Green tea Fights Fat?

People who drank a bottle of tea fortified with green tea extract every day for 3 months lost more body fat than those who drank a bottle of regular tea. Researchers say the results indicates that substances found in green tea known as catechins may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2005;81 122-129

Obesity is depressing?

Data from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed that obesity was associted with past-month depression in women but was not significantly associated in men. Am. J. Epidemiol. 2003;158:1139-1147

Why and when cravings occur, and how to deal with it?

What time of the day and where cravings hit the hardest is important to know in order to be able to deal with it. Cravings often arise from emotions, so being aware of the connection between mind and body is an important step. If you crave ice cream when you're feeling depressed, it may be more beneficial to focus on the emotion than to dive into the freezer. If you raid the vending machine at work when bored or tired, its better to take a quick walk or call a friend instead.

Carbohydrate Cravings

Cravings can also be an attempt to supply the body with nutrients it lacks. Carbohydrate cravings can simply be from hunger or heavy exercise because too low blood sugar levels. It may also be a potential feedback mechanism between carbohydrate and serotonin. Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter that some researchers hypothesize is involved in the regulation of carbohydrate intake and is responsible for craving.

Healthy Options for Cravings

Determine what kinds of food you're craving and think of nutritious options. If you crave sweets, try blueberries which are lower in carbohydrates than other fruits and have a low glycemic impact. Or try a sugar-free frozen treat, like the LucyPops in our recipe section!

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