When it comes to losing weight, experts often cite one hard and fast rule: You can’t spot reduce. As much as you’d like to drop inches from just your belly or slim down your thighs, your body draws from fat stores located throughout the body when it needs energy. But lately, new research shows that there may indeed be an exception to this tenet—one that can help you whittle down your waist, hips and thighs, while still helping you drop pounds and look leaner all over.
The Science of Fat Loss
Before getting into how your body sheds excess weight, it can help to understand how fat is stored in the first place. Whenever you eat, whether it’s a bag of chips or a big green salad, the presence of carbs (glucose), protein (amino acids) or fat (fatty acids) digested into the intestine alerts the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin. This important hormone then signals your body to break down and absorb these nutrients, where they can be reassembled as glycogen, protein and fatty acids (triglycerides). Glycogen is primarily stored in muscles and the liver, with excess levels also stored in fat tissue. The same is true for amino acids. Fatty acids are absorbed from the blood and stored in fat cells.
As food is digested, blood glucose rises, causing a corresponding release in insulin levels. When a food causes this blood glucose (and therefore insulin levels) to rise quickly, it is considered to be high on the glycemic index. Foods like white bread or pasta are generally classified as high glycemic foods. Lower glycemic foods, such as oatmeal or brown rice, cause a lower spike in the release of blood glucose.
The sharp spike in the release of blood sugar that corresponds with eating a high-glycemic food is usually followed by a sudden crash, and within a relatively short time, you start to feel hungry again, as the body releases the hunger hormone gherlin. These dietary ups and downs not only mean you take in more calories. Research shows that gherlin seems to encourage the body to store excess fat around the belly, or midsection, as well as the hips and thighs.
Fighting Fat, Fast
So how can you get off the weight loss/gain roller coaster for good? Keeping your calories in check and following a healthy diet are important, of course. But as most frequent dieters know, sometimes that’s just not enough. If you’ve been frustrated by the failure of keeping pounds off for good, there’s encouraging news in the form of new weight-loss aids that help to reduce glucose response after you eat, as well as suppressing the huger hormone gherlin, so you’re less likely to raid the pantry later in the day. One of the best-researched of these remedies is a product called Vysera-CLS. In a recent randomized, double-blinded study, subjects who took Vysera for 30 days before eating a meal rich in complex carbohydrates lost upwards of 8 times more weight and 15 times more body fat than those who took a placebo drug.
The key ingredient in Vysera comes from plant foods, which have a lower glycemic index (and less calories) along with more fiber and water. These plant compounds help to slow down digestion and block the absorption of glucose and fat, so you end up eating fewer calories. In effect, when subjects took the weight-loss pill with their meals, it reduced the foods’ glycemic index, not only helping to blunt the corresponding insulin and glucose response, but also reducing hunger for hours afterward.
The calories-in, calories-out factor isn’t the only equation to consider in weight loss. In the study, the subjects who took Vysera also had lower levels of the hunger hormone gherlin. Since gherlin is often associated with fat storage around the waist, hip and thighs, those who took the medication also lost inches off those key trouble zones—including more than an inch off the circumference of the waist, a half-inch off the hips and nearly a half-inch off the thighs!
Dieters often complain of feeling an energy lull that comes with shrinking portion sizes. Natural energy boosters (like the caffeine in coffee) can help, when taken in the appropriate amount. The chemical compounds found in substances like caffeine can also help to boost resting metabolism, which further helps in the battle against body fat. Vysera, for one, was engineered to contain the ideal amount of these energy builders, to help dieters feel less lethargic and more invigorated without the subsequent crash that can often follow.
Of course, no weight loss aid can work if the rest of your diet is out of whack. For best results, you need to stay within a healthy range of calories (no more than about 2,200 calories a day). Dieters with the best results while taking Vysera consumed a light breakfast (such as coffee and a yogurt with fruit), a lunch rich in complex carbohydrates (think: pasta with marinara sauce and a little olive oil), and a protein-focused dinner (grilled chicken and vegetables), as well as healthy snacks like fruit or mixed nuts. Regular exercise is also important to help increase energy and burn calories. After following this program for four weeks, you should see a noticeable difference in your body—especially where you want to slim down most.