The first thing I want to say is that I am not going to go into great depth about why some people don’t like the idea of using thermogens. Some people just have a hard time accepting new ideas, no matter how well supported they are. For them it’s either “I’m right” or “You’re wrong”. If you think that thermogenesis is useless then you will probably feel the need to defend yourself against me. You might even try to discredit my credentials as a scientist, but if you really want to know what I actually know about this topic, then read on…
So let’s get started!
Thermogenic Aids – What Are They?
A thermogenic aid is any substance which increases energy expenditure (or metabolism) through increased oxidation of fatty acids and ketones. There are many types of thermogenic aids, but the most common ones include caffeine, ephedrine/pseudoephedrine, nicotine and alcohol.
There are two main ways in which these substances increase energy expenditure: directly (through increasing ATP production), or indirectly (by inhibiting lipolysis).
Lipolysis is the process of fat loss, but it can only occur when your body is at a negative energy balance (calorie intake vs calorie output). By indirectly inhibiting lipolysis, thermogenic agents prevent the body from drawing on its own internal energy source (body fat) in times of low energy intake, which can be useful for people trying to lose weight while eating a high-fat diet.
The major issue with most thermogenic agents is that they are either toxic (caffeine, nicotine) or else suppress appetite to an unwelcoming degree (ephedrine, phenylethylamine). Nevertheless, they can be very helpful for people with high daily energy expenditures and low-to-moderate daily energy intakes.
How Does It Work?
Most thermogenic agents work by increasing your resting metabolic rate. This means that your body burns more calories even while you are at rest.
This increase in metabolic rate is a result of some combination of the following: increased body temperature, increased ATP production, increased Caloric expenditure and increased norepinepherine release.
What’r The Benefits?
The major benefits of using a thermogenic agent are:
Weight loss, obviously.
Increased endurance during exercise. (This is due to the increasein body temperature, which results in a decrease in fatigue sensation).
Increased strength (especially with caffeine supplementation).
Now it’s your turn to decide…
Can these thermogenic agents really offer benefits to the everyday person?
Well if you’re just an average person who exercises once a week and doesn’t have much weight to lose, then no they probably won’t help you out.
However, if you are someone who exercises on a daily basis, or exercises intensely (such as a runner), then these agents may help you out by increasing your endurance and strength. Just try to keep your daily caloric intake at maintenance level in order to prevent weight gain from the increased caloric expenditure!
Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and learned a bit about thermogenic agents along the way. Thanks for reading!
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