How Belly Fat work? Like, scientifically?
Well it is interesting, because it has been observed. Specifically lemon polyphenols (taken from the peels of lemons) have been observed in tests on mice. A study divided mice into three groups. One that was fed a low fat diet, one was fed a high fat diet, and a third was fed a high fat diet with the lemon polyphenols, all for twelve weeks. The lemon polyphenols showed a suppression of body weight gain, fat pad accumulation, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance, among other benefits. Interestingly, the third group, although they were fed a high fat diet along with the lemon polyphenols, actually fared better than the low fat diet group. The lemon polyphenols also upregulated the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-α (PPARα). What in the world is that, you’re probably wondering. Well, specifically, it helps regulate lipid metabolism in your liver. It promotes uptake, utilization, and catabolism of fatty acids. In layman’s terms it breaks down your belly fat. So there you have it. That’s how the lemon works.
So how does garlic work? A similar Korean study was done on mice. This study fattened the mice up first with a high-fat diet (45% fat to be exact) for the duration of eight weeks, until the mice were obese. For the following seven weeks, they were split into two groups. One was continually fed a high fat diet and the other had a high fat diet but supplemented with 2%, or 5% garlic. As the study says, “Dietary garlic reduced body weight and the mass of various white adipose tissue deposits and also ameliorated the high-fat diet-induced abnormal plasma and liver lipid profiles. Garlic supplementation significantly decreased the mRNA levels of adipogenic genes in white adipose tissues (WAT). However, consumption of garlic increased the expression of mRNA for uncoupling proteins in brown adipose tissue (BAT), liver, WAT, and skeletal muscle. Mice treated with garlic maintained a significantly higher body temperature than untreated mice during a 6-h, 4°C cold challenge.” In other words, supplementing with garlic reduces body weight and also induces thermogenesis, making you slightly warmer. Higher heat output can also be an effect of a temporarily sped up metabolism.
How Do I take it?
It is recommended to use three raw garlic cloves with one lemon and one cup of water to lose belly fat fast. Squeeze all the lemon into the water, and you might want to use some shavings from the lemon peel as well for extra potency. One way to do this is to chew the three garlic cloves and then drink the lemon water. You could also grind up the garlic or mince it, and just combine it with the lemon water, treating the mix like a shot of whiskey that you down as quick as possible. If the taste is too harsh, adding honey helps. This should be repeated every morning on an empty stomach. Results are said to show after a couple of week’s time. An alternative approach that may take more time to show results, would be to add a lemon’s worth of lemon zest to your food on a daily basis, and eat the raw garlic separately.
Fresh garlic is thought to increase bleeding. For this reason, anyone with a bleeding disorder should proceed with caution about how much of this food they consume. Garlic supplements are not recommended for children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, explains Medline Plus.
Lemon is also not recommended for anyone with any type of stomach ulcer, as it could increase burning sensations. Even though lemon is said to become alkalizing once it is in the body, this does not happen until it has been actually metabolized. When it enters the stomach, it is still very much acidic. Any and all ulcers must be tended to before attempting this remedy.