For many of us at some time in our lives weight loss can become a difficult battle which many of us give up on as we get older. Losing weight isn’t only about ensuring a healthy diet and plenty of exercise it also comes down to making sure that hormones are balanced and your metabolism is working to its best.
We take a look at two products which can be used as part of a weight-loss program, Acai and Maca and focus on the two biggest outcomes of using them: increased metabolism and leptin hormone stabilisation.
Acai and Increased Metabolism
Metabolism is defined as the chemical processes that occur within an organism in order to maintain life. The three main purposes of metabolism are the conversion of food to energy in order to run cellular processes, the conversion of food to building blocks for proteins, lipids and some carbohydrates and lastly, the elimination of nitrogenous waste.
By increasing our metabolic rate, we are allowing our bodies to burn more calories at a faster rate, which generally means we can maintain a healthy weight and low levels of body fat. Acai is great at achieving this result through its high levels of antioxidants. Studies have shown that people that eat a diet rich in antioxidants maintain a healthy weight and suffer lower levels of heart disease and cancer. And Acai is the king, being the highest antioxidant content food on the planet.
How Antioxidants Help You Lose Weight
The higher the levels of toxins in the body the faster we age, the more prone we are to depression and the higher the chance that we will be overweight. Antioxidants neutralise the effects of a lot of these toxins and play an important role in ensuring the body stays healthy. This is even more important when trying to lose weight as when we burn off fat toxins can remain in the body. This is where Acai works great because it contains anthocyanins and flavonoids which are both ultra-powerful cleansing antioxidants.
Maca and Hormone Balance
Maca is shown to have a positive effect on regulating stress hormones and elevating those hormones that make you feel happy and energetic. Through more positive emotions and reduced feelings of stress we are less likely to reach for junk food as comfort which is crucial to preventing weight gain.
Maca and Leptin Levels
Leptin is the hormone which controls feelings of hunger and our cravings. When our leptin levels are out of balance not only may we find ourselves reaching for junk food to satisfy our cravings but this may also be a sign of more serious health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
A lot of these health problems are as a result of poor diet so by getting our leptin hormone levels under control we can maintain a healthy weight and reduce the chance of developing serious diseases in the future.
Why Leptin is the Most Important Hormone for Weight Loss
Leptin’s best friend is fat. The more fat we carry the more we damage our metabolism and therefore reduce the ability of our body to burn fat.
Some things to look out for the ensure our bodies maintain healthy leptin levels are: reduce sugar and simple carbohydrate consumption, don’t over eat, reduce stress levels, get a good amount of sleep, increase exercise (but not too much as high amounts of cardiovascular exercise can have the opposite effect).
So, as you can see combining both products can help assist in weight management. A quick recipe is Acai, Maca, one banana, one apple and one carrot, toped up with water and blended in a Nutri Bullet. Enjoy.
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