Losing weight can be difficult to achieve, especially during menopause. Menopause causes a decrease in the production of sex hormones, which can slow metabolism, cause fat redistribution, and lead to weight gain. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for many health conditions and lower overall life quality, so it is important to be a healthy weight.
There are many scams when it comes to pills to help lose weight and natural supplements. However, there are also herbs that - when combined with a healthy diet and exercise routine - many women find helpful when it comes to losing weight.
The Effectiveness of Weight Loss Supplements
When it comes to herbal supplements, they are unable to perform a miracle on their own. If you are inactive and eat unhealthily, no herb will help you lose weight. By cutting out greasy, fatty, and sugary foods to the best of your ability, eating smaller portion sizes, and increasing your exercise, you can see major improvement.
It is also important to steer clear of herbal supplements that are not certified, as they may contain just a small percentage of the actual herb or none at all. Ensure 100% pure herbal ingredients and buy from a trusted supplier for best results. It is also important that you talk to your doctor before starting an herbal supplement regime. Herbs contain active ingredients that can have side effects and interact with medicine you are already taking.
Herbs for Staying Active
Some women who feel sluggish or like they don't have enough energy to exercise regularly use herbs that may temporarily speed up the metabolism. Green tea, for example, has been the subject of many studies researching metabolism speed. Studies discuss catechins - an antioxidant - as the reason green tea may help speed up the metabolism. Guarana, which has more caffeine than coffee, can help provide the energy needed for exercise.
Herbs for Suppressing Appetite
Many women seeking to control food cravings and overeating use herbal supplements that are appetite suppressants. Many people use ginger in this way. Ginger can also be used as an alternative to salt when it comes to seasoning food. Ginger brings out the natural flavor of food, and unlike salt, it will not make you feel bloated.
There is also an African plant called hoodia. The active ingredient, P57, is probably the most effective appetite suppressant that exists. A group of indigenous people of Southern Africa, the San, used it to keep from being hungry during hunting treks across the desert. Hoodia is not a long-term solution; you still need the correct nutrients for your body to lose weight and be healthy. More research also needs to be done on hoodia. There is also concerns that hoodia is becoming endangered because it has been over-harvested by companies to sell as a weight loss supplement.
Herbs for Improving Endurance
When you lead a sedentary lifestyle, weight loss can be even more difficult, because your body is not used to having the energy levels to exercise. In order to keep energized, many people use ginseng or ginkgo. These are both caffeine-free herbs that people use to improve endurance, energy levels, and feel uplifted before a workout.
Although you shouldn't rely only on herbs, they may help you feel more confident on your weight loss journey. Make sure to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and get the right amount of exercise. Read ll about managing weight during perimenopause.
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