Not a day goes by without an inbox full of messages aimed at our most intimate and personal problems: fat loss, adult relationship issues, aging etc. and of course offering miracle cures that only require taking a magic pill.
As much as we’d like to believe that there are magic miracle pills out there that will solve all our problems and turn us into gods and goddesses overnight, in the back of our mind, I think we all know this isn’t the truth.
So let’s come back from fantasy land and talk about Acai Berries – no doubt you’ve received emails and spam about extracts and pills containing this mysterious berry from the Amazon. First off – here’s how you pronounce it: AH-SIGH-EE. The berry grows on palm trees in the Amazon rainforest, so be sure your source supports sustainable agriculture and benefits the land and people where it is grown. This is also a good way to determine if you are getting a safe, quality product.
The bad news is, Acai Berries will not magically rip the fat off your body, form washboard abs, or slim your thighs by themselves overnight while you sleep.
The GOOD news is, Acai Berries are a nutritional powerhouse containing heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and a megadose of antioxidants. They also contain essential amino acids (protien) and fiber. Adding Acai to a sensible, healthy diet can help you utilize energy from foods and protect against cell damage.
Back to those washboard abs you were day dreaming about… how can Acai help with that? As part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. Sustainable weight loss comes from lifestyle change – which lasts a lifetime. Eating more fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains while getting a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise 6 days a week will do more to whittle your waistline than a bottle of magic pills and a frustrating exercise gadget that collects dust.
Don’t change everything about your diet overnight, gradually letting go of favorite fatty foods like french fries and overstuffed pizza will help you not relapse. Have a “cheat day” once a week, but don’t overdo it. If you mess up one day (or however many days) it isn’t the end of the world, just get back in the diet saddle again, don’t punish yourself, just keep looking forward with your eyes on the goal. Learn about NEW favorite healthy foods to replace old greasy or sugary favorites. Incorporate vitamin rich foods like Acai berries, and watch them become the new treats you look forward to.