Franol is a medicine used to treat some breathing problems, however, it has been used rampantly to facilitate weight loss.
Thus, theophylline and ephedrine sulfate are the chemicals that form the medication.
Both complement each other directly, causing dilation of the bronchi and pulmonary vessels, reducing asthma symptoms, for example.
Nonetheless, only ephedrine has an effect on metabolism, and according to some studies, it manages to “facilitate” weight loss.
As the substance was banned for aesthetic purposes and Franol remains one of the drugs that contain it, people have been using the drug for weight loss, although this practice is not completely safe.
A little more about ephedrine (Frarol’s substance with slimming potential)
Ephedrine is one of the active principles of a plant, Ephedra, which has been used for over 5,000 years to treat asthma and flu-like symptoms.
According to some studies, ephedrine manages to induce and increase the use of stored fat stocks (adipose tissue) in energy.
This process would facilitate the increase in the basal metabolic rate, increasing the chances of weight loss.
Therefore, in an attempt to rebalance the body temperature, ephedrine would force the body to use fat stores.
However, the irresponsible use of ephedrine for weight loss poses a threat to people’s health, which is why it has been banned in many countries, such as Brazil.
Franol: How it acts in weight loss
Franol slims down through the action of ephedrine, which stimulates the production of noradrenaline (precursor of adrenaline).
After being released into the bloodstream, noradrenaline interacts with muscle fibers and adipocytes.
Among the effects that this interaction causes in the body are:
- Increased blood pressure;
- Acceleration of heartbeat;
- Glucose production;
- Greater distribution of blood flow to the muscles;
- Burning existing fats in adipocytes.
For this reason, Franol makes weight loss one of the side effects related to its use.
This is largely due to the increased resting energy expenditure, by increasing blood oxygen levels.
In addition, some studies claim that Franol can increase the basal metabolic rate by up to 10%, which is a high value, even in individuals with a lower basal metabolic rate, such as women and the elderly.
It is concluded that, in fact, it is not Franol that makes you lose weight, but the action of ephedrine, which was present in many slimming drugs until the prohibition by ANVISA.
Therefore, Franol’s vasoconstrictor action means that it also plays a role in thermoregulation, resulting in increased energy expenditure.
As the source of energy is removed from adipocytes, localized fat loss is more visible than weight loss itself.
Although weight loss can be one of the consequences of using Franol, this is not the main use of the remedy.
This means that using it to lose weight is not a safe attitude, as the risks do not outweigh the results.
However, there are several natural methods Proven to stimulate increased basal metabolic rate such as:
1- Practice of Physical Exercises
When performed from Monday to Friday for at least 30 minutes, they accelerate metabolism through activities.
Even the lightest physical activities like walking and cycling have effects. However, activities such as playing football, basketball, dancing or running make the body burn approximately 350 to 500 calories in just 30 minutes.
2- Reducing the amount of fat in the diet
By letting fat reserves be used as a source of energy, we are forcing the body to speed up metabolic processes.
That way, decreasing the amount of fat we eat on a daily basis can facilitate weight loss.
Mainly those fats derived from cheeses, fast foods, ice cream and stuffed biscuits.
3- Use of thermogenic teas and foods
There are natural alternatives that can promote fat loss through diet.
In this case, the thermogenic foods and teas are the best choices, as they do not pose a health risk, as long as they are consumed in the right amount.
Some examples are:
- Green Tea
- Bitter orange peel
- guarana powder
4- Apply the caloric deficit (with the help of a health professional)
O caloric deficit consists of making the body receive less energy than it consumes, that is, it happens when we follow a diet plan for weight loss, for example.
This is the best way to lose weight with fast and stable results, however it is important that the caloric deficit is achieved only under the supervision of a nutrition professional.
Risks of using Franol without a prescription
According to the medication leaflet, the risks of using Franol on its own may increase the chance of some events such as:
Contraindications and Side Effects
People who use any drug derived from xanthines should not use Franol under any circumstances. Furthermore, Franol should not be used by pregnant and lactating women.
With regard to medication side effectsthey usually happen when associated with excessive intake or without medical prescription.
In general, the main side effects that Franol can cause are:
Franol Emagrece: Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take for FRANOL to work after taking it?
In general, Franol is absorbed quickly by the organism, the effects are reproduced 1 to 2 hours after oral ingestion.
Who cannot take Franol?
Franol should not be used by patients with episodes of infarction, cardiac arrhythmias or cardiovascular diseases, as well as among those who have hyperthyroidism.
Need a prescription for Franol?
Franol is a medicine that can only be sold with a medical prescription.