Obesity is a huge problem in today’s society…and often chocolate is part of the problem – junk food loaded with sugar, stabilizers, and other filers…

BUT…chocolate can actually help you loose weight!!  Let’s look at how and why.

Most obesity involves a dysregulation of two hormones:  letpin and grehlin.

Grehlin is a fast acting hormone, (an endogenous peptide) produced in the stomach and the pancreas and stimulates hunger/appetite.  As a consequence there is in an increase in food intake and energy homeostasis; the hormone increases prior to eating and decreases following food intake.  Grehlin is also involved in long term weight regulation by inducing adiposity.   .  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17693746

Grehlin is also produced in the hypothalamus (central melanocortin system) in the brain where it stimulates growth hormone and it contributes to metabolic processes.

Leptin is the counterpart hormone, produced by fat (adipose) cells.  Letpin induces satiation, thus reducing food intake and provoking weight loss.  Leptin is a long term regulator of energy balance.

In obese people, there is usually an imbalance between these two hormones:  obese people tend to have increased levels of circulating leptin, but are leptin resistant, thus not sensing satiation which in turn provokes more eating.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17212793

So how do we alter the production, secretion and activity of these weight regulating hormones?

There are four “micro-nutrients” that are beneficial:  lipoic acid, catechins,  anthocyanins, sulfurophane

Lipoic Acid:  another anti-oxidant that decreases ghrelin and increases leptin within fat cells.  LA is also known to increase the activity of the mitochondria (which produces the fuel for the cell, ATP) thus increasing energy (LA is found in: Xocai chocolate, collard greens, kale, spinach, swiss chard.  For more information on Xocia chocolate contact Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca).

Catechins: these are a type of polyphenol (bioflavanoid) that are responsible for activating fat-burning genes inside of the abdominal fat cells.  This is hugely important for weight loss.  Catechins also improve the body’s insulin sensitivity!!!  (Catechins are found in green tea and Xocai chocolate!!  For more information contact Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca)

Anthocyanins:  another bioflavanoid.  Anthocyanins actually disrupt fat storage by causing fat cells to stimulate lipolysis (break down the fats and use them for fuel!!) (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry).  And for those having difficulty with memory and cognitive processes, anthocyanins are also associated with significant short term memory improvement.  (Found in Xocai chocolate, red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries.  For more information, contact Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca)

Sulforaphane:  an organosulfur compound that exhibits anticancer, antidiabetic and antimicrobial properties.  (Wikipedia: Sulforaphane).  Sulphoraphane triggers fat cells to release trapped toxins.  Fat cells are very important in that they protect the body from toxins that are destructive.  So if we are going to release these toxins from the fat cells, we should make sure we have enough glutathione to orchestrate the detoxification process (for more information on a glutathione accelerator, which has to be made inside of cells, contact Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca).

These toxins reduce fat cell metabolism, and provoke the body to store more fat for further protection.  AND…sulforaphane are known to halt cancer by lowering the level of cancer stimulating estrogens.  Food sources (Broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and bok choy).  http://www.thehealthylivingsite.com/why-you-need-micronutrients-to-release-stored-fat/

In summary:  one easy way to loose fat is to

  1. Take Xocai chocolate
  2. Take glutathione accelerators (do not take oral glutathione as is simply gives you expensive bowel movements)
  3. Eat your berries and your broccoli

Be responsible for your health.

Contact Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca for more information.

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