One of the hardest choices to make is what supplement should one take to help them achieve their healthy lifestyle goals. This is especially true when you are dealing with Weight Loss. One person’s weight loss success is another person’s weight loss failure. Why? I believe the best way to achieve Weight Loss Success has to do with picking the product that addresses a person’s Weight Loss Needs. What exactly does that mean? It means that to achieve Weight Loss Success you need to understand a person’s Weight Loss Failure. If a large appetite is the problem, nutrients that suppress appetite are the key. If bad food choices are the Weight Loss Issue a person struggles with, nutrients that aid in blocking carbohydrates and fats might be the appropriate choice for achieving Weight Loss Success. Let’s review some Weight Loss Problems and some specific Nutritional Supplement Ingredients that might address these problem areas:
Unhealthy Diet (Too many Carbohydrates and Fats and Sugars):
White Kidney Bean Extract:
An Extract from Legumes, White Kidney Bean Extract has the ability to inhibit the digestive actions of the pancreatic enzyme alpha amalyse. This potentially can slow down both the rate and the amount of carbohydrate absorption. What this means is that a certain amount of carbohydrates can now pass through the intestinal track and be eliminated without the likelihood that the carbohydrate will be stored as fat.
Chitosan, or shell fish fiber extracted from the exoskeleton of crustaceans, binds to dietary fats in the gut inhibiting their absorption into the bloodstream. Because Chitosan is a fiber, it works well with White Kidney Bean Extract to insure that any carbohydrates not broken into sugar in the intestinal tract are eliminated preventing bloating and constipation.
The dried fruit of Garcinia Cambogia, Malabar tamarind, is a unique source of HCA (hydroxtcitric acid) and has been used for many centuries in Southeastern Asia to increase a person’s feeling of fullness. Research also points to Garcinia’s ability to aid in the reduction of leptin levels, which is important when considering individuals with higher levels of leptin tend to gain weight, while lower leptin levels are associated with weight loss. A 6 week randomized placebo-controlled single-blinded cross over trial lasting 2 weeks, showed participants who supplemented Garcinia extract (providing 300 mg HCA, 3 times daily with meals)daily showed a 15 – 30% reduction in food intake when compared to participants who took a placebo. Additionally reductions in body weight were also seen. In another double blind, placebo-controlled randomized human study, Garcinia extract supplemented by itself or in combination with 4 mg of niacin-bound chromium and 400 mg/day of a standardized Gymnema Sylvestre extract, reductions in BMI (Body Mass Index), a gross measure of obesity, decreased by 5-6% in the group supplementing with either the Garcinia extract alone and in the combination groups. Food intakes were also significantly reduced in both groups.
This woody climbing plant is native to India and contains gymnemic acids in addition to other plant constituents that can help reduce blood sugar highs and lows by priming the body’s glucose uptake and utilization mechanisms. This can be a major factor in controlling body weight.
Chromium is a trace mineral that aids insulin in doing its job of transporting blood sugar to the cells for use as an energy fuel. Hence, it naturally functions to support healthy blood sugar levels already in a normal range. Research suggests many people with diabetes could be deficient in Chromium. With Chromium’s ability to regulate blood sugar, it may aid in appetite control and support healthy energy levels. Evidence also shows Chromium may also support healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.
Hoodia is a succulent which has been traditionally used by the San tribe of southern African Bushmen to inhibit hunger and promote endurance during a hunt. It works by increasing ATP levels in the brain, which activates the appetite control mechanisms in the hypothalamus. Current research shows Hoodia supplementation helps reduce appetite and promote weight loss.
Thermogenic Herbs (Ginger,Cayenne, Synephrine, Green Tea, Caffeine):
Thermogenic Herbs aid the body in a process called Thermogenesis , which is the process of heat production in organisms and occurs in all warm blooded animals. In other words in Thermogenesis, body temperature increases, as if you were exercising, causing the body to burn fat (utilize fat for energy). In multiple studies, daily doses of caffeine and green tea caused human subjects to experience Thermogenesis and Fat Oxidation, ie, they burned body fat. One study showed Green Tea also helped participants maintain their weight loss. Other studies showed that Ginger, Cayenne and Synephrine all demonstrated Thermogenic properties.
Coleus has been shown in studies to stimulate lipolysis (fat burning) and promote weight loss.
Over a period of 8-12 weeks participants supplementing Coleus twice a day, experienced a 8-12% reduction in their body fat percentage and a 4-6% increase in lean muscle mass.
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