The weight loss industry is absolutely massive. There are hundreds of companies pumping out new drugs each year to help overweight people slim down and fast. Most of these weight loss supplements are not natural and in some cases harmful to your overall health. Well what if I told you you could lose weight with spirulina? It is very much possible. Spirulina benefits weight loss in many ways.
So instead of popping the hottest new diet pills, you could supplement the most nutrient dense natural food on the planet. And looking beyond weight loss, you will be benefiting from spirulina in many other ways.
So how does it help you lose weight?
First off, it is extremely concentrated, hence “nutrient dense”. It will provide you with more nutrients and less calories compared to other foods. One tablespoon of spirulina has only 20 calories. Among its many nutrients it contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. It also contains all the essential amino acids.
When you fill your body with low-nutrition foods, your body is more likely to be nutrient deficient somewhere. Your brain will pick up on this and you will subconsciously be looking to eat more food to satisfy your body’s nutrition needs. Spirulina provides you with a heck of a lot of nutrients in a small, low caloric portion.
Of spirulina’s nutrition, its protein content probably receives the most attention.
It is higher than that of any other food, and makes up 60-70% of its dry weight. Thats about 3 grams of protein for every 7 grams of spirulina! And its a “complete” protein, having all the essential amino acids.
Why is protein important to lose weight?
Protein helps curb your appetite. Eating more of it will slow down your digestion and leave you feeling full longer. It won’t make a huge difference in this aspect, but you will be more inclined to not go back for seconds, and the calorie reduction will add up.
It also helps your body burn fat. Your body can get help from either carbs or proteins to burn fat. By increasing your protein intake and decreasing your carb intake you will be able to keep the fat burning, but with less carbs.
Another little benefit of protein is that its digestion actually burns more calories than fats and carbs. Your body has to work harder to digest protein and for that reason it used more energy, burning calories.
Now you might be thinking that because it has such a high amount of “good” nutrients it must have a high amount of “bad” nutrients as well.
But you would be wrong to think that.
Spirulina is very low with fats, starches & sugars
It is amazingly only made up of around 7% lipid (fat), and of this 7% most of it is essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are an important to keep cells functioning properly. They help with cell respiration and oxygen transport.
Its carb content is already low, around 10-20%. Adding to that it is mostly composed of rhamnose and glycogen. These are both good sources of quick energy. Glycogen is stored in the muscles and is important for muscle function.
Lets compare spirulina to some other foods… from a caloric standpoint
Ok, so protein is an important part of your diet, whether trying to lose weight or just going normally. But you don’t want to get your protein from just anywhere. You want to get your protein without all the extra calories, and as you know spirulina is low in this area.
Take this example…
For every 1 gram of protein you get from spirulina you are getting about 3.9 calories. Compare this to 75% lean ground beef where for every 1 gram of protein you would be getting about 18.5 calories. That is almost 5 times the amount of calories! And this is just one of many examples.
Spirulina is without a doubt one of the best foods you can consume when trying to lose weight, or anything for that matter. It is just an overall healthy food that gives your body what it needs without all the excess fats, carbs, etc.
If you want to increase your chances of being successful in losing the extra pounds, be sure to give spirulina a try.