Choosing a diet pill or weight loss supplement that is right for you can be difficult, especially as there are so many products on the market. Our reviews help to separate the good products from the bad, but it is also a good idea to know what type of diet pill you want.
Whilst there are lots of different types of diet pills, broadly classified by how they aid weight loss, the most confusion seems to be between fat burners and fat binders.
Below we go into detail about how each of these two types of diet pills work, how they differ, and the pros and cons of each.
Fat binding supplements do not directly affect the fat stored in your body. Instead, fat binders affect dietary fat, binding with it and preventing some of it from being fully digested and absorbed by the body, essentially reducing the number of calories taken from a meal. Fat binders are usually plant based. They are often confused with Fat Blockers, which act upon the fat digestive enzymes in your stomach, blocking the fats from being digested and broken down by these enzymes.
Fat Binders can give you a further edge when dieting, as they reduce the amount of calories you get from fat each day. However, they will not help you at all if you have no fat in your diet; if your next meal has no fat content (for example a salad with no dressing or steamed vegetables), then taking fat binding tablets will have no benefit and will be a waste of the tablets. However, if your meal includes meats (even lean meats have some fat content), dairy, eggs, or cooking oils, then taking a fat binder will have some benefit.
Whilst Fat Binders affect the dietary fat in your digestive system, fat burners affect stored fat in your body. Fat burners encourage your body to use the stored fat in your body as a source of energy.
Green tea, for example, increases lipolysis, which is one of several methods that the body uses to break down fat, and also increases thermogenesis, the process of using energy to create heat in the body. Caffeine is another example of a well-known and reliable fat burner.
Many fat burners are stimulant based, and therefore also cause an energy boost; this energy boost makes sense if you think about it, as your body is burning more fuel (fat), your energy levels are bound to increase. This boost to energy levels is great for supporting a regular exercise routine, and counteracting the sluggish feeling that sometimes occurs during the first few days of dieting.
The important thing to note about both Fat Burners and Fat Binders is that they are designed to support other weight loss efforts, especially dieting. Over-relying upon weight loss supplements without tackling overeating or a sedentary lifestyle will not lead to weight loss, and could even cause weight gain! If you struggle with hunger when dieting, a fat binder supplement will help to slightly reduce the calorific value of your food, but should still be combined with smaller meals than you regularly eat. If you struggle with feeling sluggish whilst dieting, an energy boosting fat burner may be more up your street.
Sometimes supplements can cause side effects. The various side effects that can develop due to taking a supplement vary hugely, but taking supplements correctly and in the correct doses will minimise the chances of side effects developing.
Fat Binders can cause side effects such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and gas. You may also experience an increase in the number or frequency of bowel movements, as many fat binders are fibre-based. Drinking plenty of water with the capsule can help to reduce the chances of side effects occurring. Digestive side effects of fat binders typically fade within a few days, as your body gets used to the increased dietary fibre content.
Fat Burners are often stimulant based and so can interrupt sleeping patterns if taken too late in the day. Some can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Thermogenic boosting supplements can cause increased sweating, as obviously they cause the body to create more heat!
Ultimately this depends on your needs. If you can tolerate caffeine and other stimulants, and are seeking a boost of energy as well as a boost to your daily calorie burn, then a fat burning supplement will be a good option for you. Fat Burners are also great for using just before a workout, to make the most of the energy boost they provide! One of our top approved fat burners is Phentaslim which contains effective doses of green tea, cayenne pepper, and caffeine, all of which act as metabolism boosters and thermogenic ingredients, helping to increase your fat burning potential!
Fat Binders are generally a good option for everyone unless you are specifically eating a fat-free diet. Remember that Fat Binders only work when taken before eating a meal that actually contains fats! Fat Binders are also a good option to use on “cheat days”, to help reduce the fallout from the increased calorific content of your cheat day meals. Providing you do not overestimate the value of a fat binder (and avoid overeating, in the hopes that this has already been compensated for), a fat binding supplement can help to speed up your weight loss progress.
The good news is that generally you can combine a fat burner and a fat binder for increased results, as they affect completely different areas of weight loss! Just remember to follow the instructions on the packs properly for optimum results.
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