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If you've ever tried a quick-fix diet plan, you know how temporary your weight loss can be. For weight loss to be truly healthful, you need to establish enjoyment for habits of healthy metabolism, regular exercise and proper nutrition.

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FucoThin is a natural, whole food based supplement that is made with a proprietary concentration of fucoxanthin combined with pomegranate seed oil, for a patent-pending formula that is naturally thermogenic. FucoThin has been studied by leading scientists for many years and is the only formula that has human clinical research to confirm its thermogenic effect.

Pinolenic Acid - NEW

Pinolenic acid is a natural plant extract discovered in Europe. Pinolenic acid has been shown to suppress appetite dramatically without causing any stimulatory effect. This pine nut extract attacks the underlying mechanisms involved in hunger so effectively that study participants reduced their food intake by 36%.

Hoodia

Hoodia is a succulent plant belonging to the Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) family.  It has recently been featured on national TV.  Hoodia was brought to the western world as a supplement for diet to aid in obesity and weight loss by suppressing appetite. Hoodia's appetite-suppressing ingredient, known as P57, seems to send a signal to the hypothalamus of the brain that tells the body it is no longer hungry. 

L-Carnitine

New research continues to pour in to support the idea that l-carnitine should be an every day, health­supporting nutrient that we all take as regularly as vitamin C.  L-Carnitine is a water-soluble, B-vitamin-like nutrient that the body uses to turn fat into energy.  With carnitine's help, fat levels decrease in the blood and weight loss is easier.  Energy levels go up with l-carnitine.  L-Carnitine is a basic part of overall health and unless you are eating a pound of (raw) red meat per day -- the main dietary source for this nutrient -- you need to supplement.  How much?  Around 1,000 mg per day for most people, 2,000 mg or more for those trying to lose weight, promote heart health, lower cholesterol and for those wanting better sports endurance.

Robert Crayhon, M.S., C.N., reports that Clinicians around the country are reporting to their research center in Boulder, Colorado that l-carnitine helps promote weight loss in three ways: 1) by directly increasing fat burning,4 2) by increasing energy levels so patients are more likely to exercise,5 and 3) by decreasing cravings, so patients can find it easier to stick to their eating plans.

Chromium Picolinate
Chromium picolinate is one of the best-known nutrients for healthy weight maintenance. Chromium supports healthy blood sugar levels, which can help to increase the percentage of energy going to the muscles to be burned rather than being stored as fat.

Researchers involved in a 1997 study assessed the effects of chromium yeast and chromium picolinate on lean body mass in 36 obese patients during and after weight reduction with a very low calorie diet. During the 26-week treatment period, subjects received either placebo or 200 mcg chromium yeast or 200 mcg chromium picolinate in a double-blind manner. After 26 weeks, chromium picolinate-supplemented patients showed increased lean body mass whereas the other treatment groups still had reduced lean body mass.1

In a 1997 study done at the University of Texas at Austin, researchers examined the effects of 400 mcg of chromium and exercise training on young, obese women. The results showed that exercise training combined with chromium picolinate supplementation resulted in significant weight loss and lowered the insulin response to an oral glucose load.2

CLA May Help Reduce Body Fat
CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is best known for it abilities to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle, and fight cancer.  Studies suggest CLA may be an important nutrient for optimal body composition, possibly helping to reduce body fat and increase muscle.  

Relora Minimizes Stress-Induced Eating
It’s no secret that we tend to eat more when we are under stress – and stress is rampant in today’s society.  Recent studies associate stress-related overeating with release by the adrenal gland of the hormone cortisol.  New, all-natural Relora is an herbal blend which has been shown to normalize cortisol levels.  Relora may help minimize weight gain associated with emotional overeating when Relora is used as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. 

Relora features magnolia bark and phellodendrum, two botanicals that have been used in traditional Chinese herbalism for more than 1,500 years.  

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Pyruvate
You need carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. But they first need to be converted into glucose. One of the most important nutrients for healthy metabolism of carbohydrates is pyruvate. To get the most out of your healthy diet and regular workouts, you need healthy metabolism. Scientists have found that certain nutrients can encourage your body to digest and utilize fat for healthy metabolism, leaving you to focus on achieving your goal of healthy weight control.

Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful during and after weight loss as many people on weight loss diets do not consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Some common sources of nutrients such as calcium and Vitamin E are found in high quantities in high calorie foods which people on weight loss diets tend to avoid.

B vitamins are essential for the metabolism of food and optimal intake is necessary to ensure that this takes place effectively. Biotin and pantothenic acid supplements have been used in weight loss programs.

Extra minerals may also be useful in preventing deficiency, especially in people whose fiber intakes are high, as fiber reduces absorption of calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and molybdenum.

Antioxidants
Since weight loss usually involves a mild process of detoxification, with the body burning fat and sometimes other tissues, antioxidants may be useful. These include beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.

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Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acid supplements may also be useful in improving fatty acid metabolism. This is particularly important if the diet is very low in fat. Cold-pressed flaxseed oil is high in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and is a good way to obtain these oils. Usually, three or four teaspoons a day are adequate. As cofactors that help in fatty acid metabolism, zinc, magnesium, vitamins A, C, niacin, pyridoxine, biotin, choline and carnitine may also be useful.

Herbs and Other Nutrients
Other nutrients and supplements that have been used to help in weight loss include coenzyme Q10, acetyl-L-carnitine, spirulina and chitosan.

Herbs that have been used to aid in weight loss include brindleberry (Garcinia cambogia), chickweed (Stellaria media), bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) and plantain (Plantago ovata).

Water
Often overlooked, consumption of water often contributes to weight loss. Drink water when you are hungry, or at least a glass of water half an hour before a meal. Water will begin to fill you up. Then your meal will satisfy you more easily. Often people mistake hunger for thirst. If you need to lose weight, assume that you make this mistake and drink more water when you feel hungry.

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Green Tea for Weight Loss
A recent clinical study 3 suggests that green tea extract rich in catechins (a specific polyphenol compound found in green tea) may help the body burn fat.  Like black tea, which comes from the same plant (camellia sinensis), green tea contains caffeine in addition to catechins.  While there is some scientific evidence that caffeine itself can help burn fat, the results of this study suggest that the fat-burning effect of green tea was not due to its caffeine content alone.

The small, randomized, double-blind study involved ten healthy young men with body-fat ratings that ranged from lean to mildly obese.  The participants took one of three different treatments three times a day with meals.  Group A) green tea extract standardized to contain 50 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of epigallocatechin gallate (an important green tea catechin / polyphenol); Group B) a 50 mg dose of caffeine; and Group C) an inactive placebo.  The men continued to eat a typical Western diet.  During the treatment periods, each man spent 24 hours in a respiratory chamber that enabled researchers to monitor his total calorie (energy) expenditures as well as his respiratory quotients (a measurement of the rate of fat oxidation). 

Men taking the green tea extract had a small but statistically significant 4 percent increase in energy expenditure, compared with no change for those taking either placebo or the caffeine alone.  In addition, respiratory quotients dropped for those taking green tea, meaning that their fat oxidation was increased and their carbohydrate oxidation decreased. 

The study concluded that green tea stimulated the oxidation of fat and boosted thermogenesis – the expenditure of calories as heat.  These effects were not caused by the caffeine, they said.  The scientists pointed out that the men who took caffeine alone experienced no changes in thermogenesis or fat oxidation. However, they did speculate that the caffeine may have worked in concert with green tea polyphenols to produce the weight loss effects. 

Because of the small number of participants, this study is far from conclusive, but it does offer an interesting foundation for future research.  Other plants currently under investigation for their thermogenic effects include cayenne pepper (capsicum annuum) and bitter orange (citrus xaurantium). 

Green tea is probably best avoided by those who are sensitive to the effects of caffeine.  However, when compared to coffee or even black tea, green tea is relatively low in caffeine.  In addition, green tea is higher than black tea in polyphenols, because it undergoes only minimal processing after harvest. 3 

Supplements to Help Allay Sugar Cravings
Astragalus root (astragalus membranaceus).  This herb has become known mainly as an immune enhancer, yet in Chinese medicine it is considered a major tonic.  Used regularly, it helps to support stamina over time and helps reduce sugar cravings. 

Vitamin B-6 often helps quell cravings.  Amounts up to or above 1,000 mg per day, for a short duration, often are the most effective.  Check with your health-care practitioner for the proper dose. 

References

  1. Bahadori B; Wallner S; Schneider H; Wascher TC; Toplak H. Effect of chromium yeast and chromium picolinate on body composition of obese, non-diabetic patients during and after a formula diet. Acta Med Austriaca, 1997, 24:5, 185-7.
  2. Grant KE; Chandler RM; Castle AL; Ivy JL. Chromium and exercise training: effect on obese women. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 1997 Aug, 29:8, 992-8.
  3. Dulloo, AG, et. al.  “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999, 70: 1040-5. 
  4. Lurz, R. and Fischer, R. (1998). Aerztezeitschrift fur Naturheilverfahren 39:12.

  5. Kaats, G.R. (1992). Cur. Ther. Res. 51:261.

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