Weight Loss using Arabian Secret Dates and Gahwa

Weight Loss using Arabian Secret Dates and Gahwa

Abstract
The aim of present study to evaluate the effect of dates, gahwa and their combination on lipid metabolism in hypercholesterolemic hamsters. The increase intake of dates and gahwa (Arabian coffee) along with a high cholesterol diet in Saudi population as well as increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has raised a concern about the effects of the Saudi diet on CVD risk. Golden Syrian hamsters were divided into six groups (six animals in each) as follows: 1) control (chow), 2) Dates-diet (50% date pulp with chow), 3) Dates-diet + gahwa (replaced with drinking water), 4) cholesterol-diet (1% cholesterol in chow), 5) dates-diet + 1% cholesterol, 6) Dates-diet + gahwa + 1% cholesterol. All the above dietary preparations were made every week and supplemented for 13 consecutive weeks. Plasma lipid profile including total cholesterol, triglycerides (TC), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) were estimated. Total cholesterol and TC were estimated in liver, heart and kidney tissues. The high cholesterol-diet caused significant increase in body and organs (liver and kidney) weights as compared to controls. Dates-diet, significantly reduced the body and liver weight that increased by the high cholesterol-diet. Plasma lipids were significantly elevated by high cholesterol-diet supplementation and this increase was significantly decreased by the dates-diet. However, hepatic TC levels further increased when dates were combined with high cholesterol-diet supplementation. Gahwa intake either with dates alone or with high cholesterol-diet was not induced any significant changes in lipid parameters. In conclusion, the dates lowering effects on body weights and plasma lipid profile shows its beneficial affects against atherosclerosis development in humans. Further investigations required for find out its potential constituents that affecting the CVD risk.[wp_ad_camp_4]

INTRODUCTION

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of global mortality, accounting for 17 million deaths annually (Smith et al., 2004); atherosclerosis, in particular, is the main contributor for the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction. Dietary cholesterol in excess promotes coronary plaque formation, which increases the susceptibility to myocardial ischemia and aggravates ischemic heart disease (Schwartz et al., 2001; Yaoita et al., 2005). Elevated levels of plasma LDL and triglycerides, accompanied by reduced HDL levels, is often associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) (Fki et al., 2005; Smith et al., 2004). Atherosclerosis represents a state of heightened oxidative stress, characterized by lipid and protein oxidation (Stocker and Keaney, 2004). Several studies indicate that LDL oxidation in an early event of process. Indeed, oxLDL is cytotoxic to a variety of vascular cells (Morel et al., 1983), induces the synthesis of monocyte chemotatic protein-1 (Rajavashisth et al., 1990), recruits inflammatory cells (Navab et al., 1991) and stimulate the production of autoantibodies (Salonen et al., 1992).[wp_ad_camp_3]

The date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L.,) have been cultivated in the Middle East over at least 6000 years ago (Copley et al., 2001). Dates fruits have always played an important role in the economic and social lives of the people of these regions and they considered dates are a staple carbohydrate food (Al-Shahib and Marshall, 2003). They are also used in the production of local foods, beverages and spirits. Folk medicinal practices dates are considered as tonic and aphrodisiac. Recently, Al-Qarawi et al. (2005) reported its beneficial affect on experimentally induced gastric ulcers in rats. A first study, reported that date fruits has anti-tumor activity (Ishurd and Kennedy, 2005). It has proofed for antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties (Vayalil, 2002; Mansouri et al., 2005). Dry date fruits are used in Indian traditional medicine after child birth as immunostimulants (Puri et al., 2000). Furthermore, Al-Shahib and Marshall, (2003) concluded that, in many ways, dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits.[wp_ad_camp_5]

The relation between coffee consumption and CVD has been extensively. Although many previous studies found no significant association between coffee and CHD (Kawachi et al., 1994; Willett et al., 1996), more recent results have been inconsistent. Case-control studies found a positive association between coffee consumption and risk of CHD (Tavani et al., 2001; Hammer et al., 2003), prospective cohort studies reported a lower risk among individuals with higher coffee consumption (Woodward and Tunstall-Pedoe, 1999; Kleemola et al., 2000). However, it has been reported that, boiled coffee enhances the serum cholesterol levels (Little et al., 1966; Bjelke, 1974). Scandinavian boiled coffee and Arabian coffee are prepared by boiling roasted ground coffee beans found to raise serum cholesterol levels in humans and in experimental animals (Zock et al., 1990; Urgert et al., 1995; Al-Kanhal et al., 1994). Dusseldorp et al. (1991) reported that, coffee boiling caused an increased extraction of hyphercholesterolemic lipid factor from coffee, which powerfully raises the serum cholesterol level.

The increase intake of gahwa (Arabian coffee) with dates along with a high cholesterol diet in Saudi population as well as increased incidence of CHD (Lewis and Russel, 1985; Al-Shoshan, 1992) has raised a concern about the effects of the Saudi diet on CHD risk. The present study has designed to evaluate the effect of dates, gahwa and their combination on lipid metabolism in hypercholesterolemic hamsters.[wp_ad_camp_2]

MATERIALS AND METHODS

This study has undertaken in College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during 2006.

Animals: Thirty-six male golden Syrian hamsters of same age weighing 60-70 g were received from Experimental Animal Care Center, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All the animals were maintained under controlled condition of temperature (24±1°C), humidity (50-55%) and light (12 h light/dark) and were provided with chow and water ad lib. The animals were kept for one week in similar conditions as incubation period and were divided in six groups by taking 6 hamsters in each group. The groups are as follows: 1) Control (chow, manufactured by Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), 2) Dates-diet (50% date pulp with chow w/w), 3) Dates-diet with gahwa (drinking water was replaced with gahwa), 4) Cholesterol-diet (1% cholesterol in chow w/w), 5) Date + cholesterol (1% cholesterol in dates-diet) and 6) Date + gahwa + cholesterol (1% cholesterol in dates-diet and gahwa replaced with drinking water).

Diets: Dates-diet: Khalas (a variety of date) date pulp was mixed with hamster chow power (1:1, w/w), made into pellets and air-dried.

Cholesterol-diet: One percent (w/w) cholesterol (BDH Chemicals, Poole, England) was mixed with hamster chow power, made into pellets and air-dried.

Gahwa: The gahwa was prepared by boiling 30 g of medium roasted grounded Arabian coffee (obtained from local market) in 1 L of water for 20 min, 5 g of grounded cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton) was added to boiling coffee and continue for 5 more min. The gahwa was decanted to remove the sediments and used after cooled.

All the above dietary preparations were made every week and stored in refrigerator except gahwa. The treatments were continued for 13 weeks.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Weight Loss using Cranberries

Weight Loss using Cranberries

Benefits

Preventing urinary tract infections is by far the most common use of cranberry juice, explains the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It may also be beneficial in combating ulcers associated to H. pylori infection as well as atherosclerosis as a result of high blood cholesterol. The University of Maryland Medical Center asserts that the antioxidants found in cranberries may inhibit the growth of cancer cells as well.

Recommendation

If you’re currently trying to lose weight, your best option is a combination of diet and exercise. Reducing your caloric intake while increasing your level of physical activity can help encourage a healthy weight loss. Talk to your doctor before starting any type of weight-loss plan.[wp_ad_camp_5]

The Outcome

Individuals drinking the two glasses of low-calorie cranberry juice a day improved across all these measures. It’s a change that adds up, and could be associated with a 10 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 15 percent lower risk of stroke3.

The reductions in blood pressure numbers alone matched those achieved from top-rated anti hypertension diets such as DASHwhich is the gold standard for lowering blood pressure.

“These findings suggest that polyphenols help to protect our bodies, and may be adept at keeping a large number of ailments at bay,” said Dr. Khoo.[wp_ad_camp_3]

“Luckily for us, a rich source of polyphenols is only a glass of cranberry juice away. Among the commonly consumed fruits in our diets, cranberries boast some of the highest levels of polyphenols – more than apples, blueberries, grapes or cherries.”

Incorporating these tart-tasting berries into our daily diets is an easy and practical lifestyle approach that holds notable promise for improving health.

In addition to the cardiometobolic effects of polyphenols, cranberries also contain unique proanthocyanidins (PACs) that may help prevent certain bacteria from sticking inside the body.

Studies have shown that drinking Cranberry Juice has helped men and women suffering from Urinary Tract Infections. At present it is not known exactly how much cranberry juice needs to be consumed to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and the actual mechanisms involved remain unclear.

Cranberry Juice is widely available – look out for those containing the most actual Cranberry Juice, not sweetened water! If you find it a little sharp for your palatte, try a raspberry or apple mix.[wp_ad_camp_4]

The reason some people believe cranberry juice may help you lose weight involves a study reported by the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Researchers were interested in analyzing the effect cranberry juice had on cholesterol levels. Participants were asked to include this juice each day as part of their normal diets. An interesting outcome of the study was a significant decrease in both body weight and body mass index, showing some promise that cranberry juice could help people lose weight.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Dietary Changes

Upon further investigation, the decrease in body weight and body mass index couldn’t be attributed to cranberry juice alone. The probable cause was fluid replacement. Instead of drinking a soft drink with their meals, participants likely drank the juice, which contained fewer calories. This lowered their caloric intake, creating the caloric deficit needed to promote weight loss.

Cranberry Juice

No scientific evidence exists that cranberry juice makes you lose weight. Even the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine fails to list weight loss as a potential benefit of this fruit. It does, however, contain many antioxidants beneficial to your health, so including cranberry juice in your diet can help in combating certain infections and diseases.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Weight Loss using Protein shakes

Weight Loss using Protein shakes

Add satisfying fiber

Add fiber to your shake to keep hunger away and to control blood sugar spikes. These fibers absorb water and expand in your stomach to create a sense of fullness.

Fiber also slows the normal increase in blood sugar in response to a meal, even when drinking just protein. It also helps replace the fiber you’ll be lacking as you cut back on carbohydrate-based foods that normally provide most of your fiber. Try to get 25g of fiber a day.

 

Psyllium 
Psyllium husk fiber is primarily a soluble fiber that absorbs about 50 times its weight in water. This helps create a bulkier, softer stool and minimizes constipation that is common during carbohydrate restriction. Add 1-3 teaspoons.   

Glucomannan 
A study over an 8-week period showed those who took 2 capsules of this plant fiber before breakfast, lunch and dinner lost 5.5 pounds while the placebo group gained weight. Take it before a meal or add it to your shake by pulling apart two capsules and pouring in the fiber powder. It swells quickly so don’t save it to drink later.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Drink two whey shakes a day and lose 5 pounds of fat

A clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutritiontracked the body weight of 90 overweight men and women during 23 weeks of drinking two shakes a day. No other instructions on what to eat were given. They drank either whey protein (28g of protein each), soy protein (28g of protein each) or carb shakes. Each shake contained about 200 calories. They drank them around breakfast and dinner. The whey group lost 4 pounds of body weight and 5 pounds of fat mass, as well as reduced their waist circumference and fasting hunger hormone (ghrelin) levels. The soy group lost 2 pounds of body weight and 2.4 pounds of body fat. The carbohydrate control group showed minimal changes.[wp_ad_camp_1]

 

Drink two MRPs a day and lose 6 pounds of fat

In a study of 38 overweight and sedentary male and female adults published in Nutrition and Metabolism, researchers looked at the effects of a meal replacement powder (MRP) totaling 300 calories per serving (40g protein from whey, casein and milk protein isolate, 25g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and vitamins and minerals). Subjects drank this MRP once daily for 2 weeks, then twice daily for 8 more weeks. They also exercised 3 times per week and were compared to an exercise-only group and a control group who did not participate in an exercise plan.

After 10 weeks, the MRP-exercise group experienced an average of 6 pounds of fat loss and a 2-pound increase in lean body mass. The exercise-only group lost 2.4 pounds of fat and gained 1.8 pounds of lean body mass. The control group experienced minimal changes.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Of the three groups, only the MRP-exercise group experienced a 12% reduction in cholesterol and 13.3% reduction in LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Also, the time to exhaustion during a standardized treadmill test improved by 21.2% in the MRP-exercise group compared to a 9.8% increase in the exercise-only group and a 1.4% in the control group. For reference, during the last 8 weeks of the study, each day the MRP-exercise group consumed 131g of protein, 190g of carbohydrates, 63g of fat and an average of 1,854 calories.

25 pound weight loss difference over 5 years with one MRP a day

In one study conducted over a 5-year period, overweight subjects who consumed a meal replacement shake lost about 10 pounds compared to others who gained 15 over the same time period, resulting in a 25 pound difference in weight between them. The value of a meal replacement may be the structure of having a prepared meal, which can reduce the temptation to eat the wrong foods.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Choose a protein

The foundation of your shake will be a high quality protein powder mixed into water, not juice. Add about 20-30 grams of protein per shake – the older you are, the more you may need to maintain muscle. A study of adults, average age of 70, showed when they took 40g of whey protein versus 20g, they boosted their muscle protein synthesis by 32%.

Which should you choose? Whey protein may have the best diet research results, with slower digesting milk proteins next, then soy or plant proteins.

 

Whey protein 
Whey provides good satiety, digests easily and is one of the best muscle-building proteins. It makes a good base shake ingredient and contains about 140 calories and 25g of protein per serving.

Milk or protein blends 
The protein in milk (casein) is slow digesting and can help you feel full longer. Many protein blends combine whey and milk proteins so you get the benefits of both.

Meal replacements 
Meal replacement powders (MRP) are larger serving sizes of a protein powder that provide 250-300 calories. They contain a blend of whey and milk proteins and have added carbs, fiber and vitamins. Many people use a half serving, which provides about 20g of protein and 10g of carbs.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Egg, soy or plant proteins
These sources are good for those who like to avoid dairy or have specific milk allergies.

 

Weight Loss using Turmeric Tea

Weight Loss using Turmeric Tea

How does turmeric tea help in weight loss?

 

1. Turmeric tea has anti-inflammatory properties

Inflammation is greatly associated with obesity or excessive fat deposition in the body. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice that helps reduce inflammation and associated oxidative stress, and thus be useful in losing weight.

2. Turmeric tea prevents metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is another prevalent risk factor linked with obesity. Fat accumulation around the abdomen causes metabolic changes that cause metabolic syndrome. Turmeric helps reduce the risk of cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood sugar levels that act against the condition.

3. Turmeric tea is great for digestion

A good digestive system is the key to lose weight. Turmeric tea helps relieve stomach disorders like gas, bloating and further improve bowel movements that help you lose weight.[wp_ad_camp_4]

4. Turmeric tea helps increase bile production

Regular consumption of turmeric tea helps increase the bile production present in the stomach. It is a digestive juice that helps in emulsifying fat and its metabolism. This process makes this spice a great way to lose weight.

5. Turmeric tea helps regulate blood sugar levels

Turmeric tea helps regulate sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance. As a result, excess fat is not retained in your body.[wp_ad_camp_5]

How to make turmeric tea for weight loss?

All you need to make turmeric tea for weight loss is:

Ingredients:

  • Turmeric paste
  • Ginger paste
  • Water

Method:

  1. Pour some water in a saucepan.
  2. Add both ginger and turmeric pastes and let the water come to a boil.
  3. Once it comes to a boil, immediately turn off the heat and let it cool at room temperature.
  4. Strain it before drinking.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Go on and drink turmeric tea for weight loss along with exercises and a healthy and a balanced diet.

This humble herb is the answer to your not-so-safe weight loss pills and fancy drinks that burn a hole in your pocket. But turmeric, a cost-effective yellow spice commonly used in cuisines across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, and Thailand can help you lose weight with no side effects. Turmeric has been used for ages to address several health issues. Now, its power is backed and endorsed by scientific research too. So, stop investing in commercial products that do no good. Instead, add this natural aromatic spice into your diet to get sure-shot results. Read on to find out how turmeric aids weight loss.

Turmeric tea is quite a popular brew that not only soothes, but also improves a person’s life. Turmeric is a superfood that contains plenty of vitamins and minerals. Its most powerful compound is curcumin and is probably the main reason how turmeric tea is able to do so much for the human body.

Because of its bright shade of orange-yellow, many people refer to turmeric tea as liquid gold. It contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibactarial, and anti-viral properties.

So what exactly is in turmeric tea that can help with a lot of issues in the human body? First, it has a high content of dietary fiber. It also provides the body with healthy carbohydrates, healthy fat, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, energy, and protein. However, it does not contain any amount of cholesterol.

For its vitamin content, it has vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, as well as folates, niacin, and riboflavin. It has electrolytes potassium and sodium. It also has minerals iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and calcium.

Out of all these nutrients, the most potent one is curcumin, which is a polyphenolic compound. This superfood drink also contains beneficial essential oils, like cineole, p-cymene, turmerone, and curcumene.

The use of this amazing superfood has been around for a very long time. Ancient traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine avail of turmeric tea’s benefits. It’s been known to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-flatulent, and carminative properties.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Has long been touted as a superfood; thanks to its compound curcumin that is known to have health promoting properties. Turmeric is used in dried or fresh form in cooking, cosmetics and traditional medicines. It has numerous bioactive compounds that endow several medicinal benefits to this spice. Other compounds that are present in turmeric are volatile oils, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, linolenic acids, proteins, carbohydrates, fibres, et al, which provide this spice with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-microbial and thermogenic properties. Not only does this spice help in keep your body healthy, it also helps in losing weight. A cupful of turmeric tea is the answer to your weight loss woes. Let’s take you through the benefits of turmeric tea for weight loss.[wp_ad_camp_3]

 

Weight loss using Egg White Protein

Weight loss using Egg White Protein

Contains Essential Vitamins

Egg whites contain essential vitamins like A, B-12 and D. One of the most important vitamins is riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is necessary for preventing various conditions like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and migraine headaches.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Although Medline Plus recommends limiting egg consumption to less than four eggs weekly because they are high in dietary cholesterol, there’s no limitation on egg whites since they are cholesterol-free. In fact, eating egg whites regularly may even help you shed extra pounds. Regardless of what you eat, a calorie deficit is required for successful weight loss.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Calories

Egg whites are a low-calorie food, which is beneficial during weight loss. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory, two large egg whites contain 34 calories, compared with 72 calories provided by one large whole egg. Replacing whole eggs with egg whites helps reduce your total calorie intake. Eating 500 fewer calories daily will help you lose 1 pound per week, and reducing your current intake by 1,000 calories a day will help you shed 2 pounds weekly.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Protein

The high protein content of egg whites also makes them an excellent choice during weight loss. According to a study published in 2009 in the “Journal of Nutrition,” protein not only helps you feel full, it causes your body to expend more calories. Therefore, protein-rich diets are often effective when trying to reduce calories for effective weight loss. The Institute of Medicine suggests it’s safe to consume up to 35 percent of your total calories from dietary protein, which is equivalent to 105 grams daily when eating 1,200 calories a day.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Other Benefits

Unlike whole eggs, egg whites contain no saturated fat or dietary cholesterol, which means egg whites are a heart-healthy choice during weight loss. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory, one large whole egg contains 186 milligrams of cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams daily, and 200 milligrams per day if you have coronary heart disease or elevated low-density lipoprotein blood cholesterol levels. Losing weight – if you’re overweight or obese – also helps reduce your heart disease risk.

Calories for Weight Loss

Although individualized calorie needs for weight loss are based on your initial body weight, gender and activity level, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides some general recommendations. Based on these guidelines, inactive women weighing less than 165 pounds generally need 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day, while active women, men and women weighing 165 pounds or more often require 1,200 to 1,600 calories daily for effective weight loss.

Eggs make for an important part of our breakfast and are known for their many health benefits; moreover, they are versatile. They can be made in to an omelette or can be scrambled, boiled, fried or just about anything. However, there has been a constant debate on how eggs also contribute to increased cholesterol level that is generally found in the egg yolk, which is why most people opt for only egg whites. Eating only egg whites instead of whole may lower the amount of calories, fat and saturated fats you consume. We reveal some benefits the much neglected egg whites have.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Cholesterol-Free

Once you have removed the egg yolk, the egg is left with no cholesterol content. Therefore, anyone who has high cholesterol levels can eat egg whites, leaving lesser chances of developing heart disease risk or elevation of cholesterol levels.

Rich In Protein

Whole eggs top the charts in terms of protein content, courtesy egg yolk. However, egg whites also tend to have generous amount of low-fat protein that is beneficial for the body. High quality protein helps build muscles and also helps you cut down on cravings and hunger pangs by keeping you fuller for long.

Low-Calorie Food

Egg is not a high-calorie food in the first place; therefore, cutting the yolk out of the meal would only mean you are adding even lesser calories. So if you are looking to lose weight, make sure you opt for egg whites rather than the whole egg.

Helps In Maintaining Blood Pressure

The presence of potassium in an egg white may help reduce and maintain blood pressure levels. Potassium is a mineral and electrolyte that is associated with heart and bone health along with the proper functioning of the body. According to a study by American Chemical Society, egg white contains a peptide called RVPSL, which is a component of protein that helps reduce blood pressure levels.

Helps Lower The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

Potassium helps in lowering blood pressure, which in turn can avert any cardiovascular diseases. It works by promoting vasodilation, a process in which blood vessels widen, which allows smooth blood flow and prevent any chances of clogging.

 

Weight Loss using Acorn Squash

Weight Loss using Acorn Squash

There are different species of Cucurbita pepo and one of them is the acorn squash. By its name, this squash features an acorn-like shape with longitudinal ridges. They are generally dark green in color, as others are yellow, and come with yellow-orange flesh. Acorn squash is a popular ingredient in stew or soup. They are also good when baked especially with some mixture of meat or vegetable at the center and finished with melted cheese.

The delicious taste of acorn squash also tells something about the health facts it brings.

Acorn squash is an excellent source of antioxidants that include vitamins A and C. Antioxidants, in general, help protect the cells from harmful free radicals which could later result to some serious condition. Vitamin A promotes healthy eyesight and skin. It ensures proper growth of bone and teeth. On the other hand, the natural antioxidant that is vitamin C is responsible for the body’s resistance against infectious agents. One cup serving of acorn squash contains 37% of its recommended daily value.

Apart from said vitamins, this vegetable has adequate supply of B vitamins, which include Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Folates, and Pyridoxine. Although they have their own functions, vitamin B complex is generally tasked for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

In terms of minerals, acorn squash is gifted with good quantity of potassium, magnesium, and manganese. The common knowledge we have with potassium is its function to maintain fluid balance in the body. But aside from that, potassium is also involved in muscle contraction and nerve transmission.

Magnesium, meanwhile, finds great importance in the breakdown of macronutrients turning them into energy for the body to utilize. It is also significant to release insulin, which is necessary to control blood sugar level.

Manganese is part of several enzymes systems such as metabolism of energy and blood sugar regulation. It assists in wound healing for the production of collagen and cartilage required.

Acorn squash is low in calorie content. A one cup serving of it yields only 115 calories- 107 calories from carbohydrates, 6 calories from protein, and 2 calories from fat. This proves to show how acorn squash can give much energy for the body. Consuming acorn squash will make you feel full faster as it contains 9g or 36% of the recommended daily value of fiber.[wp_ad_camp_1]

The Amazing Health Benefits of Acorn Squas

Immune System Booster

Acorn squash is known to be an excellent source of Vitamin C which plays vital role in the entirety of human health. Vitamin C regulates the white blood cell proliferation to establish the body’s defense against bacteria and pathogens accumulation. Pathogens and bacteria in the body can lead to infection and irregularities that trigger various disease and illnesses. This means that if you eat a lot of acorn squash, the likelihood of you getting sick is very minimal. The body will be protected from infection-related sickness such as flu, cough, cold, and others more. In addition, Vitamin C also significantly contributes to the condition of the skin, teeth, tissues in the muscle, as well as in various body organs. Consuming healthy foods that are great sources of Vitamin C, such as acorn squash, will promote the body’s overall optimal condition[wp_ad_camp_5]

Good for the Eyes

Acorn squash contains the two most needed mineral to improve eye health and they are Vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A and beta-carotene effectively work together for the maintenance and protection of vision. Intake of this vegetable has the ability to eliminate free radicals and oxidative stress in the eyes. This means that age-related eye disorders are paved away. If you eat a lot of this vegetable, you will not have to worry with having problems with your vision and eye health. This will reduce risks of blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and impairment of vision.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Nourishes the Skin

As mentioned, acorn squash is concentrated with Vitamins A and C which have good effects to the skin. Vitamin A is essential to the protection and health of the skin. It serves as an antioxidant that eliminates the possibilities of skin problems like wrinkling, blemishes, scars, etc. This compound also fights the effects of ageing in the skin. Furthermore, acorn squash’s Vitamin C keeps the skin healthy on a cellular level. Sufficient Vitamin C levels in the body have glowing and nourishing effects on the skin because it assure that skin cells are maintained and further repaired when needed. If you want to have a youthful, glowing, and healthy skin from the inside, increased intake of this vegetable have effective and visible results. Remember that it is not enough to have a beautiful skin because a beautiful but unhealthy skin will not last. It is important to keep the skin healthy from the inside so that it would naturally reflect on what meets the eye.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Supports Digestion

Acorn squash is also a great source of fiber.  In fact, if you eat a single serving of this vegetable, almost 40% of the daily fiber requirement of the body is met. Fiber plays an important role in the digestive process. It assures proper breakdown of food intake plus boosts the nutrient-absorption ability of the body. It also serves as a bulking agent to achieve normal and regular bowel movement discouraging digestive problems like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, and various gastrointestinal issues. This explains why acorn squash consumption is told to support weight loss. If you have been experiencing digestive issues, consumption of acorn squash is of great help.

Regulates Blood Pressure

Acorn squash’s abundance in potassium greatly contributes in keeping blood pressure in track. Potassium is known as a vasodilator that has relaxing and calming effects in the arteries and blood vessels. This eliminates stress in the pumping of blood from and to the heart thus keeping the pressure of the blood low. It is important to keep blood pressure normal because high blood pressure affects the stability of the heart. In addition, potassium is also very helpful in maintaining normal fluid levels in the tissues and cells thus strengthening metabolism and proper functioning of the body’s cells and enzymes. This vegetable has magnesium content which also supports in keeping blood pressure normal. Magnesium and potassium are both very effective in achieving the ideal blood pressure so make sure to regularly consume acorn squash for such matter.[wp_ad_camp_4]

 

Weight Loss using Ginger Tea Drastically

Weight Loss using Ginger Tea Drastically

Ginger Tea And Weight Loss – The Research Findings:

Ginger tea is a popular and natural remedy for a wide variety of digestive disorders, including upset tummy, vomiting, and gastritis. It is also an established remedy for cold and cough. However, during the recent past, it grabbed the attention of weight loss enthusiasts. A research conducted at Maastricht University, Netherlands found that this herb contains a type of caffeine that helps lose weight.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Nicknamed as the ‘edible amphetamine’, ginger tea enhances thermogenesis and curbs the hunger pangs. Keeping hunger under control is quintessential when it comes to losing weight. And, this has been proven by a set of researchers who conducted research at the Institute for Human Nutrition, Columbia University.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Yet, another study published by Japanese researcher L.K. Han substantiates the above mentioned property of ginger. His study, conducted on rats, was published in ‘the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan’ in 2008. While there are countless laboratory studies that show the positive influence of ginger and ginger tea for weight loss, studies on humans are yet to be conducted and established.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Tired of trying different diets to lose weight? Are you stuck at the same weight, no matter how much you push yourself? Then, you need to fuel your weight loss with ginger. This humble root does more than just adding flavor to your food – it is a natural weight loss agent prescribed in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. By incorporating ginger into your diet and following a healthy lifestyle, you can shed flab quickly. Ginger also helps to protect from nausea, pain, hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. In this article, we will discuss how ginger aids weight loss, how to use ginger for weight loss, ginger tea recipes for weight loss, and much more. So, start using ginger today, and look fabulous in no time. Let’s begin![wp_ad_camp_1]

How To Use Ginger For Weight Loss?

  • Add 1 teaspoon of ginger juice to your morning detox water to aid bowel movement.
  • Grate a 1-inch ginger root and add it to your breakfast smoothie to give it an extra zing.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of finely chopped ginger to your Spanish omelet for breakfast.
  • Add crushed ginger to green or black tea and consume it 20 minutes before you have your meals to suppress your appetite.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger or ginger paste to roasted chicken or turkey to give it an earthy, Asian flavor.
  • Add ginger to your curry to give it a nice aroma and taste.
  • You can add ginger to cakes, muffins, oatmeal cookies, and biscuits.
  • Add ginger to your salad dressing to make it flavorful and exciting.
  • You can chew a small piece of raw ginger.
  • Add ginger to soups or stir-fries to help enhance the flavor.

It is best to consume raw ginger or ginger tea for best results. Here’s how you can prepare ginger tea.

Prepared from the fresh roots of ginger, this tea perks your metabolism levels. A negative calorie herb, you can use ginger to flavor your food or just prepare a cup of tea. Ginger tea alone cannot do wonders in weight loss, but it can be used along with a sensible diet and proper exercise to help you lose weight.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Protein shakes for huge Weight Loss

Protein shakes for huge Weight Loss

25 pound weight loss difference over 5 years with one MRP a day

In one study conducted over a 5-year period, overweight subjects who consumed a meal replacement shake lost about 10 pounds compared to others who gained 15 over the same time period, resulting in a 25 pound difference in weight between them. The value of a meal replacement may be the structure of having a prepared meal, which can reduce the temptation to eat the wrong foods.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Manufacturers of protein shakes may claim that their products help decrease body fat or promote weight loss, but protein shakes aren’t a magic bullet for weight loss.

Replacing meals with protein shakes may help you reduce your daily calories, which can help you lose weight. But eventually you will need to start eating solid food again, which may cause excess weight to return if you don’t choose wisely. And if you rely too heavily on protein shakes to replace regular meals, you’ll miss out on the nutritional benefits of whole foods.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Since protein contains calories, consuming too much can actually make losing weight more difficult — especially if you drink protein shakes in addition to your usual diet, and you’re not exercising.

The average adult needs 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, depending on weight and overall health. As long as you’re eating a healthy diet, adding extra protein — either through protein shakes or other sources — isn’t necessary.

Remember, the key to losing weight is burning more calories than you consume. Choose healthy foods — such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein — and include physical activity in your daily routine.

Drink two whey shakes a day and lose 5 pounds of fat

A clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutritiontracked the body weight of 90 overweight men and women during 23 weeks of drinking two shakes a day. No other instructions on what to eat were given. They drank either whey protein (28g of protein each), soy protein (28g of protein each) or carb shakes. Each shake contained about 200 calories. They drank them around breakfast and dinner. The whey group lost 4 pounds of body weight and 5 pounds of fat mass, as well as reduced their waist circumference and fasting hunger hormone (ghrelin) levels. The soy group lost 2 pounds of body weight and 2.4 pounds of body fat. The carbohydrate control group showed minimal changes.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Drink two MRPs a day and lose 6 pounds of fat

In a study of 38 overweight and sedentary male and female adults published in Nutrition and Metabolism, researchers looked at the effects of a meal replacement powder (MRP) totaling 300 calories per serving (40g protein from whey, casein and milk protein isolate, 25g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and vitamins and minerals). Subjects drank this MRP once daily for 2 weeks, then twice daily for 8 more weeks. They also exercised 3 times per week and were compared to an exercise-only group and a control group who did not participate in an exercise plan. [wp_ad_camp_4]

After 10 weeks, the MRP-exercise group experienced an average of 6 pounds of fat loss and a 2-pound increase in lean body mass. The exercise-only group lost 2.4 pounds of fat and gained 1.8 pounds of lean body mass. The control group experienced minimal changes.

Of the three groups, only the MRP-exercise group experienced a 12% reduction in cholesterol and 13.3% reduction in LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Also, the time to exhaustion during a standardized treadmill test improved by 21.2% in the MRP-exercise group compared to a 9.8% increase in the exercise-only group and a 1.4% in the control group. For reference, during the last 8 weeks of the study, each day the MRP-exercise group consumed 131g of protein, 190g of carbohydrates, 63g of fat and an average of 1,854 calories.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Weight Loss using Carrot juice

Weight Loss using Carrot juice

 

Considered to be one of the most popular root vegetables all across the globe, carrot is undoubtedly a powerfood. Whether it is eaten raw or cooked, this sweet vegetable is an integral part of every kitchen. But did you know that having carrot juice on a daily basis can prove to be more advantageous than having one or two carrots a day?

The simple fact that carrot juice is derived from a minimum of three to four carrots makes it even more healthy. Flip through any diet plan, and you will definitely come across carrot juice. This juice is packed with nutrients and other essential minerals like manganese, potassium, vitamin K, and many more.[wp_ad_camp_1]

With winters coming in, it’s time for this season’s favourite fruits and vegetables to take over our platters, and honestly we can’t wait for it. One such vegetable we have our hearts set on is the juicy, crunchy, desi carrots! Did someone say Gajar Ka Halwa! Very soon, vegetable stores and supermarkets are going to be filled with carrots, and we are here to give you 7 reasons why you must load your grocery bag with these delicious tubers next time you go veggie-shopping. “Carrots are good source of beta carotene which is a natural pigment that is used by the body to make Vitamin A and it has good amount of fibre”, said Bangalore based nutritionist Dr. Sheela Manglani speaking about the high nutritive profile of carrots.  “Raw carrots daily address the problem of constipation. Carrots  also help maintain healthy cholesterol and prevent heart diseases. Being rich in potassium they help bring down cholesterol and water retention,”  says, Health Practitioner and Macrobiotic Nutritionist Shilpa Arora. Juice them, boil them or add them to your sabzis and chaats, but don’t make the blunder of missing out on this storehouse of nutrients this winter![wp_ad_camp_2]

What more can be said about the versatility of the crunchy and ever so delightful carrots? From the decadent ‘gajar ka halwa‘ to a nutritious carrot salad, carrots can steal the show in any avatar. A storehouse of vital minerals and antioxidants, there are plenty of reasons why you should add carrots to your diet today. They are rich in beta-carotene, a compound that helps stimulation of vitamin A. Carrots are also good for heart health, due to their cholesterol fighting abilities. According to the book ‘Healing Foods’, “carrots also aid digestion, help weight control, contain silicon, which benefits skin and nails, and promote eye health due to their beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein content.”  One of the reasons why nutritionist and fitness enthusiasts often ask you to include more carrot to your diet is because of its weight loss abilities. While it is best to have carrots raw, juicing carrots is also a good bet for effective weight loss. [wp_ad_camp_5]

How Does Carrot Juice Promote Weight Loss

High fibre: If you are on a weight loss diet, your diet must include foods that are high on fibre, and carrots with both soluble and insoluble fibres perfectly fit the bill. Fibre takes the longest to digest and thus promotes a feeling of fullness and prevents you from bingeing on other fattening foods.
Good for digestion: The significant amount of dietary fiber in carrots plays an important role in maintaining good digestive health. A good digestion is crucial for metabolism, which further helps weight loss[wp_ad_camp_4]

How to Make Carrot Juice For Weight Loss:

1. Wash and chop the carrots.
2. Add the chopped carrots to the blender.
3. Add a small amount of filtered water.
4. Blend it well. If you think the consistency of juice is too thick for your liking add more water.
5. Now place a nut milk bag in your desired cup/container and pour the blended juice.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Weight loss using Brussels Sprouts

Weight loss using Brussels Sprouts

Selection and Storage

Fresh brussels sprouts shine in fall and winter. Look for a pronounced green color and tight, compact, firm heads. The fewer the yellowed, wilted, or loose leaves the better. You’re better off choosing smaller heads; they’re more tender and flavorful. Pick ones of similar size so they cook evenly. Stored in the refrigerator in the cardboard container they came in or kept in a plastic bag, loosely closed, they’ll last a week or two.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Preparation and Serving Tips

Dunk sprouts in ice water to debug them. Then rinse them under running water. Pull off loose or wilted leaves; trim the stem ends a little. Cut an “X” in the bottoms, so the insides cook at the same rate as the leaves. Steaming is your best bet. The sprouts will stay intact, odor will be minimized, and you’ll preserve more nutrients than you would if you boiled them. As with broccoli and cabbage, the odor becomes most pronounced when overcooked. Brussels sprouts also lose valuable vitamin C when overcooked. So don’t be afraid to leave your sprouts a bit on the crisp side. As soon as you can barely prick them with a fork they’re done — about 7 to 14 minutes, depending on size. Brussels sprouts are delicious served with just a squeeze of lemon. For more flavor, try a mustard sauce.

It’s true that brussels sprouts may not be one of the most popular vegetables around. But they merit our attention. Their membership of the cruciferous vegetable family makes them cancer-fighting veggies. Give these little cabbages more of a chance because they really are among the healthiest vegetables and foods we can eat.

The health benefits of Brussels sprouts are so impressive that you’d think this hearty cruciferous vegetable shows up near the top of every ‘superfood list’. Research shows that Brussels sprouts contain more glucosinolates than any other common crucifer, more vitamin C than oranges, and almost twice as much vitamin K as red cabbage! However, for some reason, this unsung superfood has not managed to get the attention it deserves from health food enthusiasts.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Weight Loss Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Did you know that eating Brussels sprouts on a regular basis as part of a balanced diet may also help you lose weight? Brussels sprouts are very low in calories (one ounce of cooked and drained Brussels sprouts weigh in at about 10 calories), and they contain only trace amounts of fat.

In addition, the large amounts of vitamin C Brussels sprouts may improve your body’s ability to burn fat during moderate physical exercise. A study conducted by a team of scientists from Arizona State University reported that the study participants who had low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25% less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who showed adequate blood levels of vitamin C.

The potential weight loss benefits of vitamin C may be linked to its ability to facilitate the synthesis of carnitine, a compound that has been shown to boost cells’ fat burning capabilities.[wp_ad_camp_1]

No one knows the origin of brussels sprouts, though it’s logical to assume they originated in Belgium. Like nearly all vegetables, brussels sprouts are naturally low in fat and calories. But unlike most vegetables, brussels sprouts are rather high in protein, accounting for more than a quarter of their calories. Although the protein is incomplete — it doesn’t provide the full spectrum of essential amino acids — it can be made complete with whole grains. This means you can skip a higher-calorie source of protein, like high-fat meat, and occasionally rely on a meal of brussels sprouts and grains.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin A, folacin, potassium, calcium. They have 3-5 grams of fiber per cup, and at 25 calories per 1/2 cup cooked, they give us a reason to eat them more often. Brussels sprouts are one of those foods that will fill you up, without filling you out, always a plus for weight loss.

Health Benefits

Brussels sprouts are very high in fiber, and they belong to the disease-fighting cabbage family. Indeed, they look like miniature cabbages. Like broccoli and cabbage — fellow cruciferous vegetables — brussels sprouts may protect against cancer with their indole, a phytochemical. They are also particularly rich in vitamin C, another anticancer agent.[wp_ad_camp_3]