#1 Best Fat Burner for Men and Women?
If you know me, you know that I am a firm believer in using diet first and foremost, to burn fat, with energy expenditure next, followed then by supplementation.
• Hitting my deficit macros? Check!
• Killing the weights? Check!
• LISS Cardio? Check!
• HIIT Cardio? Check!
Everything in my world is in place, primed for the next step, which is a fat burner. I usually only add a fat burner towards the end of my contest prep to help with lethargy and appetite suppression.
For those of you have never heard of Thermakor, by Kor Nutrition, it’s been quite the buzz around the weight loss community for the past couple of years. With all of the hype surrounding this product, especially considering how competitive the “fat burner” supplement category is, I reached out to the guys over at Thermakor in an attempt to get a couple of bottles to test and review with the IIFYM.com team, to see if it truly and effectively lives up to all the hype.
Now, before I get into any personal experience with Thermakor, I wanted to dive a bit into the background of the product. After all, I feel it would be a disservice to recommend a product to our loyal IIFYM.com readers (regardless of industry excitability) blindly, without taking the time to thoroughly educate them about what’s going on “under the hood” of the product, as I see it.
Thermakor’s Claimed Benefits
To properly gauge the efficacy of Thermakor’s results, I felt it necessary to first take a deeper look into what the product, itself, actually claims to do for its users. With this in mind, I have a firm foundation as to what to expect from the product. Their claim is simple:
“Simply put, Thermakor is fat-burning weight loss supplement that, at its core, is powered by the science of thermogenesis. Combined with proper nutrition and exercise, Thermakor can dramatically accelerate your fat-burning efforts and shatter your weight loss goals.”
Now, let’s break this down, as there are a couple of key points that I’d like to expand on:
Thermakor claims to be powered by the “science of Thermogenesis, Thermogenesis, as defined by the Medical Dictionary for the Health Professionals and Nursing, refers to “the production of heat; specifically, the physiologic process of heat production in the body”. This is intriguing because of the inherent necessity to include ingredients that induce thermogenesis.
Thermakor also claims to be most effective when combined with proper nutrition and exercise. Thanks for pointing out the obvious guys, but if you didn’t know this part, your weight loss journey is going to be a difficult one! Relying on fat burners alone is only going to leave you disappointed and lighter in the wallet. What is nice about Thermakor’s claim is that at at least sheds a realistic light to all those pursuing fat loss that by taking a couple capsules per day you’re not able to literally “burn the fat away”. It takes a calorie deficit for real weight loss to occur. Many fat burners don’t even bother to try to educate their customers about this stuff. So, again, I also really liked that they explain the Thermakor is used to complement those changes. On to the good stuff!
Thermakor Key Ingredients
One of the major pain points in the supplement industry, as it relates consumer interests, is the use of “proprietary blends”. Simply put, proprietary blends allow supplement companies to hide specific per-serving ingredient amounts on their labels. Why do they do this? Well, most claim that it’s to protect “trade secrets” so that other supplement brands don’t attempt to knock off their product. But, another more common reason is for marketing purposes.
You’ve all seen the labels, “Best Fat Burner Ever XXX includes epic ingredient 1, crazy awesome ingredient 2, and gnarly fat burning ingredient 3!” And while these products may, in fact, contain these ingredients, they quite possibly could be in amounts that are so insignificant that consumers never realize any benefits from them. But, because they’re included (even at 1 micro/milligram), they can publish it on their supplement facts panel, which provides better marketing, more consumer interest, and ultimately, higher profits. You get it.
I personally always try to avoid products that hide behind proprietary formulas. At a bare minimum, I want to know what amount of each supplement I am putting in to my body. On a higher level, I want to be able to compare the product to other similar ones on the market. I can’t do that if the amount of each ingredient is not fully disclosed. No way to tell if the product matches up, and no way to tell if I am getting a good deal or getting ripped off.
What I like most about Thermakor is that they fully disclose the amounts of their key ingredients on their website for the whole world to see, but most importantly, their consumers.
Let’s dive into a few of fat burning ingredients:
Green Tea Extract : Also known as “Epigallocatechin Gallate”, or EGCG, is a molecule known as a “catechin”. Research shows catehins aid in weight loss by blocking an enzyme known as catechol-O-methyltransferase and actually focuses on abdominal fat, in particular. Interesting fact, I actually had EGCG included in my own pre workout product a few years ago that was called Madness. I later went on to shut that company down, and open up MyOamteal.com. look us up!
Clinically effective dosages of Green Tea Extract range largely between 50 and 1,000 mg per serving.
Thermakor contains 300 mg of Green Tea per serving, which is on the moderate side. I’d like to see it dosed in the 500 mg range, but according to the guys at Thermakor the dosing is right due to the synergystic affect this has with the other ingredients.
Synephrine : Found in certain bitter fruits, Synephrine is chemically similar to ephedrine (remember the old Hydroxycut of the early 2000’s?), and though it’s less potent, research shows that supplementing with synephrine helps to increase basal metabolic rate, lipolysis, and actually inhibits the activity of certain types of fat cell receptors that prevent fat mobilization. Also, synephrine helps to increase the thermic effect of food, which is known as the “energy cost” of metabolizing food. When I take synephrine I notice an immediate energy boost, which is a good deal more intense than caffeine, but with out the jitters.
Clinically effective dosages of synephrine have been found to range from 25 – 50 mg per serving, which is on the higher side. I have taken up to 100 mg, and all it does is upset my belly and whack me out of normality. I turn kind of speedy, which I don’t like. The 50 mg dose is the perfect spot for me, and seems to be a good dose for a fat burner as well
Thermakor contains 50 mg of synephrine per serving.
Hordenine : Found naturally in the body, Hordenine is also found in various foods like barley, sorghum, and even various cacti. Popular research has shown that Hordenine actually helps to inhibit the activity of monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that breaks down various neurotransmitters, helping to stimulate lipolysis. This, consequently, allows the compound to remain active in the blood stream longer, helping to activate more fat cells. I personally have dosed Hordenine with my energy and focus supplements I take for adult ADHD. The fact that it is included in this fat burner is a plus to me, though I feel as though the product could use more that what they dosed it with. I tend to go heavy on the nootropics and stimulants, and look for those affects. I have to remember though, this is a far burner. Not brain candy! For it’s purposes, I think they dosed it right. For my liking, and extra pill is perfect!!
Hordenine’s recommended dosages have been found effective between 25 – 75 mg per serving.
Thermakor uses 25 mg of Hordenine.
I recommend reading about all of the ingredients on Thermakor’s Ingredient page.
Thermakor Directions and Recommended Use
“As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule with 8-10 ounces of water, two times daily, 30-60 minutes before meals. Start with only 1 capsule twice daily to assess tolerance and response for the first three days, and then gradually increase dosage. Never consume more than 2 capsules in a 4-hour period and/or consume more than 4 capsules in 24 hours. Do not take within 4 hours of bedtime.”
Simply enough. See my personal experience with Thermakor below.
Personal Experience with Thermakor
For our reader’s understanding, I was going into this review expecting for sub-par results, which is all I’ve ever experienced when its come to weight loss supplements in the past. After taking Thermakor with a steady macro-focused diet (225p – 125c – 40f 45 fiber), and weight training 5 times per week, with cardio (3 LISS @ 30 minutes & 3 HIIT) I was pleasantly and incredibly surprised with my results. Obviously my poverty macros, training and cardio did the brunt of the work, but wow. Thermakor certainly did make it a whole lot easier!
The first couple of days were pretty insignificant in terms of fat loss. I rarely expect fat burners to do much, and usually only use them for theri affect on appatite suppression, energy, focus and mood enhancement. Any real “fat burning” affects are just gravy in my opinion. Even though I didn’t notice any fat losss immediately, I did see an immediate change in my energy. The hordenine and synephrine are always good for that! Around the 5th day, I began to feel the effects of Thermakor in a subtle way, with quicker spouts of energy that wasn’t jittery or nervous crash that comes with so many fat burners and energy pills.
I usually aim for 1 lb of fat loss per week while dieting for contest prep. My results this far were slightly higher after the first week. Could it be placebo? Sure.. It could also be that intense energy I noticed after day 5 that was relentlessly pushing me hard during my cardio, and longer in the gym!
As the next couple of weeks progressed, I continued to feel the effects of Thermakor within 20-30 minutes after taking it. I knew better what to look for and was anxious to get that morning dose in!! After seeing results, in the form of slight weight loss, I found that I had more motivation and focus in the gym, wanting to get as much out of this 1-month “trial” as possible, which was great. The amount of appetite suppression was also great in that it didn’t eliminate my hunger cravings for extended periods of time (4-6 hours), but was highly effective for times in between meals when I am normally tempted to grab by the closest food I can find.
I generally have pretty good will power while dieting, but also have me weak moments. Having an appetite suppressant slap my hand away from those extra 20 carbs in my favorite Quest bar sure was nice (though I can’t wait to get off of this diet so I can smash the new Mint chip Quest bars 10 at a time.. SO GOOD!!!)
After 30 days, I’d lost 5.2 pounds, and about 1.8% body fat, which I was thoroughly pleased with. It might not sound like much, but remember, I have been dieting for a show for the last 16 weeks. At this point in the game I am lucky to burn 3/4 lb of fat per week. I like to shoot for 1 lb of fat loss per week, but towards the end of IIFYM Contest prep, I find myself dropping less than a that since my metabolism is adjusting to the lower calories and my lower body fat levels. It is nice to be in a position where fat loss still happens at an acceptable rate. I imagine that if I took this stuff while I first started dieting I might have lose a good 3-4 lbs more each month! Hard to say though. Next time!
Thermakor’s Money Back Guarantee
For the consumers, this part of Thermakor’s “offer” is one thing I cannot complain about.
“We take great pride in the quality of our product and we’re confident that Thermakor is the most effective and powerful weight loss supplement on the market. We are so confident in its efficacy that we proud offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This way, you have nothing to lose except those excess pounds!”
Where to Buy Thermakor
Thermakor is currently available on their official website, where they offer significant discounts for multiple-bottle package.
• 1 bottle costs $59
• 2 bottles cost $99 (save $19)
• 3 bottles cost $139 (save $38)
Each bottles contains 60 capsules, which is enough for 30 days of use. They also deliver worldwide.
Final Recommendation for Thermakor
With all things considered, social proof in the form of user reviews, personal experience, money back guarantee, and hard facts – I say that Thermakor is worth the money for me. Everything about their ingredient profile seems perfectly aligned to help encourage fat loss, maintain lean muscle, and create the physique that we all want. For me, the focus and drive was what did it.
Thermakor was nice enough to extend an offer to all IIFYM readers with a discount code. We like the stuff, but recommended putting Thermakor to the test for yourself and using our complimentary discount code IIFYM for 10% off a 2 of 3-month supply. This comes out to the most cost effective option ($42 per bottle for 3-month supply) with the potential to make the most noticeable changes to your waistline.
• All-Natural Ingredients
• Clinically Effective Dosages
• Tested and Reviewed: Works as Claimed
• Substantial Price Breaks for Multiple Bottles
• 10% off Using IIFYM at www.Thermakor.com
Author notes: This article was submitted by Mattew Bockenstette (a guest blogger for IIFYM.com), and edited by Anthony Collova Founder of IIFYM