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Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Weight LossThermogenics and weight loss go together but it’s quite interesting to find out why it really works. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in the warm-blooded animals. The role of thermogenesis is to maintain the temperature of body so that it can function optimally. The human body utilizes most of its calories in maintaining normal metabolic functions such as ingestion, digestion, and essential processes such as heart beat, respiration, brain activity and regular physical activity.

Thermogenesis can be classified in 3 different types. The first one is “exercise induced thermogenesis” in which the muscles are heated up with physical activity or exercise to function more effectively. The second one, is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”(NEAT) which includes generating heat through shivering. The third type is the “diet induced thermogenesis” (DIT) where the production of heat occurs after eating. The last one is directly responsible for managing weight because some foods can enhance thermogenesis. These foods have high fiber content and are normally low in calories.

Good examples of thermogenic foods include spices such as red hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, a pungent flavored substance that enhances thermogenesis. Piperine is another thermogenic substance found in black pepper. It promotes thermogenesis by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The good-for-everything coconut oil can also promote thermogenesis as it contains great amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to retard the accumulation of fat in the body.

Ginger and green tea can also be considered thermogenic foods. Green tea contains two important chemicals polyphenols called the catechins and caffeine, which are both known to encourage thermogenesis. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract and can enhance thermogenesis with a potential impact in weight management.

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One Response to “Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works”

  1. Jaime Peca says:

    Such a great article with lots of info about thermogenenis. I found a great supplement I used called thermofit and love that it doesnt give me jitters. I find alot do, is this the norm ?

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