Drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, which could be key to tackling obesity and diabetes, according to brand new research. Brown fat is an important part the human body which plays a key role in how quickly we burn calories as energy. Its main function is to generate body heat by burning calories, opposed to white fat, which is a result of storing excess calories.
Dr Sarah Brewer working in association with the type 2 diabetes supplement, CuraLin comments on more ways in which we can help tackle obesity and diabetes…
Tips to tackle obesity…
In the early stages, if you exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet you should see your type 2 diabetes control improve. In those who are overweight or obese, a weight loss of greater than 5% body weight appears necessary for beneficial effects on glucose control (HbA1c), blood lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides) and blood pressure.
Love spicy foods. Numerous spices such as cinnamon, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard seed and curry leaves all have evidence for improving glucose control. The spices turmeric and fenugreek are used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat type 2 diabetes, and are combined with other herbal ingredients in Curalin (£59).
When you settle down with a partner, you will tend to adopt some of their habits, too. According to psychologists from the University of North Carolina, once a couple start living together, they’re three times more likely to become obese than those who live separately. This is probably down to sharing obesity-related behaviours such as choosing unhealthy snacks and watching TV or playing computer games instead of exercising. Rather than encouraging each other to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle, they are more likely to encourage negative behaviours so they won’t feel so bad about over-indulging alone. Luckily, online communities exist that offer extra support from individuals who are experiencing the same thing, for likeminded individuals who are sharing their personal experiences and tips go to www.facebook.com/CuraLinCommunity.
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