When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage of pills, drinks, and supplements claiming to help the weight fall off. But how do these natural weight loss pills work? We review 21 common natural weight loss ingredients and how they help to lose weight.
The best weight loss pills may contain one or more active ingredients intended to increase fat burning/increase metabolism/burn calories, decrease appetite, reduce absorption of fat or regulate your circadian cycle (sleep/wake cycle).
Most natural weight loss supplements or pills have one or more natural extracts that act to reduce weight via the aforementioned mechanisms. Others have may have additional synthetic ingredients. Examples of natural weight loss ingredients.
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Extracted from coffee, green tea or guarana.
How it works: Short-term studies have shown that caffeine can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 29%.
3. HYDOXYCITRIC ACID (HCA) (from Garcinia cambogia extract)
Animal studies show that it can inhibit a fat-producing enzyme (inhibits fat production) in the body and increase levels of serotonin, potentially helping to reduce cravings (appetite suppression).
4. RASBERRY KETONES
Raspberry ketones increase levels of a hormone called adiponectin which has downstream effects on insulin sensitivity and an increase in fat breakdown.
5. CHLOROGENIC ACID
Found in different plants.
Chlorogenic acid can slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the gut.
Glucomannan absorbs water and becomes gel-like. It “sits” in your gut and promotes a feeling of fullness, helping you eat fewer calories.
7. GREEN TEA EXTRACT (has antioxidants/caffeine and polyphenols)
Green tea extract is believed to increase the activity of norepinephrine, a hormone that helps you burn fat.
8. CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID (CLA)
CLA may reduce appetite, boost metabolism and stimulate the breakdown of body fat.
It is found in beef and dairy products.
9. CAYENNE POWDER
Cayenne powder isn’t just an ingredient for your favorite dishes. Spicy food increases your body temperature, forcing the body to expend energy (calories) to
cool down. Consumed daily, Cayenne powder can increase metabolic rates by up to 25%. By also promoting healthy digestion and maintaining healthy blood pressure.
10. GUARANA EXTRACT
Guarana extract offers one of the highest concentrations of caffeine among any plant. In fact, it can contain up to 3.6 to 5.8% caffeine by weight whereas coffee has
only up to 2%. Caffeine can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 29%.
There is a complex relationship between your weight, thyroid, and metabolism. After all, the hormones secreted by the thyroid gland directly regulate your metabolism.
Manganese helps control your body’s ability to metabolize fats and carbohydrates. It also helps prevent food cravings by regulating your blood sugar. By assisting in proper thyroid functioning, it helps maintain a healthy metabolism, and because it also helps your body absorb calcium, it reinforces bone metabolism and healthy bone structure too.
13. ZINC CITRATE
Zinc Citrate works with vitamins A and E to manufacture the hormones secreted by your thyroid gland. When combined with vitamin B6, zinc also aids in the production of pancreatic enzymes which enable your body to digest food. Proper digestion helps your body break down food more efficiently, preventing the likelihood of it being stored as fat.
14. COPPER SULPHATE
Copper plays an essential role in the numerous oxidative reactions that help your body convert fats and fatty tissue into energy.
15. HOPS EXTRACT
Hops extract is regularly used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.
16. GRIFFONIA EXTRACT
Griffonia extract is used to create 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). This substance produces a calm, relaxed state of mind that is thought to improve sleep. Research
suggests that sleep deprivation alters hunger-regulating hormones, causing an increase in appetite and a desire for calorie-dense foods.
As an important component of enzymes that work to break down fats, carbohydrates, and other substances in your body, Biotin helps prevent fat storage due to excess calorie intake.
18. PANTOTHENIC ACID (VITAMIN B5)
More commonly known as vitamin B5, the pantothenic acid helps your body metabolize food into energy while assisting your liver in metabolizing toxins that can stall your weight loss efforts.
19. THIAMINE (VITAMIN B1)
All eight B vitamins, including Vitamin B5, mentioned above, help your body convert food, especially carbohydrates, into glucose that it can use as energy. Vitamin B1 is no different – it also helps your body metabolize fats and proteins, ensuring you get all the nutrients you need from your food.
20. PYRIDOXINE HCL (VITAMIN B6)
Though all B vitamins are essential, Vitamin B6 is one of the most important. It plays a role in over 100 enzyme reactions in the body, primarily in the metabolism of important amino acids and proteins.
21. ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
Like all 8 B vitamins, vitamin C aids in protein metabolism. This means it not only provides your body with necessary proteins but does so while blocking the synthesis of proteins known to cause infection and inflammation.
Point to note: Some natural weight loss ingredients have minimal side effects. Make sure you review them before you order your next weight loss pill/supplement. You should choose a weight loss pill/supplement that has ingredients that will help resolve the factors that caused your weight gain. Understand how the weight loss pill/supplement works before you buy it.