By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
December 19, 2014
- Don’t let the holidays leave you feeling fat and fatigued
- Sugar-blocking secret fights holiday weight gain
- … And doubles your weight-loss efforts
Well, it’s official. The holiday season is in full swing.
Here at the clinic we’ve decked the halls with everything from mistletoe to menorahs. My patients and staff are glowing. And everyone is bustling with excitement.
The holidays also bring all sorts of candies, home-made cookies, pies, cakes, fudge and more from our patients, neighbors and friends. Unfortunately, as we allow ourselves to indulge in these treats, we start feeling more tired than usual. And pretty much everyone starts complaining about their waistlines eventually.
During the holidays we start dipping into foods we don’t normally eat – and end up eating much more of them than we should.
All of those delightful holiday treats are loaded with processed sugars and flours that cause your blood sugar to skyrocket. That rapid increase in blood sugar forces your body to pump out insulin to deal with it.
Then, when your blood sugar plunges back down, it leaves you feeling “spaced out” and drained of energy.
Worse, those big surges in insulin cause you to crave even more of those sugary foods. So you end up cycling between sugar highs and sugar crashes. And then eating more and more of the foods that threw your body out of whack in the first place!
But that’s not all. You see, your blood sugar and insulin levels are directly related to how much fat you store. If your blood sugar is constantly high, you’ll store that extra energy as fat.
All things considered, the holidays can leave you feeling fat and fatigued. It creates the perfect storm for weight gain.
But there is a way to stop this cascade before it even starts.
When you manage your blood sugar, your body becomes more efficient… and much leaner! That’s why those “low-glycemic” diets help you lose so much fat. When you keep your blood sugar low, you store less fat.
This is exactly what makes green coffee bean extract so exciting.
I’ve written about it before, but it’s gained quite a reputation when it comes to sugar metabolism and weight-loss.
Green coffee bean extract is made from the coffea canephora bean. It contains chlorogenic acids, just like regular coffee does. But the concentration is much, much higher. In fact, it contains a 270% higher concentration of chlorogenic acid than coffee.
It’s great, because even if your diet isn’t perfect, this acid can help control the way your body processes sugar. And it works from two different angles…
• First, it blocks the absorption of sugar in your intestine.
• Second, it stops your liver from producing glucose after a meal.
This one-two punch can keep you from having those swings from being hyper- to hypo-glycemic from meal to meal.
Better yet, it can help keep those pounds from creeping up. In fact, in just 60 days people who consume chlorogenic acid can lose almost twice as much weight as people who drink regular coffee.
This is great news for anyone concerned about holiday weight gain. All it takes is 200 mg. twice a day before your heaviest meals.
Now before signing off, there is one thing I want to add.
Taking chlorogenic acid doesn’t give you the license to go hog-wild on all of the sugary and processed foods you want. It’s still important to make healthy decisions when it comes to the amount of treats you indulge in and when planning your regular meals.
But if you do slip up and overindulge, chlorogenic acid can certainly offset some of the negative consequences.
P.S. Supplementing with chlorogenic acid is one of the best things you can do to stop sugar swings and avoid packing on the pounds during this time of the year. If you’d like to find out more about chlorogenic acid and how it works, just click here for more information.
Thom, E. “The Effect of Chlorogenic Acid Enriched Coffee on Glucose Absorption in Healthy Volunteers and Its Effect on Body Mass.” The Journal of International Medical Research, Volume 35, Number 6, November 2007, pp. 900-908(9).