What does science say?
Losing weight, especially visible or noticeable weight loss, is a heart’s desire for a large part of not only the European population but most others too. Especially from the age of 30 it is difficult to keep a sporty figure. Therefore, many in this phase of life, begin endurance sports. Jogging, swimming and cycling are probably the most popular of this kind. In addition, one starts to rethink one’s Diet. Fast food, which at the age of 20 could still be devoured in record time, begins to be viewed with suspicion, for the one or the other it is even accompanied by a touch of melancholy. Therefore, some increasingly dedicate themselves to consuming more vegetables that serve as meat substitutes, or even resort to chicken and fish. In general, it is better not to eat meat more than once a week. Sweets and calorie bombs such as tiramisu, biscuits and cakes are only a rarity and when they’re consumed one usually immediately regrets eating them. At the latest when it makes itself visible on the scale.
Are conservative therapies efficient?
Those who have already turned 30 and can’t identify with these thoughts at all should consider themselves lucky, because it is the exception. As a rule, you inquire about measures that help the adipose tissue, and you try out various things. In most conservative therapy programs, the average weight loss after one year is five to six kilograms. To date, experience shows that many people find it difficult to maintain this weight loss. Even if therapy programs are continued, there is a moderate increase in body weight in the second year. The reasons for this are not clear: it could be due to the general living conditions, the individual environment and the genetic predisposition or the complex regulatory system of our body "defending its weight". A permanent lifestyle change is of central importance for weight maintenance. With regard to nutrition, a low-fat diet with a reduction in energy density currently promises the greatest benefit. Adequate satiation can be achieved if eating habits and intake quantities are largely preserved.
This means that it is best to maintain your eating rhythm. After each meal, you should feel full for a while. At the same time, however, meals should be low in fat and not high in calories. This may sound paradox, but various natural substances can meet these requirements:
Is this the new miracle weight loss fruit?
For some years now, the prickly pear has been the focus of worldwide, scientific research because bioactive components have been found therein, which among other things have antioxidant properties. So far, most scientific studies on the effects of the prickly pear have been carried out in its native country, Mexico, where the Aztecs used parts of this plant for healing purposes. In traditional Mexican folk medicine, the cladodes are mostly utilized in a cooked or dried state and used to prevent chronic diseases such as type II diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or hypercholesterolemia (increased cholesterol levels in the blood plasma). Experiments and clinical studies show that the pectin-like polysaccharides (fiber for humans), contained in the flat sprouts, which serve the plant as a complex three-dimensional network for water storage, are also responsible for these effects. In addition to its ability to increase satiety due to it being a fiber, due to its ability to bind fat that is excreted in the stool, with regular consumption it reduces the triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood. Furthermore, the blood sugar level is reduced - presumably due to an increased insulin release. The flowers of the prickly pear cactus are used to make teas for prostate and bladder problems. Regular consumption of the fruit helps for example with the above-mentioned high concentrations of calcium and magnesium to prevent osteoporosis or muscle cramps during sports.
Nature instead of medicine - success is measurable!
Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical Garcinia species native to Indonesia. Common names include Garcinia cambogia as well as Malabar tamarinds and Kudam Puli. In Germany, this fruit is called Garcinia Cambogia, however, even though it has a positive effect on weight it is hardly known about. It looks similar to a small pumpkin, is green to light yellow in color and probably comes from East Africa. There it’s been known for thousands of years and is firmly anchored in Ayurvedic medicine, as well as the traditional Indian healing method. However, modern science still isn’t in complete agreement about its effects. While some studies clearly conclude that Garcinia Cambogia accelerates the fat metabolism, other scientists cannot prove that eating this fruit was causal to the weight loss of its study participants with absolute certainty. However, fact is that during regular use there was no weight gain. Of course, the results of studies always depend on the methods applied and the scientific consensus is to be seen as a subset of reference points.
The konjac plant, also known as the devil's tongue or Amorphophallu konjac (Amorphophallus rivieri), is a plant from the Arum family and an integral part of Asian cuisine. Glucomannan is a fiber from the konjac root, which has shown to lower cholesterol. According to a meta-analysis from 12 studies, 3 g konjac glucomannan on a daily basis lead to an average LDL cholesterol reduction of 10%. Furthermore, it has been shown to reduce body weight if an overweight person takes at least 3 g per day in 3 servings of at least 1 g with 1–2 glasses of water before a meal. In fact, konjac products have hardly any calories and contain neither fat nor usable carbohydrates, but only water and fiber. In addition, the konjac root stimulates digestion and promotes gastrointestinal health.
Guarana seeds have been anchored in the folk medicine of the indigenous people around the Amazon for a long time. After they’ve been dried and peeled, the seeds which are high in caffeine, are ground into a light brown powder, swollen in water and drunk with honey. Guaraná is said to have a slightly antipyretic effect and, in the case of physical weakness, it’s said to strengthen stamina. Similar to coffee, Guaraná has a stimulating effect on the cardiovascular system. It also curbs feelings of hunger and thirst, which is why it is very important to make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated after consuming it. The caffeine in guarana strongly stimulates the metabolism and thus ensures better and more effective fat burning. While caffeine clearly reduces body fat in animal experiments, this has not yet been officially proven in human studies. This could be due to the fact that in animal experiments, far fewer factors cannot be controlled. However, it is undisputed that caffeine can provide the necessary energy for sports activities, which in turn goes hand in hand with a reduction in adipose tissue.
How difficult is the implementation?
If science were always on the same page, it would probably make very slow progress. Why should you do research when there is nothing to disprove or prove? Therefore, the most interesting studies on natural products are probably those that were created out of passion and enthusiasm for the power of nature. Consumers are advised not only to orientate themselves on the results that have arisen from well-paid research which are processed with expensive advertising. It is far more important to do research in order to get a comprehensive picture and to keep an eye on the body's condition. Usually significant weight loss can be achieved without pharmaceutical products and medical help. None of the three main meals have to be left out. Instead, pay attention to what you eat and how to pass the time between main meals. It is undoubtedly proven that only 30 minutes of physical exertion on a daily basis positively contributes to the metabolism. The energy for this comes from natural products such as those that have just been listed. But where do you get these exotic products and how do you dose them correctly? Body’s Perfect specializes in combining healthy natural products from all over the world. Great care was taken to ensure the right proportion of ingredients in order to provide athletes with enough energy for the day and noticeably simplify losing or maintaining an ideal weight at the same time.
Melanie Beudels & Angelika Preisfeld: Journal für Didaktik der Naturwissenschaften und der Mathematik (P/S)Juni 2018, Vol.2, pp. 54-71
Steven B. Heymsfield, MD; David B. Allison, PhD; Joseph R. Vasselli, PhD; et al: Garcinia cambogia (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Potential Antiobesity Agent
Central Research Laboratory, FANCL Corp., Kanagawa, Japan, Laboratory of Advanced Animal and Marine Bioresources, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, Food Development Laboratory, Nippon Shinyaku Co., Ltd., Kyoto, Japan, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Toho University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, Department of Biochemistry, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan: Effects of garcinia cambogia (Hydroxycitric Acid) on visceral fat accumulation
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