(NaturalNews) Maybe you've noticed - people on low or no fat diets tend to remain fat or regain it quickly. Food fat issues are overrated. We need good fat to help build cell walls and brain cells.
Calorie sources and how they're metabolized are the real issues. A more recent, more accurate assessment points to high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It is in almost all processed and junk foods, even those that don't taste sweet.
Almost half the calories of HFCS are not used for energy. They're stored as fat, and HFCS messes up the brain signals that let you know you've had enough to eat. So you'll even eat more of foods with HFCS, and you'll store up even more fat.
To a lesser extent, all highly refined carbohydrates contribute to this cycle. The trans-fat processed oils add to this inability to metabolize carbs for immediate energy by creating inflammation.
You'll lose fat naturally by eliminating processed oils and HFCS, which are used in almost all processed and fast foods.
Supplements that can accelerate your weight loss campaign
L-Glutamine: Julia Ross, director of Recovery Systems Clinic in Mill Valley, recommends L-Glutamine to help eliminate cravings. "L-glutamine, an amino acid, instantly fuels the brain, which stops the code red that makes you crave sweets and starchy foods."
A 1996 animal study at the Duke Medical Center indicated that L-Glutamine may alter how calories are transferred to inhibit fat storage. So more fat is used for energy instead of accumulating to puff you up.
Gymnema Syvelstre: This herb is derived from a plant that grows wild in Africa and India. It can be purchased as tablets or capsules. Its molecules mimic glucose and fool the taste bud receptors on the tongue enough to convince people they have had enough sugar.
A study published in 1983 in the journal Physiology and Behavior discovered that people using gymnema had less cravings for sweets and didn't binge even when the opportunity presented itself.
Boost your metabolism and burn fat faster
Drinking cold water and/or taking cold showers seem to bring out brown fat or brown adipose tissue (BAT). Unlike white fat that just hangs around, BAT is metabolically active and can actually be utilized for energy immediately.
A healthy thyroid is important. Most people who have problems losing weight are lacking the proper balance of thyroid hormones. Supplementing the thyroid with its main food, iodine/iodide, may be the first option.
There are also thyroid supplements that will enhance your thyroid hormone production. It's wise to consult with a health practitioner who is nutrition savvy regarding hormones.
Most of us are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is often considered the master mineral because it's involved in over 300 cellular metabolic processes. Unfortunately, magnesium is not easily absorbed as an oral supplement.
Green tea extracts: A 2005 human study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that high daily amounts of the fat burning catechins found in green tea increased fat loss.
The green tea extracts offer catechins more efficiently than drinking green tea. Green tea extracts have also been observed to reduce cancerous tumors.
Guggul is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for joint pain. But a study using guggul during combined weight training and aerobic exercise increased weight loss five-fold compared to those who trained but didn't take guggul.
A diet comprised largely of unprocessed organic veggies and fruits will help you from regaining what you've lost.