Lipotropics or lipotropic fat burners are supplements that increase the speed of metabolic processes during which fats are broken down. The term has been adopted relatively recently.
Lipotropics can facilitate the release of fatty acids from adipose tissue during physical exertion and, presumably, contribute to the utilization of fat as an energy resource. Often, lipotropics include compounds participating in lipolytic processes, but by no means accelerating them, and therefore the effectiveness of this class of additives is controversial.
Lipotropics, unlike thermogenic fat burners, do not increase body temperature and pressure, do not cause insomnia and practically do not cause side effects, with the exception of rare cases of individual intolerance.
This category of sports supplements most often includes vitamin-like substances with poorly proven fat burning effect, among them:
- CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
- Omega 3
Supplements and compounds, the benefits of additional intake of which when losing weight have not been proven:
- Vitamin C
- Coenzyme Q10
- Inositol (Inositol, Vitamin B8)
- Chromium picolinate (and other chromium derivatives)
Most stores place almost any fat burner in the category of lipotropics, including thermogenics, carbohydrate blockers, fat blockers, etc.