With all of the different products available, it is very hard to determine which products will work and which products are safe. There are virtually thousands of different techniques, exercises, weight loss supplements, diets, and pills to choose from that it can be extremely frustrating to know what to do and where to go.
The first thing you should do is to determine what your weight loss goals are and why you feel the need to lose weight. Is it for looks? Is it to become healthier? Is it a little of both? Once you determine why you want to lose weight, you will need to take a long hard look at your life and determine what happened to make you gain the weight in the first place.
Is your weight gain due to a health related problem, such as a thyroid disorder? Do you eat when you are sad, bored, or mad? Determining the reason why you gained the weight in the first place is critical to the success of shedding off those unwanted pounds and inches.
While there are many reputable natural weight loss supplements you can choose to buy, such as shakes and bars, there are also some herbal ingredients you can try. You can try to include these ingredients in your daily food intake, or you can try to find supplements that include the following herbs:
· Plantain Mucilage - This herb can reduce serum cholesterol levels. Take this before meals to help decrease triglycerides and beta cholesterol (bad cholesterol). It will also increase alpha cholesterol (good cholesterol). When the body is deficient in alpha cholesterol, this can result in obesity, type II Diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Plantain can help protect against these diseases. How does it help with weight loss? Plantain helps to satisfy your appetite, which reduces the calories you take in. It also reduces the absorption of lipids.
· Burdock Root - This helps to cleanse the blood from toxins. It helps to enhance the liver and gall/bile functions. While this herb is not directly associated to weight loss, the function it performs does. Ridding your body of toxins will help it to absorb the vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy and fit.
· Hawthorn Berry - This herb is helpful to weight loss because it reconditions and tones your heart so that the heart is able to supply oxygen to the tissues, especially if you are exercising to lose weight. It helps your body offset the demands of the heart from being overweight. After a few hours without food, Hawthorn can decrease free fatty and lactic acids. It acts as an anabolic (building up) on the metabolic processes. This helps to reduce the stress on the heart that can be caused by exercising while being overweight.
· Kelp - This is one of the most effective weight loss herbs. The iodine in Kelp helps to maintain the thyroid. Thyroid disorder is one major cause of obesity. It also increases your body's ability to burn off fat when exercising. Kelp also helps to boost stamina by helping the cells to consume energy better.
Herbs are not magic. You cannot expect to take them and lose weight right away. However, by exercising, eating a well balanced diet, including weight loss supplements and herbs in your daily diet, you are on your way to weight loss success. Before you take any new herbs, weight loss supplements, or medications, contact your doctor. This is critical because although these are all natural herbs, they can interfere with some of your other medications.