I want to take a look today at several alternative methods of weight loss, from such prodigious sources as Medline.com,Mayo clinic, and other state-sponsored and 'official' sources.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid which produces prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are found in every cell and are important to maintaining health. Numerous clinical studies appear to show that CLA improves body composition by reducing fat while preserving muscle tissue. Tonalin® is the licensed brand name of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA is an omega-6 fatty acid first discovered in the early 80’s that continues to be studied for its diverse applications in promoting good health. Tonalin® CLA is made through a proprietary process that converts the linoleic acid derived from safflower oil to conjugated linoleic acid.
Tonalin® CLA is a safe, scientifically proven, effective nutritional supplement that contains no stimulants of any kind. One of the most significant reasons for obesity in America could be due to a CLA deficiency. While the only way to get CLA in food is through meat and dairy products, it has been shown that CLA content in our food has decreased by 60% over the past 40 years. This is due to the current feeding practices of cattle farms. CLA has been shown in numerous studies to reduce body fat while increasing lean muscle mass.
Studies have shown that CLA inhibits lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat from our diet so that it can be absorbed and stored in the body. By suppressing this enzyme, CLA helps reduce the amount of fat deposited and stored throughout the body. To summarize, studies have shown that CLA reduces body fat in four ways.
By decreasing the amount of fat that is stored after eating
By increasing the rate of fat breakdown in fat cells
By increasing the rate of fat burning
By decreasing the total number of fat cells
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
(1)From the Mayo Clinic:
*bitter orange (claims) Decreases appetite (Mayo response) Touted as an "ephedra substitute" but may cause health problems similar to those of ephedra
Long-term effects unknown
truth=like ephedra, it will help to supress the appetite, but it is a 'legal' speed; my daughter started her addiction to speed on Ephedra It can lead some people to desire those effects and turn to illegal drugs. It also is not for people with high blood pressure or heart problems.
*Chitosan (claims) Blocks the absorption of dietary fat(Mayo response)Relatively safe, but unlikely to cause weight loss
Can cause constipation, bloating and other gastrointestinal complaints
Truth= I've used it with good results, I wasn't aware of any constipating effects and indeed don't feel it added to my own problems in that area.
*chromium (claims) Reduces body fat and builds muscle (Mayo response) Relatively safe, but unlikely to cause weight loss
Truth=It is an essential mineral for Diabetics, no one claims it does anything but converts fat to muscle WITH physical activity. It improves insulin sensitivity in Diabetics, beefing up the GTF [glucose tolerance factor] which is responsible for increasing the action of insulin in the body. Insulin is a vital hormone responsible for transporting glucose inside cells and maintaining proper blood sugar and blood lipid (cholesterol) levels in the body. Also a lack of chromium can actually be a cause of Diabetes.
*Conjugated Linoleic Acid(claims) Reduces body fat, decreases appetite and builds muscle (Mayo response) Might decrease body fat and increase muscle, but isn't likely to reduce total body weight
Can cause diarrhea, indigestion and other gastrointestinal problems
Truth=One of the most significant reasons for obesity in America could be due to a CLA deficiency. While the only way to get CLA in food is through meat and dairy products, it has been shown that CLA content in our food has decreased by 60% over the past 40 years due to poor farming practices and animal husbandry. Note: this is about the time obesity started becoming a national epidemic, coincidence? I think not.....
*Country mallow (heartleaf)(claims) Decreases appetite and increases the number of calories burned (Mayo response) Contains ephedra, which is dangerous
Likely unsafe and should be avoided
truth=it might be helpful for very healthy individuals but is not for older, less healthy people.
*green tea extract(claims)Increases calorie and fat metabolism and decreases appetite (Mayo response) Limited evidence to support the claim
Can cause vomiting, bloating, indigestion and diarrhea
May contain a large amount of caffeine
truth=Contrary to the Mayo response, there has been a large amount of study done on green tea, it ahas been shown conclusively to aid both in weight loss but also for health, it has ECGC shown to inhibit cancers of many varieties, the 'caffeine' in green tea is not the same or dangerous as that in coffee, which Mayo deems 'good'. Also the amount of caffeine in green tea is not that high.
I'm sorry, but I need to make a point here in the middle, Mayo is straining at gnats while swallowing camels whole, Let's review, every one of these responses included an admonition:'long-term effects unknown' or 'may be harmful'[I didn't include them because I wanted to pose this later]. Excuse me, but the pharmaceuticals they do tout as both 'good for you' and efficacious are no longer heavily tested prior to being sold and are frequently merely brought out these days just to be tested on consumers and later taken off the market. So would you rather use an herbal product or an chemical one? Who do YOU trust?
*Guar gum( claims) Blocks the absorption of dietary fat and increases the feeling of fullness, which leads to decreased calorie intake (Mayo response) Relatively safe, but unlikely to cause weight loss
Can cause diarrhea, flatulence and other gastrointestinal problems
truth=Guar gum is a thickening agent,Guar gum is a water-soluble fiber that acts as a bulk forming laxative, and as such, it is claimed to be effective in promoting regular bowel movements and relieve constipation and chronic related functional bowel ailments; such as diverticulosis, Crohn's disease, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, among others. I have no personal knowledge of this but it looks promising.
*Hoodia(claims) Decreases appetite (Mayo response) No conclusive evidence to support the claim
Truth=In my personal experience any benefit would be from placebo effect-don't waste your money.
(2)*Guarana: Made from the seeds of a plant native to Brazil, guarana is an effective central nervous system stimulant. It is used as a weight loss product due to its stimulant and diuretic effect. Guarana contains 2½ to five percent caffeine and may cause high blood pressure. Some of the extracts have been known to inhibit platelet aggregation—known to prolong bleeding and interact with anticoagulants (i.e., warfarin [Coumadin]). Many advertisements state that guarana is free from side effects; however, this statement is not true. Side effects from guarana may include nausea, dizziness, and anxiousness.
*Yerba Mate: Also known as Paraguay tea, yerba mate is a strong central nervous system stimulant (the doses typically used mimic that of 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine). The principle side effects reported are excessive stimulation and high blood pressure. Yerba mate has not been proven to enable weight loss. Some case reports of poisoning (leading to hospitalization) with this agent have been reported, and excessive use has been linked to esophageal cancer.
*Herbal diuretics: There are many varieties of herbal diuretics that are very commonly found in over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss products and herbal weight loss preparations. Most of the diuretics used OTC are derived from xanthine alkaloids (i.e., caffeine or theobromine). You should avoid preparations that contain juniper seeds (capable of causing renal damage), equistine (neurotoxic—causing brain damage), and horse tail or shave grass (several toxic compounds leading to convulsions or hyperactivity). Most of the herbal diuretics are not toxic but have been known to interact with medications (i.e., lithium, digoxin, or conventional diuretics such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide). Most of the herbal diuretics do not provide enough of a diuresis (water loss) to be considered effective in losing weight.
I do not recommend any diuretics due to the action of disturbing the electrolytic balance due to flushing the system of essential minerals. We need electrolytes for the firing of our heart. No fire, no heart beat. Think internal combustion engine, sort of. Look it up for more information, I don't have room here to go into details, but possibly I will in a future blog.
My best recommendation for lasting weight loss is a low carb diet with some added fiber. Eat nearly no food, but what you do eat make it count. Eat whole, fresh, foods. Non-acidic as much as possible.
I am taking CellPower™ ; has really CHANGED MY LIFE! The only other things I take are::coconut oil
is great for cooking and for continued weight loss. I really notice the difference in my weight control when I'm out of it for a while.
FLAX SEED OIL for my colon, but of course FLAX SEED OIL is also a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. And one each of the four essential minerals each day:
~SELENIUMhelps immune system,fights infection and aids circulation
~MAGNESIUMhelps to relax you, aids stress and muscle relaxing
~CHROMIUMimproves insulin sensitivity, and helps lower blood sugar.
~ZINC every day.
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Two elderly gentlemen took their wives out to eat, and after they were seated, a lively restaurant discussion ensued. Joe told Bob that he should also take his wife to the fabulous eatery they visited the previous week. “It was the best!” said Joe.
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Mom was getting swamped with calls from strangers. The reason? A medical billing service had launched an 800 number that was identical to hers. When she called to complain, they told her to get a new number. "I've had mine for twenty years," she pleaded. "Couldn't you change yours?" They refused. So Mom said, "Fine. From now on I'm going to tell everyone who calls that their bill is paid in full." The company got a new number the next day.
During a shopping trip to a department store, I was looking around for a salesperson so I could pay for my purchase. Finally I ran into a woman wearing the store's ID tag. "Excuse me," I said. "I'm trying to locate a cashier."
"I can't help you," she briskly replied, barely slowing down. "I work in customer service." And she walked away.
Cell service in our area was so rotten we told our service provider to cancel our contract. About a week later, we received a letter saying they wanted to continue the relationship. The reason that they were writing? They had been unsuccessful in contacting us by phone. Hello?
My husband, Jeff, and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk. The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more. "Sir," my husband politely said, "please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old."
"Okay," the computer technician replied. "Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?"
After booking my 90-year-old mother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her needs. The woman representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair and an attendant for my mother because of her arthritis and impaired vision. I also asked for a special meal and assistance in changing planes. My apprehension lightened a bit when the woman assured me everything would be taken care of. I thanked her profusely. "Why, you're welcome," she replied. I was about to hang up when she cheerfully asked, "And will your mother be needing a rental car?"
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