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Whether you're on a long term weight loss plan, trying to shift a stubborn few kilos, or working hard to cut fat before a competition, there's a fat burner for you.

A good fat burner, used correctly, can give you a big push toward your goals, but dropping the kilos is still going to require a lot of hard work and effort. There's no such thing as a magic pill, and it's important to work with the product you have chosen to get the best results and value for money. Here are our top ten tips for getting the most out of your fat burner.

10. Choose the Product that's Right for You

It goes for everything – if you opt for something you enjoy, you're likely to do it more often. Training, food, even fat burners. There's a huge range on the market, which means that everyone should be able to find something that suits them. The amount of stimulant is a major concern for most people, and there are fat burners catering to all preferences, from products that are totally stim free, to those that will test the tolerance of the biggest adrenaline junkies around. Taste is also important, and those people who don't enjoy drinking supplements may choose to opt for a capsule, and vice versa.

9. Take Care of your Immune System

When you're losing weight your body is stressed and this can compromise your immune system. Getting sick can really throw you off your weight loss goals. Not only can an illness keep you from the gym, but there's also the comfort eating to resist – Ice cream fixes everything, and when you're feeling sorry for yourself it's hard to care about the consequences!

It's a great idea to fortify your immune system with an antioxidant supplement, which will also help fight the free radicals produced by burning fat. If you've been working out heavily, it's also important to replace the glutamine that your muscles have been burning through. Not only is this amino acid is vital to immune health, but it can stop your body breaking down your muscle tissue for energy.

8. Pair with a Protein

Not only does protein keep you feeling fuller for longer, but it contributes less energy per gram than carbs or fat because your body actually expends a lot of energy digesting it (this is called the thermic effect). As everyone knows, protein also builds muscle. Why is muscle building important for a leaner figure? Well, unlike fat, muscle is metabolically active tissue, which means it burns energy at rest, so more muscle means a faster metabolism, which will keep the fat off in the long term. You could even try a weight loss protein which contains fat fighting ingredients, but check the ingredients list against your fat burner to make sure you're not overdoing the stims.

7. Watch Your Micronutrients

A restricted diet can limit your intake of nutrients. Apart from being vital to your general health, many of these, such as the B vitamins, and minerals like zinc and magnesium, are important cofactors in chemical reactions within the body that burn energy and help you lose weight. The strongest fat burner isn't going to help you if your body's machinery is running at half speed.

Try a multivitamin with minerals to supplement your dietary intake and optimise both your health and your weight loss potential.

6. Timing

Most fat burners have appetite suppressing properties. Taking full advantage of this can make it a lot easier to stick to an eating plan. Taking your fat burner thirty minutes to an hour before meals can help to prevent overeating, but if you know your hunger patterns well, adapting your dosage regime is the smartest way to get the most from your fat burner. For example, if you suffer from mid afternoon hunger, you can delay your lunchtime dose to pre-empt the increase in your appetite. People who get hungry late at night may wish to look into a stim free appetite suppressant to try to prevent any dietary slip ups. It goes without saying that you should not exceed the recommended dosage.

5. Use as a Pre Workout

A lot of people who use fat burners will never have used a pre-workout before. One of the major functions of a pre-workout supplement is to boost energy and focus during a workout, helping you push harder and work for longer in the gym. Many fat burners contain energy boosting stimulants, and in fact, share many of their ingredients with pre-workout formulas. Take your fat burner thirty minutes before a training session, and take advantage of the surge of energy to maximise your calorie-burning efforts.

4. Cycling

Anyone who regularly drinks coffee knows how easy it is to build a tolerance to common stimulants when you're using them on a daily basis. The same goes for fat burners – your body becomes accustomed to the effects with long term use. This is why it is important to cycle your fat burner to get the maximum benefit. Every two months, or when you feel the effectiveness dwindling, take two weeks off, or switch to a stim-free fat burner for a fortnight to keep your body maximally responsive to the fat burning effects.

3. Get enough sleep

Scientists have made some amazing discoveries about sleep in the past few years, including a strong relationship between the duration of sleep and diet. Sleep deprived people have repeatedly been found to consume more kilojoules, including higher levels of fat and carbohydrates,and sleep deprivation is known to wreak havoc on the hormones. By causing a decrease in levels of anabolic hormones like testosterone, and an increase in the stress hormone cortisol which tells our bodies to hang on to fat, a chronic lack of sleep is known to pave the way for obesity and diabetes.

Sleep is when our bodies repair themselves and build lean muscle, and sleep is vital for good health. The stimulants in fat burners can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of sleep deprivation, but if you're using your fat burner to give yourself the energy to get out of bed and trudge through the day, you're not getting good value out of your investment, and you're potentially damaging your health.

2. Exercise

Fat burners contain a lot of ingredients, many of which work to boost the metabolic rate and burn calories, but if you're trying to boost your metabolism, there's one thing that's better than any fat burner on the market, and that's exercise. The role of exercise in weight loss is indisputable. It is also the best way to get the most out of ingredients like L-Carnitine, and Garcinia Cambogia, which help our bodies burn fat for fuel. Fat burners are not a substitute for exercise, so the time to get active is now!

1. Diet

It may be obvious, but you're not going to lose weight without eating the right food. Fat burners are not magic, and you're not going to see the fat fall off if you maintain your regular eating patterns. Fat burners are designed to work in synergy with a calorie controlled diet. Appetite suppressants are included to help curb your food intake, while carb blockers can prevent a percentage of your carbohydrate calories from being absorbed. Sticking to a diet can be a struggle, but the energy contained in the natural stimulants found in many fat burners can make healthy eating a breeze.

Pairing it up with a healthy diet is truly the number one way to get the most out of your fat burner.

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