If you have been pursuing fitness with an interest in trimming down and toning up, then chances are you will have heard the term ‘thermogenics’.
Thermogenics are types of supplements designed to amp up your body’s metabolism, therefore aiding in the process of metabolising fat.
Your metabolism is responsible for many of the different chemical reactions that take place within your body, including the processing of energy, which is why speeding up our metabolism usually means feeling more energised. It is also your metabolism that determines how quickly your body chooses to utilize energy that has been stored, or how much excess energy gets stored as fat, which is why people with naturally fast metabolisms tend to stay relatively slim despite what they eat.
How thermogenics work is by raising your core temperature and speeding up all the normal healthy functions within your body. This speeds up your metabolic function which in turn accelerates the rate in which your body chews through fat cells.
There are many beneficial side effects to using thermogenics, including regulating insulin levels, increasing your energy levels to allow you to push harder for longer, and many have appetite suppressing effects as well. However, it is important to note that there are also some negative side effects depending on the type of thermogenics you are using, as well as your current health and level of fitness.
Pregnant woman, people with heart conditions including high blood pressure, people who suffer from nervous disorders and people who are sensitive to stimulants should all avoid using thermogenics. If you are considering any type of commercial grade thermogenic, it is always advisable that you first consult your doctor and fitness professional to find out which, if any, would be most appropriate for you. It is important to know just what you are taking, and if there are any potential side effects you should be aware of.
Some ingredients found in many of the commercial grade thermogenics, such as bitter orange, ephedra, garcinia cambogia and pyruvate, have been documented to cause some rather unpleasant side effects.
Some of these include:
- Heart palpitations
- Gastrointestinal complaints
People with pre-existing heart conditions or people that misuse these thermogenics can experience some very serious side effects.
Some of these include:
- Heart attack
The good news? There are many thermogenics out there that are considered healthier, more natural and safer to use. Don’t dismiss them just because they don’t have a sales team behind them promoting their benefits, they can still help you achieve all of the benefits of those commercial grade supplements.
Some ‘natural’ thermogenics to keep an eye out for include:
- Green tea
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
As with any supplements, it is always best to check with your healthcare professional and only use them as directed.