Weight Loss

Natural Medicine Still LifeIf you want to lose weight, forget about diet pills. There are lots of all-natural herbs that can help you lose weight. They do this by giving your metabolism a boost. If you’re eating right and getting some regular exercise, adding these herbs to your diet can help you burn calories faster and keep the fat off for good.

Green Tea

All tea helps your metabolism work, but the reason green tea is so special is that it isn’t processed like other types are. Green tea raises your body temperature and speeds up your metabolism through a process called thermogenesis. It also causes your body to release the hormone norepinephrine, which speeds up fat burning. This is caused in part by the caffeine in the tea, but also by compounds that occur naturally in it. Continue reading

6 Spices to Spike Weight LossSome foods are better for you than others. Some promote weight gain, while others act as excellent fat burners. There are several spices which make your weight loss and fat burning efforts as efficient as possible. Add the following spices to your daily diet, and you may just begin to see the Battle of the Bulge turning in your favor.

Cinnamon

This common spice has been used for centuries to treat a number of health problems. Increased blood sugar levels can cause fat storage. Cinnamon regulates your blood sugar by controlling insulin levels. This spice also speeds up your metabolism, helps burn belly fat, and suppresses your appetite, making it a “super food” for promoting weight loss. Continue reading

Foods to Fill You UpA Guide to Water-Rich Foods That’ll Help You Eat Less in Total

Many of the water-rich foods are high in fiber, but low in calories. Researchers have found that the body senses it is full by the volume of food and not the number of calories consumed. By filling up on water-rich foods first, you end up feeling full, eat less high-calorie foods and in the end eat fewer calories over the course of that meal.

Some of the water-rich foods are classified as negative calorie foods – it takes more calories to digest them than what is contained in the food itself. Let’s take a look at some of these foods that fill you up fast: Continue reading

Does Sugar Make You Fat?Sugar tastes oh so sweet, but do we really need it? And is that spare tire around your waist, your neck jowls and upper arm flab caused by eating too much sugar? Research in recent years has shown that your sugar intake can have a definite effect on your body weight, over time. So how much is too much, and just exactly how does sugar make you fat?

Let’s take that second question first. Sugar, as well as high fructose corn syrup, is made up of glucose and fructose. You need glucose to live. Your body produces it naturally, and it is used to give your cells energy. But fructose is unnatural, and your body does not produce it. Of all the cells in your body, only your liver cells can process fructose. Continue reading

Fat-Burning FoodsDid you know there are foods that can help you burn fat? The secret is to eat foods that take a lot of energy to digest. That way, more of the food’s calories are used in digesting it and you don’t have to “work off” all the calories. Here is a partial list of some of the better-known fat-burning foods.

Low-Fat dairy products

Foods like low-fat yogurt (without added sugar), reduced-fat cheese, and skim milk are reputed to help you burn fat. Studies have shown that those who eat low-fat dairy products not only tend to lose weight, but they also tend not to gain weight over time. So low-fat dairy products may be helpful in preventing weight gain, too. Continue reading