WTF Is Yacon and Why You Might Be Hungry for This Health Trend
There’s a new natural weight loss wonder on the scene that has everyone talking. Yep, it’s yacon. The Internet world is abuzz over this natural supplement. When we heard that it boasted an endorsement from none other than the famed Dr. Oz, we were intrigued. If there’s truly a magical lose-weight-fast trick out there, we want in on it! We did some research to find out exactly what the real deal is with the yacon craze, get the scoop below.
What is yacon syrup? It’s not man-made. It’s actually a natural food. The sweet syrup is derived from a Peruvian root vegetable that’s similar in nature to a sweet potato. It’s a tasty natural sweetener with a molasses-like texture. Sounds delicious, no? But here’s the best part: As a prebiotic and a probiotic, it supports good digestion and even regulates blood sugar, two factors which work together to bring about weight loss. And that little perk makes everyone sit up and take notice. (Photo)
What’s to like about yacon? A lot. The benefits of yacon syrup are pretty exciting. Dr. Oz was so impressed with this substance that he launched a yearlong research that included a study involving 60 women, plus a panel of experts. The results? Nearly 75% of the women slimmed down significantly. The average weight loss within a 60 day period was three pounds! Ahh, it’s no wonder the Internet’s in a tizzy over this syrup. While the science behind this supplement is still slim, the results of Dr. Oz’s study definitely look promising. (Photo)
You can purchase yacon syrup at specialty food stores or online. But our prediction is that pretty soon, yacon syrup will start popping up everywhere. So here’s what you need to know: Make sure you’re only buying 100% pure yacon syrup with no additives. Also, keep in mind that because yacon is very high in soluble fiber, consuming too much can result in increased frequency of bowel movements. (Photo)
Recipes like this yacon-sweetened macadamia and hazelnut chocolate mean that we no longer have to make a choice between satisfying our sweet tooth and meeting our weight loss goals. Umm, have we died and gone to heaven? It’s no wonder yacon is so wildly popular. Yep, we want in on it too.
Looking for ways to incorporate more yacon into your diet? Here’s the solution: Dr Oz has put together some meal plans featuring this metabolism-booster as an ingredient. These foods look so delicious, we’re pretty sure you won’t even know you’re essentially on a weight-loss plan. Small change, potentially big payoff.
Is there such a thing as a miracle weight loss supplement? Maybe not, but yacon has certainly demonstrated some exciting health benefits. So why not add some yacon to your diet? Even if you’re skeptical about the magical powers of this new superfood, it certainly makes for one great low-calorie sugar substitute.
Think yacon is the next big thing in weight loss? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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