Body Mass Index

Fucus vesiculosus

What is fucus vesiculosus? Fucus vesiculosus, also known as bladderwrack, is a brown alga from the Atlantic coast. It contains a wide range of constituents, of which iodine is the most important. What are the benefits of fucus vesiculosus? The iodine in Fucus vesiculosus stimulates the thyroid gland which promotes weight loss by: increasing metabolism suppresses appetite increases energy levels The thyroid gland plays an important role in regulating metabolism as metabolic rate is directly linked to thyroid activity.

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Green Tea

What are the benefits of green tea? Green tea and green tea extracts are rich in catechin polyphenols, in particular, epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant which may support a weight loss program by: increasing metabolism (energy expenditure) increasing fat oxidation regulating blood glucose after a meal suppressing appetite Green tea can increase metabolism without increasing the heart rate or blood pressure. For this reason, green tea has an advantage over other stimulant drugs and herbal weight loss supplements containing ephedra, ma huang or ephedrine.

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Sources of Fiber

Low fiber intake can be associated with various health issues. Increase your fiber intake by adding the following foods to your diet. Cereals • Rolled oats • Porridge • Muesli • Granola • Brown rice • Unprocessed bran • Low sugar breakfast cereals made from wheat Breads • Wholemeal • Rye • Hi-Fiber • Multigrain • Kibbled Flour • Unrefined • Hi-Wholemeal • Stoneground Vegetables - Best eaten raw • Celery sticks • Carrot sticks • Tomatoes Vegetables - Other • Beans • Peas • Lentils • Corn • Spinach Nuts and Seeds All nuts are a good source of fiber.

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Weight Loss Principles

Weight gain occurs when more calories are consumed than used as energy. The excess calories are converted and stored as fat, resulting in weight gain. The principle of weight loss is simple, burn more calories than you consume, that is, create a negative caloric intake. Weight Loss Equation = Energy In < Energy Out To achieve this negative caloric intake, you can: Eat Less, and/or Exercise More 1.

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Low Fiber Intake

Low fiber intake can increase the risks of several health issues such as: constipation hemorrhoids cancer of the colon diverticulitis ulcerative colitis irritable bowel hiatus hernia high blood cholesterol levels varicose veins weight gain Signs and symptoms of low fiber intake includes: irregular bowel habits difficulty passing bowel motions straining causing abdominal discomfort hard stools Fiber sources from food: Cereals Breads Flour Vegetables Nuts and Seeds Fruits If dietary intake of fiber is inadequate, complement your diet with fiber supplements.

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Tips for Eating

Weight gain occurs when the amount of food you eat is more than your body needs. Excess calories from food is stored as fat and consequently weight gain occurs. In order to maintain your weight and facilitate weight loss, most people need to eat less and exercise more. Here are some tips on controlling weight: 1. Healthy diet for weight loss A healthy weight loss diet should provide you with all the essential nutrients your body needs and give you the feeling of fullness for long periods of time.

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Reasons to Exercise

Regular exercise is an important component to weight loss and prevention of many diseases such as: Heart disease (high blood pressure and cholesterol) Diabetes Colon Cancer Obesity Osteoporosis There are many other reasons why exercise is good for you. Here is a list of 11 reasons why exercise is important in everyone’s life. More Energy Smarter Thinking Better Sleep Optimistic Outlook Boosts Immune System Better Circulation Reduce Stress Higher Self Esteem Clearer Skin Stronger Muscle and Joints Healthier Lifestyle 1.

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Chitosan

What is Chitosan? Chitosan is a non-digestible amino polysaccharide fiber derived from ground or powdered shellfish like crabs and prawns. It is not absorbed into the body, but rather passes through the gastrointestinal tract. What are the effects of Chitosan? It can help with weight loss by reducing the absorption of fats. Chitosan works by binding with dietary fats in the gastrointestinal tract and preventing the digestion and absorption of fats, and ultimately the storage of fats.

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Chromium

What is chromium? Chromium is a trace mineral which can help the weight loss and management. It is an essential element used by the body to form an organic complex called “Glucose Tolerance Factor” or GTF. GTF interacts with insulin to regulate blood sugar levels and encourages energy production from glucose. Chromium also suppresses appetite, hunger pangs and sugar cravings and is believed to increase fat metabolism. Chromium can be found naturally in foods such as meat, poultry, fish and wholegrain breads.

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Central Adiposity

There are three measurements of the waist that measures of central adiposity. These measurements are: Waist To Hip Ratio Waist To Height Ratio Waist Circumference Adiposity is the distribution of fat around the body. Central adiposity is the distribution of fat around the abdomen. Central adiposity is also called “apple shaped” bodies. Calculating Waist to Hip Ratio To measure the waist to hip ratio, you will need a measuring tape, pen, paper and a mirror.

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