Diabesity Challenge Tip: Thermogenic Diet Aids in Your Kitchen Cupboards

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Diabetes, Weight Loss, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Thermogenesis is the process of generating heat. And when it comes to weight loss, several thermogenic agents can help you burn fat and shed pounds in the process. But before you run diabesity challenge tip: thermogenic diet aids in your kitchen cupboardout to the health food store, check your kitchen. Some of the most effective thermogenic diet aids may already be residing in your cupboards.

The first is Citrus aurantium, also known as bitter orange. This ingredient, often found in marmalade, has been shown in at least five studies to increase thermogenesis and/or aid in weight loss. According to Harry Preuss, MD, and colleagues at Georgetown University Medical Center, “Citrus aurantium may be the best thermogenic substitute for [no-longer-available] ephedra.”

Another great-tasting way to turn up the heat is to flavor your food with spices such as cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and turmeric. All of these ingredients induce thermogenesis and help metabolize fat—and in levels often used for culinary purposes.

Finally, your best bet may be green tea. You no doubt know about its antioxidant-rich catechins and variety of polyphenols that protect against cancer, inflammation, and other ills, but you may not know that it also increases thermogenesis. Most of the credit goes to epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), green tea’s most potent polyphenol. EGCG also appears to increase the effectiveness of other weight-loss supplements such as 5-HTP, tyrosine, and caffeine.

I hope this information helps you as you continue your weight loss journey. Have another great week and keep up with the program…it works!

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