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If exercise is not the answer to weight loss, what is it?

Exercise is not the answer to weight loss?

weight loss and lifestyleIf exercise is not the answer to weight loss, what is it? Weight management is a matter of concern for many in our society, 63% precisely according to Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/fitness/why-is-exercise-useless-for-weight-loss-20170223-gujmzc.html). At the same time, the article claimed that ‘exercise is useless for weight loss’. Surprise to anyone? Well, we have seen so many who have lost it and put back more after.

So if this simple primary school math, we burn more than we eat, doesn’t work, anything else does? It does not take much to come up with a list of ‘quick fixes’ that have marketed as cure (including exercise), but rarely work: diet, supplements, and many more peculiar ones.

Obesity is a lifestyle condition

Obesity is classified as a ‘lifestyle condition’ in public health, together with many other conditions such as cancers, cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and arthritis just to name a few. If the conditions are caused by our modern lifestyle, it is not hard to imagine that the answers should lay at fixing the cause - lifestyle.

The solution

Fortunately we do not need to look too far. Our ancestors a couple of generations ahead of us had a significantly different lifestyle: no cars, everything was by foot, or bikes or horses if lucky; No fridges. All foods were from the markets or own fields straight to the kitchen (Walked to the market too!); Meat was only consumed on only limited and special occasions; Their diet was mainly freshly produced foods – raw and unprocessed. Ice cream or chips were certainly not part of the daily menu; Water, tea, maybe coffee were the beverages, no coca cola or red bull. The end results? They were actually healthier, both physically and mentally. (The main killers of their time were infections, but not the contemporary men made lifestyle conditions.)

Don’t get me wrong though, I am not here to suggest that we should all get rid of our cars and fridges and bring back the old farmers’ markets so that we can lose weight. I am simply suggesting there is a lot we can learn from our ancestors with regard to a healthy lifestyle: outdoor, active, diet, mentality, habits and so on. With some reflection and discipline, maybe we can use the modern facilities to our advantage when dealing with this seemly impossible chellanges of our era.

Remember, obesity is a lifestyle related condition. Unless we make some effort to change our lifestyle, it is here to stay.

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Green tea keeps weight down - latest science report!

green teaWeight management is an uphill battle for many and green tea has been for quite some time in the talk.

Green tea keeps weight down?

Does green tea actually produce tangible results? How does it work?

Here is recent report from the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM), Maastricht University, the Netherlands: Nutraceuticals for body-weight management: The role of green tea catechins. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26836279)

Many researches have reported in the past that green tea consumption increases the energy expenditure of human body by elevating metabolism rate. This latest report have raised a very interesting prospect that green tea catechins (the main active compounds for the it’s many health benefits) also seems to have the capacity to counteract the decreased metabolism rate during the weight loss, which is a natural reaction of human body to maintain its established balance.

As we understand, weight gain or loss appears to be a simple equation: you intake more than you burn - you gain weight, and vice versa. The actual human biology is far more complicated. Where we are today is a body balance that has been established during our life time, regulated by our body biology and life style habits. Big or small, our bodies have a tendency to fight to maintain its current state. This can be a major obstacle for those trying to tip the balance and shift it to a lower point. This reported green tea’s potential to counter this ‘body fight back’ will put a smile on those faces who are struggling to hang on to their hard earned achievement.

Be aware some counter factors

The articles also mentions two factors that have already been previously reported elsewhere to have impact on the green tea’s effect on weight:

  1. It is in the green tea natural state – coexistence of catechins and caffeine for green tea to be effective for weight reduction. (Green tea contains about ¼ of caffeine to equivalent amount of coffee.)
  2. Ingestion of green tea with milk (dietary protein) will reduce its effect.

The good news

There have been many recent researches conducted to study the effectiveness of green tea on weight loss: different compounds, different mechanisms, in the laboratory and in clinical trials. What excites me is that this very ancient Chinese beverage has demonstrated from almost every single study and aspect to have such profound health benefits including weight loss, not by starvation or unnatural work outs, but by just sipping away a luscious cup of tea. Your next challenge may be to look for a good one.

To purchase exclusive quality green teas, please visit: Premium Loose Green Tea

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Tips of tea drinking for weight loss

Can tea drinking reduce body weight?

There have been various researches conducted in recent years regarding the association between tea drinking and weight loss and the results are promising and consistent: all teas (beverages made of Camellia sinensis) are effective in assisting in weight loss.

The reason behind tea and weight loss is that tea increases body metabolism rate, thus energy expenditure. In addition to many other health benefits of tea drinking, mainly due to their high anti-oxidant content, assisting in weight loss is the driving force for many taking up tea drinking as a new lifestyle fashion. Tea however is not a cure nor a magic. It need to be combined with other lifestyle changes, such as healthy diet and being active to product long term sustainable and desirable results.

A few facts and tips for using tea to help with weight loss:

  1. The difference in weight loss effects of different teas is minimum (more overlap than differences), should it be green tea, white tea, Oolong tea, black tea or pu-erh tea.
  2. Take a long term approach for a desirable result. My advice to tea drinkers is always to pick a tea you really enjoy drinking and make it part of your lifestyle. The weight reduction and many other health benefits will come naturally as the by-products.
  3. There are some herbal remedies which include conventional teas, such as our lotus leaf slimming tea which include 15% Oolong tea plus 5 other herbal ingredients recorded in Chinese medicine with weight reducing effects, are more potent than using one single tea (for example Oolong tea) alone.
  4. For coffee and fizzy drink consumers, it is a good idea tying to replace some part of your daily intake by tea and gradually increase the tea proportion. 
  5. Tea preparation is important when it comes to premium teas: you cannot improve poor quality teas, but can reduce the premium teas to a lower grade if not prepared probably. Tea preparation does NOT have to be complicated. Lean some basics and the rest is more personal preference than skills.
  6. There are also tea accessories to facilitate loose tea (better quality generally speaking) drinking in the office, such as the tea infuser-all-in one: http://www.valleygreentea.com.au/tea-infuser/view-all-products.html

Conclusion:

Remember there is NO magic bullet for weight loss, but shedding a few kilos is absolutely achievable and sustainable. Taking small but consist and solid steps, as the Chinese ancient wisdom says ‘a river is made of individual small drops of water’!

 

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