Fat Burners aren’t miracle pills; they won’t melt away the pounds or kilos if you don’t put the work in. BUT they can be an extremely powerful aid in your diet and exercise regime, and one that could mean the difference between reaching your target weight or falling short.
An effective fat burner will work on several different levels:
1. Suppressing appetite – helping you to avoid snacking
2. Boosting the metabolism, encouraging thermogenesis, enabling the body to burn more calories
3. Protecting lean muscle mass, ensuring your muscle isn’t used as fuel (a common issue when dieting)
The key, of course, is to find the right fat burner for you and your personal weight loss needs. In order to help you do that, we present our choices for the Best Fat Burners to Buy in the UK in 2019…
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Performance Lab SPORT Fat Burner: Best Stimulant-Free Fat Burner
Boasts: Impressive ingredients, clinically effective dosages AND no stimulants.
Ideal For: Fasted training, thanks to its ability to promote lean muscle mass. Pledges to burn more calories and fat than exercise alone.
We are huge fans of Performance Lab® SPORT Fat Burner. Its four ingredients work well in synergy to trigger thermogenesis, boost exercise and gym performance, and help you retain your lean muscle mass. It’s an effective choice for anyone wanting a stimulant-free all-natural fat burner.
HMB, 1000mg: A ‘child’ of the BCAA leucine, HMB is an effective ingredient for preserving muscle mass. This is particularly important when fasting while training as muscle is often degraded during this time. HMB is considered much more powerful – 20 times as much – than its parent leucine.
Coleus Forskohlii, 250mg: Used in Ayurvedic medicine, the herb Coleus Forskohlii contains the active ingredient Forskolin While more research ideally needs to be done on this ingredient, Examine.com cites preliminary evidence on ‘testosterone and fat loss’ as promising.
Capsimax®, 50mg: This cayenne pepper extract encourages the production of hormones to raise the metabolism and body temperature, helping to burn fat. Crucially, it does so without any negative effects on heart rate or blood pressure.
BioPerine, 2.5mg: This black pepper extract is known to promote the absorption of other ingredients in the formula, rendering them more effective.
OUR CONCLUSION: Performance Lab® SPORT Fat Burner is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a safe, stimulant-free fat burner that specialises in fasted training. It’s refreshing to see a fat burner that eschews numerous ingredients and instead concentrates on just four that WORK.
BUY: Only available direct from the Performance Lab website
Instant Knockout: Best to Melt Fat, Retain Muscle (Ultimate Shredding)
Boasts: Extensive research, natural and proven fat burning ingredients
Ideal For: For when you need to melt the fat but preserve the muscle and are prepared to put in the work.
Instant Knockout is a proven fat burner than can deliver a winning punch to anyone seriously following an intensive diet and exercise regime. Its mix of green tea, caffeine and green bean should boost your metabolism enough to help burn fat even while you catch some Zzzs. While it does use stimulants, both they – and its appetite suppressants – are natural and in safe enough doses to take daily.
Instant Knockout’s core ingredients include green tea extract (a recognised fat burner that sparks thermogenesis and has been shown to reduce body fat — as well as boosting the thermogenic elements of caffeine anhydrous, included here at 300mg per serving.)
Green coffee extract (coffee beans which haven’t been roasted) are also included in Instant Knockout, effective for their cholorogenic acid, which slows the rate that fat is absorbed from food.
These three ingredients are combined with dietary fibre glucomannan (the biggest ingredient at 1800mg), which swells after eating to help you feel full, effectively suppressing the appetite.
These are combined with cayenne pepper (raises body temperature, suppresses hunger), vitamin B6 and B12, zinc, GTF chromium and black pepper extract. All of which help to boost protein synthesis, elevate metabolism and aid energy, among other benefits.
OUR CONCLUSION: If you are serious about losing fat and retaining muscle, you need to opt for a serious fat burner too – and Instant Knockout is as serious as it gets. Delivers a strong, natural fat burning punch.
BUY: Direct from Instant Knockout
Hourglass: The ‘Intelligent Fat Burner for Women’
Boasts: Solid fat burning ingredients with an honest, female-friendly realistic approach to weight loss. Has a strong focus on tackling snacking.
Ideal For: Women who want an approachable fat burning solution, exclusively aimed at, and designed for, women.
Many fat burners on the market say they are appropriate for women as well as men, but their literature speaks volumes: lots of pumped-up muscled men, and names that conjure up ultra-macho activities. Hourglass is a refreshing change – a fat burner aimed at women, with subtle packaging and female-friendly marketing.
Its promotion is full of positive body-confident messages, such as choosing its name because an ‘hourglass shape looks great, no matter what size you are’.
Hourglass uses nine ingredients to help you burn fat via slightly different pathways. They include popular dietary fibre, glucomannan (1500mg), which absorbs water to swell in the stomach, promote satiety and slow down the emptying of the stomach. It is an effective appetite suppressant.
Added to that is green tea extract (500mg), one of the most effective fat burning ingredients around, raising levels of the hormone norepinephrine. Guarana, 100mg, provides an energy and metabolism boost, thanks to its natural caffeine. It is a stimulant, so you won’t want to take Hourglass at night.
Other ingredients include Capsimax (100mg), a hot pepper extract to boost thermogenesis; vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) to boost carb burning; vitamins B12 (to balance female hormones) and D3, chromium (helps to prevent cravings by normalizing sugar levels in the blood) and BioPerine to boost the formula’s effectiveness by boosting absorption.
OUR CONCLUSION: Don’t be fooled by the friendly yellow packaging; this fat burner for women is just as effective as any of the traditional macho-styled fat burners on the market. Many of the same ingredients are found in Instant Knockout, for instance.
We like the fact that Hourglass focuses on tackling snacking – a key female-focused diet issue – with its glucomannan, cayenne pepper and chromium mix. Snacking is often the downfall of many weight loss endeavours, and research shows women tend to eat an average of 450 calories a day from snacking alone.
Cutting Edge, Bulk Powders: Best Value-for-Money Fat Burner
Boasts: Bulk Powders have earned a reputation for delivering quality products for value-for-money, and their Cutting Edge fat burner is another strong addition to their range.
Ideal For: An appetite suppressant-led value-for-money fat burner.
Cutting Edge includes 10 active ingredients to create an effective weight loss product and fat burner, but it’s the glucomannan that is at the heart of this blend, accounting for two-third of the formula. That’s fine, because it works, and works well to promote satiety and prevent snacking.
Some additional ingredients such as choline (shown to improve exercise performance and reduce fatigue) and chlorogenic acid (provided by green coffee extract, 400mg) are also proven effective for weight loss and are supplied in effective doses.
Cutting Edge’s 300mg of caffeine also helps to boost energy levels and encourage thermogenesis, as does the small amount included in the green coffee extract. BioPerine helps boost absorption of all ingredients.
Other ingredients such as chromium picolinate could reduce food cravings, while L-Phenylalanine is presumably included for its mental boost, as opposed to any fat burning potential.
OUR CONCLUSION: The majority of Cutting Edge’s formula as mentioned above is well-researched – if mostly focused on short-term energy boosts and appetite suppressants – but it does also include some other questionable ingredients. More research is needed, for instance, to determine if cinnamon extract and peppermint leaf powder, also included in Cutting Edge, really do contribute anything to weight loss.
Cutting Edge could be ahead of its time, of course, or wasting space with some as-yet-to-be-proved ingredients; it remains to be seen.
However, while Bulk Powders could perhaps have done more with this product, there’s no denying that it’s a very cost-effective fat burning option, and we are happy to recommend it as such.
Leanbean: The ‘Female Fat Burner’ for Active Women
Boasts: 12 all-natural widely-researched ingredients
Ideal For: Women who need a helping hand to tackle cravings
Leanbean promote themselves as a female fat burner – though with others also on the market, this can’t presumably be their sole USP – but they do seem to know their market. Knowing that women crave food more than men, their focus is to mitigate food cravings, alongside boosting the metabolism and slowing down the creation of fatty tissue. It does all this with all-natural ingredients and little caffeine.
Warning: You may not like having to take four separate doses a day.
Leanbean doesn’t necessarily set the fat burning world alight with revolutionary new ingredients, but it does select some solid tried and tested ones that work very effectively. We’re talking dietary fibre and appetite suppressant glucomannan; thermogenic compound green tea extract; cayenne pepper (appetite suppressant and thermogenic) and green coffee (low amounts of caffeine to boost body temperature; chlorogenic acid to decrease the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food you eat.)
It does add a twist with the inclusion of Garcinia Cambogia, a native Indonesian fruit with active ingredient hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA has been proven to aid weight loss via regulating blood sugar levels, preventing the creation of fatty cells, energy boosting and encouraging serotonin production, helping to satiate hunger.
Chromium picolinate may also help prevent food cravings and improve mood.
From here, the formula veers off the tried and tested path somewhat. Added to the Leanbean fomula is Acai berry (potent antioxidant); vitamins B6 and B12 (no proven weight loss benefits, but useful vitamins nevertheless), and raspberry ketones, which unfortunately shows no scientific evidence so far of burning fat in humans. Turmeric and black pepper are other inclusions in Leanbean but aren’t really included in any significant dosage to make much of a difference.
OUR CONCLUSION: There is some wasted space in Leanbean but its overall benefits should be strong enough to offset this. With its focus on tackling food cravings and snacking – and its core stellar ingredients – we’re happy to recommend this as a solid fat burner for active women who want support to banish cravings forever.
BUY: Direct from Leanbean
SPECIAL MENTION: Grenade Thermo Detonator: Amazon UK’s Most Popular Fat Burner
We want to make a special mention of the phenomenally popular Grenade Thermo Detonator, mostly because, well, how can we not?! It has been Amazon UK’s No 1 Best Selling Fat Burner for a long time now and shows no sign of losing its crown.
But it needs to come with a warning.
Anyone taking Grenade Thermo Detonator can’t help but notice the massive kick it gives you – that’s thanks to its high caffeine content (500mg green tea, 225mg caffeine, 10mg green coffee per two capsules; a daily serving is double that). Added to that is the controversial ingredient Bitter Orange (420mg per two caps). The active ingredient in Bitter Orange is synephrine, a less potent fat burner than ephedra which was banned for its potential heart-related issues. While it may be less potent, there is still concern than synephrine also stimulates the heart, however.
Indeed, WebMD lists Bitter Orange as ‘POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken as a supplement for a medical purpose such as weight loss.’ It goes on to add that either when taken by itself or used in conjunction with caffeine, bitter orange could ‘increase the risk for high blood pressure, fainting, heart attack, stroke, and other severe side effects’
OUR CONCLUSION: Grenade Thermo Detonator is so popular that we can’t ignore it, but we personally stop short of endorsing it. Its high caffeine content and Bitter Orange may make the product effective, but we’re not thrilled with the potential safety issues.
Use at your own discretion.