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Here’s Why Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight

Here’s Why Tequila Can Help You Lose Weight

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    Yes, Tequila Could Help You Manage Your Weight

    Research presented at the American Chemical Society earlier this year demonstrated that a substance occurring naturally in the plant used to make tequila could hold the key to treating diabetes and obesity. To be clear, no particular food or drink will completely counteract a poor diet. However, these results are exciting because they demonstrate the power of a single substance on blood sugar levels and, in turn, on weight management.

    Over 20 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with obesity, and scientists behind this study believe that the plant used in tequila production could hold the key to treating these conditions. It offers hope for those who overeat, want to lose some weight, and still want to enjoy spirits!

    Tequila’s Effect On Blood Glucose Levels

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      Tequila is made from the agave plant, which contains compounds known as agavins. These natural sugars are not digestible and in fact can be considered a form of dietary fiber. As a result, they are not rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream as is the case with other forms of sugar such as glucose. Agavins are not the same as agave nectar or agave syrup, which in fact exerts a notable effect on blood sugar. This means that agavins do not trigger a appreciable rise in blood glucose, but instead serve to regulate it.

      As they are non-digestible, they are also low in calories. Researchers investigating the effects of agavins on the body found that not only do they regulate blood glucose, but they also increase production of a hormone known as GLP-1.

      Enhanced GLP-1 production is a desirable outcome for those who want to lose weight because it slows the rate at which the stomach empties. When an individual’s stomach holds onto food for longer, they can happily go for longer periods of time without eating. This in turn reduces the drive to eat, and serves to keep the total ingested quantity of calories down.

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      Combined with sensible food choices and regular exercise, this can contribute to weight management. Most people can ingest agavins with no negative side-effects, which means that they hold potential as a standalone supplement for those looking to shed pounds.

      In support of this theory, researchers presenting at the ACS conference discussed experiments they had carried out with mice. They experimented with the effects of agavins, aspartame, fructose, sucrose, and agave syrup on the animals’ weight and blood glucose levels. The results were clear: mice who were administered agavins consumed less food, weighed less, and had lower levels of blood sugar compared with those who were given other forms of sugar and sweeteners.

      This study represents the first attempt to evaluate agavins as sweeteners in spite of their lower sweetness compared to sugar,’” said lead researcher Mercedes G. López, Ph.D.

      Whilst agavins do not taste quite as sweet as the other sweeteners evaluated in the study, they are unlikely to cause the side effects which is sometimes seen in those who consume other sweeteners such as aspartame, which can trigger headaches in some people.

      Agavins are also thought to be beneficial in encouraging important, health-promoting bacteria in the mouth and digestive system. The maintenance of such bacterial cultures in the body is vital for general health and wellbeing.

      How Often Should You Reach For The Tequila?

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        Whilst excessive alcohol consumption is never a good idea, enjoying a few shots of tequila on an occasional basis may actually come with health benefits. A shot of tequila with dinner may help you regulate your food intake and blood sugar levels, in turn reducing your risk of diabetes, obesity, and other related conditions.

        Featured photo credit: Tequila sunrise/Christian Benseler via flickr.com

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        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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