Painlessly Losing Weight With Fucoxanthin
Lecture by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Hello. This is Dr. Mercola and you know that two out of three of you watching this video struggle with weight issues and one out of three are actually obese. Yes, obesity is an epidemic in our culture and so much so that it’s even affecting our kids. And that’s why I wrote a new book called Generation XL, but this video is not about that book. It’s about a new and exciting weight loss product that I’ve just learned about that I want to share with you. But before I do that, I want to review some foundational basics that really is key to understand, if you’re going to embark on an effective weight loss program. That boils down to the basics that we are all familiar with. That is proper diet and exercise. However, many of us fail to appreciate some of the subtleties that are important to understand if you’re going to effectively apply these modalities. And the first one is really to diet. Now, it’s important to appreciate that we are all born with specific biochemical genetic tendencies that allow us to optimally respond to very specific diets. So the end result of that is that some people will respond very effectively to a low fat, low protein, high carb diet—it will actually help them lose weight. But, conversely, another person given that same diet, will respond terribly and actually gain weight quite dramatically and they require high fat, high protein, low carb diet and some people are in between. So understanding these principals will allow you to help select the right foods that will speed up and accelerate your weight loss and the program that does it most effectively is something called metabolic typing. If you want to know more about your metabolic type-up, I’ve compiled a free report—I’ve been working on it for the last few months. It’s actually about 60 pages or so; we’re in the final editing phase and we hope to release it very shortly. We’ve had about 75,000 people sign up for this free report in anticipation of it coming up and if you haven’t signed up yet, please go to the link right below here [www.mercola.com/MT] and you can enter your name and that will allow you to receive the free report when it’s out. Now, additionally, of course, you’re going to want to exercise. For the longest time, I was a strong proponent of aerobic exercise—I’ve been running for nearly 40 years—but, gradually over the last few years, I’ve come to appreciate that weight training and high intensity aerobic training are very important principles and tools that are key to helping you build more muscle mass and we have more muscle mass that will actually help you burn the fat more effectively. So once you have these principles down, then those are the foundational legs of a weight loss program. Many people understand this and are still unable to apply it, of course. So they rely on other modalities and especially people who are morbidly obese. And what are those options? Well, some of the include things like gastric by-pass surgery. Now, would that be something that I would recommend? Absolutely not, and if you are unfamiliar with that, please read the link below here [www.mercola.com/GB], but basically I don’t recommend gastric by-pass because, for the most part, it can cause death. Yes. It can kill you. It can also lead to a variety of other complications, such as hurting your immunes system, bone loss, and liver failure—all are things you’re going to clearly want to avoid. So assuming that’s not an option for you, then there are many pills you can take—some of them prescription—which basically suppresses your appetite, but in no way, shape or form, treat the underlying cause of the disease. And there are other over-the-counter approaches you can take that have relied on central nervous stimulants, like Ephedra, which do allow you to lose weight, but not necessarily in the long run because they just don’t, again, treat the underlying causes of the problem. But wouldn’t it be nice to have something that would adjunct to the foundational principles of exercise and the appropriate diet—that would speed up and accelerate your weight loss. Well, if you’ve been reading this newsletter for awhile, you might recall that last year, I posted some research that was published some Japanese scientists that showed that brown seaweed was actually highly effective in producing weight loss in some animal studies. Now, brown seaweed has been used by Japanese and Chinese for centuries and has actually been found to contain a compound that could help in reduce the accumulation of fat and aid in weight loss—which is interesting because most Asians, of course, do not appear to be overweight. Now, the exciting development I wanted to share is, even though this research has been published—and I was initially excited about it last year when I put it on the shelf—because the initial impression from those results is suggested that this would not be commercially available for five to ten years, but there’s been a break through in the extraction process that allows them to take this active ingredient from brown seaweed, which is called Fucoxanthin—which I know sounds crazy, but that’s what they’ve called it—Fucoxanthin. And they’ve been able to make this commercially available. Interestingly, this compound is a carotenoid—which means it is a precursor to vitamin A and actually is an antioxidant. But the reason why it’s being used in this application is because it actually is a natural thermogenic. And what that means is that it’s a whole food based supplement that can actually help stimulate your body to use calories by burning white adipose tissue—which is exactly the type of fat that you want to lose when you’re seeking to lose weight. Now, it’s been documented in a number of clinical studies to be effective. It actually supports the metabolism and breakdown of fat by assisting the body to convert it to energy, which is called thermogenesis. Now, it’s interesting that it’s very convenient and it’s also a non-stimulant. So when you take it, unlike caffeine or any of these other commercial nervous stimulants, like Ephedra, it does not make you jittery or cause sleeplessness—keep you up at night. So you can actually live a normal schedule. It’s an interesting new option that is recently available—not readily available everywhere. But I just wanted to let you know about it. So clearly, if you are one of the two or three people watching this who are struggling with weight issues, and you’re clearly going to want to understand your metabolic type and definitely get your free report below [www.mercola.com/MT], so that you can know and understand what types of foods your require to help you lose weight and you certainly want to engage in and exercise program. But if you need something to help accelerate your weight loss in addition to those two foundational principles, then you may want to consider fucoxanthin. So, hopefully, this is helpful if weight loss is an issue for you.