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It has long been believed that drinking green tea has many health giving benefits, amongst which is its ability to increase your metabolic rate – which raises the rate at which you are burning off calories.
In addition, it is also believed that it can help to enhance fat oxidization, which in turn helps your body to burn fat more quickly.
The secret weight loss weapons in green tea are catechin polyphenols, because while all teas contain antioxidants, it is only green tea that contains a significant amount of catechins.
These substances help to keep the weight off by blocking the normal movement of glucose sugars in the cells of your body. They also work in tandem with other substances in your body to increase the rate of fat oxidation, which is another way of saying that they help your body to burn fat as fuel rather than burning carbohydrates – which would normally be the ‘first choice’ fuel that your body would turn to.
The most abundant of the catechins found in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has the ability to alter hormone levels in the body which naturally helps to suppress your appetite. In addition, it is believed that it also affects the levels of noradrenaline which is a neurotransmitter that is partially responsible for controlling the levels of ‘active’ brown fat tissue in the body.
Strip away all of the science, and the net result is that drinking green tea or taking green tea extract is going to help to accelerate your fat loss while also helping to limit the further buildup of white fat tissue, the kind that you most want to get rid of.
I mentioned earlier that drinking water is vitally important, but if you want an alternative that you can drink from time to time which will also help to promote quicker fat loss, green tea is the answer you have been looking for.
Acai berries are small but nevertheless easily distinguishable purple/black berries that are originally from the Amazon rainforests. You will see that this is one of the foods mentioned on the ‘Super Foods’ list, as well it should be, because it is generally believed that there are a very wide range of health benefits to be gained from eating acai berries or at least taking acai berry extract.
For example, it is suggested that acai can help to prolong your life, that it is a very powerful antioxidant and that it can help to keep your blood pressure under control as well.
However, in weight loss terms, the most important benefits are that acai helps boost energy levels and stamina, which should assist your exercise efforts.
In addition, because acai contain very high levels of dietary fiber, they will also help to prompt your digestive system to become more efficient, meaning that less ‘junk’ gets left in your stomach and digestive tract.
This is important, because most people do not take in sufficient dietary fiber in their normal diet. This means that over time, a significant amount of undigested food detritus gets left in your stomach (some claim that there can be up to 20 pounds of ‘rubbish’ in your gut that never gets shifted under normal circumstances).
As you drink lots more water while increasing your consumption of high fiber foodstuffs such as fruit, vegetables and acai, it is quite possible that you will see a very significant weight drop in the first few days as this accumulated ‘junk’ is flushed out of your system.
Yerba Maté is another plant that is indigenous to South America that is generally taken as a tea by steeping the leaves of the plant in boiling water (the drink is known as maté).
The weight loss related benefits of Yerba Maté are believed to be widespread, with claims that it can assist in burning fat, aid stamina and endurance, while helping to detoxify and ‘clean out’ your body.
However, probably the most important benefit to anyone who is trying to lose weight and burn fat is that Yerba Maté appears to be a very effective natural appetite suppressant. This helps you to follow a more sensible eating pattern.
Apple cider vinegar
Although it can have a bitter, sour taste, apple cider vinegar is a substance that is claimed to have a wide range of health benefits. While many of these benefits have not been tested or proven scientifically, a test conducted on 12 people in 2005 found that most of them reported feeling more full and satisfied after eating bread that had been infused with a few drops of apple cider vinegar when compared to eating the bread alone.
Hence, as with many other substances reported in this chapter, it appears that apple cider vinegar may act as a natural appetite suppressant, with many people taking it by mixing it with honey in a hot drink, or alternatively with fruit juice.
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