Are you following your weight loss program and not getting the results you should? It could be due to a slower than normal metabolism and poor fat burning. I know this is a common problem because I see this so often with my clients. They have tried several so-called diets with little or any results. I constantly scour the research looking for a reason and the nutrients that will help or support my clients in their efforts. There are six great tips that have great research behind them and are rapidly becoming my favorite new plateau-busting methods.
The first is the active constituent from Green Tea, EGCg. Green tea has been shown to have many great health benefits including antioxidants and blood sugar stabilizing but the thing that has me most excited in this research showing that it can increase energy expenditure by 4% which translates to an average of 100-150 more calories burned a day. This same study showed improved fat metabolism of 10% and also the inhibition of an enzyme called pancreative lipase which could prevent weight gain. Jupel, C, Armand M, Pafumi Y, et al. Green tea extract (AR25) inhibits lipolysis of triglycerides in gastric and duodenum medium in vitro. J Nutr Biochem 2000; 11:45-51.
The second interesting nutrient is Grape Seed Supreme. We have all heard the great benefits of grape seed and skin extracts for the heart but I was delighted to discover that it also helps with fat metabolism. The new research, recently published in the journal Nature, found that "When cells were exposed to resveratrol, our studies showed a pretty dramatic reduction in the conversion to fat cells and a lesser but still significant increase in the mobilization of existing fat, or the rate at which the cells metabolized stored fat, " said Mark Leid, a professor of pharmacology in the OSU College of Pharmacy.
There is also new research coming out all the time to support the use of the fatty acid CLA for its numerous positive effects on weight loss including helping to support fat burning, especially fat around the waist and helping to increase insulin receptor sensitivity. One of my favorite studies found that after only a month men who supplemented with CLA (with no dietary intervention) lost an inch around their waists. When you use these three nutrients in the right combination, I am sure you will be pleased with the results! Of course, diet and attitude is key too and that's why my other tips focus on food and mindset.
Nutrient number four is attitude. I find there is a switch that goes on and off in dieters. This switch is something that seems uncontrollable…it goes on and off as it wishes. What if there was a way to turn this switch on all the time? You know the one. The switch that says, "Yes, I want to take care of my body every day," "Yes, I am ok with moderation." "Yes, I feel 100% satisfied with this body of mine!" There are two techniques used at Healthful Direction that help target the subconscious mind and help to rewrite the programming going on in your brain. By using these techniques in our sessions together, you can start to get rid of that self-sabotaging behavior. The first technique is called The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or as some like to say, 'tapping.' There is a boat load of research on how this technique can help calm the nervous system down in a way that sets you up for great success in every area of your life such as body image. The second method used is called Psych-K. I find that this technique can really zero in the issues very quickly! Cellular Bruce Lipton is a huge proponent of this technique and I'm sure he'd agree with me when I say that it can work remarkably well for permanent weight loss!
The last nutrient I am going to refer to today as it relates to a stuck metabolism is food sensitivities. These are different than food allergies where one would might into anaphalactic shock. A food sensitivity is a delayed reaction, meaning that your symptoms can develop many days after consuming a substance. The LEAP test helps to determine what these foods are that are causing an inflammatory response in the body leading to possible weight gain. With the elimination of these foods that you specifically are testing for (yes, truly individualized), you can free yourself from the inflammation and the extra weight too. In fact, a headache, fatigue, skin condition and more might get solved in the same elimination process!
So as you can see, there are may ways to heal a metabolism that is in the dumps. Give all types of nutrients a try because often it is a combination that is truly the most potent and beneficial for you.
In Health & Happiness,
Alison Held, M.S.