We are going to look at the stranger side of weight loss that most people including medical doctors and the experts don’t know about.
Vitamin C and weight loss
Everyone agrees that vitamin C and weight loss are both good things — just what do they have to do with one another? Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant and coenzyme that plays a major role in wound healing, collagen formation and detoxification. Research has shown that individuals who have low levels of vitamin C can have as much as 43 per cent less fat burn than normal.
How come some people seem to be able to shed kilos whereas some of us have trouble getting rid of holiday weight after six weeks? A study showed that people on vitamin C supplementation lost 2.35 kg whereas those without lost only 0.95kg. What kind of study? A randomised double blind trial.
The bottom line is these studies show that vitamin C improves exercise efficiency and fat burn in submaximal exercise — this is defined as the typical prolonged exercise such as cycling or jogging that a lot of us participate in.
What are the solutions? There is a cutting-edge form of vitamin C that is available now known as liposomal vitamin C; this special formulation can guarantee as much as six times the impact as normal vitamin C.
The vitamin C is enclosed within a special nanoparticle membrane that allows for super absorption.
Of course we have also established earlier that weight loss only happens up to a certain level unless body toxicity is dealt with. Eliminating heavy metals and chemicals are essential to such fat burn objectives and covered in an earlier article on weight loss facts and considerations.
Enjoying the whole plate
We previously wrote about the importance of looking at the glycemic index of foods rather than simply the calorie count. Just a brief recap for those of you who missed it: the glycemic index refers to the impact that sugar or carbohydrates have on the body. The long-term consumption of high glycemic index foods eventually leads to a range of degenerative diseases including Type II diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
However, there is also a flaw with counting the glycemic index of individual foods. After all, nobody eats only one type of food at once. People eat whole meals with a range of different kinds of foods with different ranges of glycemic indices.
Furthermore, these foods interact to alter their glycemic index. As a result, simple modifications to food can make a big impact as to whether that holiday meal adds more or less weight to the hips.
For instance, sushi is traditionally made with rice vinegar by the Japanese. On the surface, the abundance of white rice looks rather unhealthy from our point of view right now.
Researchers have found that consuming vinegar can reduce the response your body has to glucose, a simple carbohydrate sugar, by over 50 per cent. In fact, the same study revealed a similar effect when the meals were consumed with nuts. Of course the quality of the vinegar is another consideration but we will leave that for another day.
Makes that plate of nasi lemak with the peanuts look rather different now with the right kind of composition and quantity of each ingredient. The researchers went on to study the effect that the vinegar and nuts had on the individuals for the rest of the day and noticed a 16 per cent decrease in energy consumption for the remainder of the day.
I am NOT advocating nasi lemak for weight loss but a demonstration that there are ways to make evil foods less evil.
We all know that the right hormones promotes strength in our body. As age progresses, you can observe that people tend to gain weight — this is due to very gradual drops in key hormone levels that result in less fat being burned.
The effect is subtle and could have begun as early as your mid 20s unless you have taken steps. Without these hormone levels, you can struggle for months and see very minimal weight loss — not only that, the poor hormonal status will cripple your energy levels making exercise a bigger chore than it should be!
Besides optimal fat burn, the body will begin to put on more muscle mass faster and better. This muscle mass is the “passive income” of losing weight — even when you are sitting down and working or generally not engaging in physical activity, the increased muscle tissue is burning more excess calories. In fact, fat loss benefits of exercise have more to do with the gain in muscle mass than the actual usage of energy during the exercise.