Healthy Weight Helpers

These natural aids support
your pound-shedding efforts.


June 2015

It’s one way to deal with excess pounds: A 2012 Gallup poll found an increasing number of Americans revising their ideal weight upward in virtual lockstep with their real weight.

Men reported weighing an average of 196 pounds, 11 pounds over their self-stated ideal of 185. That represents an increase of 14 pounds in ideal weight since Gallup started asking that question in 1990. Women reported an even-wider gap between an ideal weight of 140 (up 11 pounds over the past 25 years) and an actual weight of 156.

Of course, adjusting one’s notion of what constitutes an “ideal” weight can simply become an excuse to do nothing as the numbers on the bathroom scale continue to rise. And given all the good reasons to shed pounds—from fitting into a bathing suit to avoiding a heart attack—making the attempt beats pretending that being overweight doesn’t really matter.

As with all health-minded lifestyle changes, any serious weight loss effort begins with revisions in diet and exercise patterns. But you can try (with the advice of your healthcare practitioner) employing a little natural help to push those scale numbers downward.

 

Name What It Is What It Does
Cassia nomame* An herb native to China but now found in many parts of the world Traditionally used to increase urine flow, which helps disperse water weight; now thought to also block fat from entering the bloodstream
Chromium
A trace mineral found in many different foods; broccoli, barley and oats are among the richest sources Enhances the ability of cells, such as muscle cells, to take in glucose, which is then burned for energy; also appears to play a role in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein
CLA
Conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid found in dairy products and meat May increase the number of energy-producing mitochondria within cells; evidence suggests it helps reduce body fat in overweight individuals and diabetic women
Coleus forskholii*
Used for centuries in India’s Ayurvedic medicine; in a plant family commonly used for landscaping purposes Contains forskolin, which promotes the dismantling of body fat to be burned for heat production; also helps stimulate the thyroid, the body’s master energy controller
Garcinia cambogia* An evergreen tree producing small, pumpkin-like fruit, native to southern Asia Contains hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, which inhibits an enzyme cruical to fatty tissue formation
Green Tea Camellia sinensis, a shrub native to Asia; the green variety undergoes minimal oxidation during processing Evidence suggests it may boost exercise capacity, decrease body fat (especially abdominal fat) and increase satiety after meals
Gymnema sylvestre* Climbing plant found in tropical and subtropical parts of the world Known traditionally as “sugar destroyer” for its ability to blunt the sensation of sweetness; has been found to possess anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties
Inulin A mildly sweet form of dietary fiber found in foods such as artichokes, bananas, garlic, jicama and onion Helps slow the release of simple sugars into the bloodstream; serves as a prebiotic, or a food source, for the health-promoting probiotic bacteria within the digestive tract
Raspberry Ketones Compounds responsible for the berry’s delicate aroma; found in other plants as well Has boosted the production and effectiveness of adiponectin, a hormone that increases the rate of fat breakdown
Rhodiola* An herb, R. rosea, native to the colder regions of Asia and Europe Helps the body cope with stress and enhances overall well-being; traditional usage as a fatigue fighter and performance enhancer has been supported by modern research
Synaptose* A combination of amino acids, chromium, vitamins B1 and B6, passion flower and metallosaccharide complex Supports proper neurotransmitter function within the brain, allowing better regulation of metabolism, energy usage and satiety; has helped people overcome food cravings, especially for sweets
White bean Extract An extract taken from Phaseolus vulgaris, the common white bean Impedes the conversion of starch to sugar within the digestive tract, helping to blunt spikes in blood glucose; has promoted the loss of weight and fat in studies

*Generally available in supplement form only in the US.

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a
supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.

 

More Natural Weight Control Aids

Name What It Is What It Does

Choline

An essential nutrient usually classified as part of the vitamin B-complex

Required for normal transport of fats throughout the body, allowing them to be efficiently burned for energy; deficiency can lead to abnormal fatty deposits within the liver (obesity raises the risk for this condition)

Eleuthero

Eleutherococcus senticosus, a shrub native to Siberia and the northern regions of China, Japan and Korea

Acts as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to physical and mental stressors; used to boost exercise performance and immune function

Inositol

An essential nutrient, part of the vitamin B-complex

Helps metabolize fat and cholesterol; essential to the proper functioning of neurotransmitters, a factor in the prevention and treatment of depression (which is often linked to obesity)

Sea Vegetable Extract

Extract taken from seaweed species such as Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus vesiculosus; also known as brown seaweed extract

Blocks the conversion of starch to sugar within the intestines; has curbed blood glucose spikes and improved insulin sensitivity in studies

 

 

 

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