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The heath industry in its entirety was traditionally marketed heavily towards the male population, and specifically towards those individuals with the intent to lose fat and increase muscle mass – ultimately building a generation of individuals with bodybuilding related goals (not that there is anything wring with this sort of thing).
This, without a doubt, is a fantastic thing (there are a number of known health benefits associated with lifting weights for the entire population!).
And with this increased popularity has come a massive increase in supplements marketed towards the female gym goer specifically.
So now, while most fat burning supplements have been traditionally marketed towards men, there are a number of thermogenic compounds appearing that are targeted toward women wanting to lose weight.
Now, these supplements (like so many fat-burning supplements) are very hit and miss, with some offering fantastic products with researched ingredients – and some offering poor products that contain too many stimulants and ineffective ingredients.
One of these supplements that have tailor made its formula specifically to those females looking to lose weight is 1st Phorms’s thermogenic compound, bliss.
Bliss is a ‘feminine thermo-lipolytic formula’ that is advertised as the most effective fat burning supplement ever created for women.
Bliss is further suggested to promote weight loss, while increasing metabolism and reducing the hunger cravings associated with dieting. Additionally, Bliss is further suggested to improve cognition and promote mental clarity, eliminating any negative effects you may experience during a heavy calorie deficit.
1st Phorm Bliss provides a unique spin on what is a type of supplement that is traditionally target towards men.
But does it work?
To gain a full understanding of the positive (and potentially negative) effects of taking Bliss as a supplement, we are going to take an in depth look at its key ingredients and the way in which they affect the body.
There are a number of ingredients within Bliss that are suggested to influence weight loss positively via a number of potential mechanisms, without causing any negative side effects.
Niacin (also known as Vitamin B3) is a vitamin that plays a number of important roles within the human body, one of which is to aid the breakdown of metabolites for energy.
It has been therefore speculated that those deficient in Niacin will have limited ability to breakdown fats for energy, and therefore have difficulty losing weight. While this may sound logical on face value, there is no scientific evidence to suggest this is the case.
Although extremely high amounts of Niacin Supplementation has shown to improve blood cholesterol levels .
Vitamin B6 is used commonly within products aiming to help Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), and while it is not common within fat burning supplements, it may play an important role in female specific thermogenic supplements (such as Bliss) by reducing the negative effects of PMS, allowing the continuation of training and dieting.
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that plays an important role in energy metabolism. Subsequently, low levels of Vitamin B12 have shown strong associations with low energy levels, muscular weakness, and even memory loss .
As such, the inclusion of Vitamin B12 in a supplement of this sort (and ensuring NO vitamin B12 deficiency) may play a role in maintaining high energy levels.
The supplementation of Caffeine has been shown to stimulate both the brain and the central nervous system, causing reduced sensations of fatigue and increased sensations of alertness and improved cognitive functioning.
The way in which caffeine stimulants the brain and the central nervous system has also shown to effect the metabolic processes of the body, impacting the way we use energy, and the amount of energy we use.
Caffeine ingestion has shown increases in metabolism by up to 11%, while also increasing the breakdown of fat for energy by up to 13% .
As such, the inclusion of caffeine into a weight loss supplement of this type can promote fat loss through an increased energy usage – with more of that energy coming from the breakdown of fat.
Beta Phenylethlamine HCL (commonly known as just Phenylethlamine) is an amino acid that is found in the human body.
Phenylethlamine has been said to play an important role in the secretion of dopamine and serotonin. As such, its supplementation was thought to improve mood, creating increased wellbeing and feelings of happiness while reducing feelings of fatigue.
These positive feelings are suggested to further reduce food cravings associated with stress and unhappiness (such as those observed during dieting)
Unfortunately there is limited scientific evidence to support these claims, and although Phenylethylamine has been identified as an important molecule within the neural tissue of the brain , when supplemented orally it is broken down into ineffective compounds, rendering it useless.
Choline is a compound that acts a precursor to acetylcholine, and as such its supplementation has been suggested to improve cognition and mental processing . Its inclusion within a supplement of this type may promote improved mental clarity in a heavy energy deficit, although more research is needed to suggest this is the case.
Similar to Choline, DMEA acts as a precursor to the compound acetylcholine, and as such has bees suggested to improve mood and memory, while also increasing energy levels when supplemented orally.
Unfortunately, there is limited evidence to suggest this is the case.
Sulbutiamine is a compound that has shown to increase sensations of energy, and has shown promising as a supplement that can alleviate sensations of fatigue and lethargy .
As a result, it may have merit in a supplement of this type as means to reduce feelings of fatigue associated with a dietary deficit and a high training load.
Hordenine is a molecule found a number of plants, and has been investigated at length for its fat-burning effects. It has been suggested to promote weight loss by acting on adrenergic receptors within the body.
As such, it has become an increasingly common ingredient in fat burning supplements. Despite this, there is no research to suggest that this is the case.
Green tea is commonplace in thermogenic supplements as it has shown to cause an increase in the rate at which fat is broken down and used for energy, while also increasing metabolic rate .
This can lead to an increased rate of fat loss by increasing the amount of energy needed to maintain daily processes while also increasing the amount of that energy coming from fat.
Green coffee bean extract is extract from regular coffee beans that are yet to be roasted. This extract contains an active compound known as Chlorogenic Acid (which is removed during the roasting process), a substance that is thought to promote weight loss.
The supplementation of green coffee extract has shown some good signs, causing reductions in fat mass when supplemented in adults , although this may be related to the caffeine content of green coffee extract and not the Chlorogenic Acid content.
Synephrine is another compound that is used commonly in fat burning supplements due to its influence on metabolism.
The daily supplementation of Synephrine has been shown to cause significant increases in both metabolic rate, and fat metabolism , causing a substantial increase in the availability of fat to be broken down for energy. This can promote an increased rate of fat loss over time.
Interestingly, Synephrine has been shown to work differently to other metabolic boosters such as caffeine, making it an effective synergist to caffeine and green tea supplementation.
1st Phorm's Bliss contains a multitude of different compounds that have been suggested to influence weight loss and improve cognitive function.
Interestingly, of those few that are actually suggested to work effectively are also those that appear most commonly within these types of supplements; Caffeine, Green Tea, and Synephrine.
While this is not unusual, it certainly leads to the suggestion that, when it comes to supplements specifically, more ingredients in by no means better, and by including some unique compounds that have limited research to support them actually makes a product worse.
It certainly appears that 1st Phorm Bliss has opted for quantity over quality when it comes to this supplement, including a number of questionable ingredients that have shown almost no positive effects on the human body.
While this may not sound all that bad, it does result in a decreased dosage of those few ingredients that do genuinely work, creating a less effective supplement.
While Bliss may promote some additional weight loss, it will not be as effective as other supplements on the market that contain only a few effective ingredients, rather than an abundance of ingredients that have limited effects on the human body.
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry! You can contact him via the "About Us" page.