Losing weight for the most part means spending ages in the gym sweating and panting, then going home to a plate of salad rather than the huge burger that you feel you deserve. It’s no fun, and so lots of us are reeled in by the promise of ‘fat burners’ – supplements that increase your metabolism so that just by eating them you will increase the amount of fat your body burns at any given point. These are ‘thermogenics’ and they basically work like an amped-up caffeine causing the heart to beat faster and encouraging the body to burn off fat stores for energy.
One such ‘thermogenic’ (as they are technically known) is ‘OxyELITE Pro’, but does it work, is it safe, and importantly what are the side effects? The answers to those questions follow…
How it Works
OxyELITE Pro has several (well six actually) active ingredients. These include caffeine (a natural thermogenic you can get easily in tea and coffee), bacopa monnieri which increases the thyroid hormone T4, bauhinia purpurea which converts T4 to T3 – the more potent thyroid hormone of the two that increases energy and burns fat, rauwolfia which helps to block alpha-2 receptors which otherwise tell the body to store fat when it is in ‘fight or flight mode’, cirsium oligophyllum which helps to prevent fat gains and geranium which increases alertness and is similar to caffeine.
As thermogenics go, OxyELITE Pro is effective in what it sets out to do. Using it you can expect to burn more calories and at the same time the other good thing about using a thermogenic is that you will feel like you have a lot of energy despite getting fewer calories and this will keep you awake and alert throughout the day. Finally, OxyELITE will help to suppress your appetite and this will be great for the hard part of dieting – stopping eating. The combination of geranium and caffeine will also increase mood and focus.
As ingredients for thermogenics go, OxyELITE Pro ticks all the boxes and is a well thought out ‘stack’ when compared to others, those who use it report really noticing a pronounced difference.
So OxyELITE is a good thermogenic – but are thermogenics a good idea in general? Many would say no. Why? That’s because there are several side effects that go hand in hand with this supplement.
First of all, the stimulant element can be a bad thing and those who aren’t used to large amounts of caffeine or are very sensitive to it might find they get jitters, headaches, nervousness and insomnia (though there is less caffeine in OxyELITE than many other fat burners). At the same time stimulants are addictive and so it’s very important to avoid using them too regularly or you can experience downers and withdrawal symptoms – over time you may consider increasing your dosage which can bring it to dangerous levels. It is also not a good idea for those with heart problems.
Something that might set off alarm bells for guys meanwhile is that in 1% of users erectile dysfunction can be a side effect. This is because it is a ‘vasoconstrictor’ meaning that it shrinks the blood vessels making it harder for blood to get to where it is needed. Along with the increased heart rate which can place strain on the body, vasoconstriction can narrow the blood vessels thereby increasing blood pressure and the combination can make you more likely to suffer heart attack or stroke. This is especially dangerous when coupled with exercise.
Sweating is another side effect of OxyELITE and this can be embarrassing in social situations as well as generally unpleasant. For women these cold sweats can be accompanied by hot flashes.
Being in a constant state of ‘arousal’ is also not good for the body in general. This will cause you to burn fat yes, but it is also akin to being constantly under stress. It can place great strain on your adrenal glands, but also on your energy levels and your immune system and leave you more prone to diseases and tiredness.
Losing weight so rapidly is also not highly recommended. If you lose weight at a faster rate than is natural for your body, then this will cause you to put it back on quickly when you stop using the OxyELITE as eating the same amount now will cause you to pile on more weight – and you won’t have the appetite suppression to help you either. Fluctuating your weight like this then is unhealthy in itself and can again place further strain on the heart.
What to Avoid
If you opt to use OxyELITE despite the possible side effects then it is important to read the label and to use it carefully to avoid side effects. It is important to make sure not to take OxyELITE alongside any other stimulants and that includes pre-workout drinks that a bodybuilder might use. Likewise it is important to avoid mixing with amphetamine-based drugs or antidepressants and you should always speak with your doctor before taking supplements. You should also avoid taking OxyELITE after 5.30pm or you won’t be able to sleep.