How Herbal Diet Teas and Supplements May Help Weight Loss
Herbal weight loss products, including herbal diet tea, can be a helpful alternative to traditional weight loss medication. And, drinking the tea may be safer and just as effective.
Herbal weight-loss products and teas are thought to help control appetite so you eat less. They have shown to boost energy levels, which in turn helps burn calories more quickly and efficiently.
In addition, they are purported to help burn fat by creating more "internal heat" (thermogenic energy), which helps convert calories to energy rather than fat.
Before starting any weight loss program, consult your doctor and discuss your options for supplementing your weight loss efforts. The key evaluation criteria for both prescription and natural weight-loss aids are:
Herbs Recognized for Weight Loss Benefits
Concentrated Green Tea Extract: Green tea has been used as a powerful antioxidant and multifunctional remedy for disease, aging and weight loss for hundreds of years.Green Tea extract also contains a natural substance called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, which is a known cancer fighter and energy enhancer.
L-Carnitine: This natural compound has several functions as an ingredient in herbal weight loss products and energy enhancing supplements.L-Carnitine is a central player in energy production and maintenance. It assists in burning excess body fat by enhancing cellular energy and activity in the brain.
L-Carnitine also improves mental and physical performance levels, helps to slow the aging process, decreases symptoms of depression and acts as a mood enhancer, and helps to support bodily functions that typically demand high energy expenditures.
Fucus vesiculosus otherwise known as Bladderwrack: Bladderwrack is an excellent hormone balancer, which in turn can help to control the appetite.
Research has documented that hunger is directly related to fluctuations in hormones and hormonal imbalance in both men and women.
In fact, hunger is controlled by two hormones. One is called ghrelin, which was dicovered by scientists in early 2001 as the hormone that regulates hunger and tells the brain when it is time to eat. The other is called leptin, which controls food intake and body weight -- and prolongs periods in between food cravings and urges.
Chromium: Chromium has been called a "miracle mineral" for its abilities to control and stabilize blood sugar levels. The mineral helps in fat reduction and the formation of lean, sculpted muscles through the manipulation and control of blood sugar, fat storage and the utilization of calories.
Herbs To Avoid in Weight Loss Supplements and Teas
Guarana: This herb is a stimulant that may cause nervousness, dizziness and sleeplessness in some people.
Ma Huang: Products or supplements containing Ma Huang, which is just another form of the banned ephedra, are known to cause nervousness, rapid heart beat and dizziness.
It is not recommended since there are so many other good herbs out there that will enhance energy levels and burn fat that have zero affect on your sense of health and well being, do not cause rapid heart beat of nervousness, and do not cause "let down" periods after the product has worn off.
Cola or cola nut: Another stimulant. Try to avoid it if you can.
Other Factors to Consider
Although the above list is short, it provides a basic understanding of what to look for and what to avoid when shopping online or in stores for herbal diet products.
Don't forget, a good diet must be built on wise food choices and some kind of physical activity to be a success. Herbal diet tea and other products can help you get there… you just need to know what you're getting.
Always consult a medical professional before using herbal diet tea and other herbal slimming products.
Information by Danna Schneider, founder of Dieting Magazine Online.