As Im sure youve heard, the FDA issued a consumer advisory regarding several Hydroxycut products on May 1, 2009. (Hydroxycut products are supplements geared at promoting weight loss, fat burning, increased energy and metabolism, and decreased appetite.)
According to the FDA, they have received 23 reports over the course of seven years that people taking Hydroxycut products experienced serious liver-related problems. The FDA advisory goes on to state, Although the liver damage appears to be relatively rare, FDA believes consumers should not be exposed to unnecessary risks. As a result of the FDA advisory, Iovate Health Sciences (the manufacturer of Hydroxycut products) issued a voluntary recall of the products in question.
This recall shows, yet again, that the idea of weight loss in a bottle is a myth. As Dr. Lark has written about time and again and I have preached in seminar and retreats several times over, the secret to effective weight loss is (drum roll please!) exercise and proper nutrition.
That being said, there are a few tricks laying right in your refrigerator or kitchen cabinet that can make your weight loss efforts, well, effortless, such as green tea and flaxseed. Then there are the things that should NOT be in your frig or cupboard things like wheat and dairy. Let me explain.
Both wheat and dairy are common food allergens. For some, this can translate to very serious conditions such as celiac disease (wheat and gluten allergy) or lactose intolerance (dairy allergy). However, thousands of women have developed an intolerance to these foods. The result is often false fat due to inflammation of the digestive system.
When you think of inflammation, you most likely think of swelling around a knee or bruise. But the reality is that no matter where an injury occurs, the physical manifestations are the samepain, stiffness, and swelling. Therefore, when certain foods irritate or injure your intestinal tract, the abdomen and midriff can swell, resulting in bloating and fluid retention in the abdomenthis is false fat. Simply avoiding foods that contain wheat and dairy can result in a flatter tummy for many women.
And if you are looking for delicious way to boost your metabolism and burn calories, skip the hype and just brew up a cup of green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, which appear to block the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine, a brain chemical that regulates your metabolism. The higher your levels of norepinephrine, the faster your metabolism, which in turn allows you to burn calories even more efficiently. To reap the full benefits of green tea for weight loss, aim for drinking three 8-ounce cups of green tea a day. This is enough to provide roughly 240 to 320 mg of polyphenols.
And if you are looking for an easy, healthy way to decrease your appetite, try flaxseed. Flaxseed is living proof that great things do come in small packages. Flax is a great source of fiber, which has been shown to enhance weight loss, help in weight management, and decrease feelings of hunger. It does this by increasing bulk and helping to reduce appetite, thereby producing feelings of satiety.
Plus, flax contains essential fatty acids (great for skin, hair, energy levels, and heart protection), as well as phytoestrogens, weakly estrogenic plant nutrients that bind with your bodys estrogen receptors, mimicking the effects of estrogen. This is good news for anyone suffering from menopause symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, or other signs of menopause. Aim for 46 tablespoons of ground flaxseed a day. Simply sprinkle on dairy-free yogurt or oatmeal in the morning, over a salad at lunch or dinner, or add to your favorite smoothie as a snack.