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Posted By Frank Plasso

To lose fat, a person needs to be in a calorie deficit. This means a person is burning more calories than they are taking in. This is a fundamental rule called the Law of Thermodynamics. So, the best plan of action is to move more and eat less to maximize calorie deficit. However, you still have to eat enough calories to maintain health and lean body mass. Burning Point is specifically formulated to help support fat loss goals, and increase the rate at which fat is lost.

Burning Point’s Purpose:

  • Maximize calories burned
  • Support breakdown of fat
  • Appetite control
  • Increase energy

Burning Point‘s Key Ingredients:


Caffeine helps promote weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant and a thermogenic agent. Anyone who has experienced a reduction in appetite after drinking of coffee can personally attest to the efficacy of caffeine for this purpose. Research also supports the value of caffeine on the central suppression of appetite. In addition, caffeine works as a thermogenic agent, meaning it helps burn fat and increase in metabolic rate. Early research demonstrated that caffeine in tea and coffee could have a profound effect on metabolic rate. Since then, various studies have clearly indicated that caffeine is effective in increasing metabolic rate and acting as a thermogenic agent. This effect was not only seen in caffeine by itself, but in combination with other thermogenic agents as well. However, it should be noted that a potential negative aspect of caffeine is that it acts as a central nervous system stimulant, and as such may contribute toward increased blood pressure, anxiety, and the “nervous jitters”. Sensitive individuals should avoid supplementing with caffeine.


Research suggests that suggests taking chromium (as picolinate) daily in conjunction with resistance training can support body composition by increasing weight loss, body fat loss, and lean body mass. This was seen in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study that lasted for 16 weeks, in which the subjects using chromium lost a modest amount of weight and body fat compared to the placebo group. In another double-blind, placebo-controlled study, subjects lost significantly more weight and fat mass, and had a greater reduction in percent body fat without any loss of fat-free mass compared to the placebo group. Also, chromium picolinate supplementation was shown to help produce modest weight loss compared to placebo over 72-90 days.

Pyruvic Acid

Pyruvic acid (pyruvate) is a by-product of glucose metabolism (glycolysis). Clinical research suggests that supplementing with pyruvate and in combination with a low calorie diet helped increase weight loss and to decrease body fat. For example, in one study, pyruvate promoted 37% greater weight loss and 48% greater fat loss in subjects following a low-fat diet vs. subjects who didn’t use pyruvate while following a low-fat diet.

Green Tea Extract

The active principles in green tea are its polyphenol catechins and caffeine. Research has demonstrated that green tea is capable of stimulating thermogenesis and promoting fat oxidation; in other words, it helps burn body fat. In one three-day study, subjects given green tea daily experienced a significant increase in energy expenditure (i.e., calories burned). In a three-month study, subjects given also tea decreased their body weight by 4.6% and their waist circumference by 4.48%. In another three-month study, subjects given green tea found that after their initial weight loss, they were able to maintain their weight loss and continue losing weight.

Nopal (Opuntia ficus)

Nopal is a species of cactus. In one study, Nopal was given to normal and diabetic individuals. In the normal individuals, cholesterol and triglycerides decreased significantly. In diabetics, there was a beneficial effect on both glucose and cholesterol. In another study, Nopal was given to normal subjects. The results were that the Nopal lowered glucose when given after a load of 74 g glucose. In other research, Nopal given to non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus patients had a statistically significant glucose-lowering effect hypoglycemic effect. A reduction in glucose levels means less glucose available to convert to fat and fill up fat cells.


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