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BSN Finish First Clean Fat Burner Review

Finish First Clean Fat Burner is BSN’s new fat-burner which is part of the Clean Series, along with Clean Creatine and Clean Pre-Workout…

BSN Clean Fat-Burner

Green Coffee Extract

Green Coffee Extract contains Chlorogenic Acid which has been shown to block carbohydrate absorption in humans, thus mimicking the effects of a reduced carb-diet.

We discuss the weight-loss implications of Green Coffee Extract in-depth in this article.  It may be moderately effective for weight-loss when taken consistently prior to high-carb meals, but it’s no miracle fat-burner on its own.

BSN lists the amount of Green Coffee Extract in Finish First Clean Fat-Burner at 200mg per serving, meaning users should shoot for 2-3 servings daily to achieve an effective dose of Chlorogenic Acid.

Caffeine

Caffeine is probably the most common single ingredient among stimulant-based fat-burners because it releases Noradrenaline, a potent fat-burning neurotransmitter/hormone.  Though the practical fat-burning effects of Caffeine may vary considerably depending on individual tolerance level, it can be helpful for kick-starting the fat-burning process and ultimately makes for a solid addition to the Clean Fat-Burner formula.

Cissus Quadrangularis

Cissus Quadrangularis is most popular as a joint and bone health supplement, though it does pop up from time to time in Testosterone boosters and now, apparently, weight-loss supplements.

Cissus supplementation has been shown, in at least one study, to induce weight-loss but the mechanism of action is entirely unknown and further studies are confounded with the addition of ingredients like Green Tea Extract, so there isn’t much to go on.

In the context of Finish First Clean Fat-Burner, Cissus may play more of a supporting role since any weight-loss implications aren’t necessarily as direct as some of the other ingredients in the formula.

Grapefruit Bioflavonoids

Grapefruit, in its natural form, contains many bioflavonoid compounds including Naringin and Hersperedin, both of which have been studied for weight-loss fairly extensively in isolation.  BSN doesn’t list these compounds on the Finish First Clean Fat-Burner label, but we can assume that the term “Grapefruit Bioflavonoids” refers, at least in part, to these compounds or similar compounds.

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate contains Xanthines such as Caffeine and Theobromine.  Although some of these compounds may have their own distinct benefits, in the context of Finish First Clean Fat-Burner, it’s best to just consider Yerba Mate another source of Caffeine (yielding 10mg), bringing the total Caffeine content to 125mg per serving.

Cayenne Pepper

Though commonly standardized for Capsaicin content alone, Cayenne also contains other compounds, collectively referred to as Capsaicinoids, which include Dihydrocapsaicin and Nordihydrocapsaicin.

A 2007 study noted an increase in fat oxidation (relative to placebo) during low intensity exercise in healthy adult males who consumed 150mg of capsaicin one hour before exercise.

Elsewhere, different Capsinoids (possibly also found in Cayenne), have been shown to exert similar effects.  While Cayenne Pepper is not likely to induce drastic weight-loss by itself, it does certainly help to round out the thermogenic component of Thermogenic Shred.

The Bottom Line

Finish First Clean Fat-Burner is pretty light on the stimulants, with only 125mg of Caffeine per serving total.  That said, it does contain a few non-stimulant weight-loss ingredients which may be moderately effective if taken continuously for several weeks.  Multiple servings (2-3) daily would yield effective doses of just about all key ingredients so Finish First Clean Fat-Burner may be worth a shot for those looking for a not-so-stimulant-intensive weight-loss formula.

Still don’t know which fat-burner is right for you?  Check out our Top 10 Fat-Burners List!

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