In the pursuit of weight loss and improved athletic performance, many people turn to supplements and dietary aids. Among the most popular categories of these products are thermogenics. But what are thermogenics, and how do they work? In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of thermogenics.
What Are Thermogenics?
Thermogenics, often referred to as "fat burners," are dietary supplements designed to boost the body's metabolism and increase the rate at which it burns calories. They work by increasing the production of heat (thermogenesis) within the body, primarily by stimulating the central nervous system and metabolic processes. This heightened metabolic activity can lead to an increase in energy expenditure and, in turn, facilitate weight loss.
Different Types of Thermogenics
Some different types of thermogenics include:
Caffeine: Caffeine is one of the most commonly used stimulants in thermogenic supplements. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that caffeine increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation, supporting its thermogenic properties (1).
Capsicum (Capsaicin): Capsicum, the active compound found in chili peppers, has gained attention for its thermogenic properties. Research published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology demonstrated that capsaicin increased fat oxidation and had anti-obesity effects (2).
Green Tea Extract: Green tea is rich in compounds called catechins, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which are believed to have thermogenic effects. A meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Obesity concluded that green tea extract can enhance metabolism and contribute to weight loss (3).
Yohimbine: Derived from the bark of the yohimbe tree, yohimbine is a natural thermogenic compound. Studies have suggested that yohimbine may aid in fat loss by blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, leading to increased fat breakdown.
Our Thermogenic Gummies contain 1mg of Capsicum and 400mg of Green Tea to support the metabolism.
Benefits of Thermogenics
Thermogenic supplements offer several potential benefits when used as part of a comprehensive weight management plan:
Weight Loss: The primary goal of thermogenic supplements is to promote weight loss by increasing calorie expenditure. Research supports their role in enhancing fat loss when combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Enhanced Energy: Many thermogenics, including those containing caffeine, provide users with an energy boost that can improve workout performance and overall productivity.
Improved Metabolism: The thermogenic effect can lead to a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR), which means the body burns more calories even at rest.
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (1995). Metabolic effects of caffeine in humans: lipid oxidation or futile cycling? Link
- Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology. (2012). Anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects of capsaicin. Link
International Journal of Obesity. (2009). The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis. Link