ingredients, no appetite suppressors are included and the stimulants are so potent that those without a high tolerance may struggle.

Overall

We’ve no doubt that all 3 of these will help you shed weight, it’s about how they do it and who that’s best suited to.

Hydroxycut Hardcore has some thermogenic qualities, no appetite suppressors and goes all out on the stimulants. You’ll reach your goal, but unless you’re made of stern stuff it could be a bumpy ride.

Shred Jym gives more attention to thermogenic ingredients but also offers no help with battling hunger and still goes big on the stimulants, which could be a shock to the system.

Instant Knockout is the best all round product. Plenty of thermogenic components, stimulant levels that won’t put a strain on any user and effective, organic appetite regulation.

Ingredients to Beware Of

As anybody who has read our reviews will know – there are many ingredients which have dubious clinical pedigree, or have been thoroughly debunked in tests.

If that was as bad as it got that would still be bad. It’s not as bad as it gets though, it gets much much worse.

Some of the ingredients you’ll find in fat burners and pre-workouts are outright dangerous. Encountering these ingredients is far more common than you’d think.

We’ve done a quick summary on some of the most common ingredients to watch out for:

2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP)

DNP is old school. In much the same way that smallpox was old school. It was designated as ‘not fit for human consumption’ as far back as 1938, so we are not publishing some breaking scoop here by telling you it’s bad news.

Despite the dangers being known about for 80 years, unscrupulous people still sell it and unwitting consumers still consume it.

It can raise metabolic rate by up to 50%, and usage results in dramatic weight loss. But at a terrible price. It can cause severe overheating, dehydration, vomiting, a racing heartbeat and eventually death.

DANGER CLASS: EXTREME

Ephedrine

Ephedrine has been in the news many times in the last few years, normally in relation to sports. It works by stimulating the heart, lungs and nervous system. The resulting increase in metabolic activity causes the body to consume calories and burn fat.

It is potent though, and taking it puts a huge pressure and strain on the body, even amongst healthy young people. Side effects of Ephedrine include strokes, heart attacks, tachycardia, seizures, paranoid schizophrenia, nausea, and vomiting

Whilst recent crackdowns have reduced it’s availability in regulated western markets, it can be easily obtained online from unregulated vendors in South East Asia.

DANGER CLASS: DANGEROUS

Aspartame

Aspartame is a synthetic sweetener which is widely used in the food industry. The place you are most likely to encounter it is in diet sodas but it also commonly features in flavoured powder supplements.

There are over 90 documented side-effects from aspartame, and it is estimated that over 75% of adverse reactions to food additives can be attributed to aspartame.

From depression and insomnia through to heart palpitations and even death, it can also worsen symptoms of serious medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and epilepsy.

Some nutritionists refer to aspartame as a ‘chemical poison’ (depending on the manufacturer a small percentage may even contain the poison methanol), and it’s not difficult to find reams of heated online discussion about it.

The bottom line is that there’s no reason to be using it – there are perfectly safe natural sweeteners and they are used in the best fat burners and best pre-workouts.

DANGER CLASS: MODERATE

Synephrine

Also going by it’s aliases bitter orange extract and citrus aurantium, synephrine is commonly found in fat burners and pre-workouts.

Synephrine isn’t necessarily dangerous on it’s own, the severe side effects occur when it is there in large dosages and combined with caffeine in large dosages. Which is obviously a problem.

Not only is caffeine use (and over-use) in the form of coffee consumption widespread and considered completely normal, many of these fat burners and pre-workouts which contain synephrine also contain large amounts of caffeine. So anything using a proprietary blend containing both synephrine and caffeine is an absolutel no-no.

Why? Because you have absolutely no idea hwo much of each you are taking.

When we say ‘severe side effects’ we are talking about heart attacks and death.

The link between synephrine and heart attacks / ischemic strokes was made as far back as 2005 following the case of a man who started supplementing with synephrine a week before his attack.

And in 2009 a legal case was launched by a 24 year old who suffered a severe heart attack after using Nutrex Lipo-6x, a fat burner which at the time contained a large amount of synephrine.

DANGER CLASS: DANGEROUS (with caffeine)

Yohimbe

Also referred to as Yohimbine, this natural tree bark can assist with appetite suppression and is therefore commony found in fat burner supplements. There have been some very positive studies done on Yohimbe in relation to it’s ability in curbing hunger, and dosed correctly we here often treat it as a positive in a formula.

The trouble is that many manufacturers obscure the amounts they include in a ‘proprietary blend’ which means we have no idea how much of this is in the mix. Depending on your bodyweight there could easily be too much.

Consuming too much of it can cause side-effects such as gastrointestinal distress, anxiety and hypertension.

DANGER CLASS: LOW

tl; dr ... Short and to the Point
Who is this article aimed at?
Anybody who has spent countless hours trying to find a fat burning supplement which will work, is reasonably priced, and is produced by a reputable company.
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Instant Knockout

Instant Knockout

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  • Overall Score: 9.3/10

As a package, Instant Knockout is definitely the strongest natural fat burner we’ve seen yet.

Remember, it's made to support guys and girls doing just about the most physically demanding thing you could expect a body to do, so it would have to be. As guinea pigs go, MMA fighters aren’t bad.

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Shred Jym

Shred Jym

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  • Overall Score: 8.9/10

Plenty of green tea, cayenne pepper and caffeine for starters. There's a lot of focus on helping you to exercise and burn fat, rather than just burning fat.

And while we respect Shred Jym's natural, no proprietary blend approach, we think it's a little mean not to lend a hand with cravings.

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Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

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  • Overall Score: 8.8/10

Good sales figures don’t tell you everything but they must tell you something.

Hydroxycut’s stimulant heavy approach clearly works for some but there are smoother, more balanced ways to burn fat just as effectively.

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Trans4orm Thermogenic Energizer

Trans4orm Thermogenic Energizer

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  • Overall Score: 7.9/10

Strong sales figures don't always mean a strong product so in this review we look at if Trans4orm Thermogenic Energizer can live up to the hype.

Where it's strong, where it could use improvement and whether it's ultimately worth your time and money

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Six Star Thermogenic Shred

Six Star Thermogenic Shred

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  • Overall Score: 7.7/10

The price is good but the formula is just average.

A lot of focus on boosting energy, but fat burning components are not as strong as they could be and there's no help to control hunger.

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SHR3D-X

SHR3D-X

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  • Overall Score: 7/10

Not bad, but patchy formula and hidden doses stop us getting too enthusiastic. Therefore we'd advise you save your cash for a burner that talks the talk AND walks the healthy calorie burning walk.

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Shredabolic Igniter Review

Shredabolic Igniter Review

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  • Overall Score: 7.1/10

Despite some good ingredient choices, a few questionable decisions and poor serving schedule, combined with lukewarm customer reviews mean on balance we wouldn’t recommend Shred-Abolic Igniter, at least until they’ve ironed out a few of the problems.

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Thermo Matrix

Thermo Matrix

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  • Overall Score: 7.9/10

A promising fat burner with plenty going for it in the formula and price department.

Just a couple of questionable ingredients and a disappointing serving schedule that left us a bit cold. Still a solid effort though.

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Sheer Thermo

Sheer Thermo

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  • Overall Score: 7.1/10

Decent on the stimulant front, but what Sheer Thermo needs to be a real contender is some appetite regulation and, ironically more thermogenic components.

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Vexxum

Vexxum

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  • Overall Score: 7.3/10

Vexxum is no dud but some of the choices made in this burner make its users a specific type.

If you don’t mind plenty of stimulants lighting a fire under you for a few hours a day so you can put in all the fat burning leg work, Vexxum is a great buy.

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Trans4orm

Trans4orm

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  • Overall Score: 7.9/10

There’s the basis of a solid fat burner here which just seems to veer off in too many directions at once.

Had they kept it a bit simple with tried and tested ingredients in the vein of green tea and caffeine it would’ve scored higher for us. Still potentially worth a punt if you’re willing to risk the more questionable choices.

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LeanMode

LeanMode

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  • Overall Score: 6.9/10

There are certainly high spots you can pick out of LeanMode as a product. Natural choices, no proprietary blends with green tea and green coffee bean. The Acetyl-L-Carnitine may help some also.

But the good is balanced with some downsides. LeanMode is unlikely to help suppress your appetite despite what it may claim, and removing most of the caffeine really takes the edge off LeanMode's effectiveness

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Lipo-6 Black

Lipo-6 Black

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  • Overall Score: 7.3/10

Lipo-6 Black is certainly cheap and contains enough stimulants to have some effect, but there are far more efficient, safer and better balanced burners out there for sure.

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Destroy The Enemy

Destroy The Enemy

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  • Overall Score: 7.2/10

Dana Linn Bailey has done well to stand out from the YouTube crowd but her burner is anything but stand out.

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Kaged Muscle Clean Burn

Kaged Muscle Clean Burn

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  • Overall Score: 7.2/10

Clean Burn is like someone started making a good burner, got distracted and wandered off. It's missing too many key ingredients of a really good fat burner.

Quality over quantity is great, but the quality has to be there. It's not terrible choice of fat burner but it ain't that great.

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Grenade Black Ops

Grenade Black Ops

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  • Overall Score: 8.3/10

Grenade Black Ops might seem like the perfect way to burn fat because they don't come much burnier than grenades.

Past the marketing though, a few strong point and a low price can't make up for the flaws that stop us championing this supplement.

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Nite Burn Review

Nite Burn Review

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  • Overall Score: 8.3/10

However understandable Nite-Burn’s lack of stimulants may be, the fact remains nearly all burners we review really struggle without them and this is no different. What’s less understandable is the lack of info on dosage and some highly questionable ingredients.

Nite-Burn is a nice idea, but one unlikely to deliver much in the way of results

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BSN Clean

BSN Clean

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  • Overall Score: 8.1/10

BSN Clean is a burner heading in the right direction, but falls short of challenging the best products because of what it lacks.

The thermogenic profile is light, a few ingredients are relatively unproven and appetite control is missing altogether.

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POG Cuts FTS

POG Cuts FTS

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  • Overall Score: 7.3/10

You know I've got through this whole review and only just realised I have no idea what FTS stands for? Can't find out anywhere. Anyway, reviewing POG Cuts FTS made me think of a few other letters.

A few ingredients were like WTF? And the poor serving schedule is a S.O.B, but at least green tea and caffeine mean this supplement won't do S.F.A. Definitely better choices out there though.

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Grenade Thermo Detonator

Grenade Thermo Detonator

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  • Overall Score: 7.2/10

So as it turns out a Thermo Detonator review is really two reviews;

A clear British product with just about everything in it you need to burn fat, but a real and unnecessary risk of serious side effects.

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Animal Cuts

Animal Cuts

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  • Overall Score: 6.2/10

A look at the exhaustive list of ingredients in Animal Cuts might make you think they've got everything you need for a great burner. That might be true, but the real question is, do they have enough of it in amongst everything else going on? Check our review to find out.

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QuadraLean Thermogenic

QuadraLean Thermogenic

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  • Overall Score: 6.2/10

There are a few good points to QuadraLean Thermogenic but they're out weighed by what needs improvement. This review takes you through what you need to to know and ultimately why you need to no.

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Burn-XT

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  • Overall Score: 6.5/10

Burn-XT has what looks like a strong line up but dig a little deeper and you find it's not really making the most of what it's got. Our review takes you through the rights, wrongs and 'what's going on?'s of this Jacked Factory fat burner.

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Blade

Blade

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  • Overall Score: 6.9/10

Not the worst fat burner available but probably one of the more expensive and not nearly the best. 

For this kind of money we would recommend cutting out the proprietary blends or worries about side effects, and go for a more proven option

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Strong To The Core Fat Burner

Strong To The Core Fat Burner

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  • Overall Score: 6.6/10

Strong To The Core Fat Burner has a handful of good ingredients and isn't overly expensive, but promises of a 100% formula have rather blown up in TNT's face.

TNT's fat burner starts to smoulder a maybe, but never catches light and definitely doesn't blow our minds. Cool bottle, but it's whats inside that counts and we've seen much better out there

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Red Trim

Red Trim

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  • Overall Score: 6.8/10

We really wanted to like Red Trim because it is one of relatively few fat burners which doesn’t use proprietary blends, but ultimately the ingredients just aren’t good enough and it suffers the same fate as most every other stimulant free options we’ve seen.

Aside from a possible energy boost, largely irrelevant.

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The Ripper

The Ripper

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  • Overall Score: 6.3/10

Will you end up with as much fat as the guy on the front of the tub? We hope not, it's not a good look.

This fat burner is really more of a pre-workout, so stim heavy is it. It's a one dimensional product, and it has it's issues.

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Iron Addicts Will Power

Iron Addicts Will Power

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  • Overall Score: 6.1/10

C.T Fletcher is a larger than life bodybuilder. If you're starting to look a little larger than life in the wrong way, he thinks he's got the product for you.

Ultimately though Iron Addicts Will Power doesn't do its creator justice and our review explains why.

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360 Lean Review

360 Lean Review

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  • Overall Score: 6.7/10

With such strong reviews it’s probable 360 Cut works for more hardened burner users based on the stimulants alone.

However those looking for a smoother ride with more proven ingredients, fewer side effects and less second guessing the label could do much better.

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Furious Cuts

Furious Cuts

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  • Overall Score: 5.9/10

No wonder Furious Pete is so furious. He's presumably angry at himself that he didn't put more thermogenics and stellar fat burning ingredients into his fat burner.

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