Thermogenics are types of supplements that work by accelerating the rate in which your body burns through fat cells. It does this by raising your body temperature which in turn stimulates your metabolism.
Different thermogenic supplements have other effects on the body including increased energy so you can push yourself further with your workouts, regulating insulin levels and suppressing appetite.
I am a firm believer in feeding my body the energy it needs to build, repair and function at it’s optimal level and as long as I keep active, appetite suppression isn’t something I look for in supplements. However increased energy levels can be great as a pick me up when I am needing an extra boost to get me up and going.
But before you go searching for thermogenic supplements, there are a few things you should know first:
Natural form, or highly processed? Thermogenics come in many different forms and contain a wide range of ingredients. Some are very natural and can have many other health benefits, including green tea! Other more natural forms of thermogenics include guarana, calcium and essential fatty acids (EFAs).
Be aware that most of the commercial grade thermogenics you can purchase from supplement stores, gyms or fitness centres have been highly refined or processed to contain high levels of caffeine. Some even contain ingredients including citrus aurantium (bitter orange), pyruvate, garcinia cambogia and ephedra, all of which have been known to cause unpleasant and even life threatening symptoms when misused or consumed by people with pre-existing health conditions. Some of the milder symptoms include shaking, sweating, nausea, gastrointestinal complaints and headaches. Some of the severe symptoms include seizures, heart attacks, coma and even death!
Who can use them? Thermogenics are not appropriate for everyone. If you have a serious heart condition such as high blood pressure, or are pregnant or sensitive to stimulants such as caffeine then you should avoid them. As I mentioned above, some of the side effects can be quite scary!
So if thermogenics is something that interests you, make sure you do your research so that you know exactly what it is you are taking. Personally I enjoy a cup of green tea or a coffee to get that extra kick and that’s enough for me! :)