Simply put Thermogenesis is the process whereby heat is produced in warm blooded animals. This is also the literal translation since thermo means heat and genesis is production or creation. This body heat is produced either by movement or physical activity and is classified as:
- Exercise-associated thermogenesis (EAT)
- Non-exercise-associated thermogenesis (NEAT)
- Diet- induced thermogenesis (DIT)
As in all cases, the easiest method is the most attractive, and if there is a way to just pop a pill and lose weight, people are more interested than making the more difficult healthy lifestyle changes. So it is that Thermogenesis or Thermogenic based weight loss is also becoming very popular.
How these weight loss supplements work is this: thermogenic compounds are used to try and stimulate the central nervous system in the same way that caffeine and ephedrine do.
They achieve the process of Thermogenesis by artificial means. They help to increase the metabolism of the body and heat up the core of the body increasing temperature.
Green tea is also thought to contain thermogenic compounds that can help to lose weight. The commercially available thermogenics available are made up of ingredients such as ephedra, capsicum, caffeine, bitter orange and ginger.