Flaxseed Is Not Only Good For You, It Assists With Weight Loss

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Oct 062015
 

flaxseed and weight loss

A  2012 study at Harvard University found that participants who ate flaxseed lost 37 percent more weight than participants who did not. [source: livestrong.com]

What is Flaxseed?

Flaxseed is  a plant-based omega-3 alpha linolenic acid (EFA). This fatty acid is essential for the body to function properly. Your body is unable to make this on it’s own, and relies on you getting enough flaxseed from your diet. In today’s over processed world, this is virtually impossible. Flaxseed also contains the minerals phosphorus, copper and magnesium, which are essential for the health of your bones.

What are the health benefits of Flaxseed?

  • Flaxseed contains lignans, which are fiber-like antioxidant compounds that prevent inflammation and may decrease the risk for cancer and diabetes
  • Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, therefore consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.
  • The lignans in flaxseed have been shown to relieve symptoms of menopause and can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy as lignans have estrogenic properties.
  • The ALA fats in flax seeds benefits the skin and hair by providing essential fats as well as b-vitamins which can help reduce dryness and flakiness.
  • It also improves digestive health and is one of the highest magnesium foods in the world.
  • Flaxseed oil is known to lower cholesterol.

How does Flaxseed assist with weight loss?

  • When the body does not have sufficient EFA, it will stimulate feelings of hunger as it looks for nutrients. Taking flaxseed regularly will therefore suppress your appetite.
  • Flaxseed has a high fiber content, resulting in that feeling of satisfied fullness after eating, thereby decreasing your food intake. Provided you stop eating once you’re full that is.
  • Taking flaxseed oil regularly is believed to improve metabolism and increase thermogenesis (fat-burning).
  • Flaxseed oil and especially the ground meal slows down the digestion of a meal, leading to a gentler rise in blood sugar and therefore insulin.

How to add Flaxseed to your diet

You can find flaxseed at most grocery stores. If you can’t find ground flaxseed, you can buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder.

Our Curve X Protein Meal Supplement also contains plenty of flaxseed together with other essential vitamins and minerals and the full Amino Acid spectrum. Why not give it a try?

Sep 222015
 

fats

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes has really taken South Africa by storm and is fast becoming popular in Australia and New Zealand.

So the question is: Can butter, or even bacon, be good for you?  I wouldn’t go quite that far, but but recent studies have challenged what we all grew up believing about fat.

Practitioners in the United States are chiming in on the matter too.

For years, providers were taught that fats in the diet caused heart disease and strokes; however, eating more fat [may] actually help you lose weight and improves good cholesterol. The unhealthy fats are those man-made fats, especially trans fats. Natural fats,” , such as those found in butter, olive oil, bacon and meats with higher saturated fat levels, “are dealt with in our body in a healthy manner. It is still important to eat and cook with natural fats. Fat in the diet does not increase blood sugar and glucose.”  Carol A. Birch, Swedish Weight Loss Services

With all this going on, you might be tempted to go all out with that bacon cheeseburger, but our advice to you is to stick to the old adage, “Everything in moderation.”

If you’re on the Banting bandwagon, why not try our Curv X Protein Meal Supplement. The benefits speak for themselves:

  • High in NATURALLY occurring:
    • Bio-Available Protein (digestible)
    • Vitamins and Minerals.
    • Omega 3 (critical for healthy metabolic function and key force against inflammation)
    • Full Amino Acid spectrum (complete protein – essential for healthy muscle tone).
  • Only 0.7 grams Carbs!
  • Fast absorbing.
  • Natural whole ground fibre (Flax seed)
  • NO artificial sweetener.
  • Perfect for insulin resistant people.

The Role of Calcium in Weight Loss

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Jul 082015
 

Milk and weight loss
We all heard it when we were growing up, “Drink your milk so that you can have strong bones and teeth.”

As we grew up, we substituted whole milk for skimmed in an effort to cut down on fat, but…

did you know that there’s evidence that calcium deficiency can slow down your metabolism?

Conversely…

healthy calcium levels can speed up your weight loss.

A study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dieters who had the highest intake of calcium from dairy lost 60 percent more weight than those with the lowest. Obese women who raised their daily intake of calcium from 600 mg to 1,200 lost average of 11 pounds more than those who maintained their calcium intake.

Calcium is considered an essential nutrient and cannot be produced by the body. It is therefore important that you eat calcium rich foods in order to absorb the 1200mg daily requirement.

Calcium at different stages in life

Childhood and adolescence – calcium is vital in building and developing the skeleton and teeth.

Adulthood – calcium helps to maintain bone strength. We lose calcium in our bones as we age which can lead to oseoperosis. It’s essential, especially for women, to eat at least 3 servings of calcium rich foods per day.

During Pregnancy – calcium needs are higher During pregnancy and breast-feeding to ensure the proper development of the foetus and new born child.

Calcium is not only essential for your bones and teeth, but is also critical for muscle function and the transmission of signals to the nerves. Recent studies have also suggested that calcium assists with lowering cholesterol.

Your body can’t make its own calcium, so it’s essential that you take in 1,200 mg a day through your diet. In fact, if you don’t take enough of the mineral, your body may begin to release calcitriol, a hormone that promotes fat storage. To meet your calcium needs, look for foods that have at least 200 mg listed on the label; work them into your diet every day.

Top Sources Of Calcium

Low-fat plain yogurt (8 ounces): 452 mg
40g cheddar cheese310mg
1 cup milk 310mg
Spinach (1 cup cooked)291 mg
Black-eyed peas (1 cup cooked) – 211 mg
60g (1/2 small tin) canned sardines (bones included)200mg
¼ cup raw almonds70mg
½ cup baked beans, canned in tomato sauce50mg
1 cup of broccoli30mg

Dec 182014
 

Holiday buffet

The holidays are here and we’re all worried about gaining a few kilos, but there’s no need to skip those social gatherings just because you’re worried about your weight.  Try these tips to help you keep the distance while making the most of the season.

  1. Snack on something healthy before you go out partying. You’ll be less tempted to overindulge.
  2. Be selective about your choices at the buffet, choose only what you absolutely love and skip the rest.
  3. Use a small plate, and don’t pile things on.
  4. Never go back for seconds, and eat only until you are satisfied.
  5. Slow down on the alcohol. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating. If you must indulge, sip slowly and alternate drinks with a glass of water.
  6. Position yourself away from the food table so that you’re not tempted to graze.
  7. If you overeat at one meal slow down on the next. It takes 250 calories per day (or 1750 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one kilogram. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of pie!
  8. Dance! It’s a fabulously fun way to burn calories. It it’s a more formal do, psych yourself up for the healthy choices you’re going to make and dance before the event!
  9. If you absolutely must have dessert, share it with a friend.
  10. If you find yourself overindulging, don’t beat yourself up about it. Tomorrow’s another day to make smarter choices.