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Exploring the Effects of Bee Pollen on Weight Loss

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Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is known as the most powerful natural energy supplement, a complete product containing absolutely every essential nutrient one needs to remain healthy.

The low-calorie food and its health benefits have been thoroughly tested and analyzed by specialists all over the world, the results of these studies showing the product is efficient not only in improving the functionality of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems but also in treating skin problems and arthritis, in restoring the hormonal balance and increasing the body’s endurance and stamina.

Moreover, bee pollen has been proven to reduce digestive conditions by encouraging gastric activity, preventing bowel problems, suppressing appetite and increasing the metabolism rate of carbs, proteins and dietary fats. Based on these results, nutritionists tried to establish whether there is a link between bee pollen and weight management and here’s what they found out!

How Bee Pollen Sustains Weight Loss

Regardless of the type of bee pollen supplement you’re using – raw or processed, your body receives an important amount of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins especially from the B-group, amino acids and antioxidants, fatty acids as well as digestive enzymes, all these compounds being responsible for the energy bursts this food provides.

The high content of vitamins and minerals in pollen gives you extra energy and suppresses the cravings for sugars and sweets, thus it helps you manage better your daily intake of foods responsible for weight gain. Then, the amino acids in this supplement – among which phenylalanine – are very efficient in cutting down hunger although an ounce of bee pollen only provides 90 calories.

Thanks to its energizing action, pollen boosts the general stamina and maintains an elevated mood while dieting, enhancing the overall health state and well-being. Taken regularly, this product not only favors the reduction of body fat but also sustains intense fat burning workouts, whether we refer to cardio, aerobic or weight trainings.

Another component responsible for the link between pollen and weight loss is lecithin, a lipid that stimulates the metabolism, speeding up the fat-burning processes at the same time. Lecithin, found in this natural supplement in very high concentrations (15%), helps the body remove the fats stored in stubborn areas, melting them away extremely fast.

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Bee Pollen

Making the Most of It

Although bee pollen is very effective in shedding the unwanted pounds and boosting energy levels, keep in mind that maintaining a healthy weight requires a more complex approach. In other words, you won’t be able to lose weight and maintain the results for long periods unless you’re ready to change your dietary and lifestyle habits as well. The more active you get and the healthier you eat, the better and faster the results will be!

Also, pay attention that there are several brands and companies producing dietary supplements and not all of them are highly qualitative. If you want to be sure you make a good choice, look for a quality product. For example, Zi Xiu Tang bee pollen supplement is marketed as a weight loss supplement but there is really little evidence that proves that it removes unwanted fats for good.

And last, remember that for the purpose of burning lipids and losing weight the supplement should be taken 30 minutes before meals, with a glass of water and preferably on an empty stomach.

Joshua Kane researches the benefits of taking bee pollen for health and well-being. You can find out more about bee pollen and its effects on health by visiting his website.

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Fat Fashion Thursday: to the office

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Losing weight is not something you can do overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to appear and become your ideal size. Nevertheless there are tricks that you can adopt to make you look slimmer than you really are. Incorporate these fashion tips next time you pick an outfit.

1. Keep everything under wrap.

Choosing the right underwear helps in keeping everything in place. Make sure your bra is the correct size and fit not only to give you that proper support but  accentuate your natural gifts. Also give body shapers and hosiery a go to keep those tummy rolls in check.

2. Use the magic of Line & Color.

Clothing with thin to medium vertical stripes that are closely placed together have been long used to create the illusion of height. It also proves to make one appear slimmer. Dark colors have a similar effect. One trick is to wear dark skirt or pants with a lighter colored blouse. But do keep color contrast limited lest the look gets confusing.

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3. Observe proper proportion.

People naturally tend to wear loose clothing and even a size larger than what they actually are in the hopes of hiding those problem spots. But this practice will only make you look larger. So always choose your right size and compliment it with proper underwear or body shapers mentioned in tip number 1. Also stay away from heavy fabric as they add weight, literally and figuratively. Select your accessories wisely too as holding a tiny bag will make you look bigger as it is not in proportion to you. The same goes for brooches and jewelry.

4. Make the shoe fit.

Many tend to forget that everything from top to toe matter in creating the perfect illusion. And a great pair of shoes to suit your outfit can create wonders. Avoid chunky and rounded toe styles and instead opt for heeled pairs with a thin sole and pointed toe. Of course make sure your toes aren’t sticking out. The more of your feet you show, the longer your legs will look as a line is visually created. Ankle straps and flat shoes are therefore not the best.

5. Smile and Pose.

Feel happy and confident or at least try to. A good posture makes a lot of difference and so does a contagious smile as you attract attention to your face rather than your body. Keep your back straight to make you taller and let your outfit drape on you properly. You may be wearing the correct style of clothing but if you look tired and unhappy then the illusion is shattered. Raise your face a little for photographs to hide double chin.

So there you go!  Keep the illusion going while you are still waiting on those pounds to melt away.

Jessy Troy is a new mom struggling to lose weight and feel tiny. She blogs on sudden weight loss and healthy meals.

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