Ghost Infrared: Radiating Body Fat for Good

Ghost Infrared

Ghost Infrared is a potent thermogenic that perfectly balances long-lasting energy with proven fat burning ingredients for effective weight loss.

The weight loss market (especially at major stores like GNC) is dominated with proprietary blends and products that, more often than not, have way too many ingredients that are either underdosed, combined inappropriately, or are just loaded with stimulants and nothing more.

Ghost is a hot supplement brand we’ve had our eye one for quite some time now, thanks to their slick labeling, but also very balanced and delicious-tasting Legend Pre Workout and insane-tasting cereal milk flavored Ghost Whey. The guys at Ghost recently revealed the label for their own thermogenic supplement and it’s sure to be a fan-favorite.

Infrared is an extremely well balanced weight loss aid that provides effective fat burning coupled with elevated focus, uplifted mood, and long-lasting, jitter-free energy.

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Infrared Ingredients

If you’re familiar with Ghost, you know they’re not one to make any sort of nonsense claims or hype on their products….they let the products speak for themselves. That being said, Infrared’s label is rather robust (including several patented ingredients) and should make for noticeably better mood, energy, and most important of all, fat burning.

Note: Doses listed below are based on 1 serving (i.e. two capsules). Ghost recommends that you DO NOT exceed two servings per day (i.e. four capsules).

  • Acetyl L-Carnitine (1g)

    Ghost Infrared Ingredients

    Infrared will help melt fat all while keeping you feeling energized and on top of the world.

    One of the most effective forms of carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is one of the more rare supplements around that has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB).[1] Because of this, ALCAR exerts some rather unique benefits in the brain including: reduced mental fatigue[2], improved mood[3], and greater learning and cognition.[4,5]

    Most importantly for our purposes here, ALCAR exerts a fair amount of fat burning power. When dosed alongside caffeine (our next ingredient), the two work together to increase “fatty acid dumping.”[6] During this process, fatty acids are excreted by the body when cells are engaged in “fat burning mode.”

  • Caffeine (160mg Total)

    Infrared contains a mixture of two forms of caffeine provided both immediate and long-lasting energy. The two forms comprising Infrared’s caffeine blend include of 100mg caffeine anhydrous and 80mg dicaffeine malate, which yields 60mg, thus giving us a total of 160mg caffeine per serving.

    This is an incredibly reasonable amount of caffeine for a fat burner, providing increased energy, mood, and alertness, but also it fortifies the effectiveness of many more of the ingredients still to come. Too often modern fat burners include way too much caffeine, leading you to think their working, when in reality all they’re doing is setting you up for jitters and a nasty crash.  Here, you won’t have that problem at all.

  • Orange Daylily (100mg)

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    Hemerocallis fulva is one of the newer stimulant free fat burning ingredients on the market. It’s only shown up in a handful of products thus far, but seems to be one of the emerging trends in the land of weight loss aids.

    It’s extracted from the Orange Daylily found predominantly in Asia, and research on daylily extract notes markedly enhanced lipolysis, especially in the presence of noradrenaline (norepinephrine).[7] Additionally, these effects are magnified further when accompanied by a phosphodiesterase inhibitor (i.e. caffeine).[15,16] Orange Daylily extract is also purported to help prevent future fat accumulation on the body as well!.

    There are several ingredients in Infrared that boost noradrenaline levels, and adding Orange Daylily to the mix only amps up the fat burning potential of this supplement.

  • TeaCrine® (62.5mg)

    As word of TeaCrine®’s effectiveness spreads throughout the industry, so too does the number of occasions we see it included in new products. Infrared is the latest product to make use of the long-lasting stimulant.

    TeaCrine® is a patented extract that contains 98% theacrine by mass and is structurally similar to caffeine — meaning it exerts many of the same effects! The major difference between the two is that theacrine doesn’t come with caffeine’s tolerance build up.[8]

    In laymen’s terms, it means you won’t need to continually “up the dose” to keep feeling the same effects of theacrine. Furthermore, theacrine also combats oxidative stress, and boost dopamine levels in the brain.[9,10]

    If using two servings per day (the max dose / day), you’ll end up with 125mg theacrine! The highest amount of the long-lasting stim we’ve encountered in a product thus far.

  • Bitter Orange (60mg)

    Theobromine Half Life

    Taken from the patent application, this is actually about its antitussive effect, but shows that it certainly lasts a while.

    Also known as Citrus Aurantium, bitter orange is a plant rich in a number of alkaloids (synephrine, hordenine, etc) that function as beta-receptor agonists. In particular, Beta-2 and Beta-3 adrenergic receptor agonist stimulate lipolysis, a process that liberates stored fatty acids, releasing them into the bloodstream to be used by the body as a source of fuel.[11,12]

    In essence, you’ll  “burn fat” for fuel during low intensity activities, like reading, watching tv or doing chores. The end result is improved fat burning potential, as well as sparing your glycogen stores for intense activities like weightlifting.

  • Theobromine (50mg)

    We’ve got yet another relative of caffeine in Infrared, the “feel good” stimulant, theobromine. This is the ingredient responsible for the mini sense of euphoria you get each time eating a really high quality dark chocolate.

    Theobromine exerts a stimulating effect on the CNS though not quite to the same extent as caffeine. However, theobromine’s energy boost is much smoother and longer-lasting than the faster, and harsher, acting caffeine.[13]

  • Cocoa seed extract (25mg)

    Like us, you’re probably wondering why include both theobromine and cocoa see extract when most cocoa seed extracts on the market are standardized for theobromine anyway. Well, in addition to theobromine, cocoa seed extract contains other compounds such as n-coumaroyldopamine, EGCG, and others which increase cAMP[14], improve fat burning, and pair incredibly well with TeaCrine®.

    ”Cocoa Seed Extract generally contains around 7% Theobromine and we wanted to deliver a higher dose of that compound specifically. That said, I felt it was advantageous to additionally include Cocoa Seed for the other naturally occurring actives, such as n-coumaroyldopamine and n-caffeoyldopamine, EGCG (and other alkaloids/actives), etc. found in the actual extract.

    With synergistic formulation in mind, all the above works so well with the rest of the formula, specifically TeaCrine® and the HF (Orange Daylily) which stack perfectly with β2-Adrenoceptor Agonist/”cAMP orientated” compounds like the above.” – Dan Lourenco

  • Paradoxine® (25mg)

    Paradoxine Logo

    Paradoxine is the premier choice when looking for the gold standard in Grains of Paradise extracts.

    Ready to feel the burn? You better be, because this ingredient is sure to get your thermogenic engine cranking!

    Paradoxine® is a patented Grains of Paradise extract documented to increase overall energy expenditure and mobilize brown adipose (fat) tissue.[17] This engages “fat-burning” in your body so you can be burning fat just by sitting around the house!

    You can read more about Paradoxine® in our in-depth article titled Grains of Paradise: Fat Fighting Spice of the Goddesses.

  • BioPerine® (5mg)

    Finally, we have the well-known black pepper extract BioPerine®. There’s a considerable amount of botanicals and bioactives in here, and you could stand to benefit from the enhanced bioavailability and absorption boost that BioPerine offers. Plus, black pepper extract also exerts its own weight loss benefits in the body![18]

On the Formula…

We spoke to Dan Lourenco at Ghost regarding the design and formula of Infrared. We’re always curious to see where a formulator’s mind is / was during development of new products, and here’s what they had to say:

”We designed Infrared® to be a strong, efficacious and maybe most importantly, well balanced product by synergistically pairing ingredients. There’s a ton of clinically validated purpose behind each ingredient in Infrared®, but more importantly than any of that, this is a balanced, feel-great thermogenic…

It was important to us to include a solid nonstimulant base to the product because I truly believe that many of the best weight loss results come from unsung non-stimulant heroes. ALCAR is well known and Paradoxine® GOP (grains of paradise) is definitely becoming more popular as a non-stimulant rockstar with great clinical behind it on its role in helping the brown adipose tissue cycle. BioPerine® is known for its ability to enhance absorption of a host of compounds, but additionally it’s a black pepper extract, and like GOP (another peppercorn), has cool thermogenic properties as a bonus.

Last, as a brand we are anti-DMHA and DMAA (our manufacturer maintains the strictest levels of compliance and quality (like our protein that tested 101% of label claim) and won’t even handle that material/who knows what the future of those ingredients are). I totally get that some users like the cracked out feeling of those ingredients but our hopes is that this product will top the thermo-lists that don’t contain those ingredients.” — Dan Lourenco

Dosing

Ghost Infrared Cap

Ghost’s branding is 100% sexy – right down to the bottle’s cap!

Take two tablets (1 serving) first thing in the morning upon waking. If you’re especially sensitive to stimulants, Ghost advises to start with ½ serving (1 tablet) in the AM and assess tolerance. Once your personal tolerance has been adequately assessed, an additional serving (2 tablets) may be consumed in the afternoon.

Due to the high dose of TeaCrine® included in Infrared, it’s best advised to not take within 6 hours of bed time due to the ingredient’s long-lasting energy.

Takeaway

Fat burners come in all shapes, sizes, and stim loads, but it’s a rare occurrence they are well dosed in non-stim ingredients, yet reasonable on the caffeine. Infrared is the perfect balance of both. 1 serving pairs a moderate dose of energy with effective fat burning ingredients, but if you can handle the energy and really want to maximize weight loss, opt for 2 servings…just be ready to feel great all day long and have prolonged energy due to the 125mg or TeaCrine!

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