How to Kick Start Your Weight Loss with Herbs
Experts say that the key to weight loss is eating less and exercising more, but herbs can be your loyal friend when attempting to lose weight. In fact, the use of the right herbs at the right time can help you lose weight more effectively than without. Here are a few of my favorites when it comes to boosting weight loss:
Cordyceps: Cordyceps sinensis is an ancient Chinese remedy that’s known to increase stamina and well-being. Previously a rare and costly herb, today’s production techniques have made this mushroom much more affordable to the average fitness buff, who may use it to power up workout sessions, or endurance athletes who use it to keep sessions going longer, and I mean much longer! Try taking a dose half an hour before exercise.
Cayenne pepper: The action of cayenne pepper in the body is all about the thermic effect of food. It works through its active ingredient, capsaicin which stimulates saliva, digestion and accelerates your metabolism at a safer level. And if you can tolerate spicy food, the effects are worth it. Try sprinkling a dash of cayenne on your food every day for a weight loss boost.
Garcinia: This amazing South Asian herb is a staple in weight loss formulas as its high content of hydroxycitrate (HCA), aids fat metabolism and reduces hunger. Research suggests that garcinia inhibits the accumulation of lipid droplets in fat cells, reduces lipid levels and decreases their collection in the liver. An extract containing 50% hydroxycitric acid, 1000 mg three times daily has been used successfully for weight loss. Who needs Phentermine when you have garcinia?
Green Tea: Clinical studies from the University of Geneva have shown that green tea raises metabolic rates and speeds up fat oxidation. They measured the 24-hour energy expenditure of 10 healthy men receiving three doses of caffeine (50 mg), green tea extract (containing 50 mg caffeine and 90 mg epigallocatechin), or a placebo per day, and found that compared with placebo, subjects taking green tea extract had a “significant increase” in daily energy expenditure.