The word “thermogenic” means heat-producing.
When your body burns calories, it is generating more heat, so supplements that boost metabolism, or burn fat, fall under the thermogenic umbrella.
Many different types of these supplements are available over the counter.
Some contain just one ingredient, while others use a combination of metabolism-boosting compounds.
The maker’s of these supplements claim that they will help you lose weight or burn more body fat, but the validity of this claim is strongly debated.
So…Do They Help You Burn Fat?
Here’s some info on a few of the most commonly used natural compounds we’ll look at to decide if they actually help in the burning of body fat.
But before we go any further…please make sure you consult your doctor before beginning any supplements that may interfer with any health conditions or other medications you are currently taking.
1. Caffeine Anhydrous
When we think of caffeine in workout supplements we instantly think of the jitters…right?!!!
Well, that’s because so many companies were putting tons of it in their supplements.
This really gave caffeine a bad rap!
If you happen to partake in the drinking of the 1.4 billion cups of coffee a day worldwide… and have ever had 1 too many cups of coffee (oops!)… you may have experienced the jittery side effects it causes.
Or, if you’ve taken a fat burning supplement filled with crazy amounts of caffeine promising all kinds of super fast results!!
Meanwhile, your heart is pounding out of your chest, and you can’t even bring a glass of water to lips without spilling it all over yourself. Ugghh!
All of that isn’t necessary to get the thermogenic results from caffeine! Let’s be reasonable…
Up to 100mg of Caffeine every 2-3 hours promotes thermogenesis
That’s all it takes to help burn away that unwanted body fat. YAY!!!!
So, if you are maybe a smaller person, or sensitive to the effects of caffeine, you may not even need 100mg every 2-3 hours.
Please pay attention to your body and listen to what it’s telling you!
2. Green Tea Extract
Green Tea has been found to be quite the incredible plant!
It can improve your general health, brain function, and reduce your risk of cancer.
But for the purpose of this article, Green Tea extract has shown to promote fat loss too 🙂
It’s the Green Tea Extract catechins that are proven to promote body fat loss
A study in the Netherlands done by Hursel R, et al, found that “Catechins significantly decreased body weight and significantly maintained body weight after a period of weight loss.”(1)
Now here’s the problem…it’s recommended that 5-6 cups per day be consumed to acheive the desired results.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can do that on a regular basis…and I LOVE my hot tea!!
Thank goddness there are thermogenic supplements, aka fat burner supplements, out there that contain Green Tea Extract 😉
3. Cayenne Pepper Powder
I LOOOOVE me some spicy, hot food!!! The hotter, the better!!!
But…I know not everybody shares my same admiration for Cayenne Peppers…
So thankfully there ARE supplements that have it in them!
If you think about it you really don’t need to look at studies to figure out that Cayenne Pepper works as a thermogenic…lol
Just try eating one and you’ll KNOW that it’s capable of raising your body temperature!!
So how does it work?
Well, Cayenne Pepper contains high amounts to capsaicin; the active ingredient that’s responsible for its ‘spice’ and is what makes chili peppers thermogenic.
But apart from helping you to burn off excess fat, Cayenne Pepper has also shown to improve your digestive health, boost your immune system and heart health too.
Cayenne Pepper plays a role in its fat burning capacity…it increases your metabolism and suppresses your appetite
YES!!!! You know me…I LOVE water!!!!
Water has shown to offer thermogenic effects AND help promote fat loss.
The best thing is, it’s free from your tap!
So there’s literally no excuse for not drinking enough water.
In order to get the best results, you need to drink at least 2-3 liters per day.
And while its burning all that fat…its flushing all the toxins out at the same time!!! Saweeeeet!!!!! 🙂
I know you’re ready to order your fat burner RIGHT NOW…but before buying, we always recommend you take a look at its nutrient profile – to see whether it contains the right ingredients that are shown to work.
Why you ask?
Because these are what will determine whether it’ll help you shred that lean machine that’s been hiding under that stubborn body fat 😉
Best of luck to you in your fat burning journey!!!
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Have a wonderful day!!
1. Hursel R, et al.“The effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance: a meta-analysis” Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Sep;33(9):956-61.