Ripped Fuel started as an ephedra-laced product that claimed to help with weight loss. Ephedra was later discovered to have dangerous side effects, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned ephedra in all weight-loss products. However, Ripped Fuel overcame the ban by changing its formula to include a host of natural substances that could still help the body burn fat and build muscle quicker, while staying within the FDA guidelines for weight-loss products.
One of the main ingredients in Ripped Fuel is caffeine. Because of its fat-burning properties, caffeine quickly became a popular ephedra substitute after the FDA ban. Caffeine raises your heart rate and metabolism, causing you to burn more fat when you work out, as well as burning more fat in general during the day.
Green tea is another ingredient of Ripped Fuel that helps the body burn fat. Green tea works in much the same way as caffeine, by increasing your metabolism. A powerful antioxidant, green tea also helps the Ripped Fuel formula work by regulating your blood-glucose levels, thus controlling your cravings for unhealthy fat- and sugar-laced junk food.
Chromium polynicotinate is an important ingredient in Ripped Fuel as it helps regulate insulin levels This ingredient is great for people who are moving off high-carbohydrate-intake diets to a low-carb regime.
A common ingredient in most weight-loss products, including Ripped Fuel, L-Carnitine is thought to escort fats in the body to the center of the cells' mitochondria, allowing more fat to be burned as energy.