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Do Thermogenic Supplements Really Work?
By Tyler Woodward
Fat Burners, Weight Loss Supplements, Slimming shakes. They line the shelves of supplement stores and social media ads, but the question remains, do they actually work? To answer this question you have to understand how thermogenic supplements claim to work.
What Is Thermogenesis:
You and I are both humans, as humans we all share one essential quality, we consume oxygen & energy and we produce carbon dioxide, water & heat. This process is known as cellular respiration and is the fundamental process that gives us life.
Glucose + Oxygen → ATP (Usable Energy) + Carbon Dioxide + Water + Heat
Humans along with all other warm-blooded (endothermic) mammals are responsible for regulating our own internal body temperature. Meaning that your body controls its own temperature irrespective of its environment. For example,
- When it's too hot or humid your body begins to sweat to release heat from inside your body to the environment, allowing your body to cool.
- When it’s too cold you begin to shiver as a means of burning energy and generating heat
Thermogenesis is the process of producing and regulating heat throughout the body. Thermogenic supplements aim to increase the amount of energy we sue thereby increasing our internal body temperature.
*Fun Fact* - It's for this same reason that when you shiver your body hair often stands up to act as an insulation barrier. This is an evolutionary trait that we held onto despite being significantly less hairy than our ancestors.
In contrast, the internal body temperatures of cold-blooded (ectothermic) animals like snakes, fish, ect, fluctuate much more depending on their environment. Depending on the type of animal and the way they regulate their internal temperature they must either use external factors like sunlight to warm themselves up or others can cope with a lower body temperature.
- Endo - Within or Inside
- Ecto - Without or Outside
- Thermic - Temperature
Endothermic - Regulating your body temperature from within/inside
Ectothermic - Regulating your body temperature from outside
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98.6 Degrees - The Golden Ratio:
Everyone remembers being told, “98.6, 98.6, 98.6” by their elementary school teachers, nurses, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who you tried to lie to get out of going to school.
What’s so important about this number?
98.6 ℉ or 37℃ is our thermoregulatory set point (thermo -heat, regulatory - regulation). If your body temperature goes too far above this set point, your body begins to take measures to counteract it (IE sweating). If your body temperature goes too far below this set point you start to shiver to heat your body back up.
The number 98.6℉ (37℃) dates back to 1868 in which German Physician, Dr. Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, recorded over 1 million temperatures from 25,000 people and determined this to be the normal body temperature.
Body Temperature is also a great predictor of metabolism or metabolic rate. Metabolism in its simplest form is the total amount of energy that you burn. The more energy you burn, the higher your metabolic rate, the higher your body temperature.
Interestingly, body temperature varies among different mammals according to their metabolic rate. The higher the body temperature, the higher the metabolic rate of the animals. Bigger animals tend to have a lower metabolic rate because they hold a ton of fat (insulation) that efficiently maintains their internal body temperature. Smaller animals like birds have a much higher body temperature and a much higher metabolic rate. Larger animals still consume way more calories (energy) than smaller animals, but proportionally smaller animals consume much more energy. For instance, hummingbirds often eat twice their body weight in a day, while elephants eat about 4-7% of their body weight daily.
What Does This Have To Do With Thermogenic Supplements?:
Just like birds, elephants and all other mammals your body temperature is a great indicator of your metabolic rate. The higher your average body temperature throughout the day, the more calories you burn. This study found that increasing your core temperature by 1℃ thereby increasing your metabolic rate by 10-13% would increase you the amount of calories you burn by 100-130 daily, assuming your calorie intake is 2000 calories/day.
- Low body temperature is associated with hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland. Being that the thyroid gland is the master regulator of your metabolism, an underactive thyroid goes hand in hand with an underactive metabolism.
- High body temperature is associated with hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland and thereby an increased metabolic rate. This may be fine for short bouts of time, but is likely not great for your health long-term.
Thermogenic supplements work by increasing your metabolic rate by increasing the amount of energy you consume/burn. Remember that pivotal equation that dictates our metabolism?
Glucose + Oxygen → ATP (Usable Energy) + Carbon Dioxide + Water + Heat
Well, when your body runs out of glucose that is in the blood, it shifts to your glycogen stores (stored glucose) and finally to your fat stores. While there are some slight differences between using carbs (glucose) and fats as fuel, they end up with more or less the same end products, yielding…
Energy (Food) + Oxygen → ATP (Usable Energy) + Carbon Dioxide + Water + Heat
↑Energy Production/Use = ↑ Heat Produced = ↑Body Temperature
This is where zuBurn comes in...
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Feel The Burn:
We formulated zuBurn to give you that added boost in your weight loss journey. Designed to increase your metabolic rate by increasing the amount of fuel your body and specifically your cells burn. The more heat you and your cells generate directly correlates with the amount of energy you are using.
What’s in zuBurn?:
zuBurn contains 7 Clinically-Backed that have been shown to increase your resting metabolic rate, the uptake and burning of glucose and fats as fuel:
- The B-Vitamins (B1 -Thiamin, B6, B12) - Necessary for cellular respiration (metabolism), helps to regulate blood sugar, & and helps to breakdown sugar & amino acids
- Caffeine - Caffeine is a known thermogenic supplement (by increasing body temperature) and has also been shown to increase energy availability, increase energy expenditure and increase lipolysis (the breakdown of fat tissue/cells)
- Capsimax - Capsimax is a concentrated form of Capiscum, one of the main spice-inducing chemicals found in red chili peppers. If you like hot foods you’re likely aware of the thermogenic effects of red peppers. Capiscum has been shown to increase thermogenesis and resting metabolic rate.
- Paradoxine - Paradoxine commonly known as the grains of paradise is a spice derived from the ginger family. Paradoxine has been shown to increase whole body energy expenditure and reduce the accumulation of visceral fat.
- Mitoburn - Mitoburn is a promising supplement that has the potential to “brown” fat. Brown fat is the metabolically active that is capable of producing heat, compared to white fat which is inactive and solely used as storage.
Now I will not lie to you, zuBurn is no miracle pill, but it can help to give you that extra edge you need to lose weight. The ingredients in zuBurn have been estimated to help you burn an extra 130 calories a day without you having to do anything! That's greater than a pound a month!
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My goal in writing this article, as always, is to provide you with logically-based principles that you can use to form your own conclusions regarding any information you may come across within this subject. I really hope you found this article interesting and if you have anything to add to this article, or any comments or criticism, feel free to reach out to me on our facebook groups (The Thermo Diet Community Group, The UMZU Community Group) or on Instagram @tylerwoodward_fit. Also, please feel free to share this article with anyone that might be interested.
Thanks for reading!
Until next time… be good~Tyler Woodward
B.S. Physiology and Neurobiology