Want to shred fat faster on a plant-based diet?
A vegan thermogenic fat burner will help you out.
And in today's post we will examine what fat burning ingredients you should look for, how to use them, and also look at some of the best products on the market.
Let's get to it!
(Either head to the buyer's guide or check out the summary just below).
Vintage Burn Thermogenic Fat Burner (review)
GENIUS BURN Thermogenic Fat Burner
Lean PM Night Time Fat Burner
Sheer Thermo Fat Burner
BN Labs Natural Fat Burner
Fat Burners Are Not Magic Pills
Before we dive into the mechanisms by which fat burners work and the nitty-gritty of what specific ingredients do... there is something important that needs to be made clear first.
If you've ever watched Rocky you know that (spoiler alert!) beating Drago wasn't very easy.
He had to run up and down a set of stairs god knows how many times and he had to use animal carcasses as punching bags (?).
Okay so the last part perhaps wasn't absolutely necessary and also a bit strange - come on rocky use punching bags like normal people.
However, the point is that putting in the hard work paid off and was what made him a champion ultimately.
See what I'm getting at with this talk of Rocky?
Fat loss is made possible by hard work.
A vegan fat burning supplement is not a substitute for a good diet or solid training routine. If you haven't already got your vegan diet plan and training regimen figured out beforehand, there's a high risk you won't see any results from using thermogenics.
That's not to say they don't work, in fact they work rather well, studies have consistently shown that thermogenic fat burners can help boost fat loss.
As with any supplement it has to be incorporated into a sensible and effective fat loss regimen.
Not as a band-aid to cover up your unwillingness to stop eating oreos.
How Does a Fat Burner Work?
Fat burner pills do not work through magic, placebo or other inexplicable mechanisms.
Through multiple different pathways they can help to enhance weight loss:
While losing fat might seem like a mystery, the basic principle behind fat loss is actually extremely simple.
You put calories in your mouth.
If this amount of calories is less than your body burns per day, you will tap into your fat storages to provide sufficient energy.
Voila, fat loss.
The main mechanism by which fat burning supplements encourage weight loss is their thermogenic effect and ability to boost metabolism.
'Hold on a second what is a 'thermogenic' effect and how does it relate to metabolism?'
Thermogenesis is the process where the body burns calories to produce heat, which happens in all warm blooded organisms.
When the rate of thermogenesis increases, and the heat rises in the body, this will raise one’s metabolic rate or amount of calories burned...
... and as we know based on the laws of thermodynamics, calories in and calories out is what dictates weight loss and gain.
So by consuming compounds that naturally induces thermogenesis, this creates a larger calorie deficit which results in greater fat loss.
Enhanced Energy and Well-Being
The mental game of fat loss is not to be downplayed.
I mean we all should theoretically be able to lose weight, it's simply a matter of eating less.
Yet... it isn't quite that easy as evident by the epidemic of obesity.
One powerful benefit of thermogenic fat burners is that they often contain compounds such as 5-HTP and other similiar compounds that enhance focus, alertness, and energy levels.
So not only do fat burners directly affect fat loss by stoking our metabolic fire, another perk is that they indirectly affect fat loss by enhancing our mood and general wellbeing.
This is essential to your success in losing weight.
If you're in a good mood with an abundance of energy and focus you're much more likely to stick to your diet and training regimen.
This will help keep you from falling of the weight loss wagon and it'll be easier adhering long-term to your diet and training plan.
How interested are you on going on a food binge when you have the flu, and not only that, but you're also violently sick?
What a strange question, I sense you thinking right now.
Of course you're not interested eating when you feel like absolute crap.
In fact it's such a struggle eating that you probably need to make a concentrated effort nibbling at small food bites to get any calories in whatsoever.
What fat burners achieve is a similiar effect, albeit not to the same degree as the provided example.
A suppressed appetite will translate into less food being eating. So when you usually go for a quick snack... there are no hunger pangs or any urge to eat anymore.
(No, this was not a recommendation for getting violently sick as an optimal means to achieve weight loss)
Ingredients of Thermogenic Supplements
So what's in there that can generate all of these effects in the body?
You'll find that many thermogenic supplements are very similiar in their ingredient composition.
This is because there are a couple effective and proven to work ingredients - naturally supplement companies will want to include these in their fat loss blend.
Here are a couple of them:
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract has been shown in studies to help increase fat oxidation and metabolism, both short and long-term.
How does this work exactly?
Certain compounds called polyphenols are naturally present in green tea, more precisely flavanols and catechins.
And these catechins are especially potent for the purposes of inducing fat loss:
In a 12 week randomized clinical trial one group drank a bottle of tea containing 690 mg of catechins per day, and the other group a bottle with only 22 mg.
After the 12 week intervention body weight, waist circumference, body fat mass and subcutaneous fat were all significantly lower in the group that ingested 690 mg per day.
But it get's better.
As you might know green tea is a natural source of caffeine - but what you might not know is that caffeine also is a very potent thermogenic fat burner:
Caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and increase the amount of calories burned dose dependently.
Which means the more you ingest, the greater the thermogenic effect is.
Seeing as coffee is also god's gift to man it makes a lot of sense to get some caffeine in your system on a daily basis.
Or if you don't fancy the taste of coffee (weird), most vegan fat burners contain caffeine.
Considering how caffeine affects the system this shouldn't really come as a major surprise.
Atleast for me two cups of strong black coffee will definitely make me more prone to fidget, walk around and feel like I want to go to a metal concert and jump around. All of which are activities that burn at least a couple of calories.
Capsaicinoids and Capsinoids
Capsaicinoids and capsinoids are the compounds that give chili and cayenne peppers their fiery hotness.
So why do supplement companies put traditional mexican food in their fat burners?
Well these have been found to increase total energy expenditure as well as reduce appetite and energy intake - though the mechanism behind this effect is not yet fully understood.
But what we do know is that we can take advantage of this effect by putting them into thermogenic fat burners and burn an extra couple of calories per day.
Synephrine is another popular ingredient in fat loss supplements.
And it is indeed quite potent:
One study found that 50 mg of synephrine lead to a 65 calorie increase in resting metabolic rate compared to the control group.
And it's not just one single study showing this, in fact a review of 20 different studies and 360 subjects came to the conclusion that synephrine increases energy expenditure and leads to weight loss.
Synephrine works by the usual mechanisms, increasing the metabolic rate via increasing fat oxidation and basal metabolic rate. In supplements it's usually found as bitter orange extract, as it naturally occurs in bitter oranges.
Before you go buy oranges in hopes of a chiseled physique I'll also let you know that regular oranges don't contain synephrine.
Raspberry ketones is a compound found in... wait for it... raspberries!
The structure of these special ketones are similiar to that of capsaicinoids and synephrine.
So it wouldn't be that far-fetched thinking that these ketones might mimic the fat burning effects of these compounds...
...and they do, sort of.
What I mean by that is that there no human studies showing a thermogenic effect. One study done on rats showed that raspberry ketones helped prevent and improve obesity and fatty liver.
However we are not rats, and if we can actually extrapolate these anti-obese effects to humans can be debated.
Coleus forskohlii is a herb belonging to the mint family that has been traditionally used in ayurvedic medicine.
And in modern times we have adopted it as a fat burning supplement.
The active component is called forskolin and there's some promising evidence that it can help improve rates of weight loss.
In one study overweight men were given 250 mg coleus forskohlii extract twice a day over a period of 12 weeks in a double blind manner.
The group taking forskolin saw a significant decrease in fat mass and also a slight positive change in lean body mass compared to placebo. Furthermore, testosterone levels were significantly increased in the forskolin group.
Side Effects of Thermogenic Supplements
Most fat burning supplements are effective due to containing stimulants such as synephrine and caffeine. Which means there's also a certain threshold where more isn't necessarily better.
If you've had a coffee drinking competition at work (this was not my brightest decision, for the love of god please don't do this) you will know that too much caffeine is not pleasant.
(For the record I did win that competition. Suck it David.)
Too much stimulants in your system and you can experience negative effects such as jitteriness, an upset stomach, nausea and irritableness.
And if you're sensitive to caffeine consumption sleep might come a bit harder when it's bedtime.
Key takeaway is that you shouldn't go overboard in hopes of shedding fat faster - stick to the recommended servings and dosage.
How Do You Use Fat Burning Pills?
Fat burners are not meant to be used as a long-term tool to manage your weight. That's what smart nutrition and hard training is meant for, these pills simply enhance the effects of your hard labour.
One problem that may arise during prolonged supplementation is that your body becomes desensitized to some ingredients over time, especially stimulant-based supplements. Meaning they lose some of their fat-burning potency.
And constantly being wired on stimulants and fat burning compounds can be quite taxing on the bodywhich might lead to increased cortisol levels.
Hence why it's a good idea to allow your body some rest from time to time:
This is done by cycling on stimulant-based supplements for ~4 weeks and then take two weeks off.
Another thing to keep in mind is that caffeine is a diuretic which means you'll visit the bathroom more often. Try and keep water intake up to compensate for this.
Top Vegan Fat Burner Pills for Weight Loss
As there are so many different supplements out there, and not knowing which one is vegan, trying to find the right one can be like looking for a needle in a fatburner stack (?).
To spare you the trouble, I’ve taken a thorough look at the market and came up with five producs which I think will be a good fit for plant-eaters looking to get jacked and tanned.
All of these contain compounds proven to enhance fat loss and perhaps more importantly, I've made sure to exclude any supplement with proprietary blends.
(For good measure I'll also link to examine.com whenever possible so you can review the effectiveness of an ingredient yourself)
You see, these proprietary blends only lists the ingredients used but not the amounts.
And more often than not, supplement companies use proprietary blends to hide the fact that their formula contains very little of the active ingredients to fool buyers.
For instance, a supplement might contain 700 mg of Ultimate Fat-Burning Matrix with caffeine, vitamin C & B2, forskolin and raspberry ketones...
...but as the dosage of each compound is hidden behind the proprietary blend you've no idea if it's effective or not - as a rule of thumb stay away from these.
Vintage Burn Thermogenic Fat Burner
Old School Labs Vintage Burn is a 100% vegan thermogenic fat burner featuring a total of 9 ingredients that fuses together to create an indeed potent formula aimed at optimizing fat loss.
The only way to judge the effectiveness of a product is it's ingredient list - so let's dive in and have a look and see what they each bring to the table.
Ingredients per serving (2 capsules):
First of all what I think is great is the complete transparency as every single compounds is listed in the exact quantities used. No bullshit proprietary blend used here.
This way you know exactly what you're paying for and putting in your body.
And in summary here's what you get from Vintage Burn:
Several proven fat-burning compounds in large doses such as the green tea extract, green coffee bean extract, caffeine and forskolin - a blend sure to stoke the metabolic furnace and help burn calories...
...and to boot the bacopa leaf extract will enhance your mood and sharpen your cognition so you can stay on track with your weight loss regimen...
The potential drawbacks are the raspberry ketones, garcinia fruit extract and chrysin that in theory might help with weight loss, but with no solid scientific evidence that they would actually work in humans.
Users report mostly good results: enhanced rates of weight loss and some pretty dramatic transformation pictures with the aid of these pills.
This supplement is free from all artificial colours and flavors and has been third party tested for purity for an extra layer of scrutiny.
GENIUS BURN Thermogenic Fat Burner
Genius Burn is a vegan 2-in-1 fat-burning and nootropic supplement:
What this means is that unlike other formulas this supplement doesn't only help you shed pounds, but also provides a powerful boost to cognition and several key brain functions (hence genius and burn).
We're looking at quite the ingredient list here, so let's go ahead and examine some of them:
Ingredients per serving (2 capsules):
That was a boatload of different compounds.
So let's summarize:
Although the ingredients used are a bit unorthodox for a fat-burning supplement... it's still incredibly well-formulated.
There are a variety of powerful nootropic ingredients that will enhance key brain functions and enhance your mood, making it easier to stick with your fat loss diet.
In addition to the brain boosters there are fat burners such as capsaicinoids which will help accelerate fat loss.
Perhaps the most distinguishing feature is that there are no stimulants such as caffeine or synephrine. If you're sensitive to stimulants than this is a perfect fit.
Many users mention that instead of the usual 'rush' they get a boost of clean energy and a slow and steady boost to fat burning.
LEAN PM Night Time Fat Burner
Lean PM Night Time Fat Burner will help any vegan sleeping beauty to both shed fat and get a deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Quite unlike all other supplements in this category - this is a synergistic blend of thermogenics and other relaxing compounds (without stimulants) that will help you curb appetite... and burn fat while you sleep.
So let's take a look at the ingredients to see how this magic happens:
Ingredients per serving (2 capsules):
So what's the verdict here?
Well... although the aim of the product is somewhat unique - it's a pretty damn awesome, well-formulated fat burner.
The green tea catechins encourages fat loss by increasing thermogenesis, without any of the caffeine present in green tea.
Then there's the blend of L-Theanine, 5-HTP, magnesium and melatonin which all contribute towards a calmer, more relaxed and focused mind.
As the name implies this would indeed be great for taking before bedtime, however it can just as readily be used throughout the day to reduce anxiety and stress (and burn a couple of extra calories). Perfect if you don't handle caffeine well.
Users report enhanced rate of fat loss without the crashes associated with stimulant-based fat burners.
Sheer THERMO Fat Burning Thermogenic
Sheer THERMO Fat Burner is a vegan thermogenic fat burner featuring a total of 7 ingredients that will aid you in your mission of shredding body fat, controlling appetite and enhancing your mood.
The ingredients are what dictates a supplement's efficacy... so let's have a look at the label:
Ingredients per serving (2 capsules):
On the whole this is a pretty balanced fat burning stack:
It's fat burning capacity is powered by good amounts of green tea extract, forskolin, caffeine anhydrous (in normal speak means powdered caffeine) as well as yohimbine.
And to take the edge of potential jitteriness, and give a boost to focus and cognitive abilities, there are powerful nootropics such as the rhodiola root, 5-HTP and bacopa monnieri.
What makes me reluctant recommending this is the association between Yohimbine and anxiety. I've dealt with this problem myself and I would never want to take something that worsens it... but you have to decide what's best in your situation.
The product is third-party tested for purity, with no artificial colours and flavor and no hidden ingredients.
BN Labs Natural Fat Burner
BN Labs Natural Fat Burner is a vegan and completely organic fat-burner which promises to "attack fat from different angles to supercharge your fat loss".
So... does it live up to this bold claim?
Well, the proof is in the pudding and the ingredients found in these pills are as follows:
Ingredients (per serving):
All in all... how does this ingredient list stack up to the competition?
Well I really like that they didn't use a proprietary blend to hide how much of each ingredient they used. Props.
Moreover the nootropics ashwagandha and rhodiola are great for promoting overall enhanced mood and wellbeing.
However this supplement is definitely lacking in the fat-burning department. Small amounts of green tea extract and caffeine might help slightly but I wish they would've bumped up the doses or include more efficacious compounds.
In summary, BN Labs Natural Fat Burner includes a couple of beneficial compounds to reduce stress and to enhance mood & well-being, but it lacks a bit when it comes to actually inducing thermogenesis and promoting weight loss.
However for anyone looking for a 'milder' fat burning pill, and/or something 100% organic, this would be a great choice.
In Conclusion: The Best Vegan Fat Burner Pill
OUR TOP PICK
If I had to choose between the products here, my top pick would be the Vintage Burn Thermogenic Fat Burner:
This potent formula provides fat burning compounds such as green tea extract, green coffee bean extract, pure caffeine as well as forskolin in high doses.
In addition to this blend of powerful thermogenics, there's also the nootropic bacopa leaf extract which can help improve mental cognition, reduce anxiety and enhance mood.
Aaand that's about it for vegan fat burning pills!
I hope this post helpful and that you're now better equipped to find the an awesome product to aid with your vegan fat loss goals.
Hey there! I’m Alex and I’m obsessed with a vegan diet, strength training and bodybuilding, as well as health and nutrition. When I’m not writing articles on here I am either in the gym, playing electric guitar or cooking vegan food!