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Goji and Weight Loss – Goji Berries

Goji and Weight Loss - Goji Berries

Goji as The Asian Weight Loss Secret

In Asian anti-obesity research, patients were given goji each morning and each afternoon. The results were exceptional and most patients were losing considerable weight.
Researchers at UCLA and elsewhere have demonstrated conclusively the interconnection between stress and high cortisol levels. If you can reduce stress, you will minimize or eliminate the harmful effects of cortisol.

An animal study showed that goji’s master molecule polysaccharides improve the conversion of food into energy and reduce body weight.

Reducing stress may be difficult but for more than a thousand years, traditional Asian medicine has been successfully addressing the problem by the use of adaptogens. The term refers to certain herbs that help the body to adapt to stress. No adaptogenic herb is as well known as the goji berry for reducing mental and emotional stress.

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Beat Stress with Goji

In valleys of Tibet and Mongolia, there is a special berry that the locals use and cherish so much that they honor it in special celebrations that last two weeks each year. The Tibetan variety of Lycium now known as ‘Goji’ is considered to be the Mother of all Lyciums! It grows in very remote unpolluted hills and valleys of Tibet and Mongolia, in the soil so rich in nutrients that the berries are exploding with this special nurturing vitality.

Goji is the name that refers only to this Tibetan variety of Lycium berry that is native to the Tibetan and Mongolian regions. The local harvesters are careful to distinguish the Goji berry from its distant related offspring, the Chinese Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum), pointing out that while the later evolution over the centuries of the Tibetan Lycium berry variety, its nourishing composition differs considerably, as do the regions and the conditions in which these two different berries grow.

Goji provides the energy reserves needed to cope with a certain level of difficulty. In Asia, it is said that constant consumption of goji brings a cheerful attitude, and nothing beats a good feeling for overcoming stress! It is suggested that the unique stress-reducing ability of goji can help to normalize the cortisol level. If you can end the cortisol cascade, you will soon be on your way to a lower Body Mass Index and a healthier weight. You’ll also notice an impressive range of benefits for good whole-body health, including:

-Increased fat burning
-Less fat storage
-Reduction of food cravings
-More energy
-Less fatigue after eating
-Increased fat burning
-Normal secretion of HGH, the body’s growth hormone
-Lower cholesterol and blood lipids
-Improved insulin utilization and blood sugar management
-Reduction of inflammation
-Improved immune function
-Better sleep

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Almost two-thirds of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. More than 3 of every 10 American adults are significantly overweight – a condition termed obesity. Both overweight and obesity are associated with increased health risks for a host of chronic diseases.

The problem is not purely American. In 1995, a survey by the World Health Organization anticipated the global number of obese adults to be 200 million. A mere five years later, the number had jumped incredibly to 300 million. Justifiably alarmed, the organization has given a name to this seemingly unstoppable worldwide epidemic — globesity.

The excess weight does not necessarily come from fat. If you’re a bodybuilder, professional athlete, or just someone with “big bones,” you may be overweight but not obese.

Being obese refers particularly to those individuals whose excess body weight is a result of a high percentage of body fat. Although experts had long debated the threshold points separating normal weight, overweight, and obesity, there is now near-unanimous agreement thanks to the development of a statistical tool known as the Body Mass Index or BMI.

Fat Distribution — Comparing Apples to Pears

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Healthcare providers are anxious not only with how much fat a person has but also where the fat is located on the body. If you carry fat mainly around your waist (apple-type obesity), you are more likely to result in obesity-related health difficulty than if you carry fat mainly around the hips or buttocks (pear-type obesity).

Causes of Obesity

In scientific terms, obesity arises when you consume more calories than you burn. What causes this imbalance between calories in and calories out can vary from person to person. Genetic, environmental, psychological, and other factors can all play a role.

Obesity tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic cause. Yet families also share diet and lifestyle habits that can contribute to obesity. It is often difficult to separate these from genetic factors. And science shows that heredity is linked to obesity.

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Lifestyle behaviors such as what you eat and your level of physical activity affect factors. Many people eat in response to negative emotions such as boredom, sadness, or anger. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates that 10 percent of overweight people suffer from binge eating. This condition is even more common in people who are severely overweight.

Probably the main cause of obesity is something we all have to deal with – the daily stress of modern life. With chronic stress, your adrenal glands overproduce the hormone cortisol. Although cortisol is essential in normal amounts, an excess of this stress hormone can cause a cascade of harmful side effects, many of which can cause weight gain – no matter how vigilant you are with your diet or exercise!

Cortisol causes:

– Instigation of fat-storage and enzymes
– Alteration of protein in the body into unwanted sugar
-Halt in the secretion of fat-burning human growth hormone (HGH)
– Stocking of harmful ‘apple-type’ abdominal fat
-increase in appetite and cravings for sweet and fatty foods
-progressive insulin resistance, which leads to type II diabetes, hypertension,
-cardiovascular disease, and the other health risks associated with obesity.

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