What are Thermogenic Supplements?

By David Sautter

Let’s take a look at what thermogenic supplements are, the best ingredients as defined by science, and the fat burners that I’d recommend. These supplements will be the perfect complement for the fat-burning workout and meals for fat loss.

What Do Thermogenic Supplements Do?

More commonly called fat burners, thermogenic supplements contain ingredients that have been shown to increase your body’s natural metabolic response. This results in more calories and stored fat being burned to support your goals of weight loss or getting cut after bulking season.

What Are The Best Fat-Burning Ingredients?

Supplement store shelves are flooded with self-proclaimed fat burners. The problem is that many don’t follow the research and neglect using true thermogenic supplements. Let's dive into five of the best fat-burning ingredients as proven by science.

Cayenne Pepper Extract (Capsaicin): Capsaicin is a compound found in the same peppers that give your food a kick (or make your eyes water up). It has been shown time and time again to boost your body’s fat-burning ability in two key ways:

First, it decreases your appetite. Secondly, studies show that capsaicin boosts your metabolism, helping to burn more calories throughout the day. The more calories you burn, the more fat you lose. 

Coleus Forskohlii: A plant that is native to areas of Southeast Asia, primarily Nepal and Thailand, coleus forskohlii has become a popular fat-burning ingredient.

It contains a compound called forskolin, and studies have demonstrated its ability to amplify levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate. More commonly known as cAMP, this chemical messenger signals for the release of stored fat to be used as energy. cAMP has also been shown to naturally elevate metabolic levels.

Caffeine Anhydrous: No fat-burning supplement is complete without caffeine. Famous for giving you an energy boost, caffeine is also a powerful thermogenic.

Caffeine promotes fat burning by increasing your metabolism and energy levels. Plenty of studies have shown how effective caffeine can be at decreasing body fat and overall body weight.

Green Coffee Bean Extract: Made famous by Dr. Oz, the green coffee bean is more than just a here-today, gone-tomorrow trend; it works.

A review of three studies published in Gastroenterology Research and Practice showed that subjects supplementing with green coffee bean burned more fat and lost more weight than their placebo counterparts. Researchers confirmed that the green coffee bean is an excellent way to support a healthy diet and exercise program for weight management.

Rauwolfia Vomitoria: Think of rauwolfia vomitoria (try saying that five times fast) as the close relative to the fat-burning, energy-boosting powerhouse, yohimbine. Since it’s in the same family tree, the two have very similar benefits.

Like caffeine, rauwolfia vomitoria can support fat burning by boosting the body’s natural metabolic response and increasing your energy levels. More energy can support your day-to-day activities as much as your performance in the gym. The more active you are throughout the day, the more calories and fat your body will burn. 

What Is The Best Supplement to Burn Fat?

Instead of trying to hunt down and purchase each individual ingredient, are there supplements that contain all five of these proven fat burners (and more)? Of course.

Pre-Workout: When you want to burn fat, the ideal pre-workout should be a combination of energy boosters and thermogenic ingredients. A supplement like C4 Ripped has all of the ingredients listed above as well as beta-alanine, which will support muscle endurance, muscle growth, and performance goals.

Daily Fat Burner: Taking a daily fat burner can help to maximize your metabolic rate and burn the most calories. 

Stimulant Free: What if you want to burn more fat, but you can’t handle stimulants? No worries – there are stim-free thermogenics that ensure you maximize your fat-burning using proven ingredients. 

Have You Used Fat Burners Before?

What was your experience with thermogenic supplements?

Did you achieve your fat-burning goals?

Do you use them to currently maintain your weight?

Let us know @cellucor.

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