Diet Diet DIET……..

I hate to diet.  It’s so hard to lose weight and it really seems harder to lose the older I get. Yes, I know the basic rules eat less, move more.  But, I’m weak and lazy. I’m always looking for help! (I’m also trying to find any store that doesn’t have a Girl Scout in front of it!! I’m a sucker for those Tag-a-longs. Girl Scout cookie time does me in!!) As I was saying I need help to loose weight. So I started searching the blogs and bulletin boards for hints and tips from other dieters. I found a site that had great things to say about calcium pyruvate. What I learned about calcium pyruvate is it may help those who are able to maintain a regular exercise routine, but have trouble losing weight, to burn fat without nervousness or jittery feelings commonly associated with most other over the counter thermogenic fat burners. Pyruvate is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. This supplement also aids in the conversion of sugar and starches into energy, which can in turn enhance your metabolism. Not to mention, it also boosts your energy so you can better exercise and in some cases, it can also minimize the amount of excess fat that is stored around the abdomen and other parts of the body. When used in conjunction with healthy diet and regular exercise, Calcium Pyruvate can be a powerful ally when you’re fighting for increased weight loss. 
Has anyone tried this?  I would love some feedback! 

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  • Daryl Devore

    Nutrition. 2005 Mar;21(3):312-9.
    Effects of calcium pyruvate supplementation during training on body composition, exercise capacity, and metabolic responses to exercise.
    Koh-Banerjee PK, Ferreira MP, Greenwood M, Bowden RG, Cowan PN, Almada AL, Kreider RB.

    Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

    We evaluated the effects of calcium pyruvate supplementation during training on body composition and metabolic responses to exercise.

    Twenty-three untrained females were matched and assigned to ingest in a double blind and randomized manner either 5 g of calcium pyruvate (PYR) or a placebo (PL) twice daily for 30 d while participating in a supervised exercise program. Prior to and following supplementation, subjects had body composition determined via hydrodensiometry; performed a maximal cardiopulmonary exercise test; and performed a 45-min walk test at 70% of pre-training VO2 max in which fasting pre- and post exercise blood samples determined.

    No significant differences were observed between groups in energy intake or training volume. Univariate repeated measures ANOVA revealed that subjects in the PYR group gained less weight (PL 1.2 +/- 0.3, PYR 0.3 +/- 0.3 kg, P = 0.04), lost more fat (PL 1.1 +/- 0.5; PYR -0.4 +/- 0.5 kg, P = 0.03), and tended to lose a greater percentage of body fat (PL 1.0 +/- 0.7; PYR -0.65 +/- 0.6%, P = 0.07), with no differences observed in fat-free mass (PL 0.1 +/- 0.5; PYR 0.7 +/- 0.3 kg, P = 0.29). However, these changes were not significant when body composition data were analyzed by MANOVA (P = 0.16). There was some evidence that PYR may negate some of the beneficial effects of exercise on HDL values. No significant differences were observed between groups in maximal exercise responses or metabolic responses to submaximal walking.

    Results indicate that PYR supplementation during training does not significantly affect body composition or exercise performance and may negatively affect some blood lipid levels.

    [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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