If you want to look better, get healthier and lose that spare tire you’ve been lugging around all these years, your path to a leaner, better, and happier you might take the form of algae. Seriously. Algae. Not exactly the same as that icky green crud on your aquarium’s seams but close. The truth is that many people are looking at spirulina as a way to get leaner and thinner. While spirulina has been packaged as a super food for many years now, it is increasingly being recognized as a protein-rich low-fat way to develop a lean muscle frame.
How can spirulina help you lose weight?
The first way this blue-green microalgae ‘superfood’ can help you is that it can replace some of your other protein sources. Most Americans get their protein from eggs or meat. While these are quite healthy in the right portions, they do pack a bit of fat. In fact, you get cholesterol and fat in the same package-not exactly a healthy combo. Spirulina’s protein is very lean. Very little fat. So while your body needs protein in order to maintain its muscle mass and repair or maintain organs, you do have a choice of where you get your protein from. You can get your protein from fatty and cholesterol-laden sources like meat and eggs or you can get it from plant sources like spirulina. Spirulina produces leaner muscle and since there’s less fat, you gain less pounds
How can spirulina help with your metabolism?
In addition to helping your body beef up right, your spirulina-supplemented diet might also help your body burn calories better. Your body is a calorie-burning machine. It needs to burn calories for energy or else your cells will die. That’s the bottom line However, just like with any machine, it can sometimes work in inefficient ways if you feed it the wrong fuel. If you eat lots of fatty foods with all sorts of hormones and deficient vitamins, you might actually be starving your body, and you end up with a less than optimal metabolic rate. Spirulina’s boosters say that this algae super food also boosts the metabolic system so it can burn energy more efficiently and more cleanly. If this claim is true, then spirulina can help you lose weight by helping the body eat up excess calories in the form of your stored fat. The more fat your body consumes, the lighter and leaner you get.