4 fat burner comparison

Below are 4 fat burners from both Myprotein and Bulk Powders. They will only offer assistance to an exercise and diet routine that is already in place. They would be used to prep the body and the metabolism almost acting as a primer to get you going before you undertake whatever routine you are following. On both sites there are literally hundreds of reviews for all products feel to tyake a read.








My choice as a stand alone and not part of a combination package would be



Myprotein offers 2 main  products:




Thermopure is a potent formula containing a host of ingredients to support a multiplicity of training goals. When you are working out, whether that be spinning at dawn or attending a gruelling cross-fit session after work, your body requires maximum energy, drive and focus to keep you achieving those all important goals.

Ahead of the curve in innovation, Thermopure provides a unique combination of trusted and popular ingredients. With each serving, your body is powered with a host of B vitamins, 120mcg of Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate), 150mg of caffeine, 375mg of Green Tea Extract, 200mg of L-Tyrosine, 125mg of L-Theanine and a touch of cayenne powder.

  • 21 mcg of Vitamin B12 and 5mg of Vitamin B6 contain a variety of benefits. Firstly, they will help to reduce tiredness and fatigue throughout the day. Secondly, they will support normal energy-yielding metabolism, which is essential throughout the day when your body is burning fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Lastly, they will support the normal function of your immune system which is placed under huge stress when exercising.
  • 150mg of Caffeine (equivalent to 2 x small cappuccinos) has been scientifically proven to increase alertness and concentration, giving you that explosive energy to push yourself further.
  • Alongside aiding macronutrient metabolism, 120mcg of Chromium will support the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels, which is essential for health and well-being.

Thermopure is aimed at any male or female athlete, bodybuilder or sports enthusiast who is looking for a blend of key nutrients and minerals in an easy-to-consume capsule.

Serving Size – 3 Capsules

Servings Per Container – 30 (90 Capsules), 60 (180 Capsules)




MYTHERMO™ is a ground-breaking fat loss supplement precisely designed to help you get the most out of your weight loss programme. The combination of potent ingredients make this next-generation weight management formulation a must have for everyone dedicated to their training and nutrition regime.

Kola Nut, the fruit of the Kola tree which grows in the tropical rainforests of Africa, is what separates this formulation from the rest. The natural extract of the Kola Nut can help to support slimming and can contribute to body weight control – making it the ideal ingredient to help support your weight loss programme. Choline is another key component since it contributes to normal lipid metabolism, meaning that it plays a vital role in the conversion of fat into energy.

MYTHERMO™ is also engineered to enhance your workouts and boost energy levels with the addition of natural caffeine sources and B vitamins. Kola Nut and Guarana contribute naturally to the 100mg of caffeine provided per serving, a well-known stimulant that helps to increase alertness and helps to improve concentration (providing at least 75mg of caffeine is taken per portion). We have also added 125mg of TeaCrine® per serving, a compound with a similar molecular structure to caffeine, to provide that extra kick. Vitamin B6 and B12 contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

We have also added Bladderwrack, a seaweed found on the coasts of the North Sea, which is a great source of natural iodine. Iodine contributes to normal cognitive function as well as contributing to the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function. To complete the formulation, we have added natural extracts of Grape Seed and White Kidney Bean.

Serving Size – 3 Capsules

Servings Per Container – 30 (90 Capsules), 60 (180 Capsules)

Bulk Powders also offer 2 products:




Premium Fat Burner


The challenge: “Ignore the costs and just create the very best fat loss supplement possible.”

The result: CUTTING EDGE™.

CUTTING EDGE™ is, quite simply, the UK’s very best fat loss supplement. We have taken 10 exciting ingredients, shown to contribute to weight loss, normal nutrient metabolism, normal thyroid function and more, dosed them all at optimal levels and combined them to create this pioneering formula.

Unlike other fat loss products, where ingredient amounts are hidden by proprietary blends, CUTTING EDGE™ is completely transparent. The exact quantity of each ingredient is clearly listed – after all, you deserve to know exactly what you are putting into your body. If you compare the ingredient dosages, you will see that they are far higher than any other fat loss product on sale today. Just one example of which is Green Coffee Extract; this has been included at almost 40 times the amount of a leading competitor product.

CUTTING EDGE™ contains 180 capsules per box and has been designed to last exactly one month when used as directed. The capsules have been blister packed to pharmaceutical standards, preventing any chance of contamination and enabling easy to monitor product usage.

We appreciate that proclaiming CUTTING EDGE™ the UK’s best fat loss supplement is quite a statement. Well, try it, and if you are not completely happy – we will give you your money back!*


CUTTING EDGE™ contains a massive 10 active ingredients. The most impressive aspect of this is that every ingredient in CUTTING EDGE™ is research-proven to help you achieve your goals, and is included in its optimal dosage and most bioavailable form.

Equally impressive is that CUTTING EDGE™ is not just packed with stimulants that actually serve no purpose in relation to fat loss. The ingredients in CUTTING EDGE™ utilise a number of different mechanisms of action, including: increased satiety (feeling of fullness, which prevents unnecessary snacking), lipid metabolism, thyroid function and improved digestion. This multi-pronged attack ensures that CUTTING EDGE™ delivers maximum results.

This is almost 4.5g of active ingredients. No other fat loss supplement is this potently dosed.


Glucomannan 3000mg: The highest quality powder derived from the Konjac plant. This water soluble fibre will help contribute to weight loss by increasing the feeling of satiety, therefore preventing unnecessary snacking. Glucomannan has also been proven to contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and improve gut and bowel health.

Green Coffee Extract 400mg: This popular supplement is taken from unroasted green coffee beans and has gained a well-earned reputation within the sports nutrition world. Containing a massive 50% Chlorogenic Acid, this premium extract is far more potent than competitor products, which contain only 20%.

L-Phenylalanine 400mg: This pure form of Phenylalanine is found in protein rich foods – L-Phenylalanine is a pre-cursor to the amino acid, Tyrosine.

Caffeine 300mg: An extremely popular stimulant, Caffeine has also been shown to reduce the RPE (rate of perceived exertion – how hard you think you’re training), therefore resulting in you training harder for longer. Caffeine is also known for its effects on mental alertness, which can be very helpful for those adopting energy resisted diets.

Cinnamon Extract 250mg: Cinnamon is a spice that has been used in food for thousands of years.

Peppermint leaf powder 50mg: This widely known mint, is an ancient herb; its characteristic smell has made it one of the most popular herbs for centuries.

Choline Bitartrate 50mg: Part of the B-Complex vitamin family, Choline is an essential nutrient found in foods such as egg yolks and spinach. Choline is a precursor of phospholipids that contributes to normal fat metabolism in the body.

BioPerine® 5mg: Nature’s bioavailability enhancing thermonutrient, BioPerine® is extracted from the fruit of the Piper Nigrum L (Black Pepper) and is included in CUTTING EDGE™ to increase the absorption rates of all other ingredients.

Chromium Picolinate 1mg (2500% RDA): Chromium contributes to normal carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Chromium in the form of Picolinate has been specifically chosen for the CUTTING EDGE™ formula.

Selenium Methionine 55mcg (100% RDA): Extremely fast absorbing selenium bound to the amino acid methionine – Selenium has been shown to contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress as well as contibuting to normal thyroid function.



Complete Thermogenic™


Complete Thermogenic™ incorporates an exciting array of research-proven nutrients to help you achieve your goals, with old favourites such as Green Tea and Caffeine, alongside newer ingredients such as Raspberry Ketones and BioPerine®, Complete Thermogenic™ is clearly an industry leading formula.

The inclusion of Caffeine, in particular, ensures that Complete Thermogenic™ contributes to a reduction in perceived exertion during exercise. Perceived exertion is how hard you think you’re exercising, and, as such, is of great benefit for anyone looking to further increase their training intensity.


  • Contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism
  • Reduced perceived rate of exertion
  • 9 potently dosed ingredients
  • Explicitly listed dosages
  • High Strength Green Tea Extract
  • High Dose Citrus Aurantium


Unlike the vast majority of  competitor supplements, the exact quantity of each ingredient in Complete Thermogenic™ is clearly listed. We don’t need to hide behind ‘proprietary blends,’ or any other fancy marketing terms – we’re proud that each ingredient in Complete Thermogenic™ is appropriately dosed and want to share that with you. What’s more, we ensure that each ingredient is of the absolute highest potency and purity available.

Vegetarians and Vegans will also be pleased to know that Complete Thermogenic™ uses V-Caps as opposed to gelatin capsules!


Citrus Aurantium 450mg

Also known as Bitter Orange Peel. Complete Thermogenic™ packs in a huge 450mg per daily serving of the purest Citrus Aurantium available – more than any other leading brand.

Green Tea 95% 300mg

The highest strength Green Tea Extract has been included, containing an unrivalled 95% EGCG content.

Caffeine 300mg

Caffeine contributes to increased endurance performance and also reduces the rate of perceived exertion (RPE), which is how hard you think you’re exercising.

Raspberry Ketones 150mg

Complete Thermogenic™ includes ultra-pure EU compliant Raspberry Ketones at an impressive 150mg per daily serving.

Cayenne Pepper 150mg

Cayenne extract is one of the hottest substances known to man (don’t worry; you won’t be able to taste it!).

L-Tyrosine 200mg

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is, chemically, a pre-cursor to adrenaline.

L-Theanine 150mg

Theanine is the main amino acid found in Green Tea.

BioPerine® 5mg

This is the trademarked version of Black Pepper Extract, which ensures that it is the absolute highest quality available.

Chromium Picolinate 1mg

Chromium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels.

Myprotein fat burning stack offer

Running wild

If you require additional help to cut away excess body fat the correct diet and exercise plan is essential. Combining strength, metabolic conditioning and cardio routines in the correct combination will bring about the best results. The additional extras in the weight loss bundle will act as the icing on the cake keeping your body primed to tap into those excess fat stores. There is a YouTube body weight metcon posted below.

Key ingredients to assist your diet plan. Follow the link and enter my code to get 10% off.




Whether you’re striving to attain your ideal body shape, trying to shed a jean size or simply following a new lifestyle regime to boost your health, Myprotein’s products are here to offer you support every step of the way.

What is included in Myprotein’s Weight Loss Bundle?

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Squash performance nutrition and recovery


The game of squash by definition, regardless of level, is a high intensity intermittent activity. Heart rates of competitive elite players can reach levels exceeding 90 % of their maximal values and VO2 scores in excess 0f 85 %. Matches at any level can last from 40-90 minutes with recovery between points (10-20 secs) and games (90secs) relatively short.

Fuel substrates utilised during matches tend to lean toward carbohydrate metabolsm see image below for fuels used at different exercise intensities:


Intensity % HRmax % Carbohydrate % Fat
65 to 70 40 60
70 to 75 50 50
75 to 80 65 35
80 to 85 80 20
85 to 90 90 10
90 to 95 95 5
100 100 0

Carbohydrate stores, muscle and liver glycogen ect, will directly effect performance during matches so there are definite strategies we can employ to maximise our performance on court.

There are also so some extra little nutritional tricks we can take advantage of to delay the onset of fatigue or speed up our recovery from matches and training.

I will outline 3 key areas and what to consume during each

1. pre match

2. during match

3. post match

Pre match

Leading up to a competition, you should be tapering your training (doing less training) and continuing to eat foods rich in carbohydrate with moderate protein intake. On the day of competition, if you’ve followed the above instructions, all the work will be done and your food intake won’t need to be particularly tailored. The most important rule is to keep fat intake low on the day of competition and only to use high GI carbohydrates during exercise.

Breakfast should be wide-ranging in carbohydrate, so breakfast cereal is a good choice, or something like beans on toast without butter on the bread. If you have to eat something in the hour approaching competition, make sure that it’s an energy bar and not a gel or energy drink, because the latter products will lift blood sugar levels and drop them low just before you compete. High GI products are for use during competition/training only.

During match

 60-90grams of carbohydrate per hour using any combination of  gel, bar or energy drink.

Frequent consumption of Exceed energy will provide some fuel, but just as importantly it will provide hydration, because every 1% of bodyweight lost through dehydration will result in a 5% decrease in performance.

Exceed is pretty good choice for an energy drink during see it here

These gels have been well used and reviewed highly see them here

Post match 

Ingest an appropriate measure of Hurricane recovery within 15 minutes of finishing exercise read more about it here  at Myprotein

This will ensure that you are fully restocked with carbohydrate and provide enough protein for muscle damage repair.

But also adding these

Additional 2 products to really drive home your recovery

D-ribose      see it here

D Ribose occurs naturally in all living cells. It is a simple sugar that begins the metabolic process for ATP production. D Ribose works synergistically with creatine and may improve the benefits of this.

D Ribose has been proven to help increase muscular energy, boost stamina, and help recovery. D Ribose is also a very efficient way to improve your energy when working out. It is involved in the synthesis of ATP in the muscle cell giving you greater energy production for longer.

Beta Alanine      see it here

Beta Alanine is a non-essential amino acid and is the only naturally occurring beta-amino acid. Beta Alanine works with L-Histidine to increase Carnosine concentration in the skeletal muscle and reduce lactic acid formation.Ideal for anyone participating in sports that require explosive actions such as sprinting, weight training or boxing and those involved in prolonged endurance exercise

If you fuel yourself properly during training, you’ll be able to train harder and stimulate greater physical adaptation.

Additional products can enable you to fuel yourself whilst you’re exercising, thus preserving your valuable carbohydrate stores and a well-timed recovery drink after exercise will re-stock those stores and re-build damaged muscle tissue significantly more effectively than ‘normal’ food. This will mean that you can finish a hard session still feeling fresh and then go out the following day and do it again.

Poor nutrition would result in a degradation of the quality of your training sessions and accumulating tiredness.

All product links are listed below

Exceed drink

Energy bar

Hurricane recovery

Beta Alanine

D Ribose

Energy gel
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The hidden health benefits of probiotics

probiotics and your health are directly linked in more ways than one. Read on to find out how they can help you.


Probiotic Benefits Begin in the GUT

The first and most overlooked reason that our digestive tract is critical to our health is because 80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract! In addition to the impact on our immune system, our digestive system is the second largest part of our neurological system. It is called our enteric nervous system and is located in our gut. This is why it is called our second brain!

Many people with health issues such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism, and many other conditions do not realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.

“According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), upward of 60 to 70 million People are affected by digestive diseases.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut then cells in your body!

Probiotic benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin.

Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for:

Producing vitamin B-12, butyrate and vitamin K2
Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast and fungi
Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria
Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T Cells
Probiotics have been in our systems right from the moment that we stepped into the world. When a newborn is in the birth canal of the mother during delivery, that’s when the baby is exposed to the bacteria of his or her mother for the first time. This event starts a chain of events inside the baby’s GI tract, and the infant’s GI tract starts to produce good bacteria.

Most people, including children, are in need of a probiotic boost due to the use of prescription medication particularly antibiotics as well as high carbohydrate diets, the consumption of chlorinated and fluoridated water, and conventional foods such as non-organic meat and dairy that contain antibiotic residues. These chemicals kill off probiotics in your system, which over time will damage your digestive tract.2

How Probiotics Work

Your gut contains both beneficial and harmful bacteria. Digestive experts agree that the balance of gut flora should be approximately 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad bacteria.

If this ratio gets out of balance, the condition is known as dysbiosis, which means there is an imbalance of too much of a certain type of fungus, yeast or bacteria that is affecting the body in a negative way. By consuming certain types of probiotics foods and supplements you can help bring these ratios back into balance.

here is where a good quality  probiotic supplement fits in and they are available here


For £9.99

The reluctant training session

I don’t want to train today………..

my legs are tired from my squash match last night, which I lost! I’m still recovering from the 14  miles I ran on Sunday, the row I did on Monday made my hip tight ect ect ect ect the list goes onnnnnnnnnn. Truth is I don’t want to train quite often these days when I haven’t slept well because the baby was up, or because I was up at 5 am for the last 4 days again the list could go on. but it won’t because I know that I will train today and I will enjoy it when it’s over. and this is often the crucial area that makes me do it.

I will choose to place my focus on how I will feel after the session and as always I will feel better. the endorphins will flow. I will enjoy the struggle. I will make my body bend to the will of my mind or vice versa. I hear a lot of excuses about why people haven’t trained or done it this week, because of this or because of that reason. I had a friend who trained with me a couple of years back and we were doing hill sprints and after a couple of them he turned to me and asked through the tears and sweat “why the f**k are we doing this to ourselves” I replied “because the harder we push it now the better it will feel afterwards”.

I then asked him what he was thinking whilst he was sprinting up the hill and he said “how much it f*****g hurts!” and this is often the key difference to doing the session in the first place. If I focus on how much its hurting I don’t want to do it anymore, but if I can push my focus to a point beyond this, where I am experiencing the satisfaction of finishing and the rush this brings, then I actually want to complete what I’m doing for this reason.

Another good friend of mine, who I used to train with a lot, would punish himself in the sessions we would put together to unimaginable levels to get the job done. He had a saying when he needed to get switched on that he would use to get him focused ‘I’m going dark side’ and he would then smash whatever it was we had planned to do! Where this dark side was I’m not sure. But it worked for him. And so, although I’m not feeling particularly up for it, it’s getting done one way or another because my focus is beyond the dark side and into the light on the other side.

4 x 800m run 200m recovery between sets

Two rounds of

20 Burpees

20 Kettlebell clean & presses each arm

20 Kettlebell swings

20 Split Lunges

20 Wood Choppers

500 m Row

optimal guide to exercise recovery R4 System

protein shake Recovery from exercise is a big thing for me for a couple of reasons

#1 i am now over 35 and my recovery ability has slowly declined over the last 4 years or so and most noticeably in the last 2 years for definite.

#2 i play and compete in two sports at opposite ends of the energy system continum. i play squash at a reasonably high level (fast twitch, power endurance, agility, explosive in nature ect) and i run marathons, sometimes above marathon distance (slow twitch, pure endurance, oxidative ect).

so i have to section my training into phases, when im building up for a race my squash/power training is reduced and i start to find it more difficult moving and reacting quickly on court but i continue to play matches whilst my run milage goes up. when im building up to a match or season in squash i reduce my runs to a maximal of 4/5 miles a session because it serves no real purpose for me in regards to my movement on court and it always leaves my legs heavy and sluggish when playing.

But inevitably there will be an overlap between running and playing and it is in these areas that i find myself most fatigued. tired after matches, tired and irritable later in the day after runs and generally more achy legged waking up in the mornings.

my recovery nutrition has always been pretty good in either area, i take on board carbs and protein post exercise but it has never been an exact science and i have never been really keen on throwing in loads of sugar after training anyway. for a long time i’ve struggled to strike a balance between taking in enough food to keep me fuelled optimally and recovering so that im fresh to play or train again.

i have read loads and experimented extensively with some success and eventually came accross the work of Edmund Burke and his book Optimal Muscle Recovery. Link to the book below:


in the book he advocates his R4 system of recovery which essentially gives you precise numbers for what you should be consuming post exercise, the 4 Rs are as follows

Restore fluid and electrolytes

Replenish glycogen rapidly

Reduce muscle and immune system stress

Rebuild muscle protein

its not ground breaking or particularly new in principle but the real science for me was how far my numbers were out when putting in recovery nutrients post exercise. i have always been stacked pretty equal between protein and carb ratios but based on Burke’s recommendations a ratio of 4:1 in favour of carb to protein would assist in rebuilding my glycogen stores and essentially restocking my energy stores more quickly. he writes at length about why this is optimal and the science seems practical.

in addition to the R4 above he recommends some add on nutrients that are not essential but have been proven in some literature to assist the recovery process. some of these i added and found of no real benefit but these 3 i did find particularly useful.

1. D-ribose

What is D Ribose Powder?

D Ribose occurs naturally in all living cells. It is a simple sugar that begins the metabolic process for ATP production. D Ribose works synergistically with creatine and may improve the benefits of this.

D Ribose Powder Benefits

D Ribose has been proven to help increase muscular energy, boost stamina, and help recovery. D Ribose is also a very efficient way to improve your energy when working out. It is involved in the synthesis of ATP in the muscle cell.

2. Beta Alanine

What is Beta Alanine?

Beta Alanine is a non-essential amino acid and is the only naturally occurring beta-amino acid.

Benefits of Beta Alanine

Beta Alanine works with L-Histidine to increase Carnosine concentration in the skeletal muscle and reduce lactic acid formation.

Who is Beta Alanine Suitable for?

Ideal for anyone participating in sports that require explosive actions such as sprinting, weight training or boxing and those involved in prolonged endurance exercise.

 3. L-Glutamine

When you begin exercising, whatever the type and duration, your body starts to break down amino acids in your muscle tissue by a process called catabolism. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid within the muscle tissue, which means that levels can be significantly depleted after exercise.  Your body cannot synthesise enough to fully replenish itself and consuming solid foods such as meat, fish and eggs which contain this amino acid can be impractical immediately after your workouts.

What are the Key benefits?

  • Supplementing with L-Glutamine (particularly post-workout) can help to restore amino acid levels that are diminished during your workout. Restoring these will provide a fundamental building block for new proteins to be manufactured to help with recovery.

Putting it all together

after some experimenting my recovery shake if you like looks something like this give or take what i have available.

Two scoops of recovery Evo from Myprotein which covers my Carb/Protein, electrolytes, vitamin C and glutamine requirements and one scoop each of D Ribose and Beta Alanine, sometimes i add some fruit juice to top up the carb levels.

my recovery is probably at least 25% better overall and i am far less tired most of the time after matches or training sessions. Burke suggests in his book that endurance is increased upto 55% and muscle damage reduced by 36%. whether these numbers are as high for me is debateable but i definietly feel the benefits.

Guide lines are below.

Carbs consume between 0.8 and 1.2 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight as quickly as possible after your training session.

You should include about 0.3 to 0.4 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight in your recovery shake.

Links to the stuff i use, enter this code and get 10 % off the order MARKPOTTERSITE10

Recovery evo                http://tidd.ly/e18fa628

Beta Alanine                 http://tidd.ly/207cd021

D-ribose                         http://tidd.ly/7f28564f