For many people working to lose weight, reducing calorie intake is doable—it’s finding the time and motivation to exercise that can be challenging. Calorie-burning supplements called thermogenics can provide you with energy to work out and may help you burn more calories when you do. Unfortunately, they sometimes get a bad rap, mostly due to misunderstanding and misuse. Here’s the real lowdown on these commonly used weight loss supplements.
WHAT DO THEY DO?
When used correctly, these diet supplements are a safe way to give yourself energy, give your metabolism a boost and help you burn more calories. Don’t let the word “thermogenic” scare you. Thermogenesis is the production of heat and a thermogenic supplement simply accelerates metabolic functions.
WHAT’S IN THERMOGENIC CALORIE-BURNERS?
Caffeine has thermogenic properties and is subsequently a main ingredient in thermogenic supplements. Herbal preparations like guarana—which comes from seeds similar to coffee beans but with twice the amount of caffeine—are also a common ingredient in these types of weight loss supplements. A particular thermogenic diet supplement that contains a blend of guarana seed extract, black tea leaves extract, grape skin and seed extract, ginger root extract and dill weed extract has been shown to increase calorie-burning by up to 60 percent.
HOW SHOULD THEY BE USED?
Because thermogenic supplements contain natural stimulants like caffeine, it’s best to take the lowest recommended dosage when you first start using them. This will allow you to assess your sensitivity and adjust accordingly. Taking one 30-60 minutes prior to exercise may help you work out harder and longer, and may also help you burn more calories. You should never take more than the recommended daily dose, nor should you take a thermogenic supplement just before going to bed. Its stimulating effects may make it difficult to fall asleep and can also disrupt the quality of your sleep.
A little extra energy and metabolism boost can go a long way. When used as directed and in conjunction with a healthy exercise and diet program, thermogenic supplements can be a great tool to have in your arsenal and may help support your weight loss efforts.