Food Friday: Burn More Fat? Eat More Apples

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Don’t peel that apple.

A recent study from the University of Iowa found that a compound called ursolic acid which is found in apple peels, is related to increased fat burning. In the study, mice given ursolic acid built more muscle mass which led to increased metabolism and calories burned. They also had increased levels of brown fat which is a superior calorie burner. Researchers were pleased to find that the mice had reduced obesity, pre-diabetes, and fatty liver disease, all promising findings that could eventually lead to helping patients.

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The Truth About Fasting for Weight Loss

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When it comes to losing weight quickly, it seems fasting is di rigeur. I really wish it wasn’t.

Do periodic fasts help you lose weight?

Fasting is when you go without food, and there’s no fewer calories than zero. Fasting definitely will cause you lose weight. But there’s a hidden cost. Every time you fast, your body goes into prehistoric starvation mode telling every cell, Slow down, there’s no food. By slowing your metabolism you set yourself up to gain back the weight plus some the next time you eat.

Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.

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