Study Supports a Supplement for Weight Loss
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
After reading this article from Medical News Today, we're much more enticed to lace up our sneakers.
Do you face the struggle of successfully completing a work out, only to find yourself ravenous and consuming more calories than you had planned on? To the point where you may have just "cancelled out" the hard work you put in for those 30 minutes on the treadmill and free weights?
You're not alone. It is widely known exercise provides numerous health benefits, however it also increases the post-work out appetite. Tricky dance. However, there may be an answer. According to a study from Metabolism, there is a dietary supplement that helps to continue fat burning post-workout.
Propionate is a short-chain fatty acid produced when your body digests fiber. Since propionate breaks down quickly in the body, scientists figured out a way to strengthen its effect by combining it with another fiber called inulin. It is similar to the fiber found in foods such as garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory, and onion. When propionate and inulin are combined, the dietary supplement known as inulin-propionate ester (IPE) is formed.
The study consisted of women between the ages of 25-45 with a BMI of 25 or higher. They were split into two groups: one receiving a placebo, one receiving the IPE. All participants followed a moderate exercise program, however they were told to continue their regular eating habits. Reducing their caloric intake would skew the results of IPE's effectiveness.
The resting fat oxidation levels (fat burning level rates) were collected from the women before and after the study. The women who received the IPE had a significant fat oxidation level, even as long as seven hours later after taking the supplement dose.
Results also showed that IPE not only suppresses the overall appetite post-workout, it also helped to reduce the urge for high calorie foods. When researchers gave participants pasta after a dose of IPE, they ate 10% less pasta than normal.
These results suggest that incorporating even a moderate amount exercise as a part of your lifestyle increases the likelihood of weight loss when paired with using IPE as a supplement.
Although researchers are seeking to study the effects of IPE more in-depth, this could be a breakthrough to motivate those at any stage of their weight loss goals to be more active.
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