Losing weight may seem like hiking up a mudslide, but it’s possible, and there are some ways to make the process fun. Before we get to the exciting stuff, here are a couple of reminders:
While the U.S. ranks highest in heart disease rates and in the top 50 countries in rankings of people with diabetes, one country is very low in both: Japan.
In fact, Japan was among three countries with the lowest levels of heart-related problems. Plus, while the U.S. ranked number 35 out of 195 countries for incidence of diabetes, Japan ranked very far down on the list — 137, in fact.
While this does not mean that we should all move to Japan, it does mean that there must be something in the Japanese diet that helps people there stay very healthy.
A big factor is how much green tea Japanese folks consume. Behind China, Japan is the green-tea capital of the world!
Not only that, the Japanese diet may protect people against conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Why? Because it’s naturally rich in green tea, fish, soy, fruits and vegetables and naturally low in added sugar, fat and animal protein.
Not that there’s anything wrong with meat, especially lean meat, but it’s a combination of those parts of the diet that is believed to be of benefit.
Although tea consumption in the U.S. is low, tea is still considered the most popular beverage in the world, behind water.
No surprise, because drinking it means we’re drinking less of the unhealthy stuff — like soda — and tea, especially herbal tea, does a lot of other good things, including helping the body get rid of toxins.
In addition, recent research shows that tea helps boost energy, energy levels, assists the body in keeping glucose levels healthy, and helps us lose weight.
There’s a lot of research which shows that specific herbal tea ingredients can do just that. In fact, a study from Denmark showed that elderflower (Sambucus nigra) extracts contain bioactive compounds that improve glucose and fat metabolism.
In fact, a very comprehensive review of elderberry and elderflower by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration proved that elderflower supports immunity, heart health, healthy cholesterol (already in range), and reduced body weight.
In fact, in a group of adult students, drinking marjoram was shown to produce "A significant reduction in body weight after one month of consuming marjoram."
That being said, marjoram is most certainly not the only herbal tea ingredient to show weight-loss benefits.
Researchers have found, in experimental studies, that whitethorn (also called hawthorn) has “tremendous potential as [a] natural weight lowering agent.”
In addition, recent research shows that black tea and oolong tea also help us jettison fat, but not because of the caffeine. In fact, oolong tea boosts both metabolism and fat burning.
Green tea also helps us reduce body fat, weight and our waistlines. It additionally helps us keep our gut microbiome healthy, our balance of good and bad bacteria.
A less traditional yet effective tea ingredient, celery root, has been shown to support circulatory health, healthy insulin levels already in range, and healthy blood pressure levels that are already in a normal range.
Herbal teas also contain other compounds, like antioxidants and flavonoids, which are health promoting, especially for heart health.
Aside from the specific health benefits of tea, regular drinkers of tea are more likely to have other healthy habits, too, like eating more fruits and veggies.
The good news — there is a way to fit new healthy hacks, like drinking more herbal tea, into your life with as little disruption as possible. You can change a little or a lot, but it all depends on your goals.
Almased Wellness Tea features a special blend of elder blossoms, whitethorn berries, marjoram, woodruff and celery root — the best thing is that it’s naturally caffeine-free and is a perfect complement to the Almased Figure Plan.
Are you ready to warm up to the benefits of Almased Wellness Tea today?
In the 1960s, the famous comedian Jackie Gleason made this line famous — “How sweet it is!”
But what’s not sweet is this: The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar every year, which is more than 50 billion pounds! To put this in perspective, 200 years ago Americans only ate 6.3 pounds of sugar a year.
While the menu from the 1800s was not perfect — as it had heaping portions of meat and very few veggies — at least we know it wasn’t packed with refined sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, gums, starches and artificial ingredients.
There’s no doubt that the U.S. diet — robbed by modern processing of many of its minerals, vitamins and live enzymes — has gone way off track, and with it, so has our health.
According to Michael Pollan, the most sensible diet plan is to “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” That seems easy enough, but recent research about microflora in the gut suggests it’s not that simple. For some people, the wisest plan of action is to follow a whole-food, plant-based diet; others might fair best on keto; and some may do just fine on Pollan’s plan, with a few added treats every here and now. This suggests, the question we should be asking is not ‘what’s the best diet plan?’
So you’ve decided to take the plunge. You’re committed to a new diet — eating healthy and avoiding most of the “bad stuff” — but your family members definitely don’t seem to be helping.
They keep offering us deep-fried snacks, high-carb fare, sweets — you name it. And this is after you already told them you were going on a diet.
While family support can be very important, experts say that you don’t need anyone but yourself to achieve your weight loss goals.
However if you are able to get a weight-loss buddy — it could be a friend, co-worker or neighbor — this could easily represent the encouragement you want and deserve.
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