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Thermogenesis Weight Loss

What is it exactly with thermogenesis weight loss?
You see these words together on many sites that promote fat burning supplements. What’s the difference with metabolism? I have also noticed a new trend about “cold thermogenesis” which seems confusing: thermogenesis is all about heat production, so, “cold thermogenesis”, hmm, really??

Do you know what Seth Meyers would say? It’s time for a closer look ๐Ÿ™‚

In my last two posts, “Metabolism and Weight Loss” and “Fast Metabolism with Ephedrine“, we have seen that it was possible to raise your metabolism in order to burn more calories. Next to that, I have been asked about the difference between metabolism and thermogenesis: what is thermogenesis weight loss exactly? How does it work? Is it effective? And if so, how to increase your thermogenesis?

Thermogenesis Medical Definition

So what is thermogenesis from a medical point of view? It is literally the ยซ creation of heat ยป by the body, in fact a complex biochemical process that we will simplify here. Depending on what is triggering this heat production we will classify it as

  • Exercise Associated Thermogenesis when linked to intentional movement,
  • Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis when heat is produced by uncontrolled activation of muscles, typically shivering,
  • and finally DIT for Diet-Induced Thermogenesis, which is the production of heat during all processes which follow food intake, or to be specific it is the increase in energy expenditure above the Basal Metabolic Rate divided by the energy of the food intake.

Metabolism and Thermogenesis

Here is how thermogenesis and metabolism relate: your daily energy expenditure depends on your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), the energy cost of your physical activity plus your Diet-Induced Thermogenesis.
In these three functions, energy is used and heat is produced, thus thermogenesis is involved.

  • When you sleep, you still need energy to maintain your vital organs (BMR) thus thermogenesis.
  • When you have eaten, you need energy to deal with this food intake and calories will be converted to heat instead of fat thus thermogenesis.
  • Finally, when you move all day long, of course your muscle need energy and produce heat, again thermogenesis.Thermogenesis is an important component of your metabolic rate as it will determine your energy expenditure.

I really want to make it clear for you, because I see so many people confusing thermogenesis and metabolism. I have tried to explain it in easy words in my last post, so I will quote myself here ๐Ÿ™‚

Thermogenesis is the consequence and metabolism is the cause.

Here is the best picture that comes to my mind when explaining it: if your body was a house with a nice fireplace inside, metabolism would be the number of wood logs required to keep your house warm, and thermogenesis would be the fire burning the logs and producing heat.

I hope I made it clear and that you see the difference between metabolism and thermogenesis weight loss now. If not, let’s try with a video! This one is really cool because it explains a lot with analogies (glucose and money), maybe a bit long, but if you have the patience you won’t regret it:

Brown Fat or Cold Thermogenesis

Cold Thermogenesis Weight LossI will not detail how thermogenesis works at cellular level, you would be bored ๐Ÿ™‚ But still I would like to take this opportunity to explain the following biological processes because they are very important to life:

  • Brown adipose tissue: it’s where thermogenesis usually occurs, babies have a lot of this brown fat and then it reduces. Bad luck ๐Ÿ™ That’s why so many sites speak of “cold thermogenesis weight loss” currently. I have explained it in this post, but I didn’t expect these funny reactions here. Don’t miss this one ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Mitochondria: these “power plants” are subunits of our cells, specialized in the production of energy (adenosine triphosphate or ATP)
  • In a nutshell: some substances such as free fatty acids go through the mitochondrial energy process but for chemical reasons, heat is produced instead of ATP, which would have resulted in energy storage. To simplify: through thermogenesis, energy (heat) has been dissipated instead of being stocked (fat).

Thermogenesis Weight Loss

You can now easily deduct how thermogenesis can help weight loss: increasing thermogenesis would mean more energy expenditure and less fat storage.

Nice, but how could you achieve that?

There are several ways to increase thermogenesis:

  • Stimulation of some regulating hormones like norepinephrine (noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter described in our page about ephedrine) and leptin (see our article about appetite and prescription drugs for weight loss)
  • Intake of thermogenic products, such as caffeine, capsaicin found in red hot peppers, green tea (catechins), garcinia cambogia (hydroxycitric acid HCA), dioscorea villosa (Wild Yam), bitter orange (synephrine), guarana (guaranine)
  • Increase of Diet-Induced Thermogenesis through low-protein diets, emphasizing celery, garlic, parsley, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, hot peppers, fishes like salmon or tuna, and green tea of course. Other diets insist on low glycemic foods: seeds, nuts, brown rice, eggs, chicken breast, cheese, fruits and vegetables.

Thermogenesis and Ephedrine

Let’s sum it up. More thermogenesis means less fat storage, for sure. Thermogenesis and metabolism walk hand in hand, raising them will help your weight loss. But if you want serious results, don’t put your hopes on pills that focus on thermogenesis only. Except if you’re ready to wait for years to see some effects ๐Ÿ™‚

I have started this blog more than 5 years ago and the best way and quickest to lose weight is still the same: ephedra alkaloids or ephedrine, either alone or stacked with caffeine. You know, this famous combination called EC stack (E for Ephedrine and C for Caffeine) which has synergistic effects, meaning that the effects of both products taken together is higher than the effects of each products taken separately). Ephedrine is by far the best way to boost your metabolism and your thermogenesis. Add a smart diet and some exercise to an EC stack and you will lose weight as humanly possible.

So don’t be distracted by the new “magic pill”, I understand that these marketing people try regularly new angles to sell you weight loss pills, but again, nothing, not even prescription pills can beat ephedrine plus caffeine if you do it right, in all legality and safety, as explained everywhere in this site.

-Mike Budd

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Metabolism and Weight Loss

As you know, metabolism and weight loss are deeply intertwined.
My last post was all about how to raise your metabolism but in fact I realize it just raised more questions ๐Ÿ™‚

“OK, metabolism can cause overweight, but again,ย  what is it exactly?”

“How do I know if I have a slow metabolism?”

OK, let’s step back and answer these questions.

What is the Medical Definition of Metabolism?

Said in easy words, metabolism is the minimal energy required daily by your body to survive.

Now the medical definition :

The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the energy required by your vital organs when your sympathetic nervous system is not stimulated. It is the minimal energy expended by your lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, skin, muscles etc. when sleeping.

The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is just the same measure but at rest, not when sleeping.

How Do You Measure Metabolism?

The unit of measure is calories, as Basal and Resting Metabolic Rates measure energy.

In common words, they represent the minimum number of calories burnt per day to cover your vital functions. Your basal metabolic rate represents approximately 70% of the total number of calories burnt daily.

What is the Link between Metabolism and Thermogenesis?

Thermogenesis is the consequence and metabolism is the cause.

Your body requires energy for its basic functions and consuming this energy produces heat: this process of heat creation is called thermogenesis.

Let’s picture this: if your body was a house with a nice fireplace inside, metabolism would be the number of wood logs required to keep your house warm, and thermogenesis would be the fire burning the logs and producing heat.

Any Idea of Your Own Metabolic Rate?

We have several medical surveys that measure metabolic rates based on weight, height, age and sex. Based on that, you have many online tools that will do the guess work for you. You just have to enter these values (your weight, age etc) and you get a fair approximation of your BMR. Careful though: some sites don’t mention if they estimate your Basal Metabolic Rate or your Resting Metabolic Rate, in that case run and try other ones ๐Ÿ™‚

Metabolism and Weight Loss: Why Should You Care?

It’s important since it will give you an idea of your minimum energy needs per day. Thus, you can compare to your calories taken in food and beverages and realize what is burnt and what is stocked as fat for future usage (in theory).

Is Metabolism Linked to Fat?

There are several aspects in this question:

Your fat mass plays a role in your metabolic rate, but fat cells (adipocytes) require very few calories to keep alive, compared to your lean body mass which is much more active and which burns many more calories.

That’s why you always hear that it is important to keep your muscle mass, because it will burn many calories even at rest, where fat cells could be stocked for years at very low cost of energy.

As a consequence, your fat mass will increase you metabolic rate, but in a low proportion.
In other words, you will need more calories to stay fat! Your food intake will be used to cover higher energy needs (your metabolic rate plus your daily activity) and as usual, the surplus will be stocked as fat in your adipocytes.The only way to break this vicious circle is to destock fat.

This brings me finally back to my previous post: how to raise your metabolism in order to lose weight. I hope that these explanations gave you a better understanding of this key physiological process, metabolism. From my experience, knowing how your body works is a crucial step to your overall health.

-Mike Budd

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How to Boost Your Slomo Metabolism

I would like to come back to what I’ve called the “Weight Loss Ratched Effect“:

  • sometimes you can’t lose weight even if you eat less and exercise more
  • or you gain weight with the same nutrition and energy expenditure!

Weight Loss Ratchet EffectMany of us have already experienced it: you seem to be stuck with this fat especially around your midsection. Obviously your age must play a role, but not only: I’m not so old and and I went through this plateau several times ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me illustrate this with one of the emails I get on this topic.
I’m sorry to confess that I didn’t ask this nice lady for permission to quote her ๐Ÿ™ so I will change her first name and, to be forgiven, I will tell her later that she has probably helped many people with her story ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a copy/paste of our emails, with 2 changes only: I have cut parts that are out of topic and changed her first name to Rachel, instead of C.. oops! just kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰


Hi Mike –
just found your website and subscribed to your newsletter this afternoon. It’s great content that you’ve provided and I’m finding it extremely helpful. (…) I’m 42 and it great health but with a demanding desk job and the fight against age and an increasingly slower metabolism, I’ve noticed that I seem to be working out the same but not losing the fat I’m trying to lose. So I’ve been researching the responsible use of E and (…)
Would love your opinion, as well as whether or not it’s possible to order E online from other countries.
Regards,
Rachel


Hi Rachel,
Nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks for your kind words!
I fully understand this plateau effect because I’ve been through this several times!
My advice in a nutshell:
– Try to vary: nutrition and workout – you want to break your “physiological routines”. What has worked for me was to focus on different muscle groups and intensity.
– Did you try pre & post workout supplements? They help a lot.
– (…)
So give it a try and let me know ๐Ÿ™‚
Take care,
Mike


HI Mike –
Thanks for the response. I know it’s been a while but I’ve been traveling for work the past two weeks and this is the first chance I’ve had to revisit this! As for your questions, I do try to mix up my workouts, but I don’t see the same results that I used to – honestly! And I feel like I’m truly fighting my age and slower metabolism because I’ve only felt this way and noticed changes in my body over the past year yet my routines have not changed.
I don’t use pre or post workout supplements – I’m not looking to get big, just tone and lose some fat.
(…)
Also, I LOVE reading the content on your site!
Thanks Mike –
Rachel


Slomo Metabolism Emails

 


OK, what does it tell us?

“Rachel” is exactly experiencing what I said in introduction: sometimes your metabolism seems to be on slow motion.

You know I’m not a physician so I wanted an expert view on this case by the MDs in our team, namely Mary, my wife, and my dear friend Laurence, who is endocrinologist.
To be honest I understood only half of what they said ๐Ÿ˜‰
So I took a lot of notes and here is a kind of summary.

If you are like Rachel, if you gain weight without changes in your lifestyle (probably due to age) or if you have tried really hard to lose weight without noticeable results, then this is for you.
And when I say “really hard”, with all respect, I don’t mean eating an apple in the afternoon and I will never consider shopping as exercise ๐Ÿ˜‰
I mean serious workouts as in the case of Rachel.

From what Mary and Laurence told me, you first have to rule out hormonal imbalance. The words that came again and again were: stress, adrenal fatigue, potential undiagnosed thyroid problems and for women who have reached their 40s or 50s, perimenopause.
And if I got it right, in many cases it it a mix of all these causes.

Here is the 3 steps recommendation from our MDs.

1 – Medical Support

The first step is to see your doctor who will ask for routine testing of your hormonal levels — be prepared to give some blood ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 – Lifestyle and Prevention

When serious conditions have been ruled out, it’s time to make sure that you have a healthy lifestyle.
I won’t detail here because you already know it, and if not here are some pillar articles on this topic: eat less and move more.
What I would like to add to the basics is that in your case, compared to younger people, you should consider natural products which are known to prevent hormonal imbalance. Do a quick search in reputable sites like WebMD or Mayo Clinic and avoid all crap sites that have no medical knowledge and just try to sell you snake oil and fake natural remedies (“This Little Known Chinese Herb Kills 24,000 Cancer Cells in 16 Hours!”)

3 – New Balance

Like it or not, your equation has changed ๐Ÿ™
Your metabolic rate has decreased so that what enters your mouth stays longer in your fat cells ๐Ÿ˜‰
It’s life! Due to age, you have a chronic excess of energy input compared to your energy consumption: if we were speaking of your bank account, you would be rich ๐Ÿ˜‰ but here we speak of adipocytes and health risks so “saving” more and more, year after year, is not a safe option. You have to find a new balance, either by decreasing your calories or by increasing your energy output. Good luck…

Conclusion

In my opinion, taking ephedrine before step 1 would not be a good idea. Its physiological effects would only mask the underlying symptoms and you would not build on a safe basis.
However, starting an EC stack during step 2 and 3 is a brilliant idea: you will benefit from appetite suppression, increased metabolism and higher energy level. All in all, the best way to break your current routine is to put another one in place, you don’t necessarily have to suffer during the process! So get all the support you need from the right ephedra alkaloids and just tell your friends and family later on how hard it was and that you did it on pure willpower ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mike Budd

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