Many ladies use a fat burner to add an “extra boost” for their weight loss goals.
Unfortunately, a lot of them are ineffective or straight up scams.
All of the products on this list contain ingredients that have been scientifically proven to help burn fat and have minimal side effects.
Part 1 ranks this year’s 8 best fat burners for women in order, and part 2 will go over how they work and answer some FAQs.
This one is actually marketed as relief for menopause symptoms. One of menopause’s biggest symptoms is weight gain, so Estroven has a product that specifically targets weight control.
Should you take it to burn fat if you’re not going through menopause?
Estroven is a completely herbal supplement, containing no drugs or hormones, so anyone can take it. In theory, it might even work for men, although it contains ingredients that specifically work to burn fat for women.
The three main ingredients in Estroven are soy isoflavones, cissus quadrangularis extract, and black cohosh root extract. Despite the long names, they are all herbal and natural. All three work together to boost the metabolism.
Soy isoflavones provide extra fiber, which is proven to help burn belly fat. (1) It’s worth noting that this means people with a sensitivity to soy shouldn’t consume this product.
Black cohosh is a flowering plant, and it was used to treat pre-menstrual and menopause symptoms in colonial America.
It’s becoming popular again, but there’s not a lot of modern research to back it up.
There are claims that black cohosh functions by grabbing on to estrogen receptors and preventing symptoms that occur from a fluctuation in estrogen levels (such as weight gain). It’s also believed to stimulate serotonin receptors. However, the few studies of the plant have yielded conflicting results. (2)
If you’re not going through menopause, you might find more success with other fat burners that are more geared toward you. This is a great option for women who are going through menopause and want to specifically target weight gain, as it’s a common symptom of menopause.
Amberen is another medication designed to assist with the symptoms of menopause, and they’ve made some pretty hefty claims about the pill’s weight loss power.
In the past, they claimed that the supplement was the only product on the market now proven to cause weight loss in women over 40. However, in 2015 the FTC came at Luneda, the makers of Amberen, saying that they didn’t provide enough scientific evidence to back that claim and they have to stop publishing it. (3)
Fast forward, and now their website states very clearly that Amberen is not a weight loss product, but that their clinical studies have shown that it helps women manage weight during menopause.
While before their claims were based on a sketchy “clinical trial” done in Russia way back in 2001, they do have a couple new clinical trials listed on their website now from 2015 and 2016. Those studies show that women did experience relief from a number of menopause symptoms, including weight gain, after consistent use for 30-90 days. (4)
A big plus for Amberen is that it contains no estrogen or soy, so it’s safe to use for folks who have negative reactions to soy. Unlike Estroven, Amberen doesn’t use black cohosh either. While it’s believed by some to help with menopause symptoms, there are also studies suggesting that black cohosh may be correlated with liver damage. (5)
Instead, Amberen uses a proprietary blend of antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, minerals, and vitamin E. Pretty healthy, actually.
6. Skinny Fiber
Skinny Fiber supplements are specifically marketed as weight loss tools for women, and as I’ve mentioned before, Skinny Body Care is on its way to joining the ranks of MLM powerhouses like Isagenix and Beachbody.
Their proprietary fat burning blend claims to do just about everything — it suppresses appetite, boosts metabolism, reduces fat absorption, and even flushes toxins.
Glucomannan is the active ingredient in Skinny Fiber, which is a fiber found in the roots of a specific kind of yam.
Basically, this fiber sits in your gut absorbing water and gives you the sensation of being full, even if you’re eating less. (6) Multiple studies have shown that this fiber, paired with a healthy diet, can help people lose 8-10 pounds in 5 weeks. (7)
So, the main ingredient is legit. Other ingredients include Cha de Bugre, an Amazonian superfruit used in almost every diet pill in Brazil, Caralluma Fimbriata, an Indian cactus known as “famine food” for its hunger suppressing abilities, and a range of enzymes that aim to improve your digestion.
Not much research has been done on Cha de Bugre outside of Brazil, but Caralluma Fimbriata is recognized as safe by the FDA. What’s more, a study by the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine showed that C. Fimbriata found that it was one of only two plants, of 14 studied, that successfully curbed appetite and may even be effective in fighting obesity. (8)
It seems that Skinny Fiber has honed in on some of the most powerful natural ingredients in weight loss.
You do have to drink at least one whole glass of water with every pill you take, otherwise the website warns that the product could swell, block the throat, and even cause choking. A little scary.
Overall this is an effective product if used properly. It’s also $39.99 for a two-month supply, which isn’t cheap but it’s not prohibitively expensive either.
5. Fit Affinity
Fit Affinity is a trendy weight loss company that offers a range of weight loss products for both men and women.
The offer three weight loss supplements: Firm Body Sculptor, Tight Tummy, and Lean Fat Burner. These can be taken individually or altogether as part of a weight loss system.
Lean Fat Burner for Her is their most popular weight loss supplement, as it specifically targets fat burning.
Lean Fat Burner claims to increase energy, boost metabolism, reduce fatigue, and optimize fat burning. An interesting difference here is that this supplement doesn’t include any appetite suppressants, but rather focuses on increasing your body’s ability to metabolise carbohydrates and fats and burn fat at a faster rate.
The main ingredients in Lean Fat Burner are naturally derived and include caffeine, cayenne powder, cocoa seed, and synephrine.
Cayenne powder is packed with health benefits, including increased metabolism and calorie burning and craving reduction. A study in 2003 showed that women who consumed cayenne powder measurably increased their metabolic rate for up to 30 minutes. (9)
There’s actually legit science behind this: hot peppers cause your body temperature to rise, which causes your body to go into cool down mode. Cool down mode means your body is burning more calories, similar to the way your body continues to burn calories at a faster rate for a while after a workout. (10)
Caffeine is one of the most well-researched metabolism boosters there is, with studies showing that it can increase fat burning by up to 29%. (11) Of course, the downside is that many diet pills that utilize caffeine cause jitteriness and anxiety.
Synephrine comes from the citrus in bitter orange, and it’s another popular ingredient in diet pills. Numerous studies have shown that it does increase fat burning. (12) However, like caffeine, it’s a pretty potent stimulant. Side effects include increased heart rate and even addiction.
Finally, cocoa seed (the fruit that produces chocolate) is one of the most powerful antioxidants – containing more antioxidants than both green tea and red wine. It has a myriad of benefits, including aiding with brain function and memory and decreasing the risk of a number of diseases. It is also a stimulant, though less powerful than synephrine and caffeine.
Given that all of the major ingredients are stimulants, and some of them are pretty potent, there are also some significant side effects to take into account. If you’re particularly sensitive to stimulants like caffeine, this might not be the diet pill for you.
That being said, there’s a ton of evidence here that the ingredients in Lean Fat Burner for Her are fat burning gold.
4. Plexus TriPlex
The Plexus TriPlex by Plexus is a combination of the three most powerful weight management products offered by the nutrition network marketing company.
This system comes with a month’s supply of three products: Slim, Bio Cleanse, and ProBio5.
Slim is a flavored powder supplement that you mix into water and drink once per day to promote weight loss. It’s gluten-free and vegetarian, and it contains no artificial flavors. You can get it in raspberry, watermelon, or lemon.
Plexus claims that Slim is clinically shown to increase weight loss, boosting metabolism by enhancing akkermansia microbes in your digestive system and increasing the good bacteria count in your gut. It also contains chromium, which has been shown to burn belly fat. (13)
Finally, the supplement increases lactobacillus bacteria in your gut by 365, a good bacteria that’s been shown to block fat absorption and burn calories faster. (14)
ProBio5 is a probiotic supplement that you take twice per day, and it’s meant to keep intestinal yeast in balance while keeping your intestinal track healthy.
There’s significant evidence that balancing the bacteria in your gut contributes to weight loss and that overweight people have different intestinal bacteria than thin folks. (15)
Bio Cleanse is a cleansing and digestive supplement you take four times per day. As a detoxification supplement, it reduces bloating and inflammation to ensure that your fat burning isn’t canceled out by poor digestion.
At $149.95, it’s not cheap. However, it is a complete system that assists your body in weight loss from multiple angles. It’s the only product on this list that incorporates a probiotic and digestive supplement in addition to your typical fat burner.
Sports supplement company Evlution Nutrition designed LeanMode to be one of the few effective, stimulant-free fat burners on the market.
This supplement claims to support and boost metabolism, suppress hunger, increase energy, and burn fat, all without the use of stimulants. You can get it in capsule form or as flavored powder drink mixes.
LeanMode contains some of the most popular, non-stimulant fat burning ingredients on the market, including garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean, and green tea leaf extract.
Garcinia cambogia is one of the most popular and powerful weight loss supplements in the world. It contains high amounts of hydroxycitric acid, which is shown to contribute to weight loss. (16)
Because garcinia cambogia has been heavily studied, it’s easy to tell whether or not it’s effective. A compilation of nine different studies on the weight loss effects of garcinia cambogia showed that the plant caused a significant increase in weight loss in all 8 out of 9 studies. (17, 18, 19)
Green coffee bean, or coffee before it’s roasted, has received a lot of attention recently for its health benefits. It’s already been shown that coffee can aid in weight loss, and green coffee bean is even more potent. While studies are still minimal, initial trials suggest that the bean could promote increased weight loss. (20)
Finally, green tea leaf extract is an excellent source of antioxidants as well as catechins and caffeine. The combination of these components has been shown to increase weight loss. (21) Essentially, the ingredients work to enhance thermogenesis, the process by which your body burns calories. (22)
Overall, LeanMode contains natural ingredients with solid fat burning power, and the fact that it’s stimulant-free is a huge plus as it decreases the risk of side effects. It’s also very affordable, at just $19.99 for 50 servings.
2. FitMiss Burn
This women’s weight loss supplement with a 6 stage fat burning system has exploded in recent years.
FitMiss Burn is geared toward kick-starting your metabolism, burning extra fat, and fighting food cravings. The stages of their “revolutionary” system are as follows…
Stages 1 & 2: Energy and Focus Complex
Stage 3: Appetite Reduction and Fat Metabolizer
Stage 4: Promote Positive Mood Balance
Stage 5: Water Shed Diuretic Complex
Stage 6: Enzymatic Matrix
Each stage utilizes different ingredients to promote different factors in weight loss. For example, caffeine and green tea extract play a role in stages 1 and 2.
Key ingredients in stage 3 are raspberry ketones and glucomannan, both of which have been shown to reduce appetite and boost the metabolism. In fact, glucomannan is extremely effective in reducing appetite because it absorbs water and turns into a gel-like substance in your stomach, making you feel full. (23)
No human studies have been done on raspberry ketones, but a couple studies on rats showed that it increased fat breakdown and decreased weight gain. (24)
A number of enzymes found in FitMiss Burn, such as DigeSEB, HemiSEB, and Peptizyme SP are said to assist in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates and enhance nutrient absorption.
Most fat burners incorporate similar ingredients that boost metabolism and fat burning, but FitMiss Burn is unique in that it also incorporates mood balancing herbs and a diuretic. The uva ursi combined with dandelion have been shown to release toxins and act as a diuretic that is proven to reduce water weight. (25)
The unique blend that creates their 6 stage fat burning system is ultimately what makes FitMiss Burn stand out from your everyday fat burner.
Arguably no other fat burner has skyrocketed and taken over the fitness industry like Leanbean.
It’s definitely on the spendy side, but it’s a premium female weight loss supplement that’s been promoted by some big names in fitness modeling.
The Leanbean weight loss formula is specifically tailored to women, vegetarian, and all natural.
They like to brag about the fact that their “secret” is pretty straightforward: top notch, simple ingredients that work.
The main ingredients in Leanbean are glucomannan, green tea extract, and turmeric.
We’ve already talked about the first two — glucomannan is especially powerful as an appetite suppressant because it physically fills your stomach. (26) Green tea extract provides the fat burning power of a stimulant without the jitteriness and risky side effects that come from straight caffeine.
Turmeric is a natural, medicinal herb that’s meant to increase metabolism without having to resort to powerful stimulants that can have adverse side effects, particularly on women. Turmeric works similarly to cayenne pepper by increasing your body temperature naturally and thus raising your resting metabolic rate and causing you to burn more fat.
One study even showed the turmeric suppressed fat tissue growth in mice. (27)
Apart from these three main ingredients, Leanbean also incorporates green coffee bean, acai berry, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and garcinia cambogia, all in doses greater than 100mg, meaning they’re not cutting corners. Hence the price.
So, they’ve got natural ingredients, no stimulants, backing by fitness models, and their product isn’t stuffed with corner-cutting fillers.
None of the ingredients listed have any significant side effects, and they offer a 90-day money back guarantee. All of this combined makes them the best fat burner for women on the market.
Part 2: Why should you use fat burners for women? What are their benefits and side effects?
Burning more fat sounds like an obvious win. But burning fat does more than give you a bikini bod. What other health benefits, if any, do fat burners offer to women?
What about the side effects? Are fat burners for women dangerous?
Benefits of fat burners for women
The primary benefit of fat burners for women is that they help you burn more fat. It is still recommended that you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, but by adding a fat burner on top of that, you’re lowering your body fat percentage even more.
This is particularly beneficial for women who feel like they’ve reached a plateau with just diet and exercise or women who are experiencing additional obstacles to weight management, such as menopause.
Women naturally carry more fat than men because they usually have a slower metabolic rate, so it can be more difficult to burn fat. (28) Fat burners for women can help them overcome this disadvantage.
A high body fat percentage in the unhealthy range (over 25% for younger women and over 34% for women over 40) is associated with a myriad of health risks, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and even certain cancers. (29)
The fat burning ingredients found in these supplements have additional benefits as well. Many of the fibers used to suppress appetite, such as glucomannan, feed the good bacteria in your gut. This helps with inflammation and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol. (30)
Ingredients such as green tea leaf extract, green coffee beans, and caffeine boost energy and increase focus and alertness. This can improve your exercise performance as well.
Side effects of fat burners for women
There are some risks and side effects associated with fat burners, especially as they’re not required to be approved by the FDA, so quality varies a lot.
Side effects will depend on the ingredients used in each fat burner. Some fat burners have been linked to liver inflammation and liver damage, while others use ingredients like bitter orange that are linked to increased blood pressure and heart rate. (31)
One of the most common side effects of diet pills is anxiety, jitteriness, nausea, heart palpitations, and other symptoms that occur from the consumption of caffeine. Caffeine is also addictive and can cause you to lose sleep. If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to switch to a fat burner that does not use stimulants.
Certain fibers found in many fat burners can also cause problems with digestion, bloating, flatulence, and constipation.
Finally, fat burners are meant to provide a short-term boost to your metabolism and should not be taken indefinitely.
Dosage varies by product, but most recommend between 2 to 4 capsules per day. It is very important to follow the recommended dosage on the package, as over-consumption is extremely dangerous.
If the product you are taking contains caffeine, you may want to monitor your dosage more closely. It’s not recommended that you consume more than 400mg of caffeine in one day, and if you are sensitive to stimulants, you’ll want to consume even less.
Fat burners for women FAQ
Do fat burners really work? Studies have shown that most fat burners do aid in weight loss, but the degree to which they help depends on the product as some are more effective than others.
What weight loss pills really work? This depends on the ingredients in the weight loss pill and how they interact with your specific body. Studies have shown that caffeine and green tea have plenty of data to back up their metabolism boosting properties, and glucomannan is proven to suppress appetite. (32)
What supplements to take for lean muscle and fat loss? Caffeine and green tea also aid in gaining muscle Branched-Chain Amino Acids, creatine, and increased protein take are all very useful in building lean muscle as well, but you won’t find them in most fat burners. It’s important to pair your fat burner with a protein powder or protein supplement.
When should you take a fat burner? You should follow the instructions listed for your fat burner. Most recommend consumption right after you wake up in the morning as well as right before exercise. Some suggest once daily consumption while others recommend twice.
What are fat burning foods? In addition to taking a fat burner, it’s important to incorporate a healthy diet. For maximum fat burning power, consume almonds and other nuts, low-fat dairy products, eggs, lean meats, berries, and fatty fish. (33)
Can you take a fat burner on an empty stomach? Many fat burners recommend consumption first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, as it increases the rate of absorption. Be sure to check the instructions on your fat burner.
How should I cycle fat burners? While fat burners containing stimulants can be very effective, they also tend to have more adverse side effects. Because of this, it’s recommended that people sensitive to stimulants cycle their consumption between stimulant fat burners and non-stimulant fat burners, taking the former for 3-4 weeks and then switching to the latter for 2 weeks to let the body rest from the stimulants.
What is a natural fat burner? Some fat burners contain synthetic ingredients and chemicals, while others contain natural ingredients such as green tea leaf, grapefruit essential oil, and chromium.
What is a stimulant free fat burner? Non-stimulant fat burners use ingredients that aid in fat loss and boost the metabolism without resorting to stimulants and caffeine. There are several listed in this post.
Are weight loss pills bad for you? While there are some fat burners that have been shown to have dangerous effects, many simply incorporate natural ingredients to help boost your metabolism. Often, the dangers associated with weight loss pills occur from over-consumption or misuse, so be sure to follow the recommended consumption instructions listed for your fat burner.
While fat burners are no instant weight loss miracle, they are great for providing your body with a boost to cut extra fat and increase your metabolic rate. For women, who tend to naturally carry more fat than men, fat burners can be particularly useful.
It’s still important to pair these fat burners with proper diet and exercise to get the results you want. No product can replace healthy food and a solid workout routine.
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