Today I'm starting a few experiments, trying some things recommended by Dr. Oz and Coach Nicole.
First, I'm starting a tea regimen:
~ A cup or two of Pu-erh Tea in the morning, which Dr. Oz says can shrink fat cells.
~ A cup of White Tea at lunch (and maybe another later in the afternoon), which Dr. Oz says helps prevent fat storage.
Both teas taste good without any sweetener or milk added, so this is an effortless experiment. I don't really know if I'll be able to know if it's making a difference, but it's something easy to try on faith. Can't hurt, anyway!
Dr. Oz recommended a couple of other teas as well (Chickweed Tea in the afternoon as a diuretic for bloating; and Bilberry Tea at night to fight food cravings) - but judging by the faces and comments of Dr. Oz and people on the show who tried them, they taste kind of nasty. I don't do nasty, so I'll give these a pass.
Dr. Oz also recommended taking White Bean Extract capsules to block starches from being absorbed by the body (less starch absorption=less calorie absorption), so I'm starting that today also, 2 capsules before each of my two biggest meals. Apparently it can have the usual bean side effects, but the body gradually adjusts and the side effects lessen. I love beans and eat enough that I don't usually experience side effects anyway, plus I live alone and work from home, so I won't have to worry too much about collateral casualties of this experiment!
I read about Tabata Workouts in Coach Nicole's blog today. It's a 4-minute workout that research shows can provide as much value in raising metabolism, increasing fat burning, and developing cardiovascular fitness as sustained workouts. The pattern is 8 cycles of 20 seconds of any cardio at your highest possible intensity followed by 10 seconds of total rest, which adds up to just 4 minutes. The recommendation is to do it only about 3 times per week, and exercise as usual the rest of the week. Especially if you're trying to lose weight, because Tabata doesn't burn as many calories overall as conventional exercise, even though it does boost your body's burn rate. I just downloaded the iPhone app called Seconds to help manage Tabata timing. I already do cardio in short intervals everyday, so Tabata is a natural fit for how I exercise. And I have a very resistant metabolism, so I'm hoping that this will boost my body's fat burning rate.
Fingers crossed that one or more of these experiments will be successful! I suppose if I really wanted to test the experiments, I wouldn't be starting them all at the same time, but I guess I'm impatient, and willing to trust the research behind the recommendations.
What experiments are you trying, or thinking about?