« I weigh almost 238 pounds for 5 feet 10 inches tall and I have to lose at least 44lb. I really want to lose weight but unfortunately, I cannot motivate myself to change my eating habits. I wonder if some herbs or supplements are effective in helping to lose weight smoothly, without frustration and without health risks « _ J.B
Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for losing weight. One of the best recipes for slimming or losing weight is to eat in a more balanced way, in smaller quantities and to exercise more.
However, there are many plants that can boost the metabolism and help the body to burn excess calories. We will mention 10 of the most efficient herbs and their characteristics to slim in a natural way.
The active substances contained in the sour orange proved beneficial in weight management, weight loss and burn fat naturally through the phenomenon of thermogenesis Thermogenesis is the process by which the body generates heat by increasing the rate of its metabolism. This results in the removal of excess calories.
Birch juice, prepared from extracts of birch leaves, is a natural and effective way to lose weight. Birch has a lipid-lowering and cholesterol-lowering effect. Extracts of birch leaves directly affect the physiological functions of elimination by draining the toxins accumulated in the body.
Some appetite-suppressing supplements contain forskolin, an active ingredient of the extract of the plant Coleus forskohlii. This plant, mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine, is useful in helping the obese overweight to lose body fat while maintaining muscle mass.
The forskolin contained in the plant Coleus forskohlii works mainly by activating an enzyme called adenylate cyclase. Some laboratory studies have shown that forskolin stimulates the breakdown of fat in fat cells, a process known as lipolysis. A supplement containing Coleus forskohlii or its active ingredient can help you lose weight by burning fat naturally.
Bladderwrack is a brown seaweed also known as bladderwrack kelp. This seaweed is rich in minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron) and contains a large amount of iodine, an essential trace element in the body. Iodine helps in the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4, which are necessary for controlling the entire cellular metabolism. Iodine also plays a role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. One study reported that 60% of weight loss- resistance patients suffer from iodine deficiency. Many people use bladderwrack supplements to lose weight and fight obesity.
Guarana is a South American origin that promotes weight loss plant. Guarana contains guaranine within its seeds, a chemical complex very rich in caffeine (even more than coffee) Caffeine has the property of increasing thermogenesis and basal metabolism. Guarana therefore accelerates the breakdown of fat into the mitochondria, and is thus very popular in slimming diets. Moreover, the guarana helps reduce hunger and acts as a mild diuretic.
The gum or yellowish resin with slimming virtues which is excreted by the bark of small thorny tree ‘Commiphora muku’ is called Guggul. The plant is cultivated throughout northern India. This plant has played a major role in traditional medicine of India. Guggul gum is indicated in the treatment of skin diseases, neuralgic pains, obesity, digestive problems, mouth infections and menstrual disorders. Numerous clinical studies have shown that Guggul lowers total lipids, triglyceride and cholesterol.
On the other hand, a study conducted over a period of six weeks showed that the group using the supplement Guggul had lost an average of 9.5 kg, compared to 3.1 kg in those who only dieted and made the year. Guggul acts on the thyroid gland and indirectly acts as a fat burner. Because of its lipid-lowering action, the Guggul is often recommended as an adjuvant in treating obesity and preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Konjac is a plant of Japanese origin which has the appetite-suppressing properties. Indeed, the powder of the Konjac root contains a soluble fiber known as glucomanane. In the digestive tract, the fiber absorbs up to 17 times its volume in liquid and increases the volume of the bolus.
Taking 1-2 capsules of Konjac powder with a full glass of water before each of the 3 main meals to helps to reduce the feeling of hunger. Using this plant helps people who eat a lot to slim down and lose a few pounds in only a few weeks.
Orthosiphon, better known as java tea, is a medicinal plant whose leaves have, most importantly, powerful diuretic properties that help eliminate residues of chlorides and nitrogenous wastes. Because of its draining action, this plant is generally recommended to accelerate weight loss in slimming diets.
According to sources in herbal medicine, this flavonoid-rich plant also stimulates the breakdown of fat stored in the cells. The recommended dose is 750 to 1500 mg per day, with a full glass of water. Additionally, java tea has antioxidant properties.
Malabar Tamarind or Garcinia is a very interesting plant for those who wish to lose a few pounds or fat in the abdomen, buttocks and hips. This plant contains hydroxycitric acid, an active ingredient that inhibits or blocks carbohydrates or sugars from turning into fatty acids. The substances contained in this plant prevent the formation of fatty tissue. On the other hand, the Garcinia is an appetite suppressant that helps reduce the amount of food consumed. The malabar tamarind is also rich in antioxiding vitamin C.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with Alzheimers and diabetics should refrain from taking Garcinia extracts.
Although green tea does not increases the metabolic rate enough so as to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract contains polyphenols such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and caffeine that activates thermogenesis and stimulates the oxidation of fat.
A study reveals that the basal metabolic rate increased by 4% without similarly increasing the heart rate. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the number of calories the body needs while resting.
While drinking green tea does not produce a dramatic weight loss, it can help a person slim down a little bit when combined with a strict and balanced diet.
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