(The closer you are to the Earth's
core, the more gravity effects you, the more you weigh.) What most people
are concerned with is changing the lean mass or
body fat mass level within themselves. You can weigh 200 lbs and have very
little fat. Athletes are prime examples of this.
Muscle weighs more than fat. So you don't have to concern yourself with
that target weight as much as you should concern
yourself with that target body fat percentage (BFP). (I'd get into what the
ideal BFP is but it varies to much based on individual,
age, location, etc.. Your best bet is to always consult your health care
Getting back to the matter at hand (and hips and thighs and chins and gut
and arteries). Well, that's the problem isn't it? Matter
of the wrong kind i.e. fat. How do we get rid of it? Oh, yeah I was
talking about natural products. But which ones work and
which ones are full of . . . matter of a different kind (rhymes with grit)?
Let's start with something that's been of interest lately: Ephedra.
What is it?
According to ephedrafacts.com: "Ephedra is a plant that is used as a
natural source of ephedrine alkaloids. Different species of
Ephedra contain different amounts of these alkaloids. The plant species that
is most commonly used as a source of ephedrine
alkaloids for dietary supplements in the United States is Ephedra sinica,
also known as ma huang."
How does it work? Is it Safe?
Similar to caffeine, Ephedra boosts metabolism. A sped up metabolism burns
fat for energy. This is also where the caution
warning comes in. Ephedra is a stimulant and can be misused and/or lead to
complications. Always consult a medical
professional before taking a supplement. (Natural)"Ephedra is safe when
consumed according to the national standards."
However, results can vary based upon an individual's health.
Another popular product is good ol' tea. Actually, green tea. Actually,
green tea extract. There's been extensive research on
various properties and effects green tea extract. For now, we'll focus on
the weight loss properties.
A report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cited a study
conducted on 10 healthy men. The men were given caffeine,
green tea extract or a placebo. The experiment's results indicated a marked
difference in the level of fat oxidation. More
pertinent to green tea's popularity is that it didn't raise heart rates (as
caffeine has been known to do). This makes it a safer bet than Ephedra.
Take note: it does contains caffeine. If you have issues with caffeine be
Studies on mice have also shown the potential for green tea extract to be an
At the very least green tea extract is an excellent anti-oxidant and more
benefits are currently being discovered and researched.
Let's change gears a little bit. We've talked about a couple of supplements
that can help burn fat but what about building a little
muscle? After all, muscle helps to burn fat. (Sort of an indirect way of
talking about the same thing if you think about it.)
Chromium is just such a supplement. For those who plan on exercising this
might benefit you. Since Chromium has been
discussed in a previous Health Report, let me just give you a paragraph or
two of what the Report said:
"Yet another attractive attribute of Chromium is its ability to assist in
weight management and physique-shaping efforts.
Mindell writes, "Dieters and bodybuilders are excited about Chromium because
of recent studies showing that this mineral
can help trim fat and build muscle. In one study conducted at Bemidji State
University in Minnesota, one group of male
athletes took 200 mcg. daily, and another group took a placebo. After six
weeks, the men taking Chromium gained 44
percent more lean body mass, whereas the gain in the placebo group was only
He added that several other studies demonstrated that Chromium alone can
trigger the body to lose weight. At one San
Antonio, TX-based weight loss center, overweight volunteers were given
Chromium supplements and placebo for an
average of 72 days-- and were not given any diet rules to follow nor
instructed to engage in an exercise regiment. Mindell
reported that individuals when taking Chromium lost an average of 4.2 fat
pounds and gained 1.4 pounds in lean mass
during the study period. Yet, when they were taking the placebo, "changes in
body composition were negligible. This meant
that Chromium picolinate could burn fat and enhance muscle even without
exercise or a special diet," he wrote."
Well I hope I've given you an idea of where to start if you're considering
taking a diet supplement. I've only touched the tip of
the iceberg with this article. These are three of the more popular (and
effective) diet supplements. There are many more out
there. And researchers are in a constant state of discovery and testing.
Dietary supplements are recommended to be used in conjunction with a diet and
exercise program. Always check with your health care professional before taking any supplement or starting any diet program
or exercise program.
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