Healthy Ageing: Achieve your Weight Loss Goals

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Claire leads our Product Development Team, ensuring that our products are truly natural and effective. With more than 20 years experience in the health and beauty industry, she is one of the industry’s most experienced Manuka Honey Experts.

January is typically the time that many of us start, or restart, a new routine: we pledge to fill our days with nourishing food, exercise and some of us even ditch the wine in favour of something a little more wholesome.

Not surprisingly, losing weight is a popular New Year's resolution but it can prove to be a very challenging goal that many people struggle with and isn't often accomplished quickly.

One way to help you achieve your weight loss goal more easily is to take a dietary supplement alongside your chosen diet plan and exercise regime. Look for a weight loss supplement that targets multiple weight loss goals, such as burning stored fat, suppressing your appetite and improving energy levels, in order to help you achieve your exercise goals.

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Here are some proven natural ingredients to look out for when choosing the right weight loss formula for you:

BIOTIN & CHROMIUM: Contribute to normal macronutrient metabolism. They help to metabolise fat, protein and carbohydrates in our diet to provide us with much needed energy in order for us to attain those exercise goals.

CHOLINE: Contributes to normal fat metabolism, which in turn burns body fat.

CHROMIUM: Contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels, in order to help curb sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

CALCIUM: Contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.

CAPSICUM: Capsicum pepper plant has strong thermogenic properties which can aid weight loss by turning up your body heat. Increasing thermogenesis enables you to burn more body fat.

Multiple studies have demonstrated the weight loss benefits of capsicum, and findings suggest this natural substance could produce ‘clinically significant levels of weight loss’ [1].

CHROMIUM PICOLINATE: An essential natural mineral found in meat, vegetables and wholegrains, chromium helps curb your sugar and carb cravings by helping your body control your blood-sugar levels. When you eat foods containing sugar, such as carbs, the sugar is absorbed into your blood and carried to your cells to be used for energy. When your cells have enough sugar, you stop craving it. Chromium helps your cells take in as much sugar as possible, which means you’ll experience far less carb and sugar cravings, making losing weight much easier.

An eight-week study by Cornell University found that chromium supplementation curbed appetite and carb cravings in people with depression [2].

CAFFEINE: Caffeine has been proven to help boost your metabolism, helping your body to burn more fat turning this fat into fuel [3]. Research also shows that caffeine can temporarily boost your metabolism by up to 16% over 1 to 2 hours [4].

LIPASE ENZYMES: Lipase is a digestive enzyme that plays an important role in breaking down food. Lipase in particular breaks down fatty acids creating glycerol, leading to lower fat absorption and subsequent weight loss.

NOPAL: The high fibre content of Nopal helps to regulate your appetite and reduce the amount of fat in your body by helping your body to break down and excrete the fat. Additionally, the amino acid content of Nopal helps your body pull fluids back from your tissues into your bloodstream, therefore decreasing cellulite and fluid retention.

L’CARNITINE FUMARATE: The naturally occurring amino acid L-carnitine is found in foods such as red meat, nuts and green vegetables. It helps your body turn its fat stores into energy, meaning you’ll not only burn fat but combat the tiredness often caused by dieting too. One analysis of nine studies — mostly in obese individuals or older adults — found that people lost an average of 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) more weight while taking L-carnitine [6].

You can find all of these hard-working weight loss ingredients in Manuka Doctor’s NEW Fat Metaboliser supplement. Just take one capsule with breakfast and one with lunch and work your way to a better, healthier you!

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Top Weight Loss Tips -

Don’t look at the scales every day. Once a fortnight at most is better.

Try and aim for weight reduction over the next 6 months, not 6 weeks.

Doing something small and healthy everyday is better than a crash diet or depriving yourself.

Keep it up and you not only see a difference in your body shape but you will also have a decreased risk of common cancers (colon, liver, pancreas, kidney), a lowered risk of increased blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, less risk of developing diabetes, less strain from chronic back and joint pain and decreased risk of being hospitalised or becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

If you need a helping hand, there are a variety of free NHS endorsed apps, resources and online tools as part of this push to help you introduce simple changes to eat better and get active this new year. You might have heard of Couch to 5K to but there any many more, including the NHS Weight Loss Plan and Active 10 apps.

So what are you waiting for, start your weight loss routine today!

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