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FAT BURNING DIETS

 

Fat Burning Process

Both energy production and fat burning occur in the cellular mitochondria. Burning fat occurs when adrenal hormones [adrenaline and noradrenaline] bind to special receptors in the fat tissues.

There are two major groups of receptors in the fat tissues:

  1. alpha-receptors
  2. beta-receptors - the more active ones, which respond to the adrenal hormones.

If these receptors are not activated, no fat will burn.

 

Stubborn Fat

Stubborn fat has a higher ratio of alpha-receptors to the active beta-receptors and generally more estrogren bound to the receptors. The fat cells, not so readily activated to burn, have fewer blood vessels than normal fat, so are metabolized more slowly, and the estrogen causes even more fat gain.

 

Causes of Stubborn Fat

Stubborn fat results from:

  • an unhealthy diet – the liver is unable to break down and detoxify estrogenic derivatives, or food toxins.
  • over-consumption of carbohydrates - especially sugar and processed, refined carbohydrates. These food types signal the pancreas to overproduce insulin in order to lower blood sugar levels.
  • insulin insensitivity – caused by Hyperinsulinemia. The body converts extra carbohydrates into triglycerides and fat.
  • deficiencies in certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals—such as B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc, and omega 3 essential fatty acid [alpha-linolenic acid] may also cause insulin insensitivity and degrade fat metabolism.
  • deficiency in protein and essential amino acid lysine. Lysine, converts in our bodies to L-carnitine. L-carnitine is an amino acid essential for the fat-burning process. L- carnitine is only present in animal foods, especially red meat. A reduction in L-carnitine and carnitine-related enzymes in your system, reduces your bodys ability to burn fat.

 

Fat Increase With Age

Stubborn fat can be an age-related problem, especially for men. As men age, more testosterone is converted into estrogen, at an increasing rate.

Women are more prone to age-related stubborn fat around their upper arms, hips, thighs, and butt. This may be the result of hormonal fluctuations, or an increase in estrogen receptors in the tissues.

Age-related insulin insensitivity, chronic stress, liver congestion, low thyroid, vascular permeability, and exhausted adrenals all worsen the tendency in both men and women.

 

Preventing Stubborn Fat

There are several things you can do to avoid stubborn fat:

  1. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
  2. Avoid crash diets. The more your weight fluctuates, the more stubborn fat you may gain.
  3. Avoid foods that you may be sensitive or allergic to, such as wheat, dairy, or soy.
  4. Avoids foods likely to have residue of estrogen based chemicals commonly found in fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Eat as much organic food as possible.
  5. Minimize alcohol consumption to avoid overloading the liver detoxification capability.
  6. Control your insulin levels by minimising carbohydrates and add supplements known to assist stabilizing insulin, such as essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
  7. Maintain a regular exercise routine to boost the metabolic rate, reduce stress-related symptoms.
  8. Avoid overtraining. Chronically overstressing your body may slow down your metabolic rate.

 

Natural Stubborn-Fat Burning Supplements

There are a number of natural supplements that can help prevent and reduce stubborn fat:

  1. Estrogen Blockers - citrus bioflavonoids and soy flavones.
  2. Anti-Aromataze - chrysine plus citrus bioflavonoids, flaxseed lignans and stinging nettle
  3. Liver Detoxifiers - inol 3 carbinol, milk thistle, dandelion root, and SAM
  4. Alpha Antagonist - yohimbe bark

Estrogen Blockers: Citrus Bioflavonoids and Soy Flavones

Citrus bioflavonoids - contain some natural properties that may block estrogen. Citrus flavonoids from the white pithy layer of citrus peels.

Soy flavones - contain mild estrogenic properties. Soy flavones bind to the estrogen receptors in the tissues, and thus block these receptors from estrodiol, the most potent estrogen hormone.

Studies have shown that combining citrus bioflavonoids with soy flavones is a powerful, natural way to block the estrogenic effect on the body. Available in capsule supplements.

Anti-Aromataze Nutrients: Chrysine, Lignans, and Stinging Nettle

Chrysine - may work as an anti-aromataze agent if taken in combination with other citrus bioflavanoids.

Lignans - flaxseed lignans contain anti-estrogenic properties, blocking estrogen receptors, and/or the aromataze enzyme as well. The best source is high-lignan flaxseed oil, or flaxseed meal.

Stinging Nettle – a herbal aid against aromataze. Nettle may have an aphrodisiac effect on men by increasing the level of free testosterone in the blood. Nettle may also be a natural aid for women who suffer from estrogen-related stubborn fat. Due to its high-lignan content, this herb may help women block the effect of estrodiol.

Liver Detoxifiers

One of the reasons for excessive estrogenic activity in the body is liver congestion. The liver works as a filter organ to break down or neutralize toxins, preventing them from reaching the blood.

Excessive alcohol consumption, steroids and other toxins block the liver enzyme that breaks down estrogen, allowing, toxic estrogen derivatives enter directly into the bloodstream, creating negative estrogenic effects. That’s one reason why many heavy drinkers and alcoholics suffer from estrogen-related stubborn fat.

Inol 3 carbinol - is a flavon that appears in broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables. This flavon is believed to be a natural aid for the liver’s estrogen metabolism. More effective to use supplements if you suffer from alcohol-related liver problems.

Milk thistle and dandelion root - accelerate liver detoxification and rejuvenation. Dandelion root is a diuretic herb and mildly laxative.

Adenosylemethionine (SAM) - liver detoxification, especially for those who suffer from estrogen-related toxicity.

Alpha Antagonist

Yohimbe bark - an alpha 2 adrenergenic antagonist, may block alpha receptors of fat cells, making it possible for a stubborn fat tissue to be metabolized. Some people react to yohimbe. Those who suffer from high-blood pressure, heart conditions, or thyroid problems, should consult their physician before taking.

 

Fat Burning Pills

Considerable caution should be exercised with taking of weight loss or fat burning pills.

In 2004, the FDA banned Ephedra in weight-loss products because of concerns about serious health effects. It has been replaced by Bitter orange extract, known in Chinese herbal medicine as Zhi shi. Recent studies suggest it could be just as dangerous.

Studies found that single doses of supplements Advantra Z and Xenadrine EFX increased heart rate by an average of 11 to 16 beats per minute over baseline.

  • Advantra Z contains only bitter orange, while one dose of Xenadrine EFX contains several other ingredients, including caffeine equivalent to the amount in 3 cups of coffee.
  • Xenadrine EFX also significantly increased blood pressure by 7 to 12 percent (9-10 mm Hg; suggesting it has similar acute cardiovascular stimulant actions as banned ephedra products.

The scientists conclude, that ephedra-free weight-loss dietary supplements should be used with caution and under medical supervision to monitor blood pressure.

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