Category Archives: Weight Loss

Physical Activity Versus Diet: Weight Loss

Weight loss is a highly complex subject and often the results from weight loss plans differ between individuals. However, there are certain themes that can be generalised upon to provide some clarity. The first thing to say is that many … Continue reading

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Can Berberine Aid Weight Loss?

Berberine is a phytochemical belonging to the alkaloid class. Berberine is found in a wide range of plants but is concentrated in barberry plants (Berberidaceae), huang lian (Coptis rhizomes) and goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis). Berberine has a number of medicinal effects … Continue reading

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Saffron (Crocus sativus): Potential Weight Loss Benefits?

Saffron (Crocus sativus) is a herb that is known to possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects relate to the presence of a number of phytochemicals in the plant including crocetin, safranal, crocin and picrocrocin. Evidence suggests that saffron … Continue reading

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Citrus Aurantium, St John’s Wort and Caffeine for Weight Loss

Herbal treatments for weight loss have been shown to be effective when given in certain combinations or when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle. Citrus autanteum in one herb that has shown promise as a weight loss supplement because … Continue reading

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Reducing Sugar Sweetened Drinks: Weight Loss

Consumption of sugar in beverages can significantly contribute to overall energy intake. In addition, sugar is a metabolic poison that can disrupt normal metabolic pathways and hormonal control through its influence of the sensitivity of the insulin receptor. Limiting drinks … Continue reading

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Green Tea: Alternative Weight Loss Mechanisms

Green tea has been shown to cause weight loss in humans and animals. A number of biochemical mechanisms have been identified and these likely contribute to the ability of green tea to accelerate fat loss. For example, green tea contains … Continue reading

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Dairy and Protein: Basic Weight Loss Foods

Many people overcomplicate weight loss and this can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to succeed. Weight loss, actually fat loss, is simply a process by which the body’s ability to catabolise fat is encouraged. There are a … Continue reading

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L-Carnitine: Main Functions

L-carnitine is a nutrient factor found mainly in foods of animal origin that plays a role in the use of fat as an energy source. Humans can also synthesise L-carnitine (L-b-hydroxy-c-N-trimethyl aminobutyric) acid in the liver, brain and kidneys from … Continue reading

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The Effects of L-Carnitine Supplements on Weight Loss

L-carnitine is a nutrient factor that is present in the diet but also synthesised by cells. One of the functions of L-carnitine is to shuttle fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are oxidised to produce energy. Some evidence suggests … Continue reading

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Does A Vitamin C Deficiency Reduce Fat Oxidation?

Vitamin C plays a role in the maintenance of correct body weight. One reason for this is that vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of carnitine, a molecule that is necessary for the oxidation of fatty acids. A deficiency … Continue reading

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