Can I change my body composition?

Changing your body composition can change the way you look. Body fat takes up a lot more space in your body when compared to muscles, which are much leaner and take up less space. Reducing body fat and improving your body composition will improve your lean tissue to body fat ratio, and it’s this ratio that determines how lean your body will be.

Body composition – everyone’s different
Your body composition is determined by the percentage of fat, muscle, bone and water in your body. This helps to explain why two people of the same sex and body weight may look completely different. Reducing body fat will help to improve body composition by improving the lean tissue to body fat ratio.

Body fat
Body fat, also known as adipose tissue, is made up mostly of adipocytes, which are specialised fat cells that manufacture and store fat. There are two types of adipose tissue; white adipose tissue, which stores energy, and brown adipose tissue, which generates body heat. More recently, adipose tissue has been recognised as a major endocrine organ that can also produce hormones.

Burning fat
Fatty acids in the diet can come from animal sources (saturated) and vegetable fats and oils (mainly polyunsaturated) and are a major source of energy for your body. Fatty acids are mobilised from adipose tissue when glucose is in short supply to provide energy for all your regular body activities, ranging from digestion to breathing. Thermogenesis generates heat in your body and to generate heat, your body needs to burn energy and the more heat your body generates, the more energy you'll burn.

Ketones, produced in the liver when fatty acids are broken down, provide an alternative fuel source when glucose is in short supply. If you follow a low carbohydrate diet, you will naturally produce ketones as the low amount of carbohydrates available will not be enough to provide sufficient glucose for energy, so your body turns to your fat stores for energy instead.

 Maintain a healthy body composition with:

  • Svetol®, a patented form of decaffeinated green coffee bean, provides a specific ratio of chlorogenic acids, which help to reduce glucose absorption in the small intestine and inhibit the activity of an enzyme that limits the release of glucose into general circulation. This results in fatty acids being used to provide energy. Svetol® supports fat metabolism, thermogenesis and energy expenditure so may help reduce body fat and improve body composition by improving lean tissue to body fat ratio. See more here
  • Green tea contains active components known as catechins, including EGCG, believed to be the most pharmacologically active component in the herb. Catechins stimulate the release and breakdown of fat stored in fat cells for use as energy. Catechins and caffeine in Green tea support fat metabolism, thermogenesis and energy expenditure. The combination of catechins and caffeine are thought to stimulate thermogenesis to a greater extent than would be expected from the caffeine content alone.
  • Coleus may assist fat loss, help to reduce excess body fat and improve body composition by improving the lean tissue to body fat ratio to maintain a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). The active constituent in Coleus, forskolin, stimulates the breakdown of fat stored in fat cells (lipolysis).
  • Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid that supports the metabolism of fatty acids or ketones for energy production. Carnitine assists the transport of fat across cell membranes in muscle tissues for use as an energy source into the mitochondria of each cell. The mitochondria act as ‘engines’ or ‘powerhouses’ within each cell, burning these fats to create useable energy for the body. See more here

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