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Thermogenic Supplements for Burning Fat

About Thermogenic Supplements for Burning Fat

Thermogenics are supplements designed to assist with generating more heat. You might be asking, particularly if you live in Australia, why you would want to be more hot, unless its the middle of winter … and understandably. However, more body heat is an indication of more metabolic activity. This means more calories are expended at rest—or during activity—making it easier to get yourself into the negative energy balance required for fat loss. After all, accessing your fat stores for energy, and burning them up, is all about calories in and calories out.


If we consume less calories than we expend, then we are in a negative energy balance, and we lose weight. One very important point to remember is that most people lose muscle on weight loss programs, which is of concern, particularly with advancing age, when re-building that muscle is difficult. So, on any weight loss program that is worth its salt, we want to preserve muscle mass as much as possible. Doing so helps to reduce the risk of rebound weight gain once the weight loss program is stopped. Additionally, a muscle mass is a good indication of general protein nutrition, an important indicator of general health.

Some of the most popular and potent thermogenic supplements are capsaicin—extracted from chilli—eria jarensis, caffeine, chlorogenic acids and EGCG. A research paper published in June 2017 by The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition demonstrated that chilli consumption over a 12 week period led to an acceleration of weight loss. It was concluded that chilli—and the capsaicin contained within—reduced insulin resistance, and boosted energy expenditure and thermogenesis. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a research paper in 1999 showing that Green Tea boosted thermogenesis above and beyond what was expected from its caffeine content. It was believed that this was, at least in part, due to its content of catechins, particularly epigallocatechin-3-0-gallate (EGCG). In addition, Green tea is a valuable herbal medicine when taken to support general health, helping to enhance antioxidant status and function as an anti-viral.

There are many other thermogenic aids that can be taken to enhance the effects of fat loss programs. Chlorogenic acids from green coffee have been demonstrated in clinical trials to assist, as can the powerful herbal stimulant eria jarensis, the latter of which should only be used in moderation and for short periods of time, starting at a low dosage in order to assess tolerance. Caffeine, is of course a strong metabolic aid, helping to boost thermogenesis and calorie expenditure. This was reported all the way back in May 1980 by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition where coffee, decaffeinated coffee and pure caffeine were trialed for weight loss. Caffeine activates the sympathetic nervous system to increase energy expenditure, whether we be at rest or exercising. Of course, it’s better to be active. Many effective weight loss aids function via stimulating this aspect of the nervous system, capsaicin from chilli and eria jarensis.

Exercise is a fantastic way to support the body and its ability to change our body composition for the better. Exercising for weight loss is a really helpful tool, particularly for those people that could say they feel sluggish of focus and mood, as often this relates back to our metabolism and level of nervous system activation. For the best results, typically a routine that involves some resistance or weight bearing exercise with aerobic exercise is an effective approach. However, if you really want to get things moving high intensity interval training is very effective.