Essential oils have many health benefits, but one in particular, grapefruit essential oil, may also serve as a natural appetite suppressant. “Grapefruit contains a powerful compound called nootkatone that has been shown to activate AMPK, an enzyme involved in energy metabolism and appetite control,” Dr. Axe says. “For this reason, grapefruit essential oil is often used as a natural way to reduce appetite and amp up weight loss.” His advice? “Add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to your water, use it in a diffuser, or apply topically to your chest and wrists to ward off cravings.” Check out these other 23 tricks to flatten your belly—without a lick of exercise.
A body of research out of Pennsylvania State University finds that eating water-rich foods such as zucchini, tomatoes, and cucumbers during meals reduces your overall calorie consumption. Other water-rich foods include soups and salads. You won’t get the same benefits by just drinking your water, though (but you will get other benefits of staying hydrated). Because the body processes hunger and thirst through different mechanisms, it simply doesn’t register a sense of fullness with water (or soda, tea, coffee, or juice). Here are 15 weight loss tips doctors wish you would stop following.
This South American tea comes from the yerba mate plant. Its leaves and twigs are dried, usually over a fire, and steeped in hot water to make an herbal tea. This caffeine-containing tea, often called mate, may help promote weight loss. Some consider it an ideal substitute for coffee, minus the bitterness. The Mayo Clinic advises, however, to enjoy this tea in moderation. Some studies have found that people who drink large amounts of mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk for certain types of cancer such as cancer of the mouth, lungs and esophagus (smoking in combination with drinking mate increases the cancer risk).
Losing weight doesn't have to be a horrible experience. Drinking tea is a great way to make the process more enjoyable. Brew with hot water and consume either piping hot or refreshingly cold as an iced tea. Each of these weight loss teas offers unique flavor and aroma profiles so you can pick the ones that taste best to you. You'll stick to your weight loss regimen more easily when you enjoy the beverages you drink. Pour yourself a big teacup and sip to your health.
The best way to drink tea is to sip it slowly, not chug it all at once. Try to spend at least 10-20 minutes enjoying your cup of tea and wait awhile before making another cup. This will ensure your body can gradually absorb all the polyphenols (antioxidants) instead of overloading your body all at once. Chugging a cup of tea too quickly can actually cause nausea, stomach sensitivity or caffeine overdose.
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Whole-food carbs are best because they don’t provoke an insulin response in the body, like white flour, or processed carbs, Blum explains. "They don’t spike your blood sugar, they keep it stable for hours, and they’re also the richest in nutrition," she says. "Once something has been ground and turned into a flour, and then baked, it doesn’t retain the nutrition [and] it spikes your blood sugar, which can lead to weight gain [or] make it very hard to lose weight."
Yes, but probably not as much as you might hope. A review of studies on five major FDA-approved prescription medications for obesity, including orlistat, shows that any of them work better than a placebo for helping people lose at least 5% of their body weight over the course of a year. Phentermine-topiramate and liraglutide had the highest odds of making that happen.