Targeting Excess Belly Fat, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 354

Targeting Excess Belly Fat, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 354

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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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Excess belly fat can be very dangerous for the body. In part 1 of this episode, we covered exercises that can help target this harmful fat. Now, we’re going to discuss supplements that can be helpful.† 

Supplements to block starches

There are supplements that can support your body’s ability to burn fat. The simplest one is called Phase 2Ⓡ. This contains a starch blocker found in a bean called faciolis vulgaris. Phase 2Ⓡ is a branded ingredient that has been the subject of many human clinical trials. It works by attaching to the enzyme alpha-amylase, which is needed for the absorption of sugar. When you eat food, you can still taste the sweetness for the most part, but when you take two Phase 2Ⓡ capsules before a meal, it can help block the absorption of sugar calories from that food. This can add up to a lot of fat loss. Phase 2Ⓡ also helps to slow the absorption of sugar, which can be beneficial for blood sugar and helpful for people with prediabetes or diabetes.†

Grape seed extract works in a similar manner. This nutrient attaches to the enzymes alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase to help block the absorption of starches. Grape seed extract has also been shown in various human studies to help promote healthy blood sugar levels. Researchers are also looking at grape seed as a nutrient for helping to target fat. They gave people 100mg of grape seed extract before a meal, then let them eat six to eight pieces of white bread with sugary jam for breakfast. The grape seed was shown to help block 40% of the sugar from being absorbed. This still allows you to absorb some sugar, but can prevent you from absorbing excess sugar, thus helping to target belly fat.†  


Turning to plants to fight belly fat

Griffonia simplicifolia is an interesting plant that grows in Western Africa. It’s a natural source of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is a major neurotransmitter in both the brain and the digestive tract. In the brain, it helps with mood and stress, as well as with controlling your appetite. The problem with 5-HTP is that it only lasts an hour or two, which makes it difficult to help someone’s binge eating or consistent snacking. The solution to this issue is to make the nutrient time-released, which allows the 5-HTP to work for four to six hours. This is available in our Trim HxⓇ formulation. Trim HxⓇ can help with appetite control, allowing you to eat less and to stop snacking in between meals. This should be helpful for helping burn belly fat.†

Another plant that can be beneficial is called Grains of Paradise. At InViteⓇ, we use the patented version of this plant called CaloriburnⓇ GP. Studies have shown that 40mg of this nutrient a day can convert white fat, which is belly fat, into beige and brown fat. This helps with burning belly fat, as well as with energy. This nutrient is found in our Trim HxⓇ as well because it works differently than 5-HTP to help target belly fat.†


In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. continues his discussion on ways to target belly fat. He shares details about multiple supplements that have been shown to help support healthy weight loss and offers recommendations on how to take them for best results.† 

Key Topics:

  • The risks associated with belly fat
  • How the body absorbs sugar
  • How do nutrients compare to prescription medications?
  • The role of 5-HTP when it comes to appetite
  • The different types of fats 

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