Thermogenic fat burner proteins are supplements that don’t just give you your needed protein boost but also help you melt fat out of your body.
Wait, burn fat? What are fat burning ingredients? How do they work? We will try to answer all these questions now so sit tight and read on.
How Do Fat Burning Ingredients Work?
You’ve probably heard products sprouting “Triple Action Fat Burner”. Well, pretty much every Thermogenic fat burner protein works the same way.
Firstly, the fat burning ingredients increase your metabolism which helps burn additional calories and reduce your fat storage.
Then secondly, there the thermogenic ingredients that help increase your body’s core temperature through thermogenesis. Thermogenesis is another way our body reduces the amount of fat our body absorbs from food.
The third action is the thermic effect of protein. This is the extra energy consumed to process protein compared to carbs. It takes about 20-30% of the energy in protein to consume it, whereas for carbohydrates it is about 5-10%. You feel fuller for longer but aren’t having the same net calorie gain. This can tip the scales in your favour.
A good way to think about fat burning is that if you turn up the heater in your house then it will take more energy to keep the temperature at that level. Same goes for your body. Fat burner ingredients take the temperature up and help transport fat to the fire instead of muscle.
So Where do Fat Burning Ingredients come from?
Most fat burning ingredients are 100% natural and are usually derived from fruits or plants. They aren’t suitable for everyone and care should be taken to try samples or small quantities when first starting out using a thermogenic protein. Here is an explanation of the key active fat burning ingredients in our Shredded product.
- Garcinia Cambogia – This small tropical tree fruit native to Indonesia is also known as the Malabar Tamarind or Brindleberry. It contains a special kind of acid that was discovered by scientists in the 1960s. Hydroxycitric acid or HCA, the acid found in the Malabar Tamarind, was found to be effective in aiding weight loss. Once thought to be a miracle acid, HCA is now considered a fat burning ingredient usually taken as a supplement.
- Green tea – Just like Guarana, Green tea is another fat burning ingredient derived from plants. It also contains high amounts of caffeine which helps in burning body fat. It is a known stimulant and has a number of suggested benefits like improved brain function and reduced risks of certain types of cancer.
- L-Carnitine – L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is a product of the synthesis of lysine and methionine. It is known to delay the effect of ageing and disease on the mitochondria while powering up the mitochondria’s ability to turn fat into energy. Acetyl L-Carnitine can be found in a number of fat loss food and drinks you can buy at the grocery or in our Amino section here.
- Theanine – An amino acid derived from tea leaves and edible mushrooms,
- Glucoronolactone – A molecule usually found in Functional Energy Drinks, it is a widely ingested form of food acid that is claimed to bind to free radicals in the body and enable them to be flushed out of the body. Often cited as a detoxifier.
- Raspberry Ketones – A chemical found in red raspberries as well as a variety of different fruits and vegetables, it became popular after a popular doctor on television mentioned its weight-loss properties. Although there aren’t a lot of studies out there proving its effectiveness, raspberry ketones are said cause an increase in one’s metabolism. Aside from that, raspberry ketones might also have an effect on a hormone called adiponectin which can help increase the rate in which your body can burn fat and reduce your appetite.
- Taurine – Taurine is a “conditional amino acid” which means it is an amino acid that is normally produced by the human body as compared to essential amino acids. It is a lipid stabiliser and is important in the body’s anti-oxidant defence systems.
- Beta-Alanine – As a modified version of another amino acid Alanine, beta-alanine is important in the build-up of one’s muscle endurance and controlling lactic acid. Some users claim they can do additional reps in the gym. Beta-Alanine is popular among athletes as it is noted to improve cardio exercise performance.
Where can I learn more about these ingredients?
We encourage our customers to not just believe whatever we or other suppliers tell them. We believe that the best way to know what’s best for you (aside from talking to your Personal Trainer or Strength & Conditioning Coach) is to read up on the ingredients yourself. Here are some great sources where you can learn more about fat burning ingredients.
- Peer-reviewed articles and studies – Search on topic via Google Scholar
- Resource websites
- Good Books
- Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements: Edited by Jose Antonio, Douglas Kalman, Jeffrey R. Stout, Mike Greenwood, Gregory Haff
- Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition by John Ivy
- The Sports Supplement Bible: For Health & Fitness by Will Brink
What is your favourite site or book for info on sports nutrition? Please leave a comment below.
If you want to know more about Shredded, our very own Thermogenic Protein here in Fitbits, don’t hesitate to give us a call or email. We will do our best to answer all your questions.
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Preuss, HG, et al., Effects of a natural extract of (-)-hydroxy citric acid (CHA-SX) and a combination of HCA-SX plus niacin-bound chromium and Gymnema Sylvestre extract on weight loss. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2004 May; 6(3): 171-80.
Vinson Joe A and Dabbagh Yousef A(1998), Effect of green and black tea supplementation on lipids, lipid oxidation and fibrinogen in the hamster: mechanisms for the epidemiological benefits of tea drinking, FEBS Letters, 433, doi: 10.1016/S0014-5793(98)00880-1