So you might be wondering what the difference is between a fat burner and an appetite suppressant. The most similar thing about them is that they usually both have a similar goal of helping you lose weight. After that, things start getting a little different. An appetite suppressant works by either chemically or mechanically helping you want to eat less or lose and hunger cravings and pains. For more on appetite suppressants, read my article here.
What Are The Differences?
Fat burners work a bit differently, but it doesn’t actually just target the fat and “melt it off”.
In fact it doesn’t have anything to do with your fat. A fat burner works by increasing the amount of calories you burn in a single day. This is generally achieved through increasing your internal temperature thermogenically. If your body is producing more heat than usual, that’s going to lead to weight loss since heat is a by product of energy.
So by increasing your internal temperature, the regulation process your body goes through to get to the right temp of around 98.6 celcius requires calories to be burned. Just like when you are super cold and shivering, this process also uses lots of energy (calories) in order to help you keep warm. If you don’t understand what a calorie is, click here for my article on calories.
So now that we know how fat burners work, let’s get into how these fat burners make your body temperature go up. Fat burner’s have a stimulant in them that increases your production of norepinephrine as well as epinephrine. This in turn keeps you alert and burning energy.
An appetite suppressant on the other hand has the ability to create less food cravings, which can be a great tool to have when you are going to a low calorie diet. This can make the difference from having that feeling of needing a cheat meal every other day. Consider using one in conjunction with a fat burner. This can lead to better results, but make sure there aren’t any conflicting ingredients, or you might end up with double the amount of caffeine you wanted for instance.
Are appetite suppressants or fat burner’s better?
This is a hard one to compare since technically they don’t perform the same function, but the end goal is the same. In my humble opinion, usually the best thing you can do is not use either. If you can keep a strict diet without using either of these two products, it can really lead to a healthier lifestyle overall.
BUT if you had to use one, I would start off using an appetite suppressant. To be more specific, I would use one that follows the mechanical function through the use of fiber. This is the safest way for you to feel full, without having to mess around with chemicals in your body.
After that though, using an appetite suppressant or fat burner comes down to choice. Some people like using fat burners since they think they can eat more. If this is the case, then trust me, the fat burner will not work. A fat burner may get your body to burn an extra 100 calories a day. Eatings to compensate for the lost calories is the wrong mindset to have when dieting.
On the other hand, an appetite suppressant might be able to stop you from eating that cupcake, that clocks in a whopping 250 calories. For this reason alone, I would get with an appetite suppressant.
Do either of these products affect working out?
Both of these products can have an effect on your ability to workout. If you are taking a fat burner with stimulants in them, taking a pre-workout is a large risk that should be avoided. If you are taking an appetite suppressant, it’s best to not take pre workout as well, since most of those have caffeine in them to decrease appetite.
Dangers Of Using These Supplements!
Both of these supplements can have serious consequences. Diet pills are only able to do so much, don’t expect miracles. If you take it for a while and don’t see results, don’t blame the pills, blame the diet. For heaven’s sake please don’t take more pills of any kind to get faster results. This WON’T result in better or faster results, and could end up with an ambulance ride!
Tips when using either of these supplements:
Realistic expectations: When using either of these products, make sure to have a healthy diet with realistic goals. Too many people end up using a diet that is extremely unrealistic, like a 800 calorie a day diet. This is next to impossible to maintain, and can lead to a failed diet. It’s easy to give up when you feel like you’re starving. Start with a 300-400 calorie deficit.
Drink lots of water: A glass of cold water can almost be considered one of the best appetite AND fat burner supplements available. The cold water makes your body use more energy to increase your internal temperature back to it’s normal self. On top of this, lots of cases of hunger pains can be attributed to thirst pains. When you get dehydrated, it’s easy to mistaken these two signals.
Sleep well: Sleeping for a proper length of time can lead to improved results. A good night’s sleep will leave you with more energy, as well as less time to eat everyday. This is ALMOST like an appetite suppressant. You can’t eat if you’re sleeping. Refrain from eating late night snacks or midnight snacks.
Hopefully this information can help you make an informed decision when you consider buying any type of appetite suppressant or fat burner. Make sure to try all the natural methods first then move on to the next steps slowly, and NEVER over do it!