We all know eating more fruit and vegetables can help you to maintain a healthier weight, but could a waxy compound (ursolic acid) found in apple peel help you to increase your muscle mass and brown fat cells?
According to a recent study contacted by the University of Iowa, they found that when they gave ursolic acid to mice being fed a high-fat diet, this waxy compound helped them to increase their muscle mass and brown fat cells, which are both renowned for helping you to burn more calories.
In fact, scientists found that this compound helped to reduce obesity in these mice whilst preventing pre-diabetes and liver disease.
What does this mean?
It is well known that the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you need to burn in order for these muscles to function. Yet what scientists found interesting about this study is the increase in brown fat cells.
Normally only seen in babies, as adults we only retain a small amount of these cells in our necks and shoulder blades. However as this study has proven you don't have to be a baby or live in a cold place to increase your brown fat cell levels.
Introduce this compound into your diet and it can help to increase these cells, which are responsible for lowering obesity and balancing your blood sugar and blood lipid levels.Can this compound be used on humans?
You would have to eat a lot of apple peel to see the full effects of ursolic acid; however should tests continue to remain positive about this compound, then eventually it may become a supplement you can use to help you to lose weight.
Until then though, there are plenty of other natural ways to increase your fat burn and lose weight.
Take the following examples:
- Exercise - no weight loss plan is complete without exercise, however to increase your fat burn the best types of exercises you can do are strength training, cardio and interval training. These can help you to naturally increase your muscle mass and shed this excess fat.
- Diet - besides drinking plenty of water, your dietary choices can affect your ability to lose weight. It is important that your diet consists of all your major foods groups (experts say 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats) and that instead of having 3 meals a day, you split 1500 calories over 5 smaller meals. These can be spaced out to ensure your blood sugar doesn't fluctuate and that you don't suffer from unwanted cravings or hunger.
- Supplements - there are a variety of natural supplements which can help you to take charge of your weight loss and get your eating habits back on track. Some are designed to not only speed up your metabolism, but encourage increased fat burn by suppressing your appetite, increasing your core body temperature, inhibiting your carb absorption and stimulating the creation of more new muscle tissue. Combined these help you to lose weight at a pace that is right for you.
There is a diversity of other fat burners on the market which can help you to become fitter and healthier. It is all a matter of finding the right one for you.
Whether you want to wait for this apple peel compound to become a supplement or not, it is possible for you to achieve the fat loss you desire without damaging your health.
Simply make sure you exercise regularly, follow a balanced diet and pick a supplement that has been clinically tested to prove it works. With the right combination you can get in shape…