FEEL GREAT

Sci­en­tists have iden­ti­fied an amino acid short­fall that’s caus­ing up to 90 per­cent of women to pack on pounds—and the de­li­cious cure that su­per­charges slim­ming

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THE LE­MON-AID THAT FLUSHES FAT LOSE 1 LB A DAY

THE FOODS THAT WORK BET­TER THAN AN­TIDE­PRES­SANTS

Con­stant crav­ings, tired­ness, won’t-budge pounds… For far too many of us, th­ese symp­toms are frus­trat­ingly fa­mil­iar. But while many women be­lieve th­ese fac­tors are an un­avoid­able re­sult of ag­ing, re­search re­veals this “new nor­mal” isn’t nor­mal at all—it’s ac­tu­ally a sign that the body is short on the amino acid glu­tamine. “Glu­tamine is the most abun­dant amino acid in the body, and it’s crit­i­cal for en­ergy and weight loss,” as­serts Fred Pesca­tore, M.D., au­thor of The A-List Diet. “It

aids in me­tab­o­lism, brain sig­nal­ing and blood-sugar reg­u­la­tion. So when glu­tamine lev­els dip, women suf­fer fa­tigue, brain fog and more.”

Ex­perts es­ti­mate that glu­tamine short­falls af­fect up to 90 per­cent of women born be­fore 1977. “As we age, our glu­tamine stores drop off,” ex­plains Dr. Pesca­tore. “Not only is the body less ef­fi­cient at mak­ing the amino acid, but tis­sue dam­age caused by in­flam­ma­tion or ill­ness calls on the body’s sup­plies of glu­tamine to as­sist in re­pair, fur­ther de­plet­ing lev­els.” Adding to the bur­den: “The stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol also de­pletes glu­tamine,” notes nu­tri­tion­ist JJ Vir­gin, Ph.D. And with­out suf­fi­cient glu­tamine to reg­u­late blood sugar and me­tab­o­lism, crav­ings in­crease and fat burn­ing slows, mak­ing weight loss all but im­pos­si­ble.

But re­store op­ti­mal lev­els of glu­tamine—and wow! In a study in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion, women who took glu­tamine lost 3.5 times more weight over four weeks than those given a placebo. Re­searchers credit the amino acid’s abil­ity to in­crease the pro­duc­tion of hunger-damp­en­ing hor­mones by

100 per­cent within 30 min­utes.

The ben­e­fits ex­tend beyond con­trol­ling crav­ings. “Glu­tamine de­creases mus­cle wast­ing as we get older,” says Dr. Pesca­tore. That’s good news for weight loss since the more mus­cle we main­tain as we age, the hot­ter our me­tab­o­lism burns. The amino acid also helps shore up im­mu­nity and speed wound heal­ing. And, says Dr. Pesca­tore, “It can also slow down the ag­ing process, which means fewer wrin­kles and less hair loss.”

Diana lost 100 lbs! Diana Stobo, 51, San Diego Height: 5'10" NOW: 147 lbs THEN: 247 lbs

JUST IN TIME FOR SUM­MER!

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