No one knows the tricks of the fitness trade like I do. Sure, all of us fitness coaches have little tricks up our sleeves, but because I had to overcome some major weight loss myself, I feel like I’ve become a pro at finding ways to make myself think I’m NOT on a diet.
Snacking was always my downfall. I knew I needed to loss weight, but it was hard for me to resist those cravings in the mid-afternoon or late at night. Seeking an alternative to bad snacking, I found the power of pomegranate.
Pomegranate took the place of my unhealthy junk food. It was the snack I turned to when I had a sweet tooth or just wanted something to munch on. I never had any guilt about it either. I’m glad I got hooked on pomegranates because it has some awesome health benefits, both for your body and waistline.
Pomegranate and Weight Loss
Pomegranate can help you lose weight by preventing hardening arteries. Hardening arteries are built up of plaque in blood vessel walls, which cholesterol. When your blood vessels get damaged like this, the get damaged and break. All of which leads to decreased blood flow. Heart attacks and strokes are a direct result of decreased blood flow. So you’re not only saving your arteries, but all of the above are traditional signs of over weight symptoms.
Pomegranates also help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and actually raises HDL cholesterol (the good kind). By lower bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, you essentially helping oxygen move through your blood and to your muscles quicker. As I’ve said a bunch in the bast, the stronger your muscles, the most fat your body can burn.
Pomegranate juice is also a big weapon against weight gain. A recent joint study at the University of Naples and UCLA concluded that pomegranate juice contains powerful antioxidants that stop fatty deposits from forming on the walls of arteries in the body. Thus pomegranate juice hinders the development of heart disease while also eliminating fat.
Pomegranate is truly a super nutrient as it has been shown to clear ttriglycerides (dangerous blood fats) before it’s stored as fat cells. The lower your fat cells, the lower your body fat. Not too complicated, right?
Excess triglycerides is directly linked to a diet high in refined, processed carbohydrates and hydrogenated fats. The results of a study performed at the University of Edinburgh confirms that by eating pomegranate for 30 days was enough to lower fat cells in your stomach. Researchers note that this type of fat accumulation is the most dangerous type as it causes the release of stress hormones which trigger inflammation and promote heart disease.
Throughout this study, it was concluded that Scientists believe that the Pomegranate fruit has the power to reduce the fat stored round the stomach – the ‘spare tyre’ in men, or ‘muffin top’ in women. If you’re anything like me, you will be in your car on the way to the store by the end of that sentence!
Other Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Did you know that pomegranates are one of the few fruits in which the juice is just as beneficial as its fruit or seeds? it’s because you can’t eat the peel and the peel contains the most antioxidants. By juicing the pomegranate, there is an abundance of them when the fruit is squeezed for juicing.
Pomegranate also helps your body by preventing hardening arteries. Hardening arteries are built up plaque in blood vessel walls, which leads to cholesterol. When your blood vessels get damaged like this, they break and lead to decreased blood flow. Heart attacks and strokes are direct results of decreased blood flow. So you’re not only saving your arteries, but all of the above are traditional signs of over weight symptoms.
Packed with almost the same amount of antioxidants green tea and especially loaded with Vitamin C and Potassium, pomegranates are said to help with:
- Control Your Weight
- Lower Risk of Heart Disease
- Lower Risk of Cancer- especially Prostate, Breast and Lung
- Lessen Symptoms of Diarrhea
- Reduce Cholesterol
- Fight Cell Damage
- Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention
- Dental Protection
- Protects the Neonatal Brain
- Prevention of Osteoarthritis
Help your body out and consume some pomegranate. Whether you’re drinking pomegranate juice or just sucking on the seeds, you’re doing yourself a tremendous favor. With all of these benefits of pomegranate, why would you deprive yourself? They are a delicious snack that’s good for you!