Thermogenic fat burner supplements are generally formulated with ingredients like stimulants and other compounds that stimulate the body to produce heat and raise your metabolism.
The resultant effect on the body drives weight loss, and may also help to suppress appetite to further aid your weight loss efforts.
Here are 5 effective thermogenic ingredients to look for in your preferred fat burner.
Typically included in fat burner formulations as caffeine anhydrous – a filtered, processed form of caffeine – this compound is probably the most popular and common ingredient in thermogenic weight loss products due to its proven effectiveness.
It is a powerful stimulant that can increase alertness and mental focus. It also stimulates the release of powerful hormones that boost your metabolism, like epinephrine and norepinephrine, to improve alertness and increase energy.
With regard to its direct impact on weight loss, a meta-analysis published in the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition journal affirmed that caffeine may help reduce body weight, body mass index, and body fat.
Green coffee bean extract
The extract from unroasted coffee beans (which are green in colour) contains bioactive compounds that help stimulate your metabolism, including caffeine and chlorogenic acid (a compound that possesses a caffeine-like psychostimulant property).
Betaine Hydrochloric (HCl) is a manufactured form of betaine, a vitamin-like substance naturally found in the body and in grains and other foods.
A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials published in the journal Nutrients in 2019 showed that “supplemental betaine significantly reduced the total body fat mass and percentage in humans.”
Rhodiola rosea is a herb used for centuries in traditional medicinal remedies in Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia to increase endurance, work performance, and tolerance of high altitudes and to treat fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms.
Today, it is considered an adaptogen for its potential to reduce stress and anxiety and increase energy, stamina, strength, and mental capacity.
Rhodiola may also have weight-loss benefits through its effect on the lipase enzyme, which has the ability to break down fat stores, particularly those in the belly region.
In a clinical study conducted at Georgian State Hospital, overweight patients given rhodiola rosea extract for 90 days lost more than double the weight (9 vs 3.5 kilos) compared to the control group.
This patented compound contains a combination of botanical sources, including grapefruit, orange and guarana extracts.
The manufacturer of this compound has conducted more than 10 years of research to support the mechanism of action and clinical benefits of Sinetrol® on body composition.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.