The quest for weight loss continues to seem like mission impossible for many people. From hyped celebrity type weight loss diets to “magical” weight loss products and exercise programs, they have tried them all, but with little to no success. We will use this article to make a comparison between the benefits of using yacon root syrup for weight loss as opposed to engaging in rigorous workouts.
The Counter Effects of Over Exercising to Lose Weight
Let’s be realistic! Excessive exercising is just the same as overworking, and can be counteractive to a weight loss program. Many weight watchers who engage in rigorous exercise, but still find themselves having to contend with a growing stomach and weight gain in other areas of the body, are experiencing the counter effects.
Some exercise programs cause people to push themselves to the hilt, at which stage they stress the body, causing the adrenal glands that sit atop the kidney to release the stress hormone, cortisol. When you over exercise, you overstimulate the adrenal glands whose response to the alarm raised by your body is to produce an excess amount of the hormone to help you relax and get over the stress it is experiencing. Bear in mind that cortisol is the same hormone that comes to the aid of the body in fight and flight situations. In such situations, your heart rate, sweat rate, blood pressure and/or body temperature would all increase, causing the excess cortisol to be used up.
When cortisol comes to the aid of your overworked body and is not used up, the excess remains in the bloodstream where it causes sodium and fluid retention, leading to weight gain. This will in turn trigger an increase in your blood pressure, and the rate at which your heart contracts. Your blood pressure will remain elevated even while your body is at rest or in a lesser state of activity such as when you’re sitting at your desk at work. Bottomline, overexercising stresses the body causing an excess amount of cortisol to enter the bloodstream and once it is not used up, will cause fluid retention which causes weight gain.
Weight Loss and Yacon Root Syrup
The yacon plant (smallanthus sonchifolius) is native to the Andes mountains in South America. The root tuber is very similar in resemblance to sweet potato. It is highly regarded in that part of the world for its medicinal properties and have been for hundreds of years, but has only now risen to prominence in the United States after being featured by the famous TV doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Yacon juice is extracted from the root and the syrup processed in a natural way, much like maple syrup. The syrup is dark, has a sweet taste and its consistency is like that of molasses. Ok, enough with the description. We trust you have gotten the general idea, so now we’ll look at its weight loss properties.
Global Health Ideas is one of the chief suppliers of yacon root syrup. They note that, “Yacon Syrup has been shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promote good bowel function. Raw, organic Yacon Syrup is still an excellent sweetener for use in foods because it passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing very few calories.” They supply a 100% pure organic syrup that is high in prebiotics and probiotics.
Yacon syrup is also rich in FOS (fructooligosaccharides) which does not increase blood glucose when it is consumed, and boosts the body’s metabolism. The company notes that yacon syrup offers other health benefits such as increasing “the number of healthy digestive bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria.” It also cleanses the digestive system, strengthens the immune system, help control cholesterol and triglycerides as well as improve fat metabolism.
All these positive attributes of yacon syrup leaves weight watchers with a very effective sweetener that can spare them the hassle of over exercising to lose those extra pounds.