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What Supplements Burn Fat & Cellulite?

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Dan Harriman began writing professionally in 2009 and has a varied background in marketing, ranging from sports management to music promotion. Harriman holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with an emphasis on strategic communications from the University of Kansas and earned the International Advertising Association's diploma in marketing communications.
What Supplements Burn Fat & Cellulite?
Some fat burners contain the right ingredients to help with weight loss. Photo Credit: DenisKot/iStock/Getty Images

If you are considering taking weight loss products that act as fat burners, ensure that they include certain ingredients. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, fat burning supplements could help you achieve your weight loss goal. While supplements won't burn cellulite, you may be able to reduce the appearance of cellulite by losing weight and strengthening muscles in your legs and rear end. Talk to your doctor before taking any diet products, especially if you are already taking medications.

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Nearly every fat burner lists L-carnitine as an ingredient. The nutrient helps the body burn fat and turn it into energy. Your body produces its own carnitine and, most likely, provides you with enough of the nutrient to serve its function. But, because carnitine is known as a natural fat burner, marketers have promoted it in diet products, suggesting that increasing carnitine levels helps turn more fat into burned energy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, orally administered carnitine may reduce fat mass and increase muscle mass but has not been proven to improve weight loss.


A large number of fat burners contain the mineral chromium. This trace mineral has shown to have direct impact on the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat cells and protein. While more research is needed on chromium and its recommended daily dosage, chromium enhances insulin activity, which promotes proper metabolism, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. Though chromium is found in fat burners and many other weight loss products, a number of studies have shown that even significant amounts of chromium have no real weight loss effect.


Though not a vitamin, choline is part of essential nutrition. The nutrient and its various compound forms play an important role in biological functions. Weight loss products often feature choline due to its metabolic effects on lipids, or fat cells. The compound phosphatidylcholine ensures that fat and cholesterol does not accumulate in the liver, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Proper choline levels ensure that fat cells and cholesterol is properly transported throughout the body and be used as energy rather than build up over time, which can result in weight gain and strain on the liver.

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