The drug Xenadrine was popular during the fat-loss pill phase of the early 2000s but fell out of favor once it was learned ephedrine (a key ingredient) could cause heart damage and result in death. Xenardine is now available as an over-the-counter supplement, minus the ephedrine. But there is no evidence it assists weight loss, even when coupled with a workout routine.
Xenadrine has been considered a controversial product since being scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission nearly a decade ago. Drug makers were accused of making false claims about the pill’s effectiveness, as well as lying about the endorsements of celebrities. It continued to be produced even after ephedrine was banned, and now it features more mainstream ingredients such as green tea, aspirin and ginger root.
Although Xenadrine officials no longer promise the pill will burn fat just by itself, they do claim that it will boost energy and help to “supercharge” your weightlifting and cardiovascular workouts. Creators insist users can feel the positive effects of Xenadrine just a short while after taking the drug for the first time.
Besides being scrutinized by the FTC, Xenadrine has typically received low reviews from dieters and experts of such products. Although it’s no longer considered dangerous, questions remain about its creators’ claims that it is beneficial to overall health and workout routines. Some theories suggest Xenadrine is no more effective than caffeine found in everyday products such as coffee and diet sofa when it comes to providing energy. Reported side effects include headache, rapid heartbeat and nausea.
Working out is any form of exercise that increases heart rate and/or improves strength--from lifting weights to running on a treadmill to playing a game of tennis. These things alone are beneficial. You should workout no less than 30 minutes three times a week, and, as a general rule, no more than five or six days for an hour and a half (although that varies depending on age and gender). Most exercise physiologists recommend a workouts that consist of both strength training and cardio.
Although it’s true that it is important to fuel your body before and after workouts, supplements such as Xenadrine are usually not necessary. Instead, exercise should be accompanied by a balanced diet that features a healthy balance of protein and carbohydrates\ and six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day. Most people can receive all the supplementation they need by taking a simple multivitamin each day.