Losing weight and achieving the ideal body is never easy. Even if you’re already with a fitness trainer and are on the road to fitness, you’re probably thinking of whether you can speed up the process. Fortunately, fat burner supplements might be able to help you with just that. The problem is that most fat burners are made with stimulants such as caffeine which might bring more side effects than benefits. The Two Types of Fat Burners The first type is the stimulant based fat burners. These supplements have ingredients that can stimulate the nervous system. This will result in an increase in heart rate and adrenaline release, which is basically increasing your stress response. The second type is the non-stimulant fat burners. Unlike the first one, these do not contain any ingredients that affect the nervous system and come with no side effects on the nervous system. Why You Need To Be Wary of Stimulant Fat Burners Most of us consume some form of stimulant on a regular basis, the most common of which is caffeine (in coffee and tea). However, everybody responds to such substances in a different way and some people are especially sensitive. Caffeine is metabolized by our liver and the body’s ability to metabolize this substance is dictated by our genes. Some people just cannot metabolize caffeine as quickly, which leads to hypersensitivity to these substances. This can result in insomnia, jitters, increased heart rate, and in worse cases, it can exacerbate anxiety disorders. On the other end of the spectrum are those who process caffeine so quickly that it has no effect on them at all. Ephedrine is a common strong stimulant in fat burners that especially affect blood pressure and heart rate. The production of cortisol, a stress hormone, also increases. Because of this, a person taking a stimulant fat burner can experience anxiety and stress. There are even cases where people died from consuming too much ephedrine which has led it to being banned in many places in the world. What are the best non-stimulant fat burners? • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is derived from omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. It is a natural fatty acid that is mostly present in dairy products and meat. Because of the action of linoleic acid, CLA is one of the active ingredients in appetite suppressants. It helps your body use fat as an energy source and also helps in preventing fat storage. Another benefit is that it has been shown to boost testosterone in men. • Carnitine Carnitine, also called L-carnitine or acetyl l-carnitine, is an amino acid produced by the body with the use of lysine and methionine. It facilitates in transferring the fatty acids to the mitochondria to undergo oxidation. After that, these fatty acids will become energy that the body can use. Aside from that, carnitine also prevents fat storage and makes you burn more calories. • Exogenous Ketones Exogenous Ketones have ketones as it’s active ingredient. This supplement is commonly used by athletes because it is an excellent source of energy besides glucose. Ketones produce energy using fats. Taking exogenous ketones in between meals will condition the body to use more fat for energy rather than glucose. It can also lower your heart rate, decrease oxygen intake, and increase endurance. • Sesamin Sesamin, a lignin is known for reducing stored fat by increasing metabolic rate. The greatest source of sesamin is sesame seeds but it can also be found in oats and flax. It is also an antioxidant which keeps your cells healthy and an estrogen receptor modulator which prevents your body from storing fat and keeps testosterone levels high. • Seaweeds Seaweeds contains siphonaxanthin, a substance that stops the development of fat cells. Aside from that, they also contain fucoidan. These are plant sugars that help boost metabolism and burns stored fat faster. Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals. Check out his guide on The Ultimate Guide to Manly Cooking.