Antioxidants and losing weight, How a high antioxidant diet helps you lose weight
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If you happen to eavesdrop on any conversation about good nutrition, the word antioxidant is bound to come up a few times. Antioxidants are a special kind of micronutrients that prevent harmful chemical reactions caused by oxidation – a chemical reaction that results in the release of destructive elements after the action of oxygen on cells. These elements, known as free radicals, when in abundance, can set off chain reactions that lead to the damage or complete destruction of cells.
.Antioxidants are naturally found in many fruits and vegetables, examples include selenium, vitamin C and E and carotenoids. Plants also contain a host of antioxidants and are also rich in phytonutrients which act as antioxidants. These include curcumin in turmeric, resveratrol in red wine and catechins in green tea. The body also naturally produces its own antioxidants such as Glutathione and lipoic acid.
While a diet that is rich in antioxidants has numerous benefits, this article will focus on how antibodies increase metabolism, how they block carbs and sugar from being stored as fat and their fat burning action.
Although a lot of research has been done on the effects of a high antioxidant diet, they have been inconclusive on their direct effect on weight loss. However, theories have been put out to support this view.
Antioxidants are known to turn toxins in the body into harmless elements. Toxins are readily stored in fat cells. Therefore the more toxins we have in our body, the more our bodies will willingly ‘hold on’ to these fat cells in order to prevent toxins from freely roaming in our bodies. This is usually noticed by people who exercise and reach a plateau in their weight loss curve and in those who have slow metabolism rates. In order to reverse this, a diet rich in antioxidants has been shown to have numerous benefits.
Although antioxidants have not been directly linked to fat burning, it is a wonder that people who consume foods rich in antioxidants tend to lose weight. In a study done with overweight participants, those who included green tea in their diet lost more weight compared to the control group. The same has been noted with the intake of water infused with lemon rinds. Lemons and green tea are both very good sources of antioxidants.
For fat loss to occur, the body has to convert stored fat into glucose to provide it with energy. Although no conclusive evidence has been found, research suggests that a diet rich in antioxidants can convert your body from a sugar burning to a fat burning machine. This means that instead of using up the sugars you ingest to produce energy, the body will use stored fats. Antioxidants found in green tea have been found to possibly cut through fat stored in the body.
More research is yet to be done on the benefits of increasing your intake of antioxidant. However, what is clear is that it is better to take them in their natural form rather than in supplements because foods containing antioxidants have other benefits too.