Vintage Burn Review
Vintage Burn is a fat burning supplement made by Old School Labs. These guys make a wide range of bodybuilding supplements, from BCAAs and multivitamins to testosterone support and joint health pills.
According to Old School Labs, Vintage Burn is not like all the other fat burners out there.
What marks Vintage Burn out from the rest is its ability to “distinguish” between fat and muscle. Or so the manufacturers claim anyway.
But is that actually possible?
And more importantly, can Vintage Burn actually deliver on this claim?
Let’s take a closer look at Vintage Burn and see if this supplement has the substance to back up its bold marketing.
Vintage Burn Ingredients
You will never be able to properly judge a supplement by just looking at what the manufacturers say.
User reviews can only tell you so much as well, because people can be easily tricked by the placebo effect, and you never know what individual are doing behind the scenes to accelerate their cut.
The only way to properly judge whether or not a supplement is right for you is to look at the formula. What ingredients does it contain? Are the serving sizes optimal? Can the formula do everything the manufacturers say it can? Is it worth the money?
Let’s take a close look at the Vintage Burn formula and see if this fat burner is all it’s cracked up to be.
Here’s the Vintage Burn ingredient list:
What do these ingredients do exactly? Here’s a brief overview of each Vintage Burn ingredient:
Green Tea Leaf Extract
This is a superb fat burning ingredient. It is so safe, reliable, cheap and effective, that every high quality fat burner needs to contain a sizable serving.
As far as serving size goes, 330mg is pretty good. Many top supplements contain more than 330mg, but many more contain far less. This is definitely enough to have an effect on your ability to quickly cut fat and retain muscle.
The workings of green tea extract is covered elsewhere on this site in more detail, so I will just focus on the main reason that we are interested in this substance.
Green tea contains catechins. One of these catechins, EGCG, has been proven to be incredibly effective at promoting lipolysis, or in other words, it promotes the breakdown of fat stores.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
Green coffee beans are, quite simply, coffee beans in their raw, unadulterated form. The brown beans that you are familiar with are green coffee beans that have been roasted.
The fact that they have not undergone the roasting process means that they possess certain properties that their roasted counterparts do not. Unlike roasted coffee beans, green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid.
Lots of bloggers have been, mistakenly in our opinion, perpetuating the idea that chlorogenic acid prevents carbohydrate uptake. However, if you actually look at the most recent studies done on chlorogenic acid, you will see that it actually aids weight maintenance by inhibiting early insulin secretion.
To put it simply, this stuff seems to be able to weaken the body’s “storage” signal that usually triggers after you eat simple carbohydrates.
You can learn a lot more about this wonderful compound on our ingredients guide.
If you are even remotely interested in health and fitness these days, you will have heard of the whole “ketogenic diet” thing.
This kind of diet is less than ideal for anyone looking to retain a decent level of muscle and athleticism while they lose fat. However, supplementing with raspberry ketones has very little to do with the keto diet.
Raspberry ketones are the compounds responsible for a raspberry’s distinct aroma, yet the ketones found in most supplements are not derived from raspberries themselves, but rather are made industrially. This is because the cost of isolating them from raspberries is prohibitively high.
Now, scientists observed that the sort of ketones found in raspberries, blackberries, and so on exert a significant fat-burning effect on fat cells that they are exposed to.
However, these observations have only been made in vitro (i.e in a test tube under lab conditions). To replicate the same kind of concentrations used in the lab on a human scale would require far more than the few hundred milligrams found in Old School Labs’ Vintage Burn.
This seems, therefore, to be a bit of a poor choice of ingredient!
Olive Leaf Extract
This is a very interesting choice of ingredient.
To our team, it immediately seemed like an ingredient included for health and longevity considerations, which we always appreciate.
For starters, Olive Leaf Extract is thought to protect against LDL cholesterol oxidation. In layman’s terms, this means that it can prevent LDL from being oxidized into a form that is thought to contribute to a number of different cardiovascular diseases and issues.
The phenolic compounds in Olive Leaf Extract are what seem to give this stuff its ability to protect against LDL oxidation (ref).
It also appears that this particular extract is able to keep blood pressure low. This is of trivial interest to bodybuilders looking to shed body fat before a contest, or for serious athletes looking to drop a weight class, but it is a good benefit nonetheless.
Most interesting from our point of view if Olive Leaf Extract’s potential as a regulator of insulin sensitivity.
This study found that “supplementation with olive leaf polyphenols for 12 weeks significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic β-cell secretory capacity in overweight middle-aged men at risk of developing the metabolic syndrome.”
Again though, your insulin sensitivity “improves” as you lose weight, and most people who visit this site probably already eat extremely well. For 99% of you guys, insulin sensitivity is not a problem.
This therefore seems like another ingredient that could have been left out.
It clearly has some excellent health benefits, but these are of interest to people who have problems with insulin sensitivity and are at risk of developing serious heart conditions. There are no real “fat burning” effects to speak of.
This is an absolute staple and should feature, in one form or another, in every professional fat loss supplement.
“Slimming pills” and all those other potentially dangerous rip-off supplements usually contain a huge load of caffeine and a few other stimulants, and little in the way of real, targeted fat burners.
However, when used correctly as part of a balanced, well thought-out formula, caffeine is lethal to fat.
The main benefit that caffeine gives the serious athlete while shredding is its ability to push you through your workouts without actually providing you with any extra fuel.
Caffeine reduces the perception of fatigue, allowing you to push through the barriers and totally deplete your energy reserves when you might otherwise feel too exhausted to finish that last set.
Bacopa Leaf Extract
Bacopa monnieri is now found in lots of supplements, but it is usually found in herbal products designed to assist with cognition.
People interested in that sport of thing will know Bacopa as one of the best nootropics available.
Yet here it is, in a supplement that is supposed to be a focused, professional fat burner.
We have done plenty of digging and we can’t find any convincing evidence to suggest that Bacopa leaf extract deserves a place in a product designed to help people cut weight.
As always, it’s important that you do your own research, but we’ll be impressed if you can find something convincing. Examine.com would be a good place to start.
You can find out more about some of these ingredients in our Ultimate Fat Burning Supplement Guide. Only the best ingredients are featured on this list, so the closer the formula matches this list, the better!
Can Vintage Burn Tell Fat From Muscle?
The short answer to this question is; no, no it can’t.
The long answer is; no, but if you use it correctly, you can make sure that you burn fat quicker than you lose muscle mass.
If fat burners are used in conjunction with a correctly ordered diet, intense training, and a stress-free, healthy lifestyle (plenty of sleep you lot!), then you can indeed make sure that you lose fat much quicker than you lose muscle.
In fact, you can lose as much fat as you want while retaining practically all of your muscle mass (retaining all of it is pretty much impossible, with or without steroids).
Yet that is true of most fat burning supplements. Well, the ones that actually work at all anyway.
In our opinion, there is nothing special in Vintage Burn which makes it work better than any other fat burner on the market today.
The only thing in vintage Burn that we think might cause some users some discomfort would be the caffeine content.
However, caffeine is a pretty standard ingredient in modern fat burners. It helps keep you focused and motivated through your workouts while dieting, and it has some other effects which help speed up the fat loss process.
So if you are sensitive to caffeine in amounts as small as that found in Vintage Burn, then you will find many fat burning supplements unsuitable. There are lots out there without caffeine of course, but the majority will contain some kind of natural stimulant.
Other than caffeine, there is very little in Vintage Burn to cause concern for the vats majority of people.
Should I Buy Vintage Burn?
Vintage Burn is obviously a very popular fat burning supplement.
We can see from forums and social media that many serious athletes (usually bodybuilders) use Vintage Burn to lose extra body fat as quickly as they can.
Like most fat burners, when used correctly, Vintage Burn can help you maximise fat loss while minimising muscle depletion during a cut.
However, there are unquestionably better supplements out there to help you lose fat as quickly as possible.
More importantly, other supplements are more focused on helping you cut fat while retaining muscle.