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A One-Two Punch to Fight Fat

Looking at the upcoming holiday season, and looking to lose my baby weight after Thanksgiving, I thought I would post about two plant extracts working in tandem to help our bodies burn fat for energy. Isn’t everyone looking for something like this?
This article is done by Dr. Roger Spahr, specializing in Health, Wellness and Fitness

“Plant extracts are the key to many of today’s best nutritional products. For weight loss, two such extracts are getting a lot of attention for their ability to regulate blood-sugar levels and help your body use fat for energy instead of sugar – all without the stimulant effects seen with many weight-loss supplements.

Svetol Green Coffee Extract (400 MG Daily)
You may have heard how green tea can help promote weight loss, but clinical research is showing that extracts of green coffee beans may also be effective by reducing the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Green coffee beans refer to either immature beans or mature beans that haven’t been roasted. Svetol is made from decaffeinated, unroasted mature Robusta beans.
Glucose is the body’s first choice as an energy source. Fat isn’t tapped until glucose (and glycogen, which the body converts into sugar) is depleted. Green coffee bean extracts rich in chlorogenic acids can reduce blood-sugar levels by inhibiting an enzyme that produces glucose. The extract also inhibits absorption of sugar by your intestines. Together, these mechanisms reduce the amount of glucose in your bloodstream that may end up as stored fat. In one study , supplementation with Svetol significantly decreased blood sugar after eating. Additionally, after 40 days on the study, participants lost weight without changing their diet and exercise habits.
Eight published clinical studies support Svetol – the most of any brand of green coffee bean extract currently on the market. Developed by a French plant-extract firm brought to the U.S. in 2008, Svetol is standardized to contain no less than 45 percent chlorogenic acid, and has been shown to be superior as a weight-management aid when compared to competing green coffee bean products.
A significant advantage to Svetol is its extraction from decaffeinated beans. This means you get the benefits of chlorogenic acid without the potential side effects of too much caffeine.

Garcinia Cambogia (1500 MG, 60% HCA, Daily)
Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit from southern India. Its active component for weight loss is hydroxycitric acid (HCA).
HCA helps inhibit ATP-citrate lyase, an enzyme that your body uses to convert glucose into glycogen. (This enzyme also facilitates the synthesis the body’s fatty acids, cholesterol and triglycerides.) Glycogen, stored primarily in your muscles and liver, gets converted back into glucose for energy use. Reduced conversion of blood sugar into glycogen means the body must turn more quickly to its fat stores for energy. And as noted in a study abstract published in the U.S. government’s National Center for Biotechnology Information , HCA also increases serotonin availability. This in turn can help reduce food cravings, which may be of particular importance in helping to control emotional overeating.
That study also notes both increased fat burning and improvement in blood lipid profile associated with HCA. And HCA does not stimulate the central nervous system, making it a good complement to Svetol as fat-fighting supplementation without jitters and gastrointestinal upset.
Used in combination, these two extracts can be an effective tool as you build an overall weight loss strategy.”

Dr. Spahr completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis and was Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He has been an active member of the nutraMetrix Training Faculty for several years.

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5 Things to do on a Rainy Day

Living in southeastern Wisconsin, the next 5 days call for cool weather and rain!  So if you’re like me and your mood often depends on the weather, here are a few pick me ups on those dreary days!

  1. Exercise!

Get your butt to the gym, or dodge raindrops outside with an umbrella!  “A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.” -Mayo Clinic Staff

  1. Nap

If you’re lucky enough to take a quick nap, do it!  Napping increases relaxation, reduces fatigue, increases alertness, improves your mood, and improves performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes!

  1. Online Shopping

Going off my last post, the perfect time to cuddle up with a blanket, some hot cocoa and your laptop is during a dreary day!  Way better than driving from store to store and dragging bags around in the rain.  And let’s face it, those other shoppers aren’t going to be too friendly either stay at home with your ever-loving pets and shop at all your favorite stores from the comfort of your couch, or bed!

  1. Bake Cookies

I’ve never been too excited about cooking or baking, but what better way to warm up that damp house than baking cookies!  Nothing cures rainy day blues like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies or any of your other favorites.  Dunk them in milk or eat ’em (practically) right out of the oven—a surefire way to happily weather the storm.

  1. Have a Movie Marathon

Haven’t been able to catch up on your favorite sitcoms or watched your favorite movies in years?  Take some time for yourself to relax with what you like best!  My personal favorite, FRIENDS; I have all 10 seasons on DVD, the perfect way to laugh the afternoon away!