- Whey Protein a by-product of cheese manufacturing: supports protein synthesis and muscle development.
- Whey products can vary in the amount lactose, minerals, fat and proteins (including lactoferrin, beta-lactoglobulin, alpha-lactalbumin, glycomacropeptide, and immunoglobulins).
- Whey is a popular dietary protein supplement because it contains a full spectrum of essential amino acids and high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA).
- Amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins that are essential to human metabolism, growth and development.
- BCAAs-leucine, isoleucine, and valine are needed for the maintenance of muscle tissue, preserving muscle stores of glycogen (a storage form of carbohydrate) and helping to prevent muscle protein breakdown during exercise.
- BCAA are readily oxidized as an energy source during stress.
Weight gain has been blamed on quite a few things in the past: sugar, carbs, water, toxins, and even genetics. Many people find themselves cringing when they find out they’ve put on a little extra weight and their reflection in the mirror is looking a little more round these days. However, according to a new study conducted by the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism and School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Shanghai, a certain strain of bacteria may be to blame for that extra weight.
In the study, several mice were given samples of a bacteria known as Lipopolysaccharide endotoxin that originated from human volunteers. The toxin made up 35% of the bacteria in the patient’s gut. Once the sample was administered, the mice began to show signs of inflammation-like weight gain and decreased insulin resistance. When the amount of bacteria decreased, the mice lost weight and insulin resistance returned to normal. In essence, the lab results suggest that the presence of this bacteria is a contributor to obesity in humans.
These results shed new light on the causes of weight gain, possibly even opening up a new avenue for weight loss techniques and using science to target obesity. In light of this new information, weight loss techniques advocating the cleansing of certain bacteriums may soon find their way on store shelves and infomercials sooner than expected.
- Consider removing the kitchen television. The combination of easily available snacks, a place to sit and a TV on can be a recipe for diet disaster! It’s all too easy to slip into mindless eating habits.
- Remove bad temptations! If you see it, you’re more likely to eat it. Get rid of the cookie jar, bags of chips, candy, baked goods and other common trigger foods. Also, be sure to put food-prep ingredients (peanut butter jar) away the very moment you’ve finished using them, to prevent absentminded nibbling.
- Tempt your taste buds with fruit. Place a fruit bowl front and center so that a healthy snack is the closest food within reach.
- An egg has only sixty calories and its high protein content makes it a natural appetite suppressant.
- Studies have shown that people, who eat eggs for breakfast, take in fewer overall calories.
- According to new research from the Rochester Centre for Obesity in America, eating eggs for breakfast could help to limit your calorie intake throughout the rest of the day, by more than 400 calories.
- High protein foods such as eggs increase secretion of a peptide known as PYY which helps to suppress hunger naturally.
- The amino acid, leucine, that is found in eggs has unique roles in the regulation of muscle protein synthesis, along with insulin signaling. So the introduction of food which is rich in protein like eggs in the diet, while reducing the consumption of complex carbohydrates in the body, helps in the burning of body fat. This, in the process, helps in controlling your hunger and food cravings. It has been found that the more eggs that are consumed during breakfast, the more lean muscle mass that is maintained – important for long term weight loss and its maintenance.
- Oatmeal is fiber-rich and a good source of complex carbohydrates which help to stabilize insulin levels.
- Fiber-rich foods like oatmeal are slowly digested which means they reduce hunger cravings for longer periods of time.
- For greater benefits, choose old-fashioned oats or steel oats and avoid packets of instant oatmeal that are often loaded with sugar and calories.
- Eating oatmeal 1-2 hours before a workout will give you a longer lasting blast of energy that helps you workout longer & more intensely which helps you lose weight much faster.
- Pine nuts are a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids which cause your body to secrete two hormones that suppress hunger (tell the brain that the stomach is full) – cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1).
- One study showed that women who ate pine nuts experienced 29% LESS hunger and this effect lasted for up to four hours. These women ate fewer calories throughout the day.
- Eat a shot glass full of pine nuts daily to help suppress hunger.
- Pine nuts also contain the highest protein content of any nut.
- Another way to get full without overloading on calories is to snack on an apple.
- A medium-sized apple has only seventy calories, and is a rich source of fiber.
- Apples are also a good source of pectin, a fiber that slows down the rate of stomach emptying – leading to a greater sense of satiety.
- In order to get the hunger suppressing benefit of an apple, you must eat it whole rather than as a juice so you can get less calories and more fiber.