More than 70 percent of Americans are overweight and the rate appears to be increasing. Of these about 25 percent are actually obese (defined as at least 100 percent over ideal weight). Also diabetes Type II related to overweight, which currently affects one out of every three people, is also increasing at an alarming rate. I believe that poor diet and physical inactivity lead to diabetes Type II and diabetes leads to obesity.
Detoxing has lots of health benefits and one is related to weight loss. So how to detox and lose weight at the same time? Ok ok I know you want fast answers but lets look first how the body works.
Overconsumption of refined carbohydrates is bad for your health
Insulin helps to transport glucose from the blood to the cells where it is stored or used for energy. Years of overconsumption of refined carbohydrates (e.g., bread, pasta and processed sugars), saturated and trans fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acid relative to omega-3 fatty acid cause our cells to become insulin resistant, also known as syndrome X. As a result, glucose has a difficult time entering our cells and blood glucose levels remain very high leading to diabetes Type II.
Glucose is a high energy compound, if not used for energy, can be a major source of dangerous free radicals that work to destroy the circulatory system. Some of these free radicals can oxidize the large amounts of LDL cholesterol in diabetics. Insulin resistance or diabetes Type II may be a major cause of obesity as well as cardiovascular disorders. This hypothesis is gaining wide acceptance in the scientific community.
A good diet can prevent diabetes
A diet emphasizing complex carbohydrates, which are broken down very slowly to glucose and therefore have much less impact on insulin release and resistance, and essential fats in proper proportion and exercise are key to preventing and treating diabetes Type II and obesity. Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.
Here are the best diet supplements for weight loss
Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) helps in the uptake and breakdown of sugars for energy in cells and prevents glycation, factors that make it a major player in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. In controlled human study, it was shown that alpha lipoic acid increased insulin sensitivity and thus increased glucose uptake in diabetes Type II. The combination of alpha lipoic acid and dihydrolipoic acid is extremely important in glucose metabolism and decreasing insulin resistance. Animal and human clinical trials support the effectiveness of alpha lipoic acid in preventing and treating diabetes Type II.
Chromium picolinate enhances insulin performance and as a consequence, it prevents syndrome X. It also decreases the amount of insulin needed. Several studies have shown that chromium can significantly increase the utilization of fat for energy and thus trigger the body to lose weight.
Green tea extract is very effective in the metabolism of glucose and fat. The polyphenols and diphenylamine in green tea extract help to lower blood glucose by inhibiting an enzyme called amylase. They also prevent glycation. The polyphenols work with caffeine to help speed up metabolism and thus have fat burning effect. The same can be said for coffee, by the way, but with even greater effect than green tea. The best way, however, to increase overall metabolism is to exercise regularly. Exercise allows the body to utilize calories from fats, carbohydrates, and proteins more efficiently.
CLA supplementation has been found to decrease fat deposits and enhance muscle growth. CLA reduces body fat by enhancing the ability of insulin to cause glucose and fatty acids to enter muscle cells instead. Furthermore, CLA increases the sensitivity of insulin and thus has an effect on both obesity and diabetes Type II.
Hydroxycitric acid (HCA) is a hydroxylated version of citric acid, found in many fruits, but it is found in particularly high concentrations in the South Asian fruit garcinia cambogia. Several studies have shown that HCA can inhibit the conversion of carbohydrates and glucose into fat, and suppress appetite. HCA decreases fat storage by inhibiting a specific enzyme involved in fat storage, resulting in an antiobesity effect. The principle is that HCA increases the conversion of glucose into glycogen in the liver, which sends a signal to the brain telling us that the stomach is full.
Benefit of dietary fiber
Dietary fiber, which is composed of the edible plant polysaccharides that typically help form the structure of cell walls of plants, is extremely important in the prevention and management of diabetes. Although humans can’t digest cellulose, it is partially digested by bacteria in the colon. This natural fermentation process breaks down some cellulose, which benefits the body by supplying some important short chain fatty acid for the intestinal cells.
Water-soluble fiber (as opposed to water-insoluble fiber) represents the majority of plant fiber in fruits, beans, barley, oats, gum, mucilages, and pectins. It is beneficial for suppressing appetite and preventing obesity. Soluble fiber helps prevent diabetes because it decreases glucose and insulin after meals.
For all of its positive aspects, extremely high levels of fiber can slow down or prevent absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins and essential fats, which can lead to a decrease in valuable compounds needed for detoxification. So the key to consuming fiber is moderation.
Drinking water and weight loss
When taken with water (eight ounces or more) one half to one hour before meals, the water-soluble fiber in pectins, guar gum, and glucomannan, for example, swells to many times its original size, discouraging overeating by inducing the sensation of fullness. In addition, soluble fiber slows the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. It also slows rising blood glucose and insulin levels and may decrease the number of calories the body is able to absorb. In many clinical studies this has led to significant rates of weight loss.