Tuesday, March 27, 2012
NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
There certainly are a lot choices when it comes to herbal weight loss supplements. In fact, there are so many options to choose from it can be overwhelming. You’ve got protein powders, fiber blends and green tea, just to name a few.
Protein powders replace some carbohydrates with protein, which gives your metabolism a boost and curbs cravings. A top selling plant-based protein powder at my store is Vega by Sequel.
If you’ve watched Dr. Oz recently, you may have seen him promote PGX, a fiber blend that has proven in studies to control appetite and keep blood sugar stable.
One of my personal favorites is green tea. That’s right, good old green tea. Almost every natural weight loss formula lists green tea as one of the ingredients. Green tea contains epigallacatechin gallate (The compound known as EGCG), which helps the body burn fat. A study in Switzerland found drinking the equivalent of 2-3 cups of green tea daily caused the participants to burn 80 extra calories each day, without increasing their heart rates. Weight loss is just one of many of green tea’s benefits so if you consume caffeine, switching to green tea would be a fantastic choice for improving your health.
Another option is the homeopathic form of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is known for causing rapid weight loss without hunger.
You may also consider natural weight loss formulas that include ingredients like African mango, tyrosine, l-gluamine, 5-HTP, and B vitamins.
So, what am I giving the Skeptical Husband? Well, we’re going to see if LifeSeason’s Metabolism Weight Control supplement has any effect on him. It comes in capsule form, which he has to take with each meal. The ingredients in the supplement include: kidney bean extract (a natural carbohydrate blocker), cocoa bean extract (an antioxidant), glucomannan (a soluble fiber that makes the body feel full), chromium (a nutrient that reduces sugar and carbohydrate cravings), and theobromine (a bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant that has a diuretic effect). This formula will help manage his appetite and support his body’s ability to burn fat.
Just so we’ll know whether it’s truly working, The Skeptical Husband has been enjoying the same foods he loves (which sadly includes a few runs to Taco Bell) and he’ll continue his usual exercise routine. He’s agreed to do a weigh-in at the beginning and again at the end and will let us know if there has been any difference. We’ve got a three-week supply (retail price $35). He actually started taking the supplement two weeks ago, so he has almost finished and he'll have a full report soon!