How Fat Cells Split And Burn Off Forever
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
So here’s the story.
The other day we explained sick fat cells and how they can kill you slowly. Well, today, we are going to explain how fat stored in your cells is made into usable energy through a process called lipolysis.
You body needs fuel. Luckily for us, our muscles and liver provide a quick energy source in the form of stored sugar. However, in the absence of food or nutrients, our body uses our stored sugar. Luckily we have another storage system which has plenty of stored energy.
Fat cells are full of stored energy! When our bodies need energy, a process called lipolysis happens, which breaks down stored fat and releases them into the blood stream. Here is how the process works:
When we eat, food is used or stored as energy for future use. When we eat any type of fat or excess calories, research suggests, these nutrients are processed and stored in adipocytes. Adipocytes are pockets in adipose tissue where fatty acids are stored for later. In order for us to utilize the stored energy, certain hormones have to be released. These hormones begin the process of splitting and releasing the stored energy.
The absence of food could cause stress in your body. Some research suggests, this stress increases Epinephrine and Norepinephrine. These hormones, which are secreted by the adrenal glands, stimulate fatty acids to mobilize from the cell getting them ready to be processed for energy.
Epinephrine binds to the surface of the cell, stimulating the production and release of adenylate cyclase. This increases the level of cAMP in the cell. The increased level of cAMP activates another hormone, PKA, stimulating the release of hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).
Fat stored in the cell mobilizes and moves toward the surface. Once at the surface, hormone sensitive lipase splits the triacylglycerol, which is the stored fat form, cell at a certain point in the chain, hydrolyzing or splitting the fatty acid. The specific point in the chain, which is hydrolyzed, is part of the chemical backbone of the molecule. The fatty acid then moves into the bloodstream, transporting it to muscles or other cells. The fatty acid enters the cell and moves into the mitochondria, where the fat is burned for energy.
Two potent nutrients have been shown in research to aid in this process. We all know Capsaicin is hot! Capsimax® is an encapsulated bead(s) of Capsaicin, which could allow the beadlets to enter the gut and move it into the intestines, with little breakdown. Capsimax® is most effective in the intestines. Once the beadlets enters the intestines, research shows, there is a slow release of Capsaicin into the bloodstream. This allows Capsaicin to work effectively without the immense burn you would get from eating Capsaicin.
Capsaicin gives peppers their heat. Capsaicin, some studies show, can dramatically increase Epinephrine released by your body, which could stimulate fatty acid breakdown. Result: more fat cells shredded and used for energy!
The other potent nutrient, Raz K®, works to help this process. Raz K® could help to mobilize stored fat and move it to the surface of the cell shows some clinical research. Once there, the fat cell is broken down, sending it on its way to other areas of the body.
Raspberry ketones are a natural phenolic compound found in raspberries. They may potentially increase lipolysis, which is the breakdown of triacylglycerides into a more usable form. So, it comes as no surprise that Raz K®, according to some studies, can also: release adiponectin, aid in fatty acid oxidation and, of course, lipolysis.
Research done by Park, determined rats who consumed a high-fat diet in combination with raspberry ketones, stunningly showed no additional increase in body weight or body fat. They also showed an increase in lipolysis, or the breakdown of fatty acids in the cell, shipping it to other areas for energy.
In a similar study, Morimoto et al. discovered rats fed a high-fat diet showed a build up of triglycerides in the liver. Those same rats were fed the same fat-enriched diet, this time with the addition of raspberry ketones.
By adding raspberry ketones, the rats fed the same high-fat diet did not increase their body weight. They also did not increase liver weight. They decreased their weight and the amount of fat in their livers, even though fat in the livers increased prior to the addition of raspberry ketones. Their final conclusion: raspberry ketones could prevent and improve obesity and fatty livers!
The reason why this formula is so effective is the use of Capsimax® and Raz K® together. The use of Capsimax® could increase the secretion of Epinephrine and Norepinephrine, while Raz K® has the potential to liberate fat from adipocytes, allowing them to be shredded and burned. This powerful combination, suggests previous findings, could increase fatty acid metabolism by providing more fuel for your fat burning machine to use for energy!
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