Pillar Number Six Of Successful Weight Loss

Restore energy expenditure rate by Life Extension

According to, author, William Faloon, it is often challenging for aging humans to lose significant body fat stores, even when following a low-calorie diet, restoring youthful hormone balance, ingesting fiber, and aggressively exercising.   A missing link for successful long-term weight loss is failing to boost resting energy expenditure, i.e., to burn off stored body fat.

Fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil have demonstrated interesting effects in enabling aging humans to safely boost their metabolic rate and obtain some fat loss.

Several other natural nutritional agents offer safe and effective means of enhancing metabolic rate:

  • The green tea polyphenol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), in combination with caffeine (50 mg caffeine, 90 mg EGCG) has been shown to enhance 24-hour energy expenditure in human test subjects. In this same clinical study, treatment with caffeine alone had no effect upon energy expenditure, indicating that the effect of green tea in promoting fat burning goes beyond that explained solely by its caffeine content.  Other scientific data indicate that green tea polyphenols in combination with caffeine synergistically enhance thermogenesis (fat burning).
  • Although many people are aware of the cardiovascular benefits of fish oils rich in EPA and DHA, few people are aware that these omega-3 fatty acids also have beneficial effects on thermogenesis.  They inhibit key enzymes responsible for lipid synthesis, such as fatty acid synthase and stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1, enhance lipid oxidation and fat burning, and inhibit free fatty acids from entering adipocytes (fat cells) for fat storage.
  • Experimental studies consistently show the benefits of conjugated linoleic acid, in particular the trans-10, cis-12 isomer, which has metabolic benefits that include increased energy expenditure, decreased fat cell differentiation and proliferation, decreased fat synthesis, and increased fat burning and fat oxidation.
  • Capsaicin, the active agent in red pepper, has been shown to enhance thermogenesis and energy metabolism in humans. In one study, energy expenditure was seen to increase in lean young women after consuming a capsaicin-rich curry.  Another study showed that consumption of a cultivar of red pepper increased core body temperature and metabolic rate in test humans.
  • Extracts of ginger rich in gingerols and shogaols have been shown to increase oxygen consumption and enhance fat burning in experimental models.

As a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, I am a firm believer that weightlifting is crucial to speed up the metabolism.

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