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"Fat Burners"

4 years 2 weeks ago #66 by The Fast Doctor
The Fast Doctor created the topic: "Fat Burners"
“Fat Burners”

Exploiting our gullibility, many crafty marketers convince people to lighten their purses in order to lighten their bodies.. by selling them things to put into those bodies.

A large part of this marketing consists of convincing the client that the substance they buy is safe. Our instinct that Mother Nature only wishes the best for her children makes for an easy target: Calling the product “Natural” often makes people believe it is harmless. BUT:


Despite patient perceptions that herbal remedies are free of adverse effects, some supplements are associated with severe hepatotoxicity. The present report describes a young healthy woman who presented with fulminant hepatic failure requiring emergent liver transplantation caused by a dietary supplement and fat burner containing usnic acid, green tea and guggul tree extracts.

Be careful with perceptions. Bear in mind that poison Ivy is perfectly natural. As is puff adder venom and the element Arsenic.

Whilst it is true that most healthy and wholesome good things are natural, the reverse does not always hold: Not all natural things are good and healthy.

The best way to “burn fat” is not to build it in the first place.. that is, eating only as much as is necessary. But once there, fat need not be “burned” destructively. It is, after all, a source of energy. We “burn” it by using it: Exercise and Thinking are two ways of using excess energy (“calories”) in a constructive way.


The brain makes up 2% of a person's weight. Despite this, even at rest, the brain consumes 20% of the body's energy. The brain consumes energy at 10 times the rate of the rest of the body per gram of tissue.

But most evidence indicates that the energy consumption of the brain does not change meaningfully between passivity and activity. Most of the energy is apparently needed simply to keep it going. Thus getting moving remains the only way of meaningfully increasing energy expenditure.


Please note that all my posts are "generic", often theoretically speculating about the topic. It should NOT be considered individual medical advice, which remains the prerogative of your own registered medical practitioner after proper consultation, examination and investigations as necessary....

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