- Metabolism 101: Here’s Everything You Need to Know
- The Secrets of Your Metabolism
- 7 Simple Rules for a Faster Metabolism
- The Hard Truth about Alcohol and Your Health
- 7 Spices and Herbs that Boost Your Metabolism
- 5 Amazing Fat Burning Teas
- How Weight Loss Slows Your Metabolism
- 6 Mistakes that Are Killing Your Metabolism
- 10 Surprisingly High Calorie Foods
- Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting
- Why You Need to Stand at Work
- How Drinking Too Much Water Can Be Dangerous
- Weight Loss Rules that Rule
- Celebrity Diets Worth Giving a Try
- How to Rock Your Fitness Today
- See More Articles
Fat Burning & Digestive Enzymes
What do you know about fat burning digestive enzymes or enzymes in general? Probably not nearly as much as you need to know – but that’s okay.
Here's a breakdown of the most important fat burning enzymes you need to know to lose weight effectively.
The Gist on Digestive Enzymes
Our bodies have plenty of enzymes used for digestion. They can be found in the saliva, small intestine, the stomach and pancreas, in individual cells, and even in some raw foods you’ll eat like prouts, greens, some fruits, carrots, broccoli, etc.
When foods are digested, these enzymes work hard to break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates into fatty acids, amino acids, and forms of glucose (sugar). Everything else that your body doesn’t need is, as you may have guessed, waste product, and the good stuff, the broken-down nutrients, flow through your bloodstream and act as an energy source, feeding cells in your body.
From there, the cells go into action and handle the rest. They carry their own enzymes which work to regulate the nutrients they’re receiving. Cells know whether or not to use these nutrients for energy or whether to store them.
The enzymes in your body are of the upmost importance, and certain enzymes in your body will deal specifically with fat – i.e. burning the fat (using it as energy) versus storing the fat (making you fat!).
COX-2 is a good enzyme for your body. This is a fat burner all day. In premise, it’s simple how this enzyme works.
There are two types of fat stored in a human body – brown fat and white fat. The white fat is what you’ll find being stored in your belly, thighs, butt, etc. It’s that nasty stuff you probably seen on that liposuction video. Disgusting! Unfortunately, white fat is very plentiful in the body.
Brown fat, on the other hand, is an energy-producing fat that unfortunately is not that plentiful throughout the body.
What COX-2 does is trigger the body’s cells to start storing more brown fat as opposed to white fat. This means the fat being stored is being stored to be used as energy and not simply as jiggle fodder for your waistline.
If you’re unfamiliar with the body’s process of thermogenesis, here’s a quick rundown. Thermogenesis is the process in which your body literally heats up on the inside, thus expending more energy (burning more calories), and it’s a processe harnessed by people on a diet/exercise programs to assist them in fat burning.
What P13 Kinase does is trigger the body’s thermogenic response after eating. This enzyme is carried in specific brain neurons. Its full effects are currently still being researched, but the consensus is that people with high P13 levels expend far more energy after eating, aiding in burning fat.
This enzyme directly affects PGE2, which normally suppresses fat breakdown, and allows fat in the body to be broken down continuously. It was first studied in mice with astonishing results. Mice with high levels of this enzyme ate diets high in fat and did not gain weight. The AdPLA worked to break fat down in their bodies, regardless of consumption.
This enzyme is one in supplementary form and aids in glucose tolerance and works to better regulate body fat and energy expenditure. Conjugated nonadecadienoic acid, as it’s called, helps to burn fat by regulating how cells use fatty acids.
This enzyme isn’t a specific fat-burner, per se; it’s more or less a booster for all other enzymes in the body. For instance, high levels of Co-Enzyme Q10 can boost these aforementioned enzymes and increase their fat-burning results. It also helps to boost your body’s overall immune system and metabolism, thus aiding you in burning body fat.
This enzyme works well to aid in overall weight loss. Amylase is an enzyme that helps to speed up your body’s metabolic rate and also helps to further break down carbohydrates. When carbs can be digested properly in the body, they are not stored in your body as fat.
L-Carnitine is a unique enzyme that every dieter out there would do well to increase. This enzyme helps to direct body fat directly into muscle tissue so that it can be expended as energy right away instead of being stored in your body. This metabolic function is the epitome of fat-burning.
Your body needs to break down lipids and fats. The more efficiently it can do this, the more fat you can burn as opposed to storing. Lipase works with your body to break down these substances so that you can utilize the fat as energy. This enzyme increases your metabolic rate and helps to transform your metabolism into a fat-burning unit instead of a fat-storage unit.
A final note on digestive enzymes
Out of all these enzymes listed, it’s important to note that not any one is going to do the trick and instantly transform your body from fab to flab by just a simple supplement.
All enzymes work best when assisting one another – meaning, simply, the more enzymes you have working in your body to break down and to regulate the fat, the more efficient your body becomes at using fat as energy instead of using fat as storage.
Stubborn stored fat is always going to be a little slow to burn. But with the help of increased levels of fat-burning enzymes, on top of a proper diet and exercise, your body can more easily break into fat stores and begin to burn away the fat that is already accumulated.