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Suplements: what I use, and my thoughts on “fat burners”.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by  
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I might as well kick this blog off with my succinct and blunt opinion: 95% of the fat loss and muscle building supplements available on the market today are absolute crap and a waste of your money.

95% of this stuff is worthless crap.

95% of this stuff is worthless crap.

The supplement industry in the United States is unregulated, and unscrupulous companies have taken advantage of that fact by saturating the market with products that are expensive, untested, worthless and even dangerous.

I wrote an article a couple years ago (“My take on supplements“) that goes into much more detail about what goes on in the supplement industry. I won’t rehash that article here, but I highly recommend that you give it a read.

Today I want to focus on some recent questions I’ve received about the few supplements I’m taking on this cut, and what I think of so-called “fat burners”.

The dietary supplements I’m using on this cut are as follows:

That’s the whole list. I also consume energy gels/chews on rides and a high quality protein powder (AtLarge Nutrition’s Nitrean), but I consider those items foods and not supplements.

I’ve received several recent emails asking me about “fat burners”, and my advice is always the same: avoid them at all costs. When I read the marketing blubs attached to these products I just roll my eyes. The slick marketing teams promoting these worthless (and often dangerous) products throw all kinds of scientific and high-tech sounding jargon at you, while making wild claims about how much more fat you’ll lose if you use their “proprietary fat annihilating blend”. Folks, it’s a scam. The small boost to your metabolism that these products provide is not worth the expense or the health risk. Again, these products are not regulated; literally anyone can create a supplement and put it on the market with no questions asked. Do you really want to trust your health to people who are, by in large, only out to make a quick buck? I don’t.

If you want to boost your metabolism drink a cup of coffee or do some HIIT cardio. You body and your wallet will thank you.

John Stone Fitness Comments

16 Responses to “Suplements: what I use, and my thoughts on “fat burners”.”
  1. I find certain fat burners usefull for appetite control especially when I’m cutting as I hammer into my cardio my appetite goes through the roof,but I do agree that certain fat burners can be dangerous ie ephedrine,Clen ect,personally use legit over the counter sups,but each to their own I suppose.

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  2. Yep, it never ceases to amaze me how much money some people waste on supplements without even fixing aspects of their diet that could be improved. I guess it’s a testament to the power of advertising. My personal supplement list is: a good multivitamin, super strength omega 3 capsules, kelp (for the iodine) and whey powder, purely for convenience.

    As an aside, for those who are aiming to gain size/strength, creatine is one of the only supplements that has been proven to be beneficial.

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  3. Drew, I take these studies with a grain of salt. Notice they say “…the average American”? Well, the average American doesn’t exercise and eats like shit. So yeah, a multi is not going to help those people. Hard training athletes, IMO, do benefit from a quality multivitamin, and that’s why I take a multi every day.

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