I read an interesting article today that said that two of my favorite things are super healthy and help to lose weight. Yipee! A glass of grapefruit juice every morning could help you lose weight, according to Canadian research that has identified a fat-burning molecule in the fruit. Meanwhile, scientists in Holland discovered substances in red pepper and green tea that encourage cells to break down calories faster.
I’ve been striving to drink green tea every day since I cut out espresso and just this past weekend I found a great recipe for grapefruit juice + pear for my juicer – will post the recipe soon. Who knew that things so yummy help with weight loss. But there’s more! The article said:
Naringenin, a flavonoid in grapefruit, balances out blood sugar levels and helps to prevent metabolic syndrome, a pre-diabetic condition associated with weight gain around the waist. Scientists at the University of Western Ontario found it worked by programming the liver to burn up excess fat, rather than store it.
Asked to drink grapefruit juice before each meal, obese people lost 31/2-10lb over three months through this alone, according to a study at the University of California.
TIP: Begin your day with a glass of grapefruit juice to kick-start your liver into fat-burning mode. Preferably, fresh from a juicer!
Green tea speeds up the rate your body burns cellular energy by up to 40 per cent, according to research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The plant also increases the rate of fat burning. Researchers have found this effect is caused by the combination of caffeine and flavonoids found in the tea, whether it is drunk hot or cold.
TIP: Drink two to three cups a day to keep your metabolism in top gear.
Capsaicin, the heat-producing molecule that gives chilli peppers their fiery edge, is thermogenic, meaning it speeds metabolism and heat production. Research has found that cells can burn up to 25 per cent more calories after a person has eaten chilli. Trials at Maastricht University found that chilli peppers also reduce appetite by suppressing hunger and prolonging the feeling of fullness.
TIP: Add some spice to light summery salads or to starters so that you eat less for your main meal.
A Scandinavian study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when volunteers were given rice pudding with three grams of cinnamon, they produced less insulin after the meal. Because insulin is the hormone that turns excess sugar into fat, this means less weight gain. Furthermore, cinnamon may slow down emptying of the stomach, meaning it can make you feel fuller for longer.
TIP: Sprinkle cinnamon on your morning cereal and cappuccino to balance out your blood-sugar levels.