Before we get started, let’s quickly cover the points we assess when we are rating a fat burner. 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 Fat Burners
Performance Lab Sport Fat Burner
Our Top 3 Fat Burners – 2019
Shred CBD is the fat burning blockbuster product for 2019, and one of the first fat burners to take advantage of the newly legal and widely available CBD Oil.
Those that follow the development of CBD will know of the wide range of health benefits it’s being linked with. Fat burning is just one of them, this product contains a high dose (1200mg) of extremely high quality CBD Isolate backed by more traditional fat burning ingredients.
GOLD MEDAL – top quality frontrunner on the new age of CBD supplements. Some might say the product is simplistic but it an extremely high grade supplement.
It’s unfortunate that it’s currently only available in the USA, we understand there are plans to roll it out further afield, and the market will readily receive this. A great weight loss product for those wanting the benefits of CBD Oil. A worthy winner of the gold medal.
At a Glance
1200mg of CBD Isolate Per Bottle
Claims backed by solid scientific studies
Manufactured in the USA (UK owned company)
Shipped from California
#2 – Performance Lab Sport Fat Burner
Performance Lab’s Sport Fat Burner is a laser-focused product. Four fat ingredients designed to shred fat whilst maintaining muscle mass – using super high grade, patented standarizations to ensure you get the full benefit from each one.
And no stimulants. This isn’t a product that will have you worrying about your caffeine intake of whether you will get the jitters. It has an undemanding serving schedule, and a profile designed to allow you to safely consume it every day. This is a high quality product.
SILVER MEDAL – Performance Lab are one of the ‘new breed’ of supplement companies. They have been well named, a range of stackable dietary and nootropic supplements with a total focus on performance enhancement, but an emphasis on safety and total quality.
Their Sport Range Fat Burner is a beautifully constructed product and prime example of their ethos – you take the very best ingredients, source them from the very best manufacturers, combine them in high quality prebiotic capsules. And then sell them for a reasonable price. Silver overall, but a gold medal for anybody living outside the US, or who doesn’t want to take CBD.
At a Glance
Coleus Forskholli to burn fat
HMB to cut excess weight and retain muscle
Cayenne pepper to promote thermogenesis
BioPerine® to enable effective absorption
#3 – Instant Knockout
Instant Knockout was originally developed to help get MMA stars into peak condition before a fight.
Its list of premium ingredients is designed not only to incinerate fat, but also to increase physical energy and mental focus, allowing you to look and perform like the professionals it was first intended for.
Bronze MEDAL – The Instant Knockout Bottle is shaped like a fist, which is fitting because this product packs a serious punch.
The balance is there, with powerful thermogenic ingredients green tea and cayenne pepper front and center to melt away those calories, supported by caffeine to boost your energy and metabolism, and the best organic appetite regulation Mother Nature has to offer in Glucomannan fiber.
Instant Knockout has reigned supreme at the top of ‘Best’ fat burner lists for years, but it is 5 years old now. It contains a lot of caffeine and a high amount of green tea extract. We’re still big fans, but it can no longer command the top spot in our top fat burners list.
At a Glance
Green tea and cayenne pepper promote thermogenesis
Caffeine raises metabolism and boosts energy
Glucomannan to help control appetite
B vitamins to further support fat burning
Ingredients to Beware Of
As anybody who has read our reviews will know – there are many ingredients which have a 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:
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 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 its availability in regulated western markets, it can be easily obtained online from unregulated vendors in South East Asia.
DANGER CLASS: DANGEROUS
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 flavored 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
Also going by its aliases bitter orange extract and citrus aurantium, synephrine is commonly found in fat burners and pre-workouts.
Synephrine isn’t necessarily dangerous on its 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 absolute no-no.
Why? Because you have absolutely no idea how 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)
Also referred to as Yohimbine, this natural tree bark can assist with appetite suppression and is therefore commonly found in fat burner supplements. There have been some very positive studies done on Yohimbe in relation to its 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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