Top 7 Herbal Diet Pills

herbal-diet-pillsMost people who have been attempting to lose weight for a long time will inevitably look at diet pills at some point in their journey. Most people think that any product that claims to be “herbal” is a good product. In some cases, that’s true. But it isn’t always. That’s why it’s important to research what you’re going to take before you actually take it and proceed cautiously. You don’t want to end up mistakenly taking something that contains ephedra, a drug known to have serious heart health consequences.

Today, there are dozens of new weight loss medications flooding the consumer market. And because of that, there is a great deal of controversy in many cases. Just try looking at the plethora of weight loss products carried by your local health food store and you will almost certainly be completely overwhelmed. There are so many choices and so many labels to read, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. How do you make a distinction between those products that will really work and the ones that won’t. And how do you know which products are really safe to use?

Most naturopathic doctors will consult a highly reputable database known as the Natural Standard. In there, they find all the information about the latest research which has been carried out on these natural products. Among the most reputable are:

  1. Hydroxycitrate, Hydroxycitric Acid or HCA
    • This product comes from a salt which is made from the rinds of certain dried fruits, in particular the brindal berry and also something called the Garcinia Cambogia. Both of these fruits come from Southeast Asia. They have long been used in traditional Indian medicine and can now be found in Western drug stores and health food stores. They are sold under a variety of different names among them Citrilite and PhyriMax. Scientific research has concluded that HCA helps reduce fat absorption as well as increasing a person’s ability to metabolize fat. It has also been shown to inhibit appetite and lower LDL cholesterol.
  2. Chitosan
    • When you actually sit down to read about where Chitosan comes from it will probably gross you out pretty much. It certainly did me. This natural product comes from something called chitin which is what makes up shells of crustaceans and insects. It has been widely recommended by holistic medical practitioners to reduce cholesterol levels. It is also widely recommended to use as a dietary fiber supplement because it has been shown to reduce a body’s ability to absorb fat.
  3. Whey protein
    • Whey protein has been touted by sports equipment stores and health stores for many years because it has been shown to build lean muscle. Lean muscle helps you burn fat. It is also known to inhibit appetite which helps you eat less and lose weight more quickly. Whey protein is derived entirely from the whey which is produced from milk.It is, therefore, an extremely easy to digest form of protein.If you use this product you will also be adding the amino acid cystein to your diet.
  4. Beta Glucan
    • Beta glucan comes from mushrooms, different yeasts and algae. It is a highly concentrated soluble fiber and is known to help lower cholesterol levels. This will not only help you lose weight, it will also help control Type II diabetes.
  5. Omega-3 fatty acids (CLA)
    • Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely helpful for a wide variety of reasons. They help your brain and also help your heart. They are also believed to help with weight loss in addition to having many cancer fighting properties. It is found primarily in fatty fish such as salmon and anchovies and sardines. It can also be found in beef and dairy products so most people who practice a vegan diet are likely deficient in this.
    • Research studies have shown mixed results in terms of the way in which CLA helps reduce body fat. It has proven to be very effective in animal studies but has only received mixed reviews in the human studies.
  6. Glucomannan
    • This substance comes from a plant called the Konjac which is from Asia. It is a fiber which has been shown to be very helpful when it comes to controlling Type II diabetes. This is in addition to it’s ability to help with weight loss. Many people who use this in the traditional way will consume it either baked, fried or in the form of some kind of candy. This fiber helps the body to absorb water within the digestive tract which, in turn, helps reduce cholesterol and the absorption of carbohydrates. Research studies have shown that its role in the fight against obesity is a good one.
  7. Mango Seed Fiber
    • This fiber is derived from an African mango tree’s seeds and is a traditional weight loss component in Africa. It can easily be combined with other dietary supplements. In Africa, mango seed fiber is also used as a natural pain reliever and an antibiotic. At present, it is being subjected to rigorous study to determine its efficacy for weight loss and helping people with Type II diabetes.

In summation, most of these natural foods which are all available in diet pill format are made up of compounds are are pretty inert. They may not help you, but they certainly won’t hurt you either.

9 Diet Supplements That Work

Diet-Supplements-That-WorkAn average of 15% of Americans use some form of diet supplements to increase weight loss, since losing weight has been proven to improve emotional and physical health.

Due to lack of scientific evidence, most doctors won’t recommend taking weight loss supplements. Another reason being some of these weight loss supplements contain ephedra, which can possibly cause a heart attack or stroke. Hence why Ephedra was banned by the FDA in 2004 for sale in the U.S.

However, there are some proven and safe weight loss supplements that may assist in your dieting plan. Web MD recommends the following supplements, available at most health food or drugstores, that have shown some evidence of weight loss:

  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • Green tea extract
  • Meal Replacements
  • Orlistat, an over-the-counter weight loss drug

Lets dig into each of them in more detail:

  1. Calcium
    • You probably think of bone health first in regards to calcium, but this mineral may also help you lose weight. In one study, it was found that women who took 1,000 mg of calcium supplements each day lost more weight and body fat than women not taking the supplement. Since research on calcium and weight loss have had conflicting results, you can expect much more research on this mineral.
  2. Fiber
    • Weight loss supplements like fiber that make you feel full is one reason this supplement helps you cut back on how much you eat. Similar to the study findings with calcium, obese people who took a fiber supplement each day said they felt less hungry after meals than people taking a placebo. It is noteworthy to mention that if you decide to increase your fiber intake, it is important to drink lots of fluids to avoid becoming constipated.
  3. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
    • May sound strange to use a fatty acid to aid in weight loss, but this supplement found in dairy products and red meat may work. Studies show people who took 3.2 grams of CLA each day for six months lost more body fat than people not taking it. However, there may be a need for caution of concerning side effects like inflammation and adversely affect cholesterol levels and liver tests.
  4. Green tea extract
    • Loaded with antioxidants, green tea may also aid in weight loss too. Studies have shows that green tea extract supplements were helpful for obese men and women in lower their body mass, losing weight and keeping the weight off. Again, as with most supplements there are some concerns since green tea extract supplements contain catechins, caffeine and theanine, which increase the use of energy storage.
  5. Meal replacements
    • According to experts, meal replacements, like bars and shakes, have been proven the most effective and safest way of losing weight. However, in order for this type of weight loss program to work, the individual must be very steadfast with calorie-controlled meals. For those that do adhere to the exact meal replacement directions and stay on a controlled-calorie diet, studies reveal long-term success.
  6. Orlistat, an over-the-counter weight loss drug
    • Orlistat is actually not a supplement but rather a medicne that was approved by the FDA for sale without a prescription (brand name Alli). According to the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, this weight loss medication actually has real data to prove its effectiveness. Data shows that it blocks 25% of the fat calorie intake from being absorbed by the body. However, taking the medication alone won’t work as effectively if not following a good diet and exercise regimen.

In 2012, Forbes Magazine releases an article on 7 new weight loss supplements that really work. Here are a few of those supplements:

  1. Hydroxycitrate or HCA
    • A salt derived from the rind of dried fruit and a traditional Indian folk remedy for joint and stomach issues, is now sold in drugstores as a weight loss supplement. The effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing metabolism, decreasing appetite and lowering LDL cholesterol levels is backed by research.
  2. Chitosan
    • Derived from the main parts of shells of insects, Chitosan is a fiber that can lower cholesterol and recently promoted in reducing absorption of fat.
  3. Whey Protein
    • A fan of body builders and athletes, whey protein helps build muscle and suppresses appetite. Dervied from the whey of milk, it is digested easily and contains high levels of amino acid cysteine.

With some many different types of weight loss supplements on the market it is important to know which one would suit you the best. I can only provide you with details regarding what each supplement would do, and how they are effective. But each individual has different weight loss goals and have a very different lifestyle. So I am not in a position to recommend a diet supplement that would definitely work for you. You also should consult your doctor before you include diet supplements in your meal plan, just to be double sure.