SILA FOODS. A delicious dip, sauce or spread - LOGO Dobri Kiprov M.D., founder of Lifestyle in Motion
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  What Is Sila?

In this recipe we use three whole food ingredients (white beans, white tea and red pepper) to affect the body metabolism in a way which promotes weight loss.

Sila is not a nutritional supplement. It is a real, natural food.

The recipe is designed with a gourmet approach to taste delicious. Daily use of 1-2 servings of Sila as a part of the Lifestyle in Motion program may contribute significantly to any weight control effort.

Sila is a revolutionary nutraceutical (food with medical benefits) based on recent scientific evidence that whole foods have significantly superior health benefits than individual food compounds found in pills.

Sila was created on the basis of two simple principles
  • The act of eating is one of the most enjoyable aspects of life.
  • Good food is medicine

  How does it work?

White Beans

White Beans block the enzyme alpha-amylase which breaks down complex starches into simple sugars for absorption in the small intestine. Blocking the alpha amylase results in slower and lesser carbohydrate absorption in the blood. This translates into fewer calories reaching the blood and controls sugar and insulin spikes. White beans boost the production of the intestinal hormone cholecystokinin which produces the sensation of satiety. The high fiber content of white beans makes you feel full and suppresses hunger. It also promotes the excretion of already consumed calories through the bowel. Fiber plays an important role in the complex regulation of the immune system.

White Tea

All teas contain the bioactive components polyphenols and xanthines. White tea is manufactured only from the buds of the tea plant with minimal processing. Therefore, the concentration of these substances is much higher in white tea as compared to green or black tea. Recent studies demonstrate that white tea inhibits adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells), stimulates lapolysis (destruction of fat) and reduces the expression of genes responsible for the growth of fat cells. White tea also increases metabolism burning extra calories. In addition, white tea contains powerful antioxidants.

Red Bell Peppers

Studies show that red bell peppers contain substances that increase body heat production and consumption of oxygen after eating them. The effect is an increased metabolism and the burning of calories. Red peppers are a rich source of many vitamins (C,K) and antioxidants (lycopene).


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White Tea extract induces lipolytic activity and inhibits adipogenesis in human subcutaneous (pre)-adipocytes. Söhle J, Knott A, Holtzmann U, Siegner R, Grönniger E, Schepky A, Gallinat S, Wenck H, Stäb F, Winnefeld M. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2009 May 1;6:20.

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