So you have heard Acai may help with weight loss?? But how can be sure before you take the leap?
High Nutrient Density
Eat well and you will lose weight. You can keep eating junk food and still be hungry for more. Why? The food is low nutrient dense. You haven’t fed your body the nutrients it needs to function! Acai is high in many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Feed your body with these and you wont feel constant hunger. Simple.
Although antioxidants are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of weight loss, they actually play a significant role. How? Antioxidants essentially pull toxins out of the body, which are often stored in fat cells, such as toxins from food additives. These toxins make us feel sluggish., and by removing them the body’s metabolic function and energy increases. Antioxidants are also important for supporting the body during dieting, as losing weight also temporarily increases nasty free radicals in the body before they are neutralised by antioxidants.
Low Sugar & Low GI
Acai is extremely low in sugar and has a very low GI (glycemic index) of 12!! (anything less than 55 is considered low).
As you probably already know sugar is easily turned into fat by the body! So lots of sugar is never a good thing! High GI foods cause dramatic spikes and falls in blood sugar levels causing you to regularly feel hungry. Eating low GI foods such as Riolife Acai will stop you from constant snacking and cravings for more sugary foods.
So you have heard fiber keeps you fuller for longer, but how?
High soluble fibre foods such as acai, turn to a gel-like substance in the stomach, that has the action of ‘mopping up’ fats and reducing cholesterol! It also traps sugars from your food and allows them to be released more slowly into the body, preventing blood sugar levels from dramatic spikes. Acai also contains insoluble fibre which increases the bulkiness and mass of your meal and literally fills you up.
Essentail Fatty Acids (EFA’s)
But aren’t they fat?
Yes, but EFA’s (also known as Omega’s) are ‘good’ fats, and can actually inhibit fat storage and increase the amount of fat burnt by the body.
EFA’s do this by working in the body’s cell membranes to regulate hormone levels. They have the action of lowering insulin levels in the blood stream. High insulin means that fat can not be used as fuel, and is instead stored as fat cells. High insulin levels also inhibit the enzyme hormone sensitive lipase, responsible for fat break down.
EFA’s also benefit us by lowering ‘’bad’ LDL cholesterol and raising ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels. This lowers over-all cholesterol levels, which goes hand in hand with weight loss.