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Hunter Burn is one of three products in the Hunter range offered by Roar Ambition, one of the most respected UK supplement companies around AND manufacturer of one of our all-time favourite fat burners, Instant Knockout.
So how is Hunter Burn different to Instant Knockout?
The first obvious difference is in the packaging. For a company which prides itself on its in-your-face marketing — Instant Knockout capsules come packaged in a see-through bottle shaped like a fist, for example — the entire Hunter range is rather understated. Probably because they are aiming at the premium end of the market, and at men and women over 40 — people who might feel silly buying a fat burner in a fist, for instance.
Hunter Burn promises to help reduce fat, beat hunger cravings, maintain muscle and help you remain calm but focused without energy crashes.
But is Hunter Burn as effective as Instant Knockout? Let’s find out…
This is a high-fibre herb made from the root of the konjac plant and sold as a weight loss supplement. A 2005 study found that compared to a placebo, Glucomannan helped subjects on a 1,200-calorie controlled diet to lose significantly more weight.
It works by absorbing water in the gut, helping to boost satiety, delay stomach emptying, reduce the absorption of fat and proteins, and thus help banish cravings.
There is some controversy over glucomannan, however. While several studies have echoed the successful glucomannan-placebo study mentioned above, others have found little evidence of weight-loss when taking glucomannan. A meta-analysis did point out that research needs to be a lot more robust into the topic, however.
Of course, glucomannan isn’t the sole ingredient in this fat burner, and science doesn’t always explain the full story. (An earlier meta-analysis, for instance, found more favourably for glucomannnan).
We tend to judge by results as well as the science, and we’re fans of glucomannan. Our view is that its inclusion in a fat burner (as opposed to using it alone) is a potential bonus because of its appetite suppressant capabilities. User reviews of similar products containing glucomannan, including Instant Knockout, do tend to praise its ability to reduce cravings, so there’s obviously something to be said for it.
But as we often say, fat burners are not miracle pills, and you will need to put in the effort to eat and exercise healthily in order to see benefits.
Vitamin D3 is an interesting ingredient to include in a fat burner as it is not commonly used. But Roar Ambition might be onto something here. A 2012 study by Salehpour et al found that overweight and obese women who took vitamin D as a supplement saw a reduction in body fat.
An earlier study also discovered that analysing people’s base levels of vitamin D could potentially predict how successful their weight loss efforts would be. People with adequate levels of vitamin D at the start of their diet, for instance, tended to lose more weight than those with low levels, even if the two were on the same calorie restrictions.
It is known that very overweight or obese people tend to have lower vitamin D levels than usual, though no one has yet clarified how vitamin D supplementation could lead to fat loss. It does potentially suggest, however, that vitamin D could play a crucial — if as yet undefined role — in our weight loss efforts. Some scientists believe that vitamin D works as a fat burner for people who are either 1) deficient in vitamin D, or 2) very overweight/obese.
Matcha Green Tea
There is a GLUT of evidence that shows green tea extract to be an effective weight loss aid, thanks to the antioxidant catechins it contains which encourage thermogenesis.
A 2011 study by Hursel et al found that when compared to a placebo, fat oxidation increased after taking green tea. A 2009 meta-analysis looked at multiple studies on green tea and found that green tea had a positive effect on weight loss and weight management.
Normal green tea is brewed, the leaves infused and then thrown away and only the liquid drunk. This often mean you’re throwing away a lot of the nutrients. Matcha Green Tea, in contrast, takes young green tea leaves and grinds them into powder, which is then whisked with hot water and drunk. For this reason, matcha green tea tends to contain more nutrients, and more caffeine.
While matcha green tea is considerably less studied than normal green tea, it does appear to have significant more EGCG, an antioxidant known to help you burn fat quicker during exercise. This potentially makes it more useful for weight loss and other health benefits. An exciting ingredient.
White Kidney Bean Extract
This ingredient is what is known as a carb blocker. This name is a little misleading, no supplement can completely block carbohydrates, but they can lessen the amount of carbs that your body absorbs during a meal.
The idea is that you can eat 300 calories worth of carbohydrates, but only absorb 240 calories, saving you 60 calories. White Kidney Bean Extract won’t make a massive difference to your weight loss, but it could offer a 1% difference. Saving you a few calories here and there. Every bit helps, right?
This amino acid has been added as it can help lessen any side effects of the caffeine contained within green tea. Studies show that caffeine and theanine together can also improve concentration better than caffeine alone.
Theanine increases alpha brain waves which, in turn, helps to relax you and lower anxiety, which can be extremely valuable as you battle your way through weight loss. Most people assume theanine has no direct weight loss application, but at least one study has shown that when combined with green tea, caffeine and catechins, theanine helped to prevent fat accumulation and obesity.
Theanine can also potentially help in your weight loss battle indirectly. As a nootropic, for instance, it aids focus and drive which is very useful for your exercise regime. It also encourages restful sleep — long-known to be key to maintaining a healthy weight — and its ability to relax you may also help to tackle stress-related food cravings and stress-related weight gain.
This last ingredient, a thermogenic, is common in fat burners. Capsaicin (the part of a chilli that burns your mouth out) has been linked with raised metabolism and increased fat oxidation. Studies have also shown that it can prevent the accumulation of triglycerides into fat cells. A study on mice saw it help to prevent obesity during a 120 day high-fat diet. A tried, tested and proven ingredient.
- Vitamin D3 has been shown to burn fat in obese people/people who are deficient in vitamin D
- White Kidney Bean Extract is a well-known carb blocker
- Green Tea Extract has been shown to oxidise fat
- Cayenne Pepper could help to increase your metabolism and burn more fat
- Roar Ambition are a well-known and respected UK-based supplement company
- Combines well with other Hunter products to create a superior supplement stack
- Free delivery if you buy two bottles or more
- This premium product comes with a premium price tag. There are cheaper alternatives out there
- You need to take six capsules per day which is quite a lot
As this is a fairly new product, there are few customer reviews available at the time of writing.
When taking any supplement containing white kidney bean extract it is important to ensure you are drinking enough water. Same goes for Glucomannan as high-fibre foods can leave you dehydrated. Glucomannan can also reduce blood glucose levels and could interfere with other oral medications, so be sure not to take them at the same time. Side-effects of too much glucomannan can also include abdominal pain, flatulence and
diarrhoea, but these are usually seen at doses of 5g or more, and Hunter Burn includes 2,700mg.
Green tea extract is a source of caffeine, so treat it with respect and follow instructions carefully. Side effects of taking too much caffeine can be nausea, headaches, upset stomach, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and increased cortisol. Luckily, Roar Ambition has added theanine which can help prevent the jitters, and will counteract most of the side effects.
How to Take It
A month’s supply contains 180 capsules which works out at six capsules per day (two tablets three times a day).
Who Takes It?
The entire Hunter range by Roar Ambition is clearly aimed at the 40-plus and over market. Hunter Burn is suitable for both men and women. Of course, if you are pregnant or have certain conditions then its best to avoid.
This is a decent fat burner. All the ingredients have a purpose, and in our opinion are deserving of their place. We’re excited about matcha green tea, though more research would be appreciated.
We’re particularly pleased that Roar Ambition have added more theanine to the mix, something we wished they’d done for Instant Knockout. This complements the caffeine within the green tea, making it more useful than green tea alone. Indeed, combining green tea, cayenne pepper and glucomannan should make it a particularly effective fat burner, with the added benefit of a carb blocker in the white kidney bean extract.
This is a grown-up fat burner for grown-up people. It’s a lower caffeine option (and a more natural one) than many other fat burners on the market, including Instant Knockout, so will suit people who prefer to avoid stimulants.
True, taking six pills a day can be a bane, but it does mean you should be able to maintain your body’s status quo easier, and potentially control your hunger better.
IAs with any fat burner, Hunter Burn is only effective when taken as part of a calorie deficit diet, and increasing the amount of activity in your life will also help. No fat burner will work if you are still eating badly and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Worth giving it a go.
Where to Buy
Hunter Burn is only available from the official Hunterlife.com website