One reader wants to know about the benefit of chia seeds and Garcinia Cambrogia in weight loss. They are both helpful when taken in moderation, but long term weight loss involved life style and habit changes.
According to WebMD, “Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. ‘Chia’ means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds. One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.”
The supplement is a good natural appetite suppressant. Stress eaters are advised to drink a glass of water with chia seeds when cravings hit. The gel fills the stomach and makes one feeling full. Chia Seeds had its raving popularity three years ago; however, there is no scientific evidence that it will aid weight loss. One can still use it as the placebo effect.
The fruit garcinia cambogia, also called the malabar tamarind, grows across southwest India, Myanmar and Indonesia. South Asians have long been using garcina cambogia in their cooking, it’s a common ingredient in curries and chutneys. The fruit has hydroxycitric acid (HCA). According to Dr Oz, “HCA blocks fat by inhibiting a key enzyme that your body needs to make fat from carbohydrates: Citrate lyase. Usually carbohydrates or sugars that are not used immediately or stored in other forms are converted into fats. When HCA inhibits citrate lyase, the fat-making process is halted and the production of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides decrease.
HCA also suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain that makes you feel good. It’s a target of many antidepressant medications. Having low levels of serotonin may make you feel depressed or anxious; it drives many people into emotional or reactive eating. By increasing serotonin levels, HCA improves mood and suppresses the drive to react to stressful situations with food. As you eat less, your body senses this and it releases stored fat in your fat cells.”
Garcinia cambogia extracts are widely available from different manufacturers who flocked to the niche after the Dr. Oz show. One has to choose carefully, Consumer Review states, “A good Garcinia Cambogia extract should contain 60% HCA, a 1,600mg daily dose, and no additional ingredients other than a small portion of potassium to help with HCA absorption.”
Garcina Cambogia has its side effects. It may lower one’s blood sugar. That could interfere with diabetes treatments. It might not be good for women who are breastfeeding, and people with Alzheimer’s. In 2009, the FDA issued a safety warning after receiving more than 20 reports of severe reactions, including liver damage, in people taking the supplement Hydroxycut. Consulting your doctor before taking any supplement is always a safe practice.
There is no magic pill in achieving fitness and weight loss in the long run. Changing life style and eating habits are the major success factors one cannot neglect. Emotional well being and happiness are the most effective healers. So keep active, eat healthy, hang out with your friends and family, and mostly importantly be happy!