We all know how hard it is to lose weight. People try countless methods and none of them seem too successful. With diet, exercise, and herbal supplementation there is a definite way to start burning those excess pounds. People will try fad diets like “The Atkin’s Diet,” or home exercise machines while they watch television or they’ll drink diet sodas. If you’ve tried them you know they don’t work. You have to really make an effort to lose weight and with the help of natural fat burners like herbs, combined with outdoor exercise and a balanced diet you’re on your way.
There are five main herbs that will help an overweight person lose excess pounds. Each herb has specific effects upon the body that aid in losing weight. One will also find a rich cultural history for some of these weight loss herbs, as they have been used by civilizations for centuries.
First there is the popular hoodia an appetite suppressant that acts upon the brain centers to control hunger. African bushmen have used it for hundreds of years to control their appetite while out on a hunt.
Secondly the herb flaxseed oil helps to control the metabolism of fats. Flaxseed oil contains a substance called Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). A dosage of 250 IU of GLA a day controls appetite cravings. This oil may also be found in borage oil, black currant oil, and primrose oil. Along with weight loss, flaxseed oil will promote strong bones, nails, teeth, as well as healthy skin.
The third herb for weight loss is green tea. Green tea is a thermogenic herb that helps improve digestion and is a great aid in metabolizing fats. Green tea will lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and has many antioxidants in it.
Green Tea is the herb of choice in Japan. This herb has been drunk for centuries in special Japanese tea ceremonies that promote peace of mind and long life. The Japanese revere Green Tea as a health-promoting herb.
The fourth herb fennel removes the mucus and fat from the intestinal tract. Fennel will also improve the functioning of the kidney’s, liver, and spleen. Fennel can be grown rather easily reaching more than four feet tall. This amazing herb will also suppress your appetite like hoodia.
The fifth herb is ginseng. Ginseng will aid in the movement of nutrients and fluids throughout the body. It is well known in China for being an herb of longevity. It reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating patterns and stimulates the appetite. Ginseng is also known as Siberian Ginseng, a different botanical name then traditional Korean ginseng, but with similar properties.
These five herbs taken together on a daily basis will be a virtual weight loss dynamo. Try to supplement your diet with them along with healthier eating patterns. Eat a more balanced diet with more fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grain foods and organic or naturally grown meat. With herbal supplementation, whole foods, and exercise you will be on your way to a healthier you.
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