Lecithin comes from the Greek word "Lekithos," which means "egg yolk." All living organisms contain lecithin. Your liver produces this fatty substance in bile. Every cell in your body needs lecithin. So how does lecithin help you lose weight? Lecithin is a fat emulsifier, breaking down fat and liquefying it, so it's no longer stored in your body. When you take lecithin supplements or eat foods high in lecithin, your body burns fat much more efficiently.
Nutritionist and author Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, proved in a six-week study of 30 clients that adding two eggs to their diets and drinking water and lemon juice (a bile thinner) twice daily resulted in weight loss for all, without exercise changes. "One woman lost 9.53 Kilogram over the six-week period," Gittleman said.
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Things you need
- Whole eggs
- Soy lecithin
- Granulated lecithin
- Dried soybeans
Eat two whole eggs each day, either soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached or scrambled in broth (to avoid unnecessary fat). Egg yolk is an abundant source of lecithin and eating two eggs daily is proven to be safe.
Take 7.5g of soy lecithin supplements daily, after meals. The supplements come in pill, powder and granulated forms.
Mix a tablespoon of regular lecithin granules in juice, cereal and desserts or add it to your sandwiches. Lecithin granules look like protein powder and don't add any flavour.
Eat soybeans on a regular basis. Soak 1 cup of dried soybeans overnight, bring to a boil, then simmer for three hours with onions and garlic. This will produce 2 to 3 cups of cooked soybeans.
Take 600mg of egg lecithin supplements if you don't like the taste of eggs. Egg lecithin supplements are concentrated egg yolks with nothing added.
Exercise every day. Lecithin makes it easier for you to burn calories. Take a walk for 30 minutes daily or break up the 30 minutes into 10-minute increments three times a day.
Tips and warnings
- The largest food sources of lecithin can be found in egg yolks, soybeans and animal brains. Other food sources containing lecithin are beef liver, beef, peanuts, oranges and cauliflower.
- If you're pregnant, consult your doctor before taking lecithin. No data exists yet showing the safety of taking lecithin while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Taking lecithin supplements on an empty stomach may cause nausea and vomiting.
- Headaches and dizziness are possible side effects of lecithin supplements.
- Low blood pressure is a rare side effect from taking large doses of choline, a component of lecithin. Large amounts of choline can also make your breath, sweat and urine smell fishy.
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