You have all heard talking about slimming gel or fat burning creams. Do they really work and what is it all about?
The action of the creams on the skin are divided into three different phases:
1. First of all you need to massage! The massage causes an increase in circulation promoting a 'good sweat' and helps drain the skin of excess water.
2. The ingredients then penetrate into the skin
3. This results in loss of inches, the skin is more hydrated (and 'active' from all the vigorous massage!) and looks now a lot tighter and smooth (no direct fat loss has been proven!)
Creams typically contain several thermogenic ingredients like:
- Andiroba extract (slimming cream from the Yves Rocher Plant Biology laboratories) which is said to block 88 % of the activity of the enzymes responsible for forming lipids
- Caffeine and Kola which promote elimination of fatty cells
- Aminophylline, similar in fat burning action to ephedrine and clenbuterol
- Yohimbine, another potent compound also similar to ephedrine and clen.
- Forskolen, a compound that activates thermogenic enzymes and DMAE, a precursor to acteylcholine, another powerful thermogenic.
"With these ingredients and from the heat of the massage, the cream 'speeds up' the metabolism in the area that it is rubbed and provokes a chemical reaction that change fat cells into fatty acids that will slip through cell membranes and into the bloodstream to be burned" (Quote from Contour Magic Cream).
"Because the creams are topical, the active thermogenic components are not degraded by stomach acids like oral thermogenics! In other words, the cream does not have to go through the digestion process that all oral supplements must go through. During digestion, oral supplements loose close to 95% of their active ingredients" (Quote from DermaLEAN).
And, what's more, they are claimed to be time released so will maintain both site-specific and overall fat burning processes virtually all day! Couldn't be any better, huh?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (1982) advised one of the distributors of the Fat burning cream "La Crème" that, based on the product's labelling, it should be regulated as a drug because it claimed to alter the size, shape or conformity of the body; a drug function as defined by the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. When the distributor contended that "La Crème" was a cosmetic and therefore not subject to safety and efficacy requirements, FDA replied that claims of even temporary reduction of body measurements were not appropriate to a cosmetic. The company never replied to FDA's comments, but quickly disappeared from the market.
** Side effects?
Although uncommon, as all other thermogenic products it is important to use the cream only as directed and not to exceed 12 weeks of continuous use to reduce the possibility of side effects. Side effects which may occur are loss of appetite, tremors, dizziness, nervousness, restlessness, irregular heart beat, nausea, excessive sweating, diarrhoea and it is also possible to experience other complications due to the weight or body-fat percentage loss that results from its use.
It is recommended that you apply it correctly (twice a day), keep a healthy diet and maintain a consistent workout regimen. Also stacking it with other weight-loss products will help enhance its effects.
All this sounds as if the fat burning creams and cutting gels are true wonder products for spot reduction, but before you go out and spend a fortune, know that these claims have been written by the companies wanting to sell their products. No one has ever done a scientific study proving that a cream really is able to burn away any fat. "Rub-on gels and creams have not been proven to work, and won't increase your metabolism or help eliminate food cravings" (Dr Chris Lydon from Muscletech); "Just another entrepreneurial activity in the lucrative business of weight-loss and 'fat-burner' fraud" (Tim Gorski, MD 1993)
A magical solution for spot losing or waste of money? Well nobody really can tell.(This article was written by MT Member Philia2 & was originally published in The MuscleTalker October 2002 edition)Leave a comment