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What are fat burners?

April 27, 2020 4 min read

What are fat burners?

There are a tonne of different fat burners on the market, this can lead to a lot of confusion when trying to decide which fat burner is best for you, and if they even work at all. This blog will help explain what fat burners are and whether or not it taking one will help your progress towards becoming leaner.

So, what are fat burners?

Fat burning supplements are blends of compounds that work in multiple ways to help speed up fat loss. Depending on their ingredients, they may speed your metabolism, promote fat burning, boost energy and control your hunger. The best fat burning supplements will perform more than one of these actions. They may improve your bodies ability to burn its own fat, therefore accelerating fat loss.  

Fat burners are available in both powder or capsule form. Powders are usually more useful and versatile, as they contain higher amounts of the active ingredients, and you are more easily able to adjust the dose to meet your needs. This is important as we all have a different tolerance to stimulants, and may need to adjust our intake depending on the time of day fat burner is being used.

What do fat burners do?

Fat burner supplements act through multiple pathways to assist in the fat loss process. They are designed to be used along side your regular diet and exercise regime to accelerate fat loss. Keep in mind that if you don’t have your diet under control, no fat burning product is going to be able to help you lean out.

Fat burners may increase metabolic rate

Many fat burner supplements contain thermogenic ingredients. This is why fat burners are sometimes referred to as “thermogenics”. Thermogenic ingredients work to increase your metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic rate means that you burn more energy, and this in turn can increase the rate at which you burn your own body fat. Common thermogenic ingredients include caffeine, green tea, and compounds derived from chili and pepper etc.

Fat burners may increase the rate at which you burn fat

Many fat burners include ingredients such as L-carnitine which can increase the rate at which you are able to burn fat. L-carnitine plays a vital role in transporting fatty acids into our cells mitochondria, where they are oxidised to produce energy.

Fat burners increase your mental arousal

Nearly all fat burner supplements will contain one or more stimulants which increase alertness and improve cognition. This helps you train harder, and burn more energy. In sports science, stimulants are said to “decrease the rate of perceived exertion”. This means your training feels easier, which allows you to then push to a new level of speed or strength to get more out of your workout.

Do fat burners work?

We know you are wondering, do fat burners actually work? Should I use a fat burner? The evidence surrounding the effectiveness of fat burning supplements is mixed.

Fat burners are not a miracle supplement. We all know that you can’t out train a bad diet, right? Well similarly, you can’t “out fat burn” a poor diet and minimal training regime. However, for those that already have their diet under control by eating at a calorie deficit, or those that are already at a lower body fat percentage, a fat burner may accelerate the fat loss process or help move those last few stubborn kilos.

VPA® Fat Burner: Summer FOMO

Summer FOMOTM is the best fat burning supplement on the market. Unlike other popular brands, we believe in disclosing our full ingredients list and nutrition information to customers, so you can make an informed decision about the supplements you choose to take. Summer FOMOTM includes the following active ingredients:

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Caffeine is one of the most beneficial and effective sports supplements available, and is a key ingredient in nearly all fat burners. Not only does it improve sports performance, but it is thermogenic helping to boost your metabolism and burn fat. The other thermogenic ingredients in Summer FOMOTM is green tea extract.

Fat burning

L-carnitine plays an essential role in the transport of fatty acids into our cell mitochondria, our body’s power production plants. Here fats are oxidised and used for energy. L-glycine also speeds up fat loss during times of calorie restriction.

Appetite suppressing

Not only is caffeine thermogenic but it also acts as an appetite suppressant, helping you stick to your calorie deficit. In addition to caffeine, Summer FOMOTM includes two different types of fibre, acacia fibre and konjac root which helps to keep you feeling full.


Fat burners include stimulants to increase alertness and improve cognition. This helps you train harder, and burn more energy. This will increase the rate at which fat is lost. Summer FOMOTM includes caffeine, green tea extract, and guarana stimulants to boost your workout and help you lose weight.

In summary

This blog has hopefully explained everything you need to know about fat burners, and Summer FOMOTM. Please get in touch if the FAQ below doesn’t answer any further questions you might have.

Sally Mitchell

Sally Mitchell (BSc, MHumNut) is a scientist, university qualified nutritionist and VPA staff member. She brings a nerdy love of numbers, data, and science wit her to VPA. Her favourite VPA product is coffee Breakfast Shake. She enjoys powerlifting and running but, sadly, does both poorly.

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