Natural Weight Loss Supplements

Natural weight loss supplements seem to be the in thing today. And it’s quite understandable. If you’re a very busy person, you obviously won’t have any more time to go to the gym for an hour or two twice or thrice a week. Adopting a new diet, maybe Atkins or South Beach, can be an abrupt change which some people find hard adjusting to.

Surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery or liposuction, is not really recommended and would be too expensive for most, not to mention too nerve-wracking for some, especially those who have a fear of blood and going under the knife. So what’s an easy way to deal with all those flabs? Natural weight loss supplements!

What are some of the natural weight loss supplements you can try? Something you might likely have heard of is apple cider vinegar, which is a cooking ingredient and natural appetite suppressant. Taking one to three teaspoons before meals is said to be an effective fat burner. If you cannot take its taste, you can try taking apple cider vinegar pills, also before each meal.

Hoodia is a well-known supplement and a natural appetite suppressant. Care should be taken in purchasing hoodia, however, especially online since a lot of counterfeit hoodia exist these days. Guarana is a native plant of the Amazon rain forest. Its black seeds which are rich in caffeine are a stimulant which is also believed to increase energy expenditure, therefore allowing the consumer to burn more fat than usual. A note of warning to people with heart problems though: it stimulates the heart, increasing the heart rate and can result in anxiety when taken in large amounts.

Chromium, the dietary mineral, is necessary for normal fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism. It has many other functions, one of them also to help insulin move glucose into the blood cells. It is used by people with diabetes or insulin resistance, but it can also be taken by people who are not diabetes-stricken.

Ephedra sinica, a plant native to Asia, is the source of the compound ephedrine. It is among the more popular natural weight loss supplements and is often combined with caffeine. Two or more pounds can be shed with this ephedra-caffeine combination, but it must be taken with caution, or avoided if there are better alternatives, since ephedra has been connected to adverse health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, seizures, and even death.

It has been removed from the American market in 2004, but it is worth mentioning because after that, bitter orange, a popular herb similar to ephedra containing synephrine and octopamine, compounds similar to ephedrine, came to be known. However, like ephedra, bitter orange may cause high blood pressure and other heart-associated problems, so it is not recommended for people with heart-related conditions and diabetes. In fact, it should be taken only after consulting a physician, and it should never be taken with caffeine.

There are many other natural weight loss supplements you can try, but it would be best that you do your research first and consult your physician about what interests you, even though it seems like a pretty harmless product. As you have read, there are supplements which can affect the heart, and whether you have a heart problem or not, you wouldn’t want anything inadvertently happening to you because of your desire to effortlessly lose weight.

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