Boosting energy from within: how red hot chili peppers and the metabolism intersect
Anyone who struggles with weight understands a basic fact of biology – keeping weight off may be more difficult than losing it. This fact was made clear back in May 2016 when the New York Times ran an article entitled, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight,” that discussed how fourteen of the sixteen participants have struggled to keep the weight off after the cameras were gone and regained much of it back.
Despite our best efforts through dieting and exercise our metabolism can be our own worst enemy – specifically resting energy expenditure (REE)—defined as the amount of energy, expressed in calories, that the body uses while at rest. Dieting, weight loss and advancing age can trigger a reduction in REE and shift the balance from calorie expenditure to storage. For example, let’s say your normal REE is 1000 calories per day and you’re consuming the same amounts of calories from food. The net effect is zero – no weight lost or gained. Then you decide to go on a restricted diet of 800 calories. Your REE readjusts to conserve energy and drops to 600 calories, resulting in net gain of 200 calories and equivalent to almost two pounds of weight gain in a month. This is an extreme example to illustrate a point – the body fights back against weight loss by altering metabolic rate and calorie consumption and the reason may have to do with the body’s set point – a control system built into every person dictating how much weight he or she should carry – a kind of thermostat to maintain that weight. Alter that set point and it triggers a series of reactions like reducing resting energy expenditure to get the body back to its set point.
The capsaicinoids and metabolism connection
Capsaicinoids are the bioactive and pungent principles in red hot pepper, which have been well researched in more than 90 human clinical studies. Capsaicinoids support weight management through several mechanisms, and a recent study showed that taking Capsimax increased REE equivalent to expending as many calories as 20 minutes of running.
Putting fat to work with Capsimax
Most consumers correlate a slowing metabolism to weight gain. A recent poll conducted by OmniActive’s Market Insight Program showed that 91% of people agree that their metabolism slows down as they age and 80% are concerned that a slowing metabolism contributes to “creeping” weight gain. When asked about dietary supplements, 90% of consumers are interested in a supplement to “speed” up metabolism to burn additional calories per day. Capsimax Capsicum Extract is a unique ingredient that provides a comprehensive approach to weight management by supporting key drivers of weight management: appetite, lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) to support energy production during exercise, AND metabolism. As part of an overall diet and exercise program, Capsimax is a naturally functional ingredient to support healthy weight management and body composition.
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Monday’s Great American Eclipse has magnified the important—and often times overlooked—topic of sunlight exposure on vision health. The cardinal rule for eclipse watching is, of course, do not look directly at the eclipse with naked eyes. The reason for this directive is called solar retinopathy. This is a condition that occurs when the sun’s intense light floods the retina and causes irreparable damage. However, an eclipse is not the only time during which the sun can damage the eye. Although the sun is most commonly associated with UVA and UVB radiation, within the spectrum of visible light emitted from the sun hides harmful high-energy blue light.
Exposure to digital screens and artificial light sources may be disrupting sleep patterns and affecting health.