Seaweed weight loss is a hot topic these days. Seaweeds are ocean algae, also called “sea vegetables,” with a fascinating number of varieties that differ in color, texture and flavor (from sea-salt slimy to chewy and mild). What they all share in common is that these seaweeds are a nutritious food carrying all the important vitamins and minerals– calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron and zinc–that you need.
In sea-bordered regions around the world, from Wales to Ireland to Korea to Japan, seaweed is used regularly as a healthful food. Research has shown how seaweed is not only healthful, but brings on weight loss by blocking or even burning fat. Low in calories and fat, seaweed takes longer to digest than processed foods. You feel full, while a wealth of vitamins and minerals help your body to gain strength and energy.
Now there is even more compelling evidence that seaweed can trigger weight loss by restoring normalcy to sluggish metabolic disorders that bring on weight gain. The theory is that seaweed speeds up the metabolism. A recent study further suggests seaweed has a compound called fucoxanthin which may behave as a fat blocker.
Here are three steps to explore weight loss using seaweed.
Step 1: Learn More about Seaweed
Much has been written, and it is all fascinating stuff. Just entering the word “seaweed” in your favorite search engine generates an ocean-full of nutrition and dietary information. You will learn about the different types, including nori, dulse, wakame and bladderwrack.
Step 2: Expand Your Repertoire
Seaweed is not just for wrapping sushi. Nor is it just for daily seaweed salads. Familiarity breeds yawns if not contempt. Just as you may tire of the same green salads each day, you may wish to vary your seaweed uses too. As easy as they are to prepare and as delicious they are to eat, with their crunchy texture and sesame-seed enhancements, seaweed salads can become boring.
As seaweed continues to gain attention as a weight-reducer, lots of seaweed eating tips are springing up on the Internet. Consider these wonderful options.
- Fish rubs– Chefs are using kombu seaweed ground into a powdery dust to rub their fish before grilling or baking
- Soups–Sprinkle any variety of your choice to soups on the boil, for additional texture
- Tea–Try putting pieces of kombu seaweed into boiled water and steep the pieces to your taste
- Chips–Use dulse as a crunchy snack in place of potato chips; sauté bits in olive oil
- Toppings–Sprinkle those oil-crunched bits over a baked potato or add to lettuce in a sandwich
Step 3: Check out Patches and Supplements
Seaweed patches worn on the skin have drawn controversy. Critics question whether or not they can live up to their claims in prompting weight loss. Manufacturers claim that they can reduce your appetite and increase body metabolism. More testing needs to be done on humans before conclusions can be made as to their efficacy in weight loss. Seaweed supplements come in capsules. Remember, seaweed is high in idodine and dosages in unsuitable quantities may endanger your thyroid function. Be very sure to check with your doctor before taking seaweed supplements or using a patch.