What Is Thermogenesis and Why is it Important?
Dieting has come a long way in the past 25 to 35 years. Since the 1980’s, we learned that eating a low fat carbohydrate centric diet simply does not work. The reason it kept everyone doing aerobics, while puffing up like the Staypuff Marshmallow Man has to do with the answer to the question “what is thermogenesis?” I’ll have more on that in a bit.
Dr. Atkins’s world-famous diet turned the tide in the 1990’s, as the concept of boosting fat burning started to take form. From the Atkins angle, the idea was to allow the body to burn off the carbohydrates, and avoid taking in carbs by eating protein and fats, in a form or ketone dieting. Ketones are released when the body goes into a near starvation mode, like diabetics might do if they are deprived of insulin. Their bodies will start breaking down whatever is around to keep feeding the body. If it sounds intense, it is.
Welcome To This Millennium
That’s why it’s immense that the use of the body’s own mechanisms and methods of operation to create optimal weight loss have now transformed thousands if not millions of lives. People who felt like they could not lose weight because their bodies were just prone to being fat are no longer setting themselves up for failure when they attempt to get lean. They are no longer on the verge of starving themselves, which can be dangerous if an individual becomes deathly ill and needs to have some fat to take the blow. Thermogenesis is one of these life-altering concepts that our bodies use every moment of every day that has the potential to significantly boost weight loss without killing us.
What Is Thermogenesis?
Thermogenesis is that radiating heat you can feel if you put your hand on your body, or what makes your body warm inside. The word refers to the heat that your body produces. Why or how is this significant for weight loss? Whenever your body is in motion, it breaks down energy or burns calories to fuel your movement. If your body is running hotter, then it burns more calories. Let’s look at harnessing this kind of power to intensify and simplify your weight loss.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
In a workplace, we often hear that we should work smarter not harder. In other words, if there’s an easier way that provides better or equally good results, then take it. In the world of dieting and weight loss, especially for the population who have all but given up on getting lean, this is an important notion to remember. Here’s the secret to getting leaner by harnessing the superb power of thermogenesis.
Increase the calories that you are burning by kicking off thermogenesis. We’re working smarter here, and if we think about what the body does when it is “burning calories”, it is a byproduct of metabolizing food, or a part of that process. That means to burn more calories we can eat foods that make the body work harder, which means the body burns more calories.
This kind of body heat is produced every time you eat. The body heats up like an oven, and stays hot for hours after every meal, meaning it keeps burning calories at an elevated rate for just as long as it stays warmed up. There’s a huge range of calories that can be burned from metabolizing food. It is anywhere from a meager 0 to 3 percent for fat, 5 to 10 percent for carbs, and 20 to 35 percent with a third area, which we will discuss momentarily. Consider this, if you are a female who takes in 1,500 calories, then 5 percent is only 75 calories, but 15 percent is the equivalent of burning 225 calories. That’s before anyone has hit the gym.
Do As the Gym Rats Do
Have you ever watched what the muscle men and women at the gym eat? It’s a lot of lean protein, and it is no accident. Proteins burn the most calories through thermogenesis. Remember that 15 percent number, protein kicks that number up to 35 percent calories that are burned.
Breads lag behind at the low range of just 5 to 10 percent of calories taken in from carbs. Speaking of carbs, it is important to note for those stuck in 1987 that skimping out on eating does nothing for thermogenesis. Imagine the woman eating 1,500 calories who switches from eating almost all carbs to lean protein. She is going to burn up to 35 percent of her calories off. If she slows down her eating to only 1,000 calories or 1,200 calories then her thermogenesis will also slow down.
It’s just important not to suddenly consume a great deal more than you were before either. Wherever you are now at calorie consumption, stay at that calorie intake range while you are using thermogenesis for your weight loss.
Exercising Smarter, Not Harder
Remember the oven effect of thermogenesis? It turns out it works with exercise too. It’s all about the body’s excess oxygen intake. For instance, people who run themselves hard at the gym for 30 minutes will burn approximately 122 calories for women and 141 calories for men, within hours after the end of their workout. It’s the intensity that burns off the calories because the oven keeps burning. What is thermogenesis? It is a way to get your body to work with you in your weight loss efforts.
Be careful not to overdo it because your body needs to be in good working order to be able to hit the gym, right? Instead, focus on going at a rate of 70 to 75 percent of maximum intensity for 30 minutes to maximize the thermogenesis.
Why Thermogenesis Matters?
Thermogenesis makes losing weight easier. But, it is no longer about just losing weight. It shifts gears to what works better with your body. When you see how well your body takes to a diet higher in protein compared to sugar and carbs, you will never look back.