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Best Fat Burner Buyer’s Guide, with 2018’s Top 10

Best Fat Burner

Taking Lipodrene’s old seat… if you’re into the aggressive stimulants like DMHA, then we have a new Best Fat Burner for Q1-2018!

To the casual consumer, fat burners are intimidating and confusing. With good reason, too — 99% of them are admittedly total garbage.

There’s simply way too much noise out there, from brands using ineffective ingredients, overly dangerous formulas, or just running online marketing scams. Google’s no help either — searching for best fat burner is spammed to the high heavens.

Most products are trash… but the ones on this page aren’t.

But there’s good news: in that other 1% of products lay a hidden gold mine.

There are a number of ingredients that work to help your body burn more fat than it normally would — and when they’re mixed responsibly and effectively, you can safely get a serious yet natural boost to your metabolism.

Over the course of this document, you’ll learn about these effective ingredients, and sources are cited for you.

Stealing from the best: Sports nutrition companies

The majority of the products discussed on this page are not going to be seen on your daytime television programs. Most of those fat burners don’t burn fat, despite their claims.

Instead, we stick to products from the sports nutrition industry, where we can find the right ingredients in doses that actually work.

Choose your own adventure, or our Top 10 list?

Let’s get on with it. This page contains two paths:

  1. A buyer’s guide based upon your needs

    Because the only true answer to the question, “What is the best fat burner” is, “It depends.”

  2. Our top 10 list

    Based on our opinions.

How do you want your product recommendations?

Disclosure: PricePlow has received free samples of nearly all products mentioned on this page, including several competitors not listed. Using a team-based approach, we judge each product on merits of value, efficacy, labeling disclosure, and quality, and our opinions are never swayed by free samples.

We’ll start with what’s best for you, by asking you a series of questions.

Question 1: Do you want stimulants or stimulant-free?

Let us answer this question for you: stimulants.

The best products — by a long-shot — have reasonable amounts of stimulants, namely caffeine.

Most of the ingredients with the best research behind them are stimulatory.  They boost your metabolism in various ways, and some help your body release its fat stores for extra energy.

So for best results, we recommend you drop the coffee / energy drinks and use a stimulant-based fat burner.

But if you know that you don’t want any caffeine or other stimulants, then go stim-free.

The Best Fat Burners with Stimulants

Question 2a:  Do you want pills or powder?

There are fat burning powders?  That’s right!

If you haven’t been around lately, the “fat burning drink mix” trend started picking up serious steam in North America in 2013 and has really been taking off.  Powders are also very popular in Australasia for legal reasons.

They’re definitely a great change-up, but they aren’t necessarily better.  Here are some pros and cons:

Pros of Fat Burning Powders

  • Customization Want to do a half a serving? 1.25 servings? Easily done with a powder, but not so much with pills…

  • They hit you faster Pills take longer to dissolve and start working, so some users like a fast-acting powder first thing in the morning.

  • They taste good… sometimes. Stimulants are notoriously bitter and difficult to make taste good without adding sugar.  The best ones are great, but the bad ones are rough.

  • Added extras Some of the powders have additional amino acids that help you keep muscle tone, as well as more focus agents that require higher dosing.  These aminos simply wouldn’t fit a capsule, so you sometimes get more with powders.

Pros of Fat Burner Pills

  • They last a lot longer. Although they take a few minutes longer to kick in, their benefits will stay with you for a far greater amount of time.  This is important if you need appetite suppression effects.

  • Far bigger selection. There are nearly 100x more products in the pill category, giving you more selection when it comes to finding a product that you want.

  • Cheaper per serving… usually. There’s one powdered product that will beg to differ, but you’re typically going to get about 3x more dosages from a pill than a powder at the same price.

  • Convenience. Powders are fun, but for some of us, they’re a pain to deal with, clean, etc…  A pill can be taken anytime, anywhere.

If you’re not sure, start with the pills, but come back and check out the powders.  But note — we have a powder extremely high in our personal top 10 fat burners list.   There’s one product that is just too good to pass up.

  • The best weight loss pills

    Welcome to the pill section!

    There are plenty of great formulas, but your choice of what to buy really depends on the overall effects that you want.

    Choose the effect that’s most important to you:

    What’s your primary desired effect?

    * The high-energy section is NOT for the timid. Proceed with caution.

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    • Mood-Boosting / Feel-Good Fat Burners

      To an extent, nearly every product on this page is going to have some mood-boosting effects to it.  Caffeine does that by increasing “subjective well-being”.[1,2] But there are a few that rise above the rest.

      We’ve broken this section down by your energy needs. We have a caffeine-free option, a regular caffeine option, and then a product with “hardcore” stimulants for those who want energy and mood support.

      1. 3. The Caffeine-Free Option: Genius Burn by The Genius Brand
        Genius Burn

        Genius Burn is a well-dosed caffeine-free fat burner that enhances weight loss and improves mood and focus, with ALL trusted, trademarked ingredients.

        Starting off lighter, we have the caffeine-free (but not stimulant-free!) option.

        The Genius Brand has come out of nowhere to light things up with unique, well-dosed, open formulas that find ways to bring something new.

        With Genius Burn, we are getting both feel-good properties and added focus, which always feels good too.

        The trick is using ingredients that reduce cortisol levels, namely the KSM-66 Ashwagandha extract, which is the premier extract for this adaptogen. L-Theanine also provides a calming feel-good mode to it too.

        Then comes the focus, powered by CDP Choline alongside the aforementioned L-Theanine and Huperzine A.

        The energy component is Theacrine, a long-lasting relative to caffeine that many say feels better, and it certainly stacks well with caffeine too, in case you still want to drink your coffee or energy drink.

        Finally, the fat burning part of things (outside of lowering cortisol levels) is from Capsimax red hot pepper extract and Gymnema Sylvestre, which should help keep blood sugar under control a bit better.

        So for those of you who need a lift, but not a total energy lift, Genius Burn is up. But if you want caffeine inside, then keep scrolling.

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        Genius Burn Ingredients

        As you can see, Genius Burn contains no caffeine, but does have Theacrine for longer-lasting add-on energy.

      2. 2. Moderate Caffeine Option: Transparent Labs PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner
        Transparent Labs Fat Burner

        Transparent Labs PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner will help you shed pounds fast and maintain muscle while sculpting the ideal physique.

        Transparent Labs is an interesting company to follow since they keep it all open formula, flexible on the stimulants, and never put in artificial colors of flavors.

        With the TL Fat Burner, the reason we have it here is because of the dose of 5-HTP and L-Theanine next to the moderate caffeine dose.

        It breaks down to be 60mg caffeine per capsule, so you can take anywhere from one to three capsules at a time to meet your target dose.

        However, even at three capsules, it shouldn’t overwhelm you since the L-Theanine is also dosed at a 1:1 ratio with caffeine, which will “take the edge off” and provide a relaxed and focused feel.

        But the real star of the feel-good area is 5-HTP, which is a mood-boosting precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter most commonly associated euphoria. If this is what you’ve been missing, then you will notice nearly immediately.

        On to the actual fat burning side of things…

        A mild version of the “ECA Stack”

        Transparent Labs included the fat burner synephrine alongside white willow, which provides a natural source of aspirin precursor, salicylic acid. They’re doing this to make a milder version of the “ECA Stack”, where synephrine replaces the ‘E’ (for ephedrine) and white willow / salycylic acid replaces the ‘A’, or aspirin.

        C, of course, is the caffeine, as we’ve already discussed.

        Ultimately, the mix of caffeine, L-Theanine, and 5-HTP is what puts us here.

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        Transparent Labs Fat Burner Ingredients

        TL’s Fat Burner contains a serious dose of ForsLean (10%) and a unique 1:1 ratio of caffeine to theanine

      3. 1. The “Hardcore” Option: Lipodrene Elite
        Best Fat Burner

        Taking Lipodrene’s old seat… they seriously put Coca Leaf Extract in here!

        Now’s where we get serious, for the advanced users only, as you’ll soon learn!!

        Lipodrene Elite is a crazy new take on Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals’ flagship fat burner, Lipoodrene. Where this one gets wild is that it includes coca leaf extract alongside DMHA and their typical PEA alkaloids from senegalia berlandieri. Yes, you read that right — coca — not cocoa.

        We’re honestly not sure what they’re extracting, but do note that we took a drug test after taking a bunch of it and came back clean, so we’re not worried about it being anything illegal.

        But the point being, these leaf-imprinted tablets feel downright incredible.

        It could be due to the DMHA, or that coca leaf extract, or the lower amount of PEA alkaloids than you get out of some other Hi-Tech fat burners like Lipodrene and Stimerex-ES… but whatever’s doing the job, this stuff feels great.

        To top it off, there’s 150mg caffeine and only a little bit of yohimbine, as well as 5-HTP as mentioned in the above product, so basically everything has a “not too much but not too little” feel. Right where we want it.

        You can read more on our Lipodrene Elite page, where we review it and show that drug test.

        So if you’re cool with the edgy stimulants like DMHA, then Lipodrene Elite is our feel-good fat burner of choice heading into 2018. Get it while you can!

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        Lipodrene Elite Ingredients

        You read that right… on top of DMHA (2-aminoisoheptane), Lipodrene Elite contains a brand new stimulant derived from the coca plant!

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    • Best Appetite Suppressants

      Appetite suppression is an interesting thing. Some believe it’s mental, others believe it has a lot has to do with diet. And others believe that they’ve found products that can do it for them.

      It turns out that all of the above are true.  You do need willpower and discipline to diet successfully over the long haul. Nobody but you can make that happen.

      First, consider diet — protein and fat especially
      Appetite Suppression

      Trouble with Appetite Suppression? Some products work, but maybe what you really need is to boost your protein and dietary fiber.

      Diet matters as well.  For instance, higher protein diets leave users more satiated.[71,72]

      But even better, high fat diets are even more satiating, and the Keto Diet combined with intermittent fasting is known to annihilate appetite problems.

      But beyond diet, it turns out, there are some ingredients used in fat burners that have been shown to suppress appetite, and several products that have them.

      Below we have two sections – the “aggressive” stimulant options, and the slightly-less aggressive ones. The best appetite suppressants do contain stimulants, the question is how much further you want to go above caffeine.

      After that we’ll talk about some fiber supplements if you don’t want stimulants at all.

      • The “aggressive” stimulant appetite suppressants

        Unfortunately, some of the ingredients that are in dispute with the FDA also provide some of the best appetite suppression you can find.

        These are for advanced users who really know what they’re doing:

        1. HydroxyElite
          HydroxyElite

          Modeled after one of the best appetite-killing fat burners ever!

          The original OxyELITE Pro with DMAA was one of the greatest appetite-suppressing supplements ever. Unfortunately, it’s now gone, but Hi-Tech Pharma has put out HydroxyElite, an OEP original formula clone – with DMHA.

          This contains several ingredients that may help squash appetite, including a thyroid booster, so we do not recommend adding extra thyroid boosters such as the one mentioned below.

          Hi-Tech added one extra ingredient to the mix — Garcinia Cambogia Extract — and although we’re not the biggest fan of this “Dr. Oz” ingredient, even it may hep with appetite mechanisms, but the human studies were weak on that.

          A dash of alpha-yohimbine at the end of the label (rauwolscine) works a bit of extra magic here too.

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          HydroxyElite Ingredients

          Look familiar? It’s nearly an exact clone / replacement of Oxy Elite, except an added 250mg of garcinia.

          But if you need even more stimulant action, just wait until this next product:

        2. iForce Dexaprine (original formula with DMAA)

          When iForce Nutrition re-released the original formula Dexaprine, which has DMAA as well as some appetite-squashing thyroid metabolites, our ears perked up.

          Why? Because Dexaprine is STRONG! You literally need to snap a caplet in half for the first week. In fact, they’ve allowed us to disclose the formula here:

          Dexaprine Ingredients

          Dexaprine is a STRONG fat burner that contains 65mg of DMAA and 250mg of caffeine per caplet. This isn’t for the faint of heart! Snap a caplet in half!

          This one also contains the thyroid metabolites discussed below that we’ve noticed are great to kill appetite, on top of the crazy amount of stimulants inside of this.

          So if you want to annihilate your appetite with absurd amounts of energy, and you have a high stimulant tolerance, the original Dexaprine is your deal – but it’s only around for a limited time release.

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          Our Dexaprine Review: It’s STRONG

          Mike and CJ talk Dexaprine, show what the tablet looks like, and split one in half. Serious stuff here!

          Dexaprine Fat Burner Review

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          Want Dexaprine but not the DMAA? Try Dexaprine XR

          Dexaprine XR is the “Extended Release” version of Dexaprine that came out without the DMAA.

          But don’t let that fool you, this is yet another insanely strong option and we still recommend breaking the caplet in half for your first few tries!!

        3. Bonus: Ephedrine + Caffeine (The EC Stack)

          Another idea, if your local pharmacy supports it:

          Straight Ephedrine and caffeine has been shown to have incredible fat burning effects for those who have healthy cardiovascular systems.  The stack is also well-known as an appetite suppressant.

          If you want to explore the science and dosage behind these two, see our EC Stack here.

      • The non-aggressive simulants for appetite suppression

        Now let’s get to current products on the market that don’t have “over-the-top” stimulants – one stack that’s yohimbe-free, and then one that works with lots of yohimbe:

        1. 2. Yohimbe-Free Stack: Apollon Nutrition Chaos + Giant Sports ThyroTwin
          ThyroTwin

          ThyroTwin’s thyroid metabolites may boost metabolism, but what we’ve noticed is crazy appetite suppression!

          This stack is definitely only for those who are not on thyroid medication, have no thyroid problems, and have approval from their doctor.

          When it comes to appetite suppression, we’ve found that the thyroid metabolites in Giant Sports ThyroTwin are second to none.

          The question is what to stack it with. We want something that doesn’t have other thyroid-boosters inside, and also want to keep a yohimbe-free option available. We used to recommend Giant Sports Dexamine, which was formerly a great yohimbe-free fat burner, but they reformulated it with stimulants not meant for this section.

          So we choose our top yohimbe-free “normie” fat burner, Apollon Nutrition Chaos. This is a fat burner that will give you a good bit of customization, since it has four capsules per serving. Each of those servings gives 300mg caffeine — which would likely suppress appetite in its own right — but you may be better off sticking with two or three capsules at first.

          The bottle is big and will last a long time. Instead of yohimbe/yohimbine, there’s synephrine and the potent capsaicin + Paradoxine grains of paradise extract which is sure to heat you up while it goes to work.

          Overall a great customizable strength stack – we’d start with one ThyroTwin and two or three Chaos capsules, depending on your caffeine tolerance.

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          But if you do want yohimbe, you can use the next option instead…

          ThyroTwin Ingredients

          ThyroTwin Ingredients – Just two thyroid metabolites that can be stacked with any non-thyroid-based fat burner!

          Muscle Elements 212 Capsule Ingredients

          The 212 capsule ingredients. Note that it also has a powder form with a bit more caffeine!

        2. 1. Yohimbe Option: Blue Star Nutraceuticals Blade
          Blue Star Blade

          Blue Star Nutraceuticals has reformulated their popular fat burner Blade to remove Picamilon and increase its fat-shredding capability.

          Yohimbe lovers, take note!! Most supplement companies “play it safe” with the aggressive appetite suppressant, yohimbe – which is standardized for yohimbine HCl. 1.5mg is what companies usually use, just enough to feel, but not enough to make anyone go over the top.

          But those who love yohimbine for its fantastic appetite suppressant capabilities then need to add more to get to serious doses…

          …not the case with the new formula of Blue Star Blade!

          This delivers a whopping 8mg yohimbine per serving, which Y-Lovers are absolutely raving about. And that’s not all, it also has pepper extract, green tea, synephrine, and sodium ALA, all which will help boost energy expenditure and keep the cravings down.

          If you like yohimbe and want to try ThyroTwin above, you can try one capsue of each as well!

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          When we reviewed it, CJ absolutely loved it and this bottle disappeared way too quickly:

          Blue Star Blade Fat Burner Review

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          Blue Star Blade Ingredients

          Blade contains a moderate dose of caffeine alongside several other stims that will increase energy, mood, focus, and most importantly fat burning!

        Other things to consider: Fiber!

        In addition, more fiber has been shown to reduce appetite, potentially assisted by the following supplements:

        With all diets, you should be tracking your macronutrients and vitamin intake – and if you see your fiber numbers pulling up low, then consider adding a fiber supplement.

        Easiest to use fiber: Benefiber

        Of everything we’ve tried, Benefiber is a tasteless, non-gritty one that can be added to basically anything at anytime, so consider that too!

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    • ENERGY!!!

      So you want insane, possibly “unreasonable” amounts of energy?  Then you’ve come to the right place.

      One last question: Do you want the aggressive stimulants (like DMAA/DMHA/Eria Jarensis) or not?

      The industry is in a lot of flux, as DMAA and DMHA may both be on the ropes (stay tuned to the DMAA FDA lawsuit page for the up-to-date story), so choose how ‘hardcore’ you want your energy:

      The Best High-Energy Fat Burners with ‘Hardcore’ Stimulants

      Obligatory disclaimer: This section is only for people who really know what they’re doing, and have “graduated” from most ‘normal’ fat burners. No matter how strong you think you are, if you haven’t yet worked your way up to these products, then click the back button.

      Also, you’ll definitely want to get clearance from your physician — your cardiovascular system must be in great shape.  Even then, you’ll want to start with the minimum dosage and slowly work up as you build tolerance.

      1. 3. iForce Dexaprine
        iForce Nutrition Dexaprine

        The OG version of Dexaprine from iForce Nutrition is back in action for a limited run bringing high powered fat burning back with DMAA at its side!

        We can’t start a high-energy DMAA list without having iForce Dexaprine!

        Dexaprine was brought back (with DMAA) when Hi-Tech Pharma bought iForce Nutrition, and this limited-time run is still out there, knocking users off their behinds.

        Each caplet comes with a serious blend of 250mg caffeine and 65mg DMAA, which is big as it is.

        But even more intensity comes by adding two thyroid metabolites – 3,3-diiodo-l-thyronine and 3,5-diiodo-l-thyronine. We’ve found that they suppress appetite on top of their theorized metabolic boosting qualities, and it all combines to pack a huge punch.

        This product is too strong for ‘normal’ users, so we always recommended snapping a caplet in half for the first few tries before going full-dose.

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        Dexaprine Ingredients

        Dexaprine is a STRONG fat burner that contains 65mg of DMAA and 250mg of caffeine per caplet. This isn’t for the faint of heart! Snap a caplet in half!

      2. 2. Outbreak Nutrition Reclaim (Powder)
        Outbreak Nutrition Reclaim

        Are you ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? If you want a high-energy powder with the stronger form of ‘DMHA’ to prepare, Reclaim is it!

        As mentioned above, this is the high-energy option for those of you looking for an aggressive fat burning powder to drink!

        Outbreak Nutrition is an epic new brand that is doing things completely different – they are all about preparing for armageddon and the zombie apocalypse! You literally won’t find a single fitness thing or athlete on their website. It is all about the end-times.

        So with that ‘hardcore’ marketing campaign comes some very hardcore — and high stimulant — products.

        Reclaim is their fat burning powder, and outside of the already-intense 300mg caffeine per scoop, they’ve added 80mg of “Juglans regia extract”, which you’ll sometimes also see as “J. Regia”.

        We believe this Juglans Regia is extracted for a stronger form of DMHA, specifically 2-amino-5-methylheptane (whereas regular DMHA is 2-amino-6..). It’s more expensive, but it’s also stronger.

        To top it off, there’s also 50mg Theacrine and 30mg Citrus aurantium, which is typically standardized for synephrine. So needless to say, this powder packs a serious punch, and we recommend using half a scoop to start.

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        Outbreak Nutrition Reclaim Ingredients

        The apocalypse is on, and Reclaim easily wins the case for the highest-energy fat burning powder to get you through it — with 300mg caffeine per scoop, J. Regia (likely 2-amino-5 version of DMHA), synephrine, and even Theacrine!

      3. 1. The Hi-Tech Hardcore Options: Lipodrene Hardcore

        You wanted it intense, you got it!

        As if Lipodrene wasn’t enough, the hardcore version brings even more stimulation, and it’s not for the faint of heart!

        It’s no longer DMAA-based, yet they contain the PEA alkaloids from senegalia berlandieri (acacia rigidula on older labels). This is how Hi-Tech Pharma successfully replaced ephedrine in supplements.

        As an example, Lipodrene has 100mg caffeine per tablet, but Lipodrene Hardcore has 200mg caffeine.

        This is why these two are never recommended unless you have already found you can handle the standard Lipodrene tablets.

        But if you’re here for energy, you know what you’re doing, and you can handle the best, then Hi-Tech Hardcore it is.

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        Lipodrene Hardcore Ingredients

        The Lipodrene Hardcore ingredients – It’s like Lipodrene… but MORE. 2x more caffeine, in fact, so ONE capsule at a time and experienced users only!

      • Another consideration for energy: The ECA Stack

        Ephedrine on its own is also safe when used properly and with no pre-existing conditions!

        It’s our belief that the problems with ephedra in the late 90s and early 2000s was due to a double-whammy of consumer misuse and poor industry extraction processes. But ephedrine is relatively safe and extremely effective when used as directed. However, it’s a semi-controlled substance, and can’t be sold as a supplement, so it won’t be inside of any legitimate product in the US, like the products shown on this page.

        So if you want to cut to the chase, skip to the bottom where we discuss the EC (Ephedrine + Caffeine) Stack.

        But honestly, we like the above options more, because we like DMAA/DMHA more, simply put.

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      Best high-energy fat burners without DMAA/DMHA/Eria Jarensis

      Just because there’s no DMAA below doesn’t mean these don’t pack a punch:

      1. 3. Apollon Nutrition Chaos
        Apollon Nutrition Chaos

        As you’ll see in the label below, this bottle is absolutely loaded up!

        Champion Fighter and owner of the famous hardcore Apollon Gym in New Jersey, Robert Samborsky, brings the energy in a whole new way with his CHAOS fat burner.

        While most fat burner products have 60 or 90 capsules, and you’re lucky to ever see 180, Apollon packs 240 capsules into this bottle, giving you a huge amount of bang per bottle!

        If you take the official serving sizes, you’ll get four capsules twice a day, but that’d also mean you’re getting 600mg caffeine per day, which could be the solution to those of you looking for tons of caffeine here!

        Those servings aren’t just with caffeine though — there’s L-Tyrosine for focus, synephrine for added metabolism-boosting, and a 50mg capsaicin + 50mg Paradoxine grains of paradise adds some legit thermogenesis!

        So this is your high-energy / high-caffeine option without too many other stimulant-based extras and without yohimbine. Things are only going to get a bit more interesting below, but this is the choice for those of you just looking for a great high-caffeine fat burner.

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        Apollon Nutrition Chaos Ingredients

        Chaos recently underwent a bit of an upgrade over the initial version. Here’s what the latest facts panel looks like ahead of its release.

      2. 2. VPX Redline MicroBurst
        VPX Redline MicroBurst

        You got energy balls inside of energy gelcaps with VPX!

        Anyone who’s ever drank a Bang Energy Drink or Redline RTD knows that VPX Sports is no stranger to high-energy! But this product is different than anything we’ve seen lately.

        Redline MicroBurst is one unique fat burner. If you take a look at these capsules, you’ll see that they have little microbeads of energy inside of the liquid gelcaps!

        This means that you get a time-released energy strike that comes in waves, and lasts a long time.

        This is doubled by the fact that it has 250mg caffeine per two capsule serving, as well as a quite potent 75mg Theacrine.

        Unfortunately, outside of those ingredients, it’s mostly in a proprietary blend, but we’re happy that there’s also the heat-inducing grains of paradise extract and some extra Huperzia serrata (for Huperzine A) for focus.

        There’s also two forms of yohimbe used, so you’ll need to enjoy the ‘Y’ effect in order to jump in on this one.

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        VPX Redline MicroBurst Ingredients

        The Microburst Ingredients will bring heat and energy in waves!

      3. 1. Dexaprine XR

        Dexaprine XR is easily as strong as it’s going to get without DMAA or DMHA. But truth be told, due to the other ingredients, it’s going to be more intense then half of the supplements with those ingredients anyway!

        Because it’s so strong, we urge everyone, even advanced users, to snap the caplet in half and test the half dose for yourself before going full capsule.

        There’s a few reasons this one’s so wild, but it starts with a large dose of PEA alkaloids from acacia rigidula extract, which are sure to get you moving. Added after that is citrus aurantium, likely standardized for synephrine.

        Then comes the caffeine and green tea complex, the green tea being standardized for theophylline!

        But it’s not done yet — next up is rauwolscine (alpha yohimbine) and isopropyloctopamine, which is a next-generation version of octopamine (note that this is a WADA banned substanced for you drug-tested athletes).

        So… six out of the six ingredients all either provide various forms of stimulants, or are stimulants themselves. Energy to the max.

        As a note, that half capsule won’t taste good, as those acacia rigidula extract alkaloids are extremely bitter. They bite in more ways than one!

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        Dexaprine XR Ingredients

        Six ingredients, six stimulants (or ingredients that provide stimulants). You wanted energy, right? Snap that caplet in half at first!

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  • Best Fat Burning Drinks / Powders

    This product category has gotten a lot better in the past year, after a rough stretch. The truth is, most people still go for fat burning pills, so supplement brands focus on those first.

    First, let’s start with the hardcore option. If you don’t want aggressive stimulants and serious instensity (with both heat and energy), skip down a bit.

    1. Top hardcore fat burning powder: RXS Radiate
      RXS Radiate

      If you want to drink your energy… then get ready to get smoked with this stuff. 3/4 scoop is the smart play!

      RXS Radiate stands alone in the “hardcore” powders because there’s really not much as intense as this one that you can still safely handle!

      It’s high-energy, and it’s hot – we instantly feel the heat from the grains of paradise extract, which is amplified by alpha yohimbine, higenamine, and naringin.

      We put it alone in the “hardcore stimulants” area because there’s an undisclosed amount of DMHA, which comes after the 200mg caffeine per scoop.

      But before all of that, Radiate leads with a few supporting focus ingredients of Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Choline Bitartrate, and L-Tyrosine – each actually may help dieters on top of the focus as well.

      Three things to note: we recommend using a food scale that can go down to a tenth of a gram, start with 1/2 to 3/4 scoop (which is really all we need), and realize that the two flavors have different serving size weights, so measure accordingly.

      On the flavor front, we go with the Sour Peach Rings, but cherry slush is a welcomed flavor since few companies are using cherry-flavored powders, not even for the popular pre workout supplement category.

      Although Radiate’s got a mad proprietary blend, it doesn’t stop the product from being incredible. So if you want hardcore in a powder, you got it right here.

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      RXS Radiate Ingredients

      Radiate’s ingredients are in a proprietary blend, but they have basically everything we like.

    Now for the “less than hardcore” options:

    1. 3. Muscle Elements 212 Powder
      Best Fat Burning Powder

      212 is currently our favorite fat burning powder, and it tastes great too!

      One of our favorite companies, Muscle Elements, had their 212° fat burner pills out for a while. So imagine how thrilled we were when they came out with a powdered formula!

      First, the basics: 200mg caffeine per serving, and 40 servings per tub. It has synephrine for additional fat burning support via the beta-2 adrenoreceptor, and a bit of L-theanine to help take the edge off a bit.

      The 100mg of straight PEA will get you motivated, and when that starts to wear off, you feel a little bit of extra zing from the octopamine.

      But what’s unique with the 212° family is that it adds diuretics to the mix, helping you lose that pesky water weight that is all over your fat. So if you’re looking to get a bit “dryer”, which most of us are, take a look at the dandelion, juniper, and uva ursi leaf extracts inside!!

      Yet, despite all of these stimulants and natural herbal diuretic ingredients, the orange crush taste is downright amazing – and we’re not even huge orange fans!!

      While most people on this page are looking for pills, if you’re looking for a powder, 212 is where we start right now. In the price comparison widget, just make sure you look for the “servings” version, not the “capsules”:

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      Muscle Elements 212 Powder Ingredients

      Open formula and some great flavors too!

    2. 2. Sparta Nutrition HydraShred

      Sparta Nutrition HydraShred

      Sparta Nutrition enters the ever-crowded fat burner / thermogenic market with the seriously dosed HydraShred.

      Warning: This product has undergone a recent reformulation, removing DMAA and Eria Jarensis. Check each store to make sure you get the appropriate formula.

      Now here’s a unique fat burning drink! One of our favorite parts it that there’s an amazing sweet coffee flavor, which uses real coffee powder and is great to drink anytime.

      Next, there are a couple underutilized ingredients inside, and one of them even makes the product smell better! We’re talking about vanillin, which may be assist with stimulating lipolysis and boosting energy metabolism.

      In addition, Sparta Nutrition also uses cirsium oligophyllum, which was in OxyELITE Pro, one of the best selling fat burners ever. Why more people don’t try to clone that success is beyond us!

      The label is a bit overwhelming due to the types of caffeine used, but each scoop contains 150mg caffeine in all. This will help with your dosing strategy.

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      Sparta HydraShred Powder Ingredients 2018

      The 2018 version of HydraShred removed the aggressive stimulants, but kept the unique ones like vanillin and cirsium.

    3. 1. RedCon1 Double Tap Powder

      RedCon1 Double Tap

      RedCon1 Double Tap provides energy and focus that lasts all day long for a dialed-in diet experience.

      Note: This product is slated for reformulation. Check store labels and subscribe to PricePlow’s alerts / social media for updates.

      When RedCon1 launched, they came out firing on the focus front. After all, special forces themed brand stands for “Readiness Condition 1”, which is the highest state of military readiness.

      The powdered version is where we get the most focus factors and some extra goodies, including Acetyl L-Carnitine, which is great for the low-carb and keto-dieters out there, Cholin Bitartrate, and diuretic effects (from dandelion).

      For the time being, the stim-blend has a modest 100mg DMHA alongside about 260mg caffeine from two sources. There’s also octopamine, which is a banned substance for WADA drug-tested athletes, but adds a serious hit of power.

      We’ll see where this product lands in 2018, but for now, it’s our top fat burning powder that’s not too over the top with energy like RXS Radiate happens to be above!

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      RedCon1 Double Tap Powder Ingredients

      The RedCon1 Double Tap Powder Ingredients add a bit more focus… but it’s slated for reformulation

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  • Best Non Stimulant Fat Burners

    Even though most of the best fat burning ingredients are stimulatory by nature, there are few good products (amongst a sea of rip-offs) that are stimulant-free.

    Primeval Labs Pyretic

    The most well-rounded stim-free fat burner around!

    The following products all work in nearly completely different ways, which might make choosing one difficult. To help guide you, there are the five different options all hitting different things:

    1. One (bonus) product is only caffeine-free, but not stimulant free. This makes it great to mix with caffeine, energy drinks, or straight coffee.
    2. One product has a pair of thyroid metabolites that work as thyroid boosters. We feel appetite suppression from this as well.
    3. One product is a mixture of stimulant-free ingredients, but has added diuretic effects.
    4. One product functions mainly as a “glucose disposal agent”, and helps you handle your carbs better and keep blood sugar lower.
    5. The final product is a full-spectrum stimulant-free fat burner that has a bit of everything!

    Now that you’re prepped, here they are — choose the mechanism that suits you best:

    1. 5. Bonus choice: PES Shift, Caffeine-Free but not stimulant-free

      Before we get into the top three, it’s worth mentioning that one fat burner you might be interested in is caffeine-free, but does have other stimulants.

      PES Shift

      PES Shift is caffeine-free, but not stimulant-free! A great coffee-topper.

      If you’re in this section because you want to burn fat, but you also want to keep your coffee, pre workout supplement, or energy drink, then this is a great choice.

      Each ingredient in Shift (there are six of them) exerts unique fat-burning effects.  Yet two of them are stimulatory.

      • Citrus Aurantium

        This provides synephrine, a compound that’s a bit like ephedrine (in terms of its fat-burning mechanisms), but is far weaker. It boosts metabolism while at rest (but not blood pressure)[36] via lipolysis[37].

      • Higenamine

        Shown as aframomum melegueta seed extract on the label, this is actually another stimulant you won’t find in your coffee or energy drink – it helps to burn fat by activating beta-2 receptors, which induce a minor “flight or fight” response to the adrenaline system, which then releases fat for energy use.[26,27]

      • Olive Leaf Extract

        A great cardiovascular support ingredient, which has been shown to decrease LDL and total cholesterol levels[116] as well as blood pressure[116,117] in several studies beyond the two cited here. However, none of the studies point to body fat mass or weight reduction. This is okay, considering the following ingredients do.

      The other ingredients are rhodiola rosea (an incredible feel-good adaptogenic herb), forskolin 95% (probably the best stim-free fat burner of the bunch, and is discussed in further detail below), hemerocallis fulva (speeds up lipolysis), and grains of paradise extract for some serious thermogenic heat!

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      Note: if you like the idea of “caffeine-free but not stimulant-free”, a similar option for stress relief and mood support is Genius Burn by The Genius Brand.

    2. 4. The Thyroid Angle: Giant Sports ThyroTwin
      ThyroTwin

      ThyroTwin’s thyroid metabolites may boost metabolism, but what we’ve noticed is crazy appetite suppression!

      ThyroTwin contains two thyroid metabolites, 3,3 Diiodo-L-Thyronine and 3,5 Diiodo-L-Thyronine.

      While they’re not stimulants, they do have incredible metabolism-boosting abilities, by boosting thyroid function.[80,81,82]

      These are thyroid boosters: see your endocrinologist

      It should be stated that if you have a known thyroid condition, you should stay away unless directed by a doctor.  As always, seek medical assistance when beginning any new supplement program, but that’s doubly important when working with the thyroid.

      In addition to the metabolic effects from the these two ingredients, we also believe that they are incredible appetite suppressants, but there’s no scientific research to back that up.

      ThyroTwin contains 25mcg 3,3 Diiodo-L-Thyronine and 175mcg 3,5 Diiodo-L-Thyronine, a larger total amount than other products we’d ever seen.

      You can stack this with most other fat burners listed on this page, preferably those that don’t operate on the thyroid (for instance, we’d avoid stacking this with anything else with bacopa monnieri or bauhinia purpurea, as they may also affect the thryoid).

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    3. 3. The Diuretic Angle: Muscle Elements LeanWorks
      Best Diuretic Fat Burner

      LeanWorks brings a diuretic effect you can visibly SEE the next morning (if you take it before bed)

      Note: This is the fat burner that also provides a mild diuretic effect. Muscle Elements is a breakout brand that has a knack for integrating multiple “categories” of products into one, so you often get a “2-in-1” package whenever you buy something from them.

      In the case of LeanWorks, their stim-free fat burner, the added bonus is the diuretic effect. If you’re nearing the end of your diet, and you’re starting to see some muscle tissue but still have a bit of “flab” just around it… that might not be fat. That might be water.

      LeanWorks takes care of that problem.

      The first part of the label honestly has a few things that we ignore: green coffee bean extract, African Mango, and Raspberry Ketones – all jokes that are there for marketing / label recognition purposes.

      But alongside of that is L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, a great addition – especially for vegetarians or anyone running sore (this is the form of carnitine that helps best with recovery).

      The fat burning part comes from Capsimax red pepper extract, which has been shown to literally heat you up[61] and decrease appetite in test subjects.[62]

      Phaseolus vulgaris is another ingredient, better known as white kidney bean extract. This is a carbohydrate blocker that functions by inhibiting starch digestion.[142] Not that you can eat carbs all night and then pop a few of these, but it’s great to have to keep blood sugar down.

      The diuretics
      Muscle Elements

      Muscle Elements: “Lean on Me”

      But the real feature in LeanWorks are those diureticsJuniper Berry Extract 4:1 and Dandelion Extract 20:1.

      The general idea is simple: if you’re nearing your goals, you take this before bed, and when you wake up you’re going to have to urinate. And then when you look in the mirror after that’s all over, you will start to notice that you are clearly much “tighter and dryer” than when you went to bed. It almost feels magical!

      Now, we urge you to be careful with diuretic based products – this is about as intense of one that we’ll ever take – and you still need to re-hydrate when you wake up.

      Officially known as Taraxacum officinale, dandelion extract was shown to have a diuretic effect[143] – but the issue with the study cited is that there was no placebo. We’d obviously like more research, but it’s pretty clear that this one works without it.

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    4. 2. The Blood Sugar Angle: Blackstone Labs GlycoLog
      Blackstone Labs Glycolog

      Glycolog is a top notch glucose disposal agent and nutrient partitioner developed by Blackstone Labs.

      This product is definitely very much different from the rest of those on this page, because it primarily functions as a glucose disposal agent, or GDA.  Also known as nutrient partitioners, these types of products are meant to be taken just before eating meals that contain carbohydrates, and are used to keep blood sugar under control.

      GlycoLog is the “GDA to end all GDAs”, and when used properly, it can have some incredibly impressive effects.

      The idea is that products like this can lower the amount of insulin your body needs to produce, which ultimately lowers fat storage.  Instead of storing extra sugars as fat, they increase glucose uptake into muscle cells.

      New to glucose disposal agents? Much research below

      It’s all very complex, so let’s look at some published proof behind some of the key ingredients:

      • Berberine

        This is an extremely well-documented agent that lowers blood sugar, and helps optimize muscular use of carbohydrates rather than fat storage through increased cellular energy via AMPk.[123]  It inhibits fat storage and improves insulin sensitivity[124], which ultimately leads to lower body weight and fat loss![124,125]

        Berberine Results

        Effect of berberine on leptin and adiponectin secretion during the process of preadipocyte differentiation.[124]

        In those studies, subjects with metabolic syndrome lost 13% of body mass index (5.5% drop in waist size)[124] and even healthy subjects lost an average of 5lbs[125] – in the absence of any dietary changes!

        The main issue is that there are some negative effects – it will induce a protein named Atrogin-1 that will signal muscle breakdown – unless you work out hard.  In those cases, it will actually stimulate the uptake of glucose into your muscle cells![126]

        Point being: this is not a supplement for lazy individuals.  It is advanced and requires you to work out hard to get the maximum benefits.

        Meanwhile, berberine also exerts cholesterol-lowering effects.[127]

      • Gymnema Sylvestre
        Blackstone Labs Glycolog Ingredients

        Glycolog uses several of the most potent blood sugar regulating compounds around to help keep carbs under control.

        GS4 is the active ingredient of this leaf, and it’s known to control hyperglycaemia to impressive levels.

        One study investigated its use (at 400mg/day) for 18-20 months to Type-2 diabetic patients who were also on traditional drugs.  It worked so well in lowering blood sugar that five of the 22 subjects were able to discontinue drug use, and stick with Gymnema alone![128]

        To read more, a great “memoir” was written, analyzing several of the past studies on gymnema.[129]

      • Sodium R-Lipoate

        This is the sodium salt of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid(r-ALA), a fatty acid naturally made by the body and found in the mitochondria of your cells. It’s heavily involved in energy metabolism and also acts as a potent antioxidant in the body.

        Many people use ALA, but R-ALA is the more beneficial form.

      There are other similar ingredients, such as chromium, cinnamon, and more!

      Overall, if you take GlycoLog just before your carb-containing meals, we are highly confident you’ll notice some incredible changes – especially if you monitor your blood sugar and can perfect the timing and dosage. It can be stacked with most other supplements on this page.

      Just don’t take it without eating.  The drop in blood sugar will not be fun and you will probably feel quite weak!

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    5. 1. Full Spectrum: Primeval Labs Pyretic
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      Primeval Labs Athlete and mother of two, Stephanie Sanzo knows how to stay in shape with the help of Pyretic.

      The above options are all great, but if you’re looking for something with a little bit of everything, including a few lesser-known ingredients to try, then Pyretic is the one to try.

      Short of some grains of paradise extract, this has nearly every stimulant-free ingredient we love!

      Blood sugar support is provided with chromium and olive leaf extract (which may also help with cholesterol and energy expenditure).

      Fat metabolism is aided by acetyl L-Carnitine and green tea extract.

      The regional fat loss support is provided by a big dose of forskolin extract.

      Bacopa monnieri ads to the mood support…

      But the secret weapon that nobody else is using is C3G, or Cyanidin-3-Glucoside, which helps mobilize fatty acids and may even allow you to enjoy more carbs than you otherwise would have (as an alpha-amylase inhibitor).

      Great, feel-good stim-free fat burner here:

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      Note that we’re talking about the ingredients for the new 180 capsule version. 120 capsule version is slightly different.

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The ECA Stack

The ECA Stack

A common E-C stack

You might recognize ephedrine as the “scary” chemical that comes from ephedra and is used to make methamphetamine (you’ve seen Breaking Bad, right?), but when used in isolation with just caffeine, it happens to be extremely effective and quite safe.

In case you don’t believe us, we have nearly a dozen well-performed research studies to back that statement up. But first, a quick statement:

Ephedrine vs. “Ephedra Pills”

Since ephedrine was banned from supplements in 2004, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, who sells today’s legal ephedra pills, removes the banned ephedrine alkaloids from the pills, and replaces them with DMAA and ephedrine-like PEA alkaloids from acacia rigidula extract.

Our honest opinion is that products like Lipodrene are better than the EC stack because of the added mood boosters and appetite suppressants… but also because we personally like DMAA a lot more. On top of that, there’s research showing that the acacia alkaloids perform just as good (if not better) than ephedrine too.

You can read the entire updated story on our massive Ephedra update post, which shows the research. Otherwise, keep reading for the EC stack:

The Ephedrine Research

Ephedrine stimulates lipolysis by interacting with beta-adrenergic receptors, releasing fatty acids for energy usage.[40]  It’s quite thermogenic in brown fat cells[41], meaning that it significantly increases your energy expenditure as heat, and even boosts the human metabolic rate by 5%![42]

This all translates to notable amounts of weight loss – both in the short and long term, and it’s mostly due to fat loss.  This has been backed up by numerous well-performed studies on top of the ones above.[40,43,44,45]

Add caffeine? Yes.

Adding some amount of caffeine (never more than 200mg at a time) is almost a no-brainer with this one: every study that’s compared ephedrine alone to ephedrine + caffeine has shown that together, caffeine and ephedrine are far more effective.[46,47,48]

What are the side effects of Ephedrine?

This is where you have some decisions to make.  First, note that adding caffeine will increase side effects compared to what’s mentioned in a few of the studies cited below. Aspirin can also add its own side effects, so we don’t stack that in normally.

With those disclaimers, the good news is that when it’s used in appropriate doses, there’s actually a comforting lack of major side effects in several of the studies cited above.[47,48]

In one study, researchers reported side effects were tremor, insomnia, and dizziness, but they were short-lasting — after eight weeks, side effects reached the same levels as placebo.[48]. This was likely to the study jumping right into a slightly aggressive dosage, which is why we don’t recommend doing that in the dosage strategy below.

On top of that, another trial done on adolescents even reported it as a “safe and effective compound for the treatment of obesity in adolescents”.[49]

Other notes:

  • Watch out for the blood pressure bump

    The biggest concern for some, however, is the initial increase in blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic) and heart rate when combining ephedrine and caffeine. However, even those eventually fell.[48]

    With that said, anyone with any type of cardiovascular concerns is best to stay away from this stack.

  • What about withdrawal?  Opinions are mixed

    This area may stir up some controversy. Ephedrine is a compound that your body doesn’t “get used to” in terms of burning fat, and some studies have had users on it for long periods of time.[134] However, we still recommend cycling off of it after eight weeks of use.

    Despite some studies mentioning a lack of withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing[47] or mild withdrawal symptoms[49], we would beg to differ.

    Anecdotally speaking, going from 8 weeks of ephedrine + caffeine use back down to zero stimulants can be better described as “not fun” to “brutal” depending on the person you ask. 8 weeks is the recommended length of a cycle, with a month off in between.

    However, quitting any stimulant cold turkey is never a fun task. The longer you’re on it, the more likely your withdrawal symptoms will be rough.

To add the “A” (aspirin) or not?

Opinions are mixed as to whether or not Aspirin should be added to ephedrine and caffeine (taking all three together is known as the ECA Stack).

Aspirin is added because it is a prostaglandin inhibitor, and that works to boost the effect of ephedrine (prostaglandins provide for a negative feedback mechanism that dampens ephedrine’s strength).[50]

In addition, aspirin prevents blood clotting, which is a theoretical potential side effect of ephedrine.

The issue is that aspirin adds its own slew of side effects, and the pros do not outweigh the cons for most users.

Numerous studies cited above have shown that EC works extremely well without it.  Do you really need to confound the issue with added aspirin?  That’s up to you, but in our opinion, our final answer is no to aspirin.

Consider Fish Oil Instead

Instead of aspirin, most users opt to stack it with fish oil, which is a great supplement that we recommend regardless anyway (unless your fish intake is quite high).  Fish oil contains the same anti-clotting mechanisms while not causing the same organ side effects as aspirin.

When it comes to these products, we recommend those with high DHA / high EPA levels.  Some links are provided in the next section for purchasing recommendations:

How to buy the ECA Stack

  1. Caffeine is the easy part

    You can see a myriad of products on our caffeine page.

    We don’t suggest you “ballpark” it with coffee – get the right dosage and avoid unnecessary issues.

  2. Ephedrine, however, may be tougher to get.

    In America, you’ll need to head to your local pharmacy and see what they have in the breathing relief / asthma section.

    There are two major choices:

    1. Bronkaid

      The primary choice by most users is Bronkaid.  Each caplet contains 25mg of ephedrine sulfate and 400mg Guaifenesin, which is an expectorant.

    2. Primatene

      The second option is Primatene,  which contains 12.5mg Ephedrine HCl and 200mg Guaifenesin.

      It’s not as well-known as Bronkaid, but if your pharmacy has it, then it’s the go-to. We like the small doses for more precise customization at the low-end dose.

    The legal part

    Ephedrine is not in any supplements you’ll find on PricePlow because it’s more of an “over the counter drug” than a dietary supplement, per the FDA.  They’re sold as asthma medications (hence the expectorant being added).

    Ephedrine has to be highly regulated due to illicit drug manufacturers, which is probably another reason the expectorant is added. Americans can expect your pharmacist to ask for ID and record your information. There’s a maximum quantity you can buy per month.

  3. Fish Oil, if not using Aspirin

    We like high-DHA, high-EPA fish oil. These are the two fatty acid chains that have been shown to provide the most actual benefits from fish oil.

    You can read about them on our DHA and EPA pages.

  4. Baby / low-dose aspirin

    If you do decide to get aspirin, make sure it’s a baby aspirin. This is typically an 81mg dose, and some bottles are labeled “low-dose” instead of “baby” now.

    You do NOT take it with every dosage (see dosage discussion below).

    Our Bayer Low-Dose Aspirin page scours for the prices within Amazon.

EC / ECA Stack dosage

As always, start light!

We recommend beginning with a single dosage of

  • 12.5mg ephedrine
  • 100mg caffeine

…just once in day 1 to assess. You can slowly working up from there and tracking your progress.

Our preferred dosage:

With all things considered, we prefer to peak out at this dosage, twice per day:

  • 25mg ephedrine
  • 200mg caffeine
Aspirin, if used, is once per day and low / baby dose

Once again, if you’ve chosen to go with aspirin, use one baby aspirin (81mg) once per day. We still recommend against it in favor of a standard fish oil dosage.

Max dosage, with caveats

The maximum scientifically-backed dosage is three times per day:

  • 20mg ephedrine
  • 200mg caffeine
Our issue with the “max” dosage

Note that the above is the max dosage, and it has a questionable amount of caffeine, since 600mg caffeine per day is well into the bothersome side effect range for caffeine.

When reviewing the data available, recommendations from Health Canada state that 6mg per kg of bodyweight per day is a quality maximum.[51]  That converts to 500mg caffeine for a standard 185lb male, and we don’t recommend going too much higher, especially if you are heavier.

Just because you’re heavier doesn’t mean your cardiovascular can handle much more, so take the recommendation above[51] with a grain of salt – it should probably be applied to lean body mass, not total mass.

Be safe, folks, and don’t ruin it for everyone else!

So why don’t I ever read about this stuff?

Although the stack sounds quite intense, all of the research cited backs up the notion that ephedrine is actually more beneficial to heart-healthy individuals than it is dangerous.

So why don’t you ever read about this anywhere?

The answer is simple: Money.

Since it’s no longer produced a supplement and is only sold as a drug (by pharmaceutical companies that really can’t make any claims using the research cited above), basically nobody stands to make much money from it.  That includes us here at PricePlow.

So why would any major publication ever write about it?

That said, we’re PricePlow and we’ believe in presenting all sides. It wouldn’t be fair for us to put together a page on “Best Fat Burner” and not include a serious discussion on the EC or ECA stack.

If you are going to go this route, read the research, understand the side effects, get a full physical, talk to your doctor, get their written consent, and then and only then, start at a very low dosage.

The point being, you will get very little “corporate” support beyond that, and are a bit on your own from there.

What about “ECY”? (adding yohimbine)

If you’re a seriously aggressive / advanced user and have already successfully run a couple of EC cycles, you can optionally add yohimbine HCl.  Yohimbine targets different receptors (alpha-2) than ephedrine, and helps prevent fat storage[86,87] whereas ephedrine is busy burning existing fat stores via your beta-2 adrenergic receptors.

They’re both thermogenic, however, and that might be too much to handle for a lot of people — especially beginners.

So if you’ve never run an “EC” stack first or you don’t know exactly what you’re capable of handling, don’t try ECY yet. Run eight weeks on EC, and then on your next cycle, you can consider a light yohimbine dosage to assess the difference.

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Fat Burner Scams: The stuff that doesn’t work:

Stay away from Shady Scams and Rebills!

Remember… just because it’s on afternoon TV doesn’t mean it’s true!

Below is a list of products that are not at all proven to burn fat in humans, yet are frequently marketed to do so:

  • Acai Berry

    A great antioxidant, but by now, we hope you realize that it has no proven fat burning potential[90] and was a massive scam back in 2007 through 2011.[91]

  • Raspberry Ketones

    Marketing is based on test tube research and rat studies that use astronomical dosages, and still isn’t very significant.[92]  The amount it would take to possibly burn fat would be a whole lot more than fits in a few pills, and test tube results (in vitro) have never been replicated in the human body (in vivo).  In short, it’s a massive online marketing scam.

  • Green Coffee Bean Extract

    Conan Dr. Oz

    Conan basically sums up our thoughts on Dr. Oz right here…

    The “successful” weight loss studies are based on shady research that has been biased by supplement manufacturers and confounded with other ingredients that are already known to work.

    The chlorogenic acid inside is great for the heart (can lower blood pressure and such), but there’s no quality link between this ingredient and fat loss.[93]

  • CLA

    For every pro-CLA study, there are two more that show insignificant or negative results.[94-104]  Overall, its too weak to make a big deal of.  Most of us get enough of these “healthy fats” that we needn’t worry about it.  Spend your money elsewhere.

  • African Mango

    Otherwise known as Irvingia gabonensis, this one has some benefits similar to fiber that enables users to eat less when taken in very large doses, such as 1.05g before each meal.[105]  It does not function as a fat burner, and other forms of fiber, such as glucomannan, are more cost-effective.[106]

  • Garcinia Cambogia

    Despite some evidence that it helps mice, human studies have proven it to be worthless for humans.[107,108]  Unlike most other supplements on this list, garcinia seems to have no effects on any health parameters – weight and bodyfat included.

  • L-Carnitine

    L-Carnitine only works for fat loss if you’re carnitine deficient, which is most common in vegetarians/vegans and the elderly.[58,59,109]  If anything, we suggest taking ALCAR (Acetyl L-Carnitine) because of it’s cognitive focus enhancing benefits.[60]  For the average person, however, standard L-Carnitine is relatively useless.

  • Resveratrol

    A great potential anti-aging and cardiovascular protection supplement, but definitely not a fat burner.  In fact, it’s been shown to slow metabolic rate and lipid oxidation![110,111]  Also terrible to take pre workout, as it diminishes the positive effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system.[112]

  • Chromium Picolinate

    This mineral might help with blood glucose levels to a very small degree, but has not been shown to alter body weight or fat mass in nearly three dozen studies – only a few are cited below.[113,114,115]

Note: if you’d like more information on these, let us know and we can put together a more in-depth post. Until then, check the sources cited!

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A note to the ladies on “the best fat burner for women”

Hi Ladies! We notice that a lot of women search for the phrase, best fat burners for women, but the results are littered with all kinds of ineffective products.

We are quite honestly not impressed by the vast, vast majority of products marketed exclusively towards females.  They cost more, provide less, and use shady emotional tactics to sell them.  Not our style here at PricePlow.

Soon we’ll have a separate page for women, but for now, we recommend you stick with our choose your own adventure guide or our top 10 list, except you should avoid the “ALL-OUT ENERGY” choice under the stimulant-based pills section.  Those products will overwhelm most large men, let alone everyone else.

No BS here… just fat burning science.

If you want to see ads of cute pink bottles with Photoshopped 21 year old fitness models on them, you came to the wrong site.

But if you want to read about some products and ingredients that actually work (and we have the research cited to back that up) — yet won’t rip you off, then head back to the top and continue through the guide. We’ll find something good for you.

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Our Top 10 Fat Burners

Note that this list is based upon a team-based decision process after several fat burner runs over the years, and our opinion is not for sale at any price. For the most part, we prefer the low-to-moderate caffeine fat burners that have extra “feel” to them.

As full disclosure, we have recieved free samples of nearly every product on this page. We judge each product on its own merits (value, efficacy, labeling disclosure, and quality), and never let free samples sway our opinions.

If you’d rather see what might work best for your needs, then head over to our Buyer’s Guide area where you can tell us the effects you’re looking for.

One last question: Do you want the aggressive stimulants (like DMAA/DMHA/Eria Jarensis) or not?

The industry is in much flux, as DMAA and DMHA may both be on the ropes (stay tuned to the DMAA FDA lawsuit page for the up-to-date story), so we are breaking our lists into two:

How aggressive do you like your stimulants?

Disclosure: PricePlow has received free samples of nearly all products mentioned on this page, including several competitors not listed. Using a team-based approach, we judge each product on merits of value, efficacy, labeling disclosure, and quality, and our opinions are never swayed by free samples.

Top 10 Fat Burners without DMAA / DMHA / Eria Jarensis

Many fat burners in this category begin to look the same after a while, so we did our best to show a good variation of effects and profiles.

Special Consideration: OxyMax

Note: If you’re here because you do not want DMAA or DMHA — but you’re okay with Eria Jarensis extract / N-phenethyl-dimethylamine — then our top option to check out is Performax Labs OxyMax, which is our favorite non-DMAA / non-DMHA fat burner, but does contain the PEA mentioned above from eria jarensis, which we still consider an “aggressive” stimulant.

  1. 10. Genius Burn by The Genius Brand

    Genius Burn

    Genius Burn is a well-dosed caffeine-free fat burner that enhances weight loss and improves mood and focus, with ALL trusted, trademarked ingredients.

    TL;DR: Caffeine-Free, but not stimulant-free, focus and stress control.

    Let’s get this show started with our one caffeine-free (but not stimulant-free!) option.

    We’ve been loving The Genius Brand because of the potent and unique formulas they bring, despite the cost being a bit higher than a lot of other brands out there.

    This one goes after focus, feeling good, and reducing cortisol levels with a combination of KSM-66 Ashwagandha, CDP Choline, Theacrine, TheaKalm L-Theanine, and Huperzine A.

    On the “fat burning” side, you have an ingredient to keep blood sugar lower (GS4 Plus Gymnema Sylvestre Extract) and Capsimax for capsaicin from red hot peppers.

    And if you want to add your energy, you can always just drink your coffee, take a zero-carb energy drink, or even try their Genius Caffeine product!

    So this is a bit of an oddball option, but maybe some of you are looking for some stress-relief to avoid over-eating the carbs, and don’t want to ditch the VPX Bang zero-carb energy drink or black coffee.

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    Genius Burn Ingredients

    As you can see, Genius Burn contains no caffeine, but does have Theacrine for longer-lasting add-on energy.

  2. 9. Blue Star Nutraceuticals Blade

    Blue Star Blade

    Blue Star Nutraceuticals has reformulated their popular fat burner Blade to remove Picamilon and increase its fat-shredding capability.

    TL;DR: Highest yohimbe option with tons of heat… but also tons of money.

    If you like Yohimbe and you like heat, and budget is no issue, then shoot this one to the top of your list — Blue Star Blade brings some serious Y-action for those who can handle it!

    Most fat burners stick to safe doses of yohimbe, say in the 1.5-2.5mg range, which is enough to work a bit but not so much to make anyone overly-stimulated. But the problem is that there are some people who simply love the ingredient, and they need to go buy more separately to get the product to behave like they want.

    Blue Star Nutraceuticals caters to this demographic, and has a whopping 8mg yohimbine HCl in each serving, yielding some extreme appetite suppression and energy. To top it off, there’s quite a bit of pepper extract and 225mg caffeine per serving.

    Biggest issue outside of that is the price. If it was cheaper, it’d be higher up this list, but given that we’re PricePlow, we have to take value into consideration when there are so many options in this category.

    So if you are a Y-lover, and like everything else in the label below, then that could vault this one to the top for you, but Blue Star doesn’t bring it cheap.

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    Our Blue Star Blade Review:

    In our review, we focused on the effects – CJ went nuts for it and used this bottle up like crazy – and that’s when he had a cabinet full of other stuff too!

    Blue Star Blade Fat Burner Review

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    Blue Star Blade Ingredients

    Blade contains a moderate dose of caffeine alongside several other stims that will increase energy, mood, focus, and most importantly fat burning!

  3. 8. Granite Supplements Lipocalypse

    Granite Supplements Lipocalypse

    With a 1:1 caffeine:theacrine ratio, Lipocalypse is going to be a unique experience!

    TL;DR: A low-caffeine (but high-Theacrine) option with a huge amount of Chocamine cocoa extract.

    The Mountain Dog John Meadows strikes again! We were blown away by the pumps in his pre workout supplement “Arc Reactor”, and once again he impresses with this lower-caffeine fat burner.

    By our math, you’ll be getting 125mg caffeine in each two capsule serving (100mg from caffeine anhydrous and another ~25mg from the 34mg of Infinergy). This makes the product a lower-caffeine option, but you get a 1:1 caffeine:theacrine ratio since you get 125mg of that too!

    So instead of tons of caffeine, John and the Granite team are banking their bets on a whopping dose of 275mg Chocomine. This is a cocoa extract standardize for 12% theobromine and a whole slew of other healthy components found in cocoa – minus the fats and carbs, of course!

    Then to bring the “lipo” part in, you have the potent Capsimax cayenne pepper extract combined with 40mg Paradoxine grains of paradise, topped off with a small bit of Bioperine for added absorption.

    Long story short? A unique low-caffeine option that will still last long due to the Theacrine, and is your best way of evaluating how hiqh-quality cocoa extracts work for you.

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    Granite Supplements Lipocalypse Ingredients

    Lipocalypse brings a low-caffeine, high-Theacrine option that’s huge on the cocoa extract!

  4. 7. Apollon Nutrition Chaos

    Apollon Nutrition Chaos

    As you’ll see in the label below, this bottle is absolutely loaded up!

    TL;DR: The most total energy and heat you’ll get in a single bottle in this whole section.

    Most products on this page have 60 capsules, 90 capsules, or maybe up to 180 capsules.

    But Robert Samborsky’s brand of New Jersey style strength says “nah” to that, and packs this with 240 capsules!

    The official serving size is four capsules, all taken twice a day, but that would add up to a total of 600mg caffeine in a day, so you can definitely tone it down and make this bottle last way longer.

    With each of those servings, though, you’re getting a ton of our favorite ingredients – L-Tyrosine for focus, synephrine for added fat burn, and the heat is going to come from both 50mg capsaicin and 50mg Paradoxine grains of paradise.

    The highest-dosed ingredient, however, is 1g of Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR), which also adds a bit more focus, mood, and increases “fatty acid dumping” — especially for low-carb and keto dieters who can use the acetyl- part to make more ketones for energy!

    You’ll likely want to start with two or three capsules, but if you can get an entire serving down, the combined effects will definitely get felt. Either way, this stuff is pricey, but you get a ton of it.

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    Apollon Nutrition Chaos Ingredients

    Chaos recently underwent a bit of an upgrade over the initial version. Here’s what the latest facts panel looks like ahead of its release.

  5. 6. Transparent Labs PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner

    Transparent Labs Fat Burner

    Transparent Labs PhysiqueSeries Fat Burner will help you shed pounds fast and maintain muscle while sculpting the ideal physique.

    TLDR: An honorable effort at replacing the ECA Stack, but make sure you use our coupon!

    Transparent Labs is a new company that’s been tearing the scene up with their 100% open formula, well-packed formulas that are free of artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. While that sets apart their popular PreSeries Bulk Supplement (also a top-rated pre workout), that doesn’t provide as much differentiation with capsule products that are all basically free of such things.

    But the formula is still very impressive, using a monster dose of forskolin and focus- and mood-boosting ingredients of 5-HTP and L-Tyrosine.

    Replicating a mild version of the “ECA Stack”

    Those ingredients are further supported by synephrine and white willow, which provides a natural source of aspirin precursor, salicylic acid. This helps replicate the “ECA stack”, where the ‘E’ is used by Synephrine and the white willow provides the A.

    Then, of course, is the caffeine – this is a moderately dosed 120mg per serving, but you get a serious 60 servings per container, so there’s no short supply of this fat burner!

    While it’s well-formulated, we just don’t think it’s as bombastic as their pre workout supplement, PreSeries Bulk, but it’s still worthy of Top 10 praise — and only PricePlow has the best coupons on it!

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    Transparent Labs Fat Burner Ingredients

    TL’s Fat Burner contains a serious dose of ForsLean (10%) and a unique 1:1 ratio of caffeine to theanine

  6. 5. Primeval Labs Hurakan

    Primeval Labs Hurakan

    Hurakan is the groundbreaking new fat burner from Primeval Labs that looks to actually help burn fat, not just crack you out.

    TL;DR: Lots going on here, but a big mix of stim-free, stimulant, diuretic, and carnitine-based ingredients.

    This label has more going on than we can explain, so let’s consider it a “full spectrum” that crosses off all kinds of checkboxes, from te “Dr. Oz ingredients” (garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean extract, and olive leaf extract) to the diuretics (dandelion) to the four-pronged L-Carnitine attack, to the stims and heat blend!

    Unfortunately, the most important part — the “Thermo Energy Blend” — is the one in a proprietary blend, but we get exited every time there’s both capsaicin and grains of paradise to keep you hot, and this also includes yohimbine and evodiamine to do even more!

    But what we’re told is that it has 250mg caffeine per three capsules, so that’s good to know.

    It all comes down to how well you do with this prop blend, but we’ve liked what we’ve tried and Primeval fans worldwide are too!

    Additionally, we see some insane deals on this one – if there’s an offer on BOGO, then you’re looking at one of the better deals on this entire page!

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    Hurakan Ingredients

    The Hurakan Ingredients throw a prop blend right where it counts, but brings a very diverse mix to the table.

  7. 4. MTS Nutrition Drop Factor

    Marc Lobliner

    Marc THE MACHINE Lobliner, creator of MTS Nutrition

    TL;DR: Well-rounded long-lasting thermogenic that now comes in pill and powder forms.

    The brainchild of Marc “The Machine” Lobliner, Drop Factor hasn’t been getting as much attention due to Lobliner’s whey protein, MTS Machine Whey, doing so well and overshadowing everything else!

    But Drop Factor was one of the first to introduce an open formula, and was using forskolin long before it was cool.

    The product is now on its third version, and has a very high amount of cayenne pepper extract at 150mg next to 250mg in two capsules. The stim-effect now lasts longer thanks to the Theacrine.

    Lobliner opts for the not-too-much but not-too-little 2.5mg yohimbine HCl to top things off, but its the cocoa seed extract and HealthyORAC antioxidant blend that really set this product apart.

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    MTS Drop Factor 2016 Ingredients

    Not much has changed with the new formula for Drop Factor, and that’s a GREAT thing!

  8. 3. Sparta Nutrition HydraShred

    Sparta Nutrition HydraShred

    Sparta Nutrition enters the ever-crowded fat burner / thermogenic market with the seriously dosed HydraShred.

    Warning: This product has undergone a recent reformulation, removing DMAA and Eria Jarensis. Check each store to make sure you get the appropriate formula.

    TL;DR: A delicious fat burning drink with several unique ingredients.

    This is a unique product for two reasons: First, it has a very awesome coffee flavored powder that is an absolute joy to drink anytime, but especially in the morning.

    And second, it’s unique because the ingredients are unique. You have the addition of vanillin, which may be assist with stimulating lipolysis while boosting energy metabolism. This ingredient also adds an incredible smell to the product!

    On top of that, there’s also cirsium oligophyllum, an ingredient not seen often, but was in OxyELITE Pro, one of the most successful fat burners ever.

    The label gets a bit crazy with all of the different forms of caffeine used, but we’ve received confirmation that each scoop contains 150mg caffeine. What’s great about the powdered form is that you can tweak the strength exactly to your liking!

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    Sparta HydraShred Powder Ingredients 2018

    The 2018 version of HydraShred removed the aggressive stimulants, but kept the unique ones like vanillin and cirsium.

  9. 2. NutraBio ThermoFuel V.9

    TL;DR: A well-rounded thermogenic from our most trusted brand on this list, with third-party lab tests for proof.

    NutraBio is a company that’s been around for twenty years, but only recently are they really getting attention from the sports nutrition market, as they’ve now expanded into other retail stores like GNC, Amazon, Bodybuilding, and VitaminShoppe.

    NutraBio ThermoFuel V9

    ThermoFuel v9 has a great mix of focus boosters, two forms of caffeine for longer absorption and no crash, and a higher-than-usual dose of synephrine to burn more fat!

    Their popularity began to explode to a new level once non-proprietary blends took off in the industry – something they’d been doing all along!

    But in all reality, with NutraBio, it’s all about the trust and quality. They manufacture their own supplements in a 100% cGMP-compliant facility, and have passed every FDA audit with glowing reports.

    In terms of the ThermoFuel fat burner, which is currently on version 9 as we write this, they bring a good dose of focus-boosting L-Tyrosine and Acetyl L-Carnitine to the mix, yet have higher doses of green tea extract as well.

    To burn more fat, a larger-than-usual dose of synephrine is inside (60mg) alongside a smokin 45,000 heat unit pepper extract!

    The caffeine mix is interesting: in three capsules, you’ll get 200mg caffeine, which comes from 160mg dicaffeine malate (yielding 120mg caffeine) alongside 80mg straight caffeine. This increased amount of dicaffeine malate gets absorbed more slowly, allowing the fat burner to last longer with no crash. We’re big fans of this mix.

    Finally, to keep blood sugar low, banaba leaf extract is added, making this a great product to take pre-meal.

    Overall, if you haven’t checked out anything by NutraBio, then it’s time to research them – with those third-party lab tests, there’s no company we trust more!

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    NutraBio ThermoFuel V9 Ingredients

    Best of all, if you’re hesitant to trust supplements, NutraBio has every batch third-party tested at an external lab!

    See also the “ThermoFuel Women’s Formula“, which has a toned-down stimulant profile.

  10. 1. Muscle Elements – 212°

    TL;DR: A very strong and diverse fat burner from one of our favorite brands with quite a strong diuretic profile.

    Muscle Elements 212

    We love these newcomers! The label shows some extra info: 5mg yohimbine HCl, 175mg caffeine, 30mg synephrine HCl, 5mg vinpocetine

    Muscle Elements is a hot new brand comprised of industry veterans, and this is a hot new fat burner that we’re excited to have around the office.

    212° provides a great blend of thermogenic heat, stimulants, diuretics, and a bit of focus. If you’re looking for a product with a diuretic edge to it, to look more “tight and dry”, this is the one to get.

    On top of the 175mg caffeine per capsule, the extra energy will come from synephrine, octopamine, and PEA. Note that the powdered formula discussed below has a bit more caffeine (200mg per scoop).

    A powdered option

    What we love about this one is that Muscle Elements created a powdered version, and it is without a doubt the best-flavored fat burning drink we’ve had! Stimulants like this are hard to flavor, but orange gets it done and then some!

    We’re extremely happy with what Muscle Elements is up to, and have always enjoyed following this brand!

    Warning: contains a WADA banned substance (octopamine)

    One thing is that this product contains octopamine in the Fat Oxidation & Core Temperature section. This is a great-feeling stimulant, but it is banned by WADA, so be careful if you’re a drug tested athlete! Everyone else will love it though.

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    Muscle Elements 212 Capsule Ingredients

    The capsule ingredients

    Muscle Elements 212 Powder Ingredients

    The powder ingredients

    For even more potency, you can also stack this with Muscle Elements’ LeanWorks shown above, which is a stimulant-free solution that you can take at night. There’s some mild diuretics in there, and users have absolutely loved the way they wake up noticeably leaner (don’t forget to rehydrate though!)

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Top 10 Fat Burners with DMAA / DMHA / Eria Jarensis Extract

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Warning: Due to the uncertainty of both DMHA and DMAA, this area may change dramatically during Q1-2018. Check each product’s label at the store to ensure you’re getting what you want. For updates, see the Hi-Tech vs. FDA DMAA Lawsuit and the news on the recent DMAA confiscation – just note that DMAA is without a doubt found in nature.

  1. 9. iForce Dexaprine

    iForce Nutrition Dexaprine

    The OG version of Dexaprine from iForce Nutrition is back in action for a limited run bringing high powered fat burning back with DMAA at its side!

    TL;DR: Downright insane energy!

    Let’s cut to the chase and start with a bang.

    When Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals bought iForce Nutrition, they brought back the legendary Dexaprine for a limited amount of time, and some is still out there.

    Each caplet comes with a potent mix of 250mg caffeine and 65mg DMAA, but that’s not all by a longshot.

    The real intensity comes from the two thyroid metabolites – 3,3-diiodo-l-thyronine and 3,5-diiodo-l-thyronine. What we’ve found with these ingredients (for those who have healthy thyroids) is that the appetite suppresion comes on strong with them. And this is on top of what the DMAA provides.

    For many, this is simply too strong of a product, and it’s always recommended that first-time users snap a caplet in half for their first few tries.

    But if you came to this section to get some crazy high energy, then here it is in all its glory.

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    Dexaprine Ingredients

    Dexaprine is a STRONG fat burner that contains 65mg of DMAA and 250mg of caffeine per caplet. This isn’t for the faint of heart! Snap a caplet in half!

  2. 8. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Stimerex-ES

    Stimerex-ES

    Stimerex-ES is the go-between if Lipodrene is not enough and Lipodrene Hardcore is too much

    TL;DR: The “compromise” of strength between Lipodrene and Lipodrene Hardcore.

    Stimerex-ES is very similar to the Lipodrene fat burner that’s lower on this list, but here’s the secret: many like it better because it has 150mg caffeine but most other things are nearly the same.

    This gives it a solid pop and feel, but is worthy of consideration if the 100mg caffeine in Lipodrene just isn’t enough (and the 200mg in Lipodrene Hardcore alongside everything else is too much).

    So on some days, this actually feels better than some of the others.

    To read about the other ingredients, skip on down to the Lipodrene area, as it’s mostly the same, just with more caffeine.

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    Stimerex-ES Ingredients

    The Stimerex-ES Ingredients

    Note: If you want a more potent version of this product, take a look at Stimerex Hardcore, but beware – Hi-Tech’s Hardcore Series products are for advanced users with high stimulant tolerances only!

  3. 7. Inspired Nutraceuticals KOR Lipolytic Igniter

    Inspired Nutra KOR Lipolytic

    Inspired Nutra’s KOR Lipolytic is DMHA-powered and uses Cocoabuterol for body recomposition

    TL;DR: A DMHA-powered fat burner with Cocoabuterol, an ingredient that works phenomenally well on some.

    Inspired Nutraceuticals is well known for their DVST pre workout supplement, but their KOR Lipolytic fat burner deserves some love too.

    One of the main reasons why is their use of Cocoabuterol, an ingredient from cocoa extract standardized for N-Coumaroyldopamine, N-Caffeoyldopamine, EGCG, and Theobromine.

    It’s those first two components that we’re most interested in. They were also used in a popular USPLabs supplement back in the day, Compound 20, and some people have absolutely amazing body recomposition results with them.

    But there’s not many products on the market using it, so if you’re interested in trying something different, this one’s a great idea.

    Stimulant-wise, you have a blend of DMHA (100mg), the N-Phenethyl-Dimethylamine PEA (150mg), and a blend of caffeine that will get you about 200mg in each two capsule serving.

    Synephrine and grains of paradise pull up the rear with additional stim and heat power, respectively.

    Great formula!

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    KOR Lipolytic Ingredients

    Great formula, but it’s the Cocoabuterol that makes this one so interesting

  4. 6. RedCon1 Double Tap

    RedCon1 Double Tap

    RedCon1 Double Tap provides energy and focus that lasts all day long for a dialed-in diet experience.

    Note: This product is slated for reformulation. Check store labels and subscribe to PricePlow’s alerts / social media for updates.

    TL;DR: A focus-driven fat burner with both pill and powder form by the fastest-growing brand on the page.

    RedCon1 stand for “Readiness Condition 1”, which is the “highest state of readiness” in the military.

    With that, they formulate several of their products for focus, and that’s what you get out of several of the ingredients here.

    Since Double-Tap is in reformulation mode, it’s best we keep this relatively short, and you’ll want to check the labels at the store. The powder has a bit extra focus (from choline) and diuretic effects (from dandelion), so if you’re like us and enjoy “drinking your energy”, it’s what we prefer a bit more.

    For the time being, the stim-blend has a modest 100mg DMHA alongside about 260mg caffeine from two sources. There’s also octopamine, which is a banned substance but adds a serious hit of power.

    Whereas the powder has more focus, the pills add 100mg Teacrine, which lengthens the caffeine rush, and still may add a touch of focus itself.

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    RedCon1 Double Tap Capsule Ingredients

    The capsule ingredients

    RedCon1 Double-Tap Powder Ingredients

    The powder ingredients

  5. 5. Lipodrene

    When we first created this guide and top 10 list, we wrote some stuff that was simply wrong. One thing that we were completely wrong about was the current state of ephedra, which is an ingredient in Lipodrene here.

    Lipodrene

    We have NEVER been so wrong about a product. Run this for a month and come back to share the results. WOW.

    So when we kept seeing this yellow fat burner come up again and again, we had to ask, “How is this stuff still on the market? Wasn’t ephedra banned in 2004?”

    Those questions led us down a rabbit hole that turned into a massive 11,000 word guide on ephedra, which explains several common misconceptions:

    1. Ephedra isn’t banned – ephedrine alkaloids are!

      So if you take out those banned alkaloids, you get a legal ephedra.

    2. But is this new ephedrine-free ephedra any good?

      We have the lab tests, and it basically is now being used as an “advanced form of green tea extract”, with several unique fat-burning compounds inside.

    3. So how do you replace the fat burning and focus power of ephedrine?

      You add acacia rigidula extract (Senegalia Berlandieri), and to top it off, Hi-Tech Pharma has published research showing that 250mg acacia rigidula can outperform ephedrine!

    The point is, this ephedrine-free ephedra is not only legal, but it’s safe (zero serious adverse events reported since 2007). You can read the gory details in the ephedra article linked above, which explains the whole story.

    But we don’t love Lipodrene for the ephedra…

    Honest truth, though, is that the ephedra is only a “selling point” for this product. The real action is thanks to the nice 100mg caffeine, 35mg DMAA, and 150mg acacia rigidula extract (which provides some hard-hitting PEA alkaloids).

    This stuff literally has it all. Multiple appetite suppressants. Thyroid enhancement. Mood boosts in several forms. Fat storage blocking from a bit of yohimbe (but not too much). Focus out the wazoo. It’s literally insane.

    You will never feel a more impressive “100mg caffeine” product ever, so don’t take that caffeine dose lightly – two of these is SERIOUS business and we don’t advise it unless you really know what you’re doing.

    The PEA alkaloids from acacia (now labeled as Senegalia Berlandieri) is really doing the heavy lifting here, and boy do they work.

    And on that note, realize that Lipodrene is not for rookies or stim-sensitive users. If you can’t handle a serious cup of coffee, you probably shouldn’t be touching this.

    But if you’ve given some other fat burners a shot, and you have a clean bill of health, Lipodrene is still where it’s at. But… we just happen to like Lipodrene Elite better!

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    Need more stim? If you’re one of the crazy few who has an insanely strong stimulant tolerance and two of these isn’t enough, consider Lipodrene Hardcore, but beware, it’s WILD!

  6. 4. HydroxyElite

    HydroxyElite

    Yes, we love it too!

    Unfortunately, the original OxyELITE Pro is all gone… but Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals put out a very worthy clone (with DMHA) named HydroxyElite, and the reviews have been phenomenal!

    This product has it all: moderate caffeine (100mg), beta-2 fat burning (from cirsium), alpha-2 fat storage blocking (from yohimbe), thyroid enhancement (from bauhinia and bacopa), and best of all… that DMHA for feel-great focus, and athletic prowess.

    You can read the full round of ingredient details on it on our HydroxyElite page linked below, where we discuss why this is such a fantastically-formulated product. But first, a note:

    HATERS. GONNA. HATE.

    Love it or hate it, OEP was the fat burner to beat from 2010-2012, and now the formula is back with HydroxyElite.

    We’re definitely fans of the ingredient, but only when appropriately dosed and taken exactly as directed (ie, don’t mix HydroxyElite with other stimulants, and definitely not pre workouts!). It’s still never been scientifically proven to be dangerous when used properly by users with no pre-existing health conditions… and the appetite suppression, focus, and mood enhancement is second to none for us.

    So if you’ve never had the original OxyELITE Pro, you can feel what the fuss was all about in HydroxyElite. Just use it per the label, and compare prices below:

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    HydroxyElite Ingredients

    Look familiar? It’s a near-clone of Oxy Elite Pro, except an added 250mg of garcinia.

  7. 3. Performax Labs OxyMax

    Performax Labs OxyMax Trio

    OxyMax is back, revamped, and better than ever as Performax Labs continues to crush it during their rebrand.

    TL;DR: Easily the best non-DMAA / non-DMHA option on the market, OxyMax feels downright awesome.

    If you’re here looking for something good and different, but still aren’t so sure you want DMAA and DMHA, then get in here.

    OxyMax is not only DM*A-free, but it’s one of the best feel-good products on this page. This mood-boosting blast comes from a combination of eria jarensis extract which provides a few PEA alkaloids that last a longer time, but placed alongside standard PEA which hits fast.

    To make them last longer, hordenine has been added.

    Onto the fat burning side of things, OxyMax has a few “herbals” in 40mg Paradoxine grains of paradise is combined with 25mg forskolin (95% – the good stuff!) and 8mg fucoxanthin to attack white adipose tissue.

    Finally, it’s brought together with 25mg higenamine and a dash of alpha-yohimbine (rauwolscine) for just a bit more kick, and now you’re attacking beta-2, beta-3, and alpha receptors for some serious fat burning action.

    This may be a drawback for some, but you’re pretty much ‘stuck’ with the dosing they provide – one capsule provides all of this, and it has 250mg caffeine. So hopefully that’s the right number for you, and if it is, then OxyMax is where you want to be.

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    Performax Labs OxyMax Ingredients

    OxyMax now touts a transparent label and boy is this thing loaded – and feels great!

  8. 2. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Lipodrene Elite

    Best Fat Burner

    Taking Lipodrene’s old seat… they seriously put Coca Leaf Extract in here!

    TL;DR: A fat burner with *coca leaf extract* inside… and it feels great (but don’t worry we passed our drug test).

    When Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals announced the Lipodrene Elite fat burner, and stated that it had legal parts of coca leaf extract inside, nobody was sure if they were serious or not.

    But these leaf-imprinted tablets were for real, and they feel absolutely great.

    We’re not sure if it’s due to the coca leaf extract (we don’t even know what they’re standardizing for in it), but we do know that the 150mg caffeine is a bit stronger than the regular Lipodrene, but the PEA alkaloids from senegalia berlandieri are a bit toned down, so this is a far smoother experience that is simply more enjoyable each and every time.

    Meanwhile, there’s now DMHA… and again, with less PEA alkaloids, it hits at the perfect strength and has a fantastic feel-good mood enhancement to it. Part of that could be from the added 5-HTP as well.

    Hi-Tech returned to their love of the appetite suppressant with caralluma extract, and have the old standbys like synephrine (25mg) and green tea as well.

    And as always, they added just enough yohimbe to feel it, but not so much that it puts you over – we’re guessing somewhere in the 1.5mg-3mg yohimbine per tablet.

    The whole story is on our Lipodrene Elite page, where we review it and Mike takes a real-deal drug test to prove that it wouldn’t make him pop for any drugs (and it didn’t!)

    If you’re into new, feel-good supplements, there are several choices on this page, but Lipodrene Elite is ours – at least while it lasts!

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    Lipodrene Elite Ingredients

    WHOA! You read that right…Lipodrene Elite contains a brand new stimulant derived from the same plant from which cocaine is!

  9. 1. Blackstone Labs King Cobra

    King Cobra Blackstone Labs

    With the bottle and ingredients label out, we can now call this the next-most anticipated fat burner since Lipodrene Elite!

    TL;DR: Basically *everything* we’ve ever wanted in one fat burner!

    PJ Braun’s Blackstone Labs had some great success with their Cobra series, but that was nothing compared to the formula they put together here with Jared Wheat!

    This basically takes some of the best parts of Hi-Tech’s DMAA fat burner supplements, but then adds some of the things those fat burners had been missing, namely the heat-generating duo of Paradoxine grains of paradise extract alongside Capsimax red pepper extract, and serious doses too!

    This is also the first time we’ve had eria jarensis extract (150mg) combined with DMAA (45mg), and it’s a total hit!

    Like many other fat burners, you’ll also get 25mg synephrine and a mix of yohimbe / yohimbine / alpha yohimbine.

    The caffeine comes from natural sources and provides 200mg per capsule, which will have to be your dosage. The problem is that this may be high for some, but you’re locked in because it’s one capsule at a time, and a max of two per day.

    It’s all tied together with the N-benzyl-2-phenylethylamine, which seems to make everything last longer.

    Overall, this is truly an “old meets new” thermogenic, and is definitely stronger than the next one, so if you’re looking for new-age strength, this may actually be your top pick!

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    Blackstone Labs King Cobra

    King Cobra is here and it’s for real!

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