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 🙂
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 « creation of heat » 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 🙂
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
I will not detail how thermogenesis works at cellular level, you would be bored 🙂 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 🙁 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 🙂
- 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 🙂
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.