The pop­u­lar sup­ple­ment proven to in­crease fat burn­ing

Iran Daily - - Health & Wellness -

Weight loss can be an ar­du­ous task. De­spite hav­ing started ex­er­cis­ing more and eat­ing less, some will strug­gle to see re­sults, and in­stead turn to ways to boost weight loss. One sup­ple­ment may help to in­crease fat burn­ing.

What are those jig­gly bits of skin you can pinch? It’s called sub­cu­ta­neous fat, ex­ re­ported.

Sub­cu­ta­neous fat is the deep­est layer of the skin which — be­lieve it or not — does serve a pur­pose.

It’s one way that the body stores en­ergy, and it’s used as pad­ding to pro­tect the mus­cles and bones from the im­pact of a fall.

The fat serves as a pas­sage­way for nerves and blood ves­sels be­tween the skin and mus­cles, and it helps to keep the body warm.

How­ever, too much sub­cu­ta­neous fat is linked with heart dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, di­a­betes, fatty liver dis­ease and can­cer.

To burn fat, the body must first break down the fat cell and move it along to the blood­stream.

An an­tiox­i­dant, Epi­gal­lo­cat­e­chin gal­late (EGCG), has been shown to aid fat burn­ing, and it’s abun­dant in green tea sup­ple­ments.

Re­searchers from the De­part­ment of Chem­i­cal Bi­ol­ogy, at the State Univer­sity of New Jersey, looked into this link.

They found that EGCG can help in­hibit an en­zyme from break­ing down the hor­mone nor­ep­i­neph­rine — a fat-burn­ing hor­mone.

When the en­zyme is stopped from break­ing down nor­ep­i­neph­rine, the amount of nor­ep­i­neph­rine in­creases thereby pro­mot­ing fat break­down and weight loss.

A re­search team from the De­part­ment of Phys­i­ol­ogy looked into this link be­tween green tea ex­tract and weight loss in more depth.

They con­ducted a ran­dom­ized, con­trolled trial that in­volved 60 obese sub­jects.

The Na­tional Health Ser­vice (NHS) de­fines obe­sity as a body mass in­dex (BMI) of 30 to 39.9 — try the healthy weight cal­cu­la­tor.

All par­tic­i­pants con­sumed a diet con­tain­ing three meals for 12 weeks, pre­pared by the Nu­tri­tional Unit at Sri­na­garind Hos­pi­tal.

The diet con­sisted of 65 per­cent car­bo­hy­drates, 15 per­cent pro­tein, and 20 per­cent fat.

The vol­un­teers’ body weights and BMI were mea­sured be­fore the study be­gan, four weeks in, then at the eight-week mark and at the end of the study.

The only dif­fer­ence in con­sump­tion be­tween the par­tic­i­pants was that some were given green tea ex­tract to con­sume, while oth­ers were not.

By the eighth week, the re­sults re­vealed a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in body weight be­tween those given green tea ex­tract and those who had taken place­bos.

This trend con­tin­ued by the 12th week, with the re­searchers con­clud­ing that “green tea can re­duce body weight” in obese peo­ple.

Green tea ex­tract is avail­able in sup­ple­ment form that can be bought in health stores, such as Hol­land and Bar­rett or or­dered on­line.

The cat­e­chin EGCG is a type of polyphe­nol that is the main ac­tive in­gre­di­ent, as out­lined ear­lier.

And, as pre­sented, ev­i­dence sug­gested that sup­ple­ment­ing with green tea can aid weight man­age­ment.

If you do take green tea sup­ple­ments, the ex­er­cise and eat­ing less still needs to be in mo­tion.


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