Unfortunately, weight and obesity is an issue that is often ignored by people - that is, until symptoms and complications arise.
Then we begin to think twice about biting into a big juicy burger.
Combining today's career-driven population and long work days, fast food has gained the reputation of being the staple diet of the working class.
Sadly, the consequences appear much later after one's regular fast food binges.
These consequences include: feeling sluggish, depressed, out of breath and moody.
Studies have shown that these are only some of the more popular symptoms of too much junk food in the body.
What is the Alternative? Luckily, research has also found that there are some herbal and/or plant alternatives that we can take to lose weight.
Surely, this is much more preferable to 'going under the knife' to lose weight.
You have probably heard of slimming teas, hunger suppressants, and dietary supplements.
Yerba Mate is one type of dietary supplement and hunger suppressant.
Yerba Mate is a South American drink similar to green tea that aids weight loss primarily through three ways:
- It functions as a hunger suppressant so that people who tend to overeat or binge will find it easier to manage and deal with their frequent cravings.
Studies have proven that Yerba Mate can lower one's Caloric intake by as much as 1,000 Calories daily, which is the equivalent of shedding 2 lbs a week (1 lb.
of fat = 3500 Calories, so cutting 7000 Calories = losing 2 lbs of fat).
- Yerba Mateelevates a person's metabolism so that more Calories are burned and at a quicker rate.
- It serves as a natural diuretic so frequent urination is an expected result of using this supplement.
In turn this means less water retention, which is another factor that contributes to a bloated feeling and/or weight gain.
Yerba contains quercetin, which allows it to help alleviate allergies and asthma attacks and its numerous natural healthy compounds promote a healthy heart and central nervous system (CNS).
Moreover, it provides mental clarity, reduces stress, and increases alertness with its natural caffeine.
These reasons are why Yerba Mate is revered as the 'drink of gods' and drank daily in South America, where a sight of an obese person is rare.
Weight Loss Tips for a Synthesized Approach As in any health regimen, the proper way to lose weight is to complement any dietary supplements with the right diet and exercise.
Here are a few things you can consider to go with your Yerba Mate intake:
- Forget junk food.
Junk food refers to chips, soda, candies, and any fast foods.
When at the grocery store, shop on the outside of the grocery store where all the healthy food is.
Grocery stores are designed with the higher margin, unhealthy food in the middle.
- Watch your sugar intake closely.
Stay away from sweets and anything with a lot of sugar like cakes, pastries, candies, and chocolates.
Sugar, especially simple sugars, upset the body's blood-sugar balance, which triggers a release of insulin which in turn promotes the storage of fat.
- Avoid white (or processed) food and go for natural.
Forgo white sugar, white bread and white rice for whole wheat/rye bread, brown sugar and brown rice.
These natural complex carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly so they satisfy your hunger longer and contain more vitamins and minerals as well.
To keep your body fit, you should give it the proper workout it needs.
Perform cardio 3x per week in the morning on an empty stomach for 30 minutes straight.
Doing it in the morning when your body is at a caloric deficit from last night's sleep will immediately promote fat burning.
You will also be less likely to overeat after your exercise session and the morning cardio will get your day started with your health and weight in mind.
It could also mean a healthier heart and stronger pair of lungs for you.
It must be noted, however, that there is no magic pill or product to help you lose weight.
Products like Yerba Mate are supplements which can help you reach your goals, but to get there you need discipline.
Discipline will get you to the finish line and will keep you focused on what you want to achieve and help you overcome sweet temptations.
After all, you can't reach the dream if you don't wake up and take responsibility.