THE BEST THERMOGENIC SUPPLEMENTS FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
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Still getting into the right groove in 2023? Don’t worry; January was just a warm-up.
If you’re trying to tackle your weight goals while you train, thermogenics might be the answer you have been missing.
Never heard of them? Let us tell you why thermogenics can be the hero of your weight-loss stack.
Thermo is the keyword.
Thermogenics are designed to produce heat. Your body generates more heat when burning calories, so supplements that boost metabolism are considered thermogenics. Thermogenics are commonly referred to as ‘fat burners’ and can be effective at boosting metabolism, increasing fat oxidation and supporting appetite reduction (Julson, E. 2018).
If you’re trying to burn additional fat while you’re training, thermogenics can give you a helping hand. Going for an early morning run? Pop a scoop of your favourite thermogenic (or one of our best-sellers below) and start tackling your weight goals every time you exercise.
Thermogenic formulas contain a variety of ingredients that are designed to boost energy, speed up metabolism, and assist in weight management. These formulas are best taken as a pre-workout and commonly include specific thermogenic ingredients to support thermogenesis.
Caffeine is usually the star of the show when it comes to its role in supplements, but more specifically pre-workouts and thermogenics. It’s not surprising when you see how much it can do. Caffeine is generally the core of any effective pre-workout and is praised for its stimulating functions and ability to boost energy, mood and cognitive function. It is also a cornerstone in most thermogenic formulas. Why? Because it can stimulate the nervous system, break down fat, increase your metabolic rate and support a reduction in appetite (Gunnars, K. 2018).
Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and plant compounds that may increase fat burning, support fat breakdown and boost metabolic rate. It can also help you consume fewer calories and may be effective when attacking visceral fat (Gunnars, K. 2018).
L-Carnitine is an amino acid derivative that can support weight loss and brain function. It plays a critical role in transporting fatty acids into your cells’ mitochondria, where they are oxidised into usable energy (Mawer, R. 2018).
Bitter Orange Extract is an effective ingredient in most thermogenic formulas due to its effects on metabolic processes. This includes supporting an increase in basal metabolic rate, increasing lipolysis, and may support mild appetite suppression (Stohs, S et al. 2012).
Capsaicin is a molecule found within peppers, and it is commonly used in therapeutic gels, ointments and patches designed for pain relief. Capsaicin can support weight loss by increasing your metabolism, improving the rate that you use energy and burning fat stores. It may also help to lower your appetite between meals (Juber, M. 2022).
Thermogenics can support your weight goals by helping to increase your resting metabolic rate, which can facilitate weight loss (Campbell, B. 2016).
Thermogenic supplements can help boost your metabolism, which means you can burn more calories during activity and rest (Harvard Medical School. 2021).
Thermogenics can boost your mental performance. Ingredients like caffeine can boost your performance by increasing adrenaline levels, stimulating your fat cells to release fatty acids, and boosting metabolism (Julson, E. 2018).
Thermogenic formulas can enhance your energy levels by elevating your blood pressure and increasing your overall energy expenditure. Increasing your energy expenditure is pivotal if you are trying to lose weight (Taylor, M. 2021).
Caffeine, L-Tyrosine, L-Taurine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, and Alpha GPC are all common ingredients in thermogenics that can effectively boost your focus and optimise your performance. These ingredients, among others, can increase focus, cognitive function and alertness (English, N. 2022).
When it comes to weight loss and thermogenics, EHP Labs is one of the biggest players in the game. With a name that stands for Empowered Human Potential, EHP Lab has been dedicated to researching and formulating high-quality products for over a decade.
Consider OxyShred their magnum opus.
OxyShred is a clinically-researched, ultra-concentrated thermogenic formula designed to forge results. This thermo promotes shredding, energy, immunity and mood, taking advantage of ingredients like Caffeine, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Acetyl L-Carnitine, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Vitamin C, Taurine and more to create a performance-elevating, shred-pursuing formula that can help you hit your full potential.
Pyro is one of Australia’s most beloved thermogenic formulas. From the amateur first-timer to the seasoned, calorie-counting bodybuilder, Pyro has delivered results and solidified trust. It’s hard to ignore the value of Evolve Pyro when it comes to picking your ammunition (especially when they have a Cola flavour).
Puro supports mental performance and weight loss, taking the industry by storm with a results-driven formula that contains ingredients like L-Taurine, Beta-Alanine, N-Acetyl Tyrosine, Caffeine Anhydrous, Caffeine Citrate, InfinergyTM DiCaffeine Malate, Bitter Orange Extract, TeaCrine®, Grains of Paradise and more. These ingredients combine to support your cognitive function, mood and alertness while supporting your weight goals during training.
D-Fine8 is considered to be one of the original powdered pre-workouts. A trailblazer for over 10 years, the Musclewerks formula can incite feel-good energy, focus, and results. This formula can deliver energy without the crash, meaning you won’t fall into a slump the moment your workout is over.
D-Fine8 contains zero sugar, zero carbs and zero calories, supporting success through a blueprint of Paradoxine, Syneohrine, Vitamin B6, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine and, of course, Caffeine to support your weight loss goals.
Faction Labs are known for their energy-boosting pre-workouts and thermogenics. You’ve probably heard of Disorder, but you may be unfamiliar with its thermogenic twin, Deficit.
Deficit is a hard-hitting blend that contains over 4g of active ingredients designed to make your sweat hard while you fight towards your weight goals. This formula contains Acetyl L-Carnitine, L-Carnitine Fumarate, Acetyl L-Tyrosine, Alpha GPC, Caffeine Anhydrous, Green Tea Extract, Ashwagandha and more to provoke results and support your performance.
Muscle Nation’s Destiny is a thermogenic treasure that is both vegan-friendly and gluten-free, packed with weight-loss-supporting ingredients and performance-boosting compounds that can help you take your training to new heights.
This formula contains Caffeine, Dynamine, Pterostilbene, L-Carnitine, GBBGO, Coleus Forskholii, Cocoa Extract, Synephrine HCI & Green Coffee Bean Extract, Alpha GPC, Huperzine A, among other ingredients to support health, fitness and body goals.
Thermogenics are one of the most valuable supplements on our shelves if you’re trying to lose weight and improve your performance. Just remember, thermogenics aren’t cheat codes. You can’t just mix one up in the morning and then watch Netflix all day. Your success will depend on your training regime and diet; thermogenics are just tools to help you improve your results.
If you need more help choosing the best thermogenic for you or want to know more about how the ingredients can support your training goals, our team at ASN can help you out. Just reach out online or visit us in-store, and our knowledgeable team will point you in the right direction.
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