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WEIGHT LOSS

Good weight management has many other benefits than just looking good. The body needs to be in shape in order to function properly. The storage of excessive amounts of fat can hinder the proper function of some bodily systems and too much weight has been linked to a higher risk in developing different health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.

Diet programs and pharmaceutical drugs that promise faster weight loss have flooded the market and it has become too difficult to choose which product can give you the best results. Some weight loss products may result to other health complications; finding a foolproof plan to shed off the excess weight may be difficult when taking this approach. The better approach is to lose weight the natural way.

Different studies have found that some foods like fruits and vegetables contain compounds that helps promote better metabolism and burn excess fat from food. It may sound unlikely but eating more of the right kind of foods can be a more effective way of losing weight than restricting yourself to a 500-calorie diet.

1.      Grapefruit

A recent study conducted by scientists from Louisiana State University revealed that people who ate even just a half of a grapefruit for three times each day managed to lose 4 pounds in a period of 12 weeks. Although the grapefruit’s actual mechanism of action with regards to weight loss has not been identified, it is believed that the fruit’s acidity helps slow down digestion rate, helping the person feel full for a longer period of time.

2.      Salmon

Researchers from Iceland reported that fish, apparently, isn’t just good for the heart – it is good for the belly, too.  They said that the omega-3 fatty acids present in fish help the person feel full for an extended period.  In the study, people who consumed salmon reported still feeling full after two hours have elapsed compared to those who did not eat salmon. Researchers discovered that consuming foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids raised the levels of leptin in the blood.  Leptin is a hormone that promotes the feeling of fullness.

3.      Beans

Scientists who conducted the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey discovered that people who ate beans have a 23 percent lesser chance of having large waists compared to those who have never eaten them. The group of bean eaters also showed lower levels of systolic blood pressure.  This is because legumes are rich in fiber which helps fill the belly faster. These are also rich in potassium, an important mineral in regulating blood pressure levels. This is according to Victor Fulgoni III, Ph.D., one of the researchers.

Soybeans are rich in fat but these are the fats people would want to have in their body. Eating soybean products lowers the body’s cholesterol levels and promotes better health by supplying it with good and unsaturated fats that helps lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Soybeans also contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants that protect the cells from oxidative stress. In weight loss, soybeans contain genistein that inhibits the production of fat cells. Studies also found that genistein makes fat cells smaller.

4.      Lemons and Oranges

Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges are foods that are rich in antioxidant vitamin C. But studies show that they are also effective in managing weight and in preventing obesity. Lemon contains vitamins and minerals that strengthen the immune system. People with intestinal, renal, stomach and hepatic health problems are advised to eat as much oranges in a day.

A study conducted by The University of Western Ontario found that a flavonoid from citrus fruits like lemons and oranges have significant effects in preventing excessive weight gain and obesity; note that having excess weight can exacerbate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Lemons and oranges contain a flavonoid substance called naringenin. The researchers used mice subjects with metabolic syndromes to observe the effects of naringenin in order to observe its efficacy in treating metabolic syndromes and to improve the body’s metabolism. A control group was also used to test the results. In their study, the researchers found that naringenin prevented the elevation of cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This effect also helps prevent the development of the cells’ resistance to insulin and reset glucose metabolism to its normal performance.

The researchers said their study was different since the results were not relative to the subject’s calorie intake. This means that a person can achieve the weight loss benefits of eating citrus fruits without limiting his diet to a few calories. Though the regulation of calorie intake is still advised in order to better lose weight, the consumption of lemons and oranges directs the attention from calorie restriction to improving the body’s metabolism rate.

5.      Low-Fat Dairy Products

A research conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Tennessee found that filling up with dairy products can help people lose more weight. They had observed that obese adults who ate more low-fat dairy products lose more weight than the study participants who ate less. The study was published in an issue of the Obesity Research Journal.

6.      Vegetables

Vegetables should be a staple in every meal since these are considered to be, without a doubt, one of the most important weight loss foods there is.  Its main components are water and fiber, with minimal carbohydrate content.  This helps you feel full faster minus the extra calories.  Furthermore, vegetables are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Examples of must-eat vegetables include spinach, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers and asparagus.

7.      Quinoa

Quinoa can be an excellent substitute for rice or pasta. Dry quinoa look like sesame seeds.  However, once cooked, it turns into something that is fluffy with a bit of crunch.  RealAge researchers have commended quinoa’s nutritional profile.  They said that one quinoa cup contains more protein than what is contained in a quarter-pounder hamburger.  It also contains more calcium compared to one quart of milk.  Plus, it is packed with B vitamins, magnesium, iron and other minerals.

8.      Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is touted as one of the most potent natural food ingredients in managing weight. Studies show that cayenne pepper has the ability to suppress appetite, stimulate thermogenesis and improve metabolic rate. It contains a substance called capsicum that helps burn fats faster and improves the processing of cholesterol in the body. A few pharmaceutical drugs contain appetite suppressants in order to help a person lose weight. Cayenne pepper can also produce this effect.

In his book,The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet, Nicholas Perricone cited a study of a group of Japanese and Canadian researchers that found that capsaicin in cayenne peppers tend to influence a person’s craving for food. But in order to get this benefit, a person needs to consume large doses of cayenne peppers. Due to the availability of capsaicin food supplements, people can take advantage of the weight-loss benefits of cayenne pepper without getting lip-burns for eating too much spicy foods.

A group of researchers from Denmark found that the supplementation of cayenne pepper along with other natural substances like green-tea extract and caffeine can increase thermogenesis or the process of burning fat. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity. Cayenne pepper was also observed to improve the body’s metabolic rate by a team of researchers from the Oxford Polytechnic Institute in England.

9.      Cinnamon and Ginger

The USDA conducted a study which found that consuming as little as ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon can improve the body’s sugar metabolism; they found that sugar is burnt 20 times faster with the presence of cinnamon. This is also beneficial especially to people with increased sugar levels or to diabetes patients.

Studies show that eating ginger can expand the blood vessels and increase the body’s temperature and metabolism by 20 percent. It is also effective in helping the body detoxify and in improving blood circulation.

10.  Garlic

Garlic has countless health benefits which includes reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes. Excessive weight gain is usually associated with high cholesterol levels in the blood; garlic can lower cholesterol levels while promoting the accumulation of more good cholesterol.

A combination of these foods can make up your effective weight loss diet plan. Make sure to add more than the usual amounts of these foods in your diet in order to get the best of what they have to offer.

 The overall health of a person is partly determined by the general state of his weight.  Being overweight or obese can be a precipitating factor in the development of several life-altering conditions such as atherosclerosis, cardiovascular and respiratory problems as well as arthritis.  It is important therefore, to practice healthy habits – proper diet, health-promoting lifestyle and regular exercise.

Two of the most recommended ways in order for one to lose weight are: balanced calorie intake and exercise. To have a healthy body, these two techniques should be a part of a person’s daily routine and should be closely followed according to one’s metabolic rate.  Majority of us knows that exercises, if properly identified and executed, burns the extra calories in the body.  But not everyone knows that there are certain foods that can increase the body’s metabolism.  When the body metabolizes, or burns calories, to be used as energy, the body will, in time, decrease body mass, especially if what is burned are the extra body fat.   However, losing weight does not anymore depend on what we, or what we do not eat per se – we can also carefully choose what to drink to help promote weight loss. As it turns out, some drinks, which are actually considered as food, can actually increase metabolism, which will eventually help in losing one’s weight.  Below are some of the helpful drinks:

Water

So we heard about drinking eight glasses of water per day. What is the wisdom behind this advice? Many people argue that drinking lots of water actually decreases their appetite. A study conducted by a group of researchers had proven that this is actually true.  Presented to the American Chemical Society in Boston, Brenda Davy, a nutrition researcher of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, has asserted that drinking more water will actually help one lose weight. 

In a study conducted and reported in 2008, adults with ages 55 to 75 who drank two cups of water approximately 30 minutes before meals are eating fewer calories compared to those who do not. By fewer, it means 13 percent less than the usual calorie intake.  To further evaluate this result, Davy made another study of the same age group of overweight and obese adults.  They were asked to eat meals consisting between 1200 to 1500 calories/day.  Those who drank 16 oz. of water before meals actually lost an average of 15.5 pounds after 3 months, compared to those who did not, who only lost an average of 11 pounds.  The experiment has shown that water may indeed have a long lasting feeling of fullness to people.  Further experiments are yet to be conducted to prove this result since there are newer studies showing that water increases metabolism. Additionally, some suspects that the reason might be that people consume less sugar-loaded beverage when they consume more water.  At any rate, there is actually no harm in drinking water to lose one’s weight.

Vegetable Juice

According to Dr. Carl L. Keen of the University of California-Davis, drinking at least an 8 oz. cup of vegetable juice per day will aid in reducing weight, since there will be a reduction of appetite.  In the study he conducted, those who followed a certain calorie controlled diet and drank a cup of vegetable juice daily lost four pounds after 12 weeks, compared to those who followed the diet yet did not drink the recommended vegetable juice; they only lost one pound within the same time period.  For a longer time, there is a belief that those who consume more vegetables and fruits have lesser weights, and this has been proven by the said study.  However, not only will the person lose weight, they will also gain necessary nutrients from the vegetables. The best vegetable juices which provide greater weight loss are carrots, celery, cucumber, Chinese cabbage and tomato.

Black Coffee

Some studies have shown that drinking coffee, black without sugar, can actually increase the body’s ability to lose weight.  Although, increasing caffeine has not shown that it will result to permanent weight loss, theories on why caffeine has this effect are abundant.  The most common theory is that caffeine suppresses appetite.  Many diet pills have caffeine as a major ingredient for the intention of reducing one’s desire to eat.  Another reason is that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which will eventually increase the calories burned by the body, resulting to losing of weight.

Green Tea

According to a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking green tea extract resulted to a boost in metabolism; that is, there is an increase use of energy by the body.  Green tea has a high concentration of catechin polyphenols, which has shown to increase the metabolic rate of a person by four percent.  Additionally, rats which were injected with enough amounts of green tea lost weight by 21 percent due to loss in appetite.  They ate only 60 percent of their food. 

Home-made Smoothie

Smoothies are blended and chilled fresh fruits and vegetables, together with yogurt.  In the right amounts of ingredients, smoothies can help in increasing metabolism through its carbohydrates, protein and fats.  There are hundreds of smoothie recipes available everywhere that can be a meal substitute, especially for breakfast.  Not only will smoothies help in reducing weight, it also gives high amounts of antioxidants helpful for the body to fight off the damaging effects of oxidations brought about by free radicals.

100% Fruit Juice

The US Department of Agriculture recommended that an average person should consume 5-9 servings of fruits daily.  However, it is shown that consuming fresh fruits are difficult to fulfill considering that some have aversion towards eating fruits.  However, by juicing them up, one can achieve the recommended amounts of fruit servings far more quicker than by simply eating and munching on the fruit.  By juicing and squeezing the fruit, all the necessary nutrients are included in the juice, unlike processed juices which have reduced the important enzymes due to heating process. A 100% fruit juice can help in promoting weight loss by up to three pounds during the first week of juice fasting, according to some dieters. 

 

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