About My Last Blog Post

I wrote about “the time it takes to lose weight” and I want to point out a few more things that can stand it your way.

I wrote about this before, all of us will lose weight differently so there’s no one fix for everyone. The doctors and weight loss clinics like to make it simple by telling you to eat less and exercise more and your weight will go down but it’s not that simple. Most overweight people have medical problems which will interfere with the way they burn calories.

Whatever it means to be normal and if your normal you can just lose body fat simply by changing your diet and by increasing your activity level you can lose that fat quicker, but most overweight weight people have health conditions that complicate burning fat.

So if you have a weight problem you need to talk to your doctor first. Tell him that you want to “lose your fat” and you want to do this without pills. And than ask “what would be a healthy diet for me.” A doctor is one way to get help but you can also talk with a dietitian or weight loss counselor.

Yes, it’s true for all of us that if we want to lose weight we have to change what we eat, but depending on a variety of factors what one person eats to burn more fat will be different than what another eats. This is some of the reasons a person gives up.

Some of those factors are age, how long you had the extra fat, your physical condition, the medication you take, how much do you have to lose, and are you male or female an adult or a child.

If you want to lose body fat don’t let anything stop you. Your attitude is the most important factor that will help you reach your goal. Anyone at any age can lose body fat. It’s not the same as just losing weight. The difference is if you lose fat it won’t come back but if you just lose weight and you still have the fat, your weight will come back.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog
idropped40pounds.wordpress.com
howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com
blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of websites looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

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How Long Will It Take To Lose My Fat?

This question is among the popular ones in my INBOX. Natural, it depends on how much extra fat you have, how active you are, and your level of willingness to do this. No one loses  the same way. You have to find a way that works for you. I can only tell you what worked for me.

First of all, I should tell you that if you take prescription drugs you have to check with your doctor, he might want to change your prescriptions if your going to change your diet.

What worked for me is that I stopped eating fat. Your body has to burn some fat every day and if you don’t eat any than the body will burn stored fat. Also I stepped up my exercises. I walk more than I use to. I do interval training and that really helped to lose the fat quick. I say quick, but I only have about 10 pounds of fat to lose. And losing fat isn’t the same as losing weight. I had to lose about 20 pounds to lose 10 pounds of fat. You can tell how much fat you’re losing by measuring your waist. If you drop two pants sizes and you have room in your new pants than your probably lost 10 pounds of fat.

Interval training is simple. I used a stationary bike. I would warm up by pedaling slow for 3 minutes, than very fast for 1 minute, than slow for 1 minute, than fast for 1 minute. Keep repeating that routine about 8 or 10 times and that’s your complete workout. You can accomplish the same thing walking and running. You don’t have to spend money to lose your fat because there are no pills that burn fat.

Don’t believe all the advertising, and the diet pills your doctor gives you will help you lose weight, but after losing 20 pounds you’ll find out that your still fat, you lost mostly body mass. I had to learn the hard way but you can avoid my mistakes and save time and money.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog
idropped40pounds.wordpress.com
howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com
blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of websites looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

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Can You Be Fat And Still Healthy?

Extra weight linked to extra risk, even if blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol all normal

This post is important for those who think that the extra fat they carry around is “no Problem”. Just because you feel fine doesn’t mean that your extra weight isn’t causing medical problems. In some cases, medical problems don’t show up for years. You don’t get high blood pressure because your splurge on food while you’re on vacation. It might take one year of more of a bad diet before you develop a medical problem, of course if you’re overweight already you might be well on your way to having a serious health problem in the future.

By Randy Dotinga

HealthDay Reporter

No amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures, new British research shows.

“Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight or obese, all efforts should be made to help them get back to a healthy weight, regardless of other factors,” said study co-author Camille Lassale, from Imperial College London’s School of Public Health.

“Even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor,” Lassale said in a university news release. In fact, the increased risk of developing heart disease was more than 25 percent, the study found.

The study used statistics about the health of people in 10 European countries. Researchers focused on weight and signs of heart disease, when blood vessels become clogged.

The authors looked at more than 7,600 people who had cardiovascular events such as death from heart attack, and compared them to 10,000 people who didn’t have heart problems.

After adjusting their figures so they wouldn’t be thrown off by other lifestyle factors, the researchers found that people with three or more heart risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or large waist sizes (more than 37 inches for men and 31 inches for women) were more than twice as likely to have heart disease, regardless of whether their weight was normal or above normal.

But those who were considered overweight yet healthy were still 26 percent more likely to develop heart disease than their normal-weight peers. Those considered healthy but obese had a 28 percent higher risk, the study found.

“I think there is no longer this concept of healthy obese,” said study co-author Ioanna Tzoulaki, a senior lecturer in epidemiology at the university. “If anything, our study shows that people with excess weight  who might be classed as ‘healthy’ haven’t yet developed an unhealthy metabolic profile. That comes later in the timeline, then they have an event, such as a heart attack,” she said.

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If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog
idropped40pounds.wordpress.com
howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com
blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of websites looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

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The Mysteries Of Weight Loss

So you’re finally ready to lose weight. Now the question is: How?

The standard advice — to eat less and move more — isn’t so helpful when it comes to the “how.” You probably know you need to cut calories, but how many? Are you better off getting those calories from low-fat or low-carb foods? And what’s going on with your metabolism, your personal energy-burning furnace? Is it programmed to keep you overweight? Is there any way to fan the flames so you can dream of one day eating a piece of pie without gaining a pound?

Even science is still stumped on many of the basic questions of weight loss.

“Amazingly, in this era of obesity, there are still many things that we really don’t know,” says Robin Callister, PhD, professor of human physiology at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Here’s what we do know about some of the most persistent mysteries of weight loss.

Do You Have to Cut 3,500 Calories to Lose a Pound?

The idea that dieters need to cut this many calories — with diet, exercise or both — to lose 1 pound of weight comes from an influential scientific paper published in 1958. Max Wishnofsky, MD, a doctor who lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., tried to sum up everything we knew about how calories are stored by the body. He concluded that when the body is in a steady caloric state — meaning it isn’t fasting or starving — extra calories will be stored as fat, and it would take 3,500 extra calories to create a pound of fat. In that same steady state, he also said it would take a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of weight. For decades, the “Wishnofsky Rule” has been math that determined dieters live by.

The trouble is that it’s wrong.

The 3,500-calorie rule doesn’t work because the body adjusts to weight loss. It quickly decreases the number of calories it needs to maintain its new, lighter size, says Corby Martin, PhD, director of the Ingestive Behavior Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. That means weight loss slows down over time. People who expect to drop a pound for every 3,500 calories they cut will soon become frustrated when the scale doesn’t cooperate.

Let’s say a dieter knows they need to eat 2,500 calories a day to maintain their current weight. But they want to slim down. So they decide to shave 500 calories off their daily intake. According to the Wishnofsky Rule, after about a week of doing that, they should lose a pound.

“For the first week or two, the 3,500 calorie-per-pound rule kind of works, roughly, but after the first couple of weeks it doesn’t work,” Martin says.

Here’s why: In 3 or 4 weeks, you need less food to maintain that new, slimmer shape. I know you only lost a couple pounds and if you might only have to lose 10 pounds, you’re going to plateau several times. The problem with this formula is that we don’t have the same food today that we had in 1958. Believe me, I was there, I just started high school. In those days farmers did use pesticides to control bugs but we didn’t chemical engineer our food like we do today. It’s chemical engineered food that will cause food addiction and furthermore cause obesity.

Forget cutting back on the food your eating; you have to go back to eating fresh foods. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it’s best to buy organic. Ration the red meat your eating; it’s marbled with fat and it’s causing you to increase your body fat. Seafood and chicken or turkey are a better choice. Never eat tube meat or any other processed or manufactured food. If you don’t eat foods that add to your body fat, your body will burn the stored fat you have.

Are All Calories Equal?

Fujioka counsels his patients to pay attention to how alcohol affects their eating.

“Some folks, when they drink alcohol, feel like they have license to eat whatever they want to, and they get into problems,” he says.

If a glass of wine weakens your will to resist that plate of cheese and crackers, it’s not doing your waistline any favors.

But if booze doesn’t affect your eating, then one or two drinks is probably OK, he says.

As for calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein, this is where one size, or one eating plan, really doesn’t fit all.

There is good science to show that people who have high blood sugar levels — associated with conditions like type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, and fatty liver disease — benefit from diets that are lower in refined carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats and lean proteins. Examples of this kind of diet are South Beach, the Zone diet, the Mediterranean diet, and the low GI diet.

If insulin levels aren’t a concern, there’s little difference in the amount of weight people lose if they cut their calories from fat or from carbs, says Kevin Hall, PhD, a senior investigator and expert in metabolism at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, MD. But he says protein calories are a different story.

In the lab, researchers have shown that higher-protein diets tend to increase the number of calories a person burns, Hall says. “So in that sense, a protein calorie is not equivalent to a carbohydrate or a fat calorie,” he says.

Protein helps you burn more calories during the day and helps preserve muscle. When people lose weight, they don’t just lose fat — they also lose muscle. The more muscle you lose on a diet, the more your metabolism slows. That can make it tough to keep the weight off down the road. Protein also helps you feel satisfied for longer after your eat.

But people can eat only so much protein without changing their kidney function. U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that adults keep their protein in a range of 10% to 35% of total calories each day. Most diets fall into that range. Atkins, for example, one of the highest protein diets around, supplies 35% of daily calories from protein.

Weight loss is a mystery to some of us because we don’t know how we gain the excess body fat, so we don’t know what we have to do to lose the fat. Most of us think if we can just lose some weight the fat will disappear, but it doesn’t work that way and that’s why most of us give up trying.

If you really want to lose your body fat than look for my Ebook at the websites listed below. You’ll get information on Healthy eating, exercise, and diet.

“How Bad Do You Want To Lose Weight?”, is available at all the online bookstores selling for $1.99. Go to any of the websites and search the title to find my Ebook. This book gives you all you need to lose weight without spending money on gym memberships, diet plans or meal plans. Look for my book. at Amazon.com, B&N.com, iBooks, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, or Gardner Books in the U.K.

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The Easiest Job To Follow

The Easiest Diet to Follow for Better Weight Loss Results

Consider Convenience, Accessibility, and More

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When consumers look for a weight loss program, they usually look for the easiest diet to follow. After all, who wants to spend weeks learning a complicated system? But almost every program claims to be easy, so it can be hard to choose the best plan.

I’ll give you a little free advice, “learn to cook”. It’s not that hard and it’s relaxing. It will keep you on your feet and moving. You will learn how to prepare quick, easy, healthy, meals. Read this post and you’ll get some ideas to start you off on the right track.

3 Ways to Find the Easiest Diet

Everyone has a different lifestyle and different food preferences, so the easiest diet for your co-worker or your neighbor might not be the easiest diet for you.

The key to getting sustainable weight loss results is to find the plan that works best with your specific skill set and your specific lifestyle.

Ask yourself a few important questions before you look for a diet:

  • How much time do I have to cook and prepare foods?
  • Do I like to cook and spend time in the kitchen?
  • Do I like to try new tastes and flavors?
  • Do I have time to grocery shop?
  • How much weight do I have to lose?
  • How much money can I spend on a diet and for how long will I be able to maintain this budget?
  • Do I enjoy eating foods that are considered to be healthy, like fruits, vegetables or lean meats?
  • Do I prefer comfort foods like pasta, bread, and baked goods?

If you find a diet that fits into your regular routine and satisfies your food preferences, you’re more likely to stick to it long enough to see real weight loss results. In addition, if the plan is simple you’re likely to maintain the good eating habits after you’ve reached your goal weight, so weight maintenance becomes easier as well.

Tops Picks for the Easiest Diet to Follow

Easy diets fall into one of three categories. You’ll notice that almost every easy diet has certain key characteristics in common. Portion control, for example, is essential for almost every diet to work. But there are some differences between top diets that may make one plan easier for you to follow.

Your answers to the questions above will help you find the best plan for you.

The Most Convenient Diet
Meal delivery plans are the easiest diets for people who have very little time to cook and prepare food. Often these plans provide small microwavable meals that you can heat up on the go, calorie-controlled shakes to drink, or small snack bars to nibble when you don’t have time to sit and eat.

Top picks in this category include Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, or Weight Watchers. My personal recommendation in this category is Weight Watchers simply because it provides the option of face-to-face support, which makes weight loss easier for many dieters.

  • This is the best easy diet for people who can make a financial commitment to a diet program (depending on the amount of weight you have to lose, your total cost can run in the thousands) and people who don’t like to or don’t have time to prepare three meals each day. Keep in mind, however, that plans like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers do encourage dieters to learn to cook for improved weight loss and weight maintenance.
  • This is not the easiest diet for people who enjoy large quantities of food (meals and snacks are usually quite small), people who enjoy cooking all of their meals, and people who don’t want to invest too much money into their weight loss program.

The Quickest Diet to Learn
If you don’t want to spend time and money learning a point system or setting up food delivery, then you need a diet that is quick and easy to learn. There are some diets like Atkins and The South Beach Diet that provide simple food lists. If you eat the foods on the approved list and avoid other foods, you’ll lose weight. But to really take advantage of these programs long term, you should read the books associated with the diets.

My pick for the big winner in this category is calorie counting. Why? Because counting calories simply requires basic math skills that you already know and there are free apps that make the process super simple.

Calorie counting is like budgeting. You take five minutes to use a calorie calculatorand determine your daily calorie budget, then each day deduct calories from your budget as you eat. It’s simple, but it takes consistent input, which is easy for some but overwhelming for others.

  • This is the best easy diet for someone on a budget who is willing to use tech devices (like a smartphone) to put forth small consistent efforts on a daily basis to slim down.
  • This is not the easiest diet for someone who isn’t likely to be consistent with food tracking. This might include someone without access to their smartphone at mealtime or someone who isn’t likely to be honest about what they eat and how much they eat.

The Most Accessible Diet
Sometimes the easiest weight loss plan is the one that is easiest to find. There are certain diet products you can find at your regular grocery store that will help you to slim down. They allow you to eat (at least some of) the foods that you normally eat. In this category, the Lean Cuisine diet or the SlimFast Diet plan are top picks.

Before you read any further, the best way to cook for weight loss is the cook fresh foods. Avoid packaged or frozen foods. You can get some good ideas from cooking shows on TV. Another way to save calories is not to use creams, sauces, or gravies. Season your food with spices. It’s a little “old-world” cooking that way, but several countries around the world season this way.

For those who don’t have time to cook every day, you can buy fresh, healthy, low-cal meals in your grocery store, usually in the deli section.

Some dieters try to lose weight with portion control, but most of the time they fail. If you continue eating the same foods that caused you to gain weight, even if you cut back on the calories you’re not going to lose weight by continuing to eat burger and fries. By changing the food you eat you will over time lose the food cravings for that sweet, fatty food.

That’s the way to lose body fat. Portion control is too much like starvation.

If you really want to lose the extra flab you can get help, I write 4 blogs and I’ve written two E-books. Read some of my other blog posts.

gettingtoahealthyweight.blog
idropped40pounds.wordpress.com
howbaddoyouwanttoloseweight.blogspot.com
blogonweight.blogspot.com

E-books are the easiest and cheapest way to learn about any subject without groping through hundreds of websites looking for the material you want.

My first e-book is “HowBadDoYouWantToLoseWeight” and it sells for $2.99 on most online bookstores like Amazon.com, BN.com, iBook, Kobo.com, Scribd.com, and Gardner books in the U.K.

My second e-book is available in the same stores. And on smashwords.com. If you use the Smashwords’ promotional code You can get my second book for $1.99 (TL96R). Just type in the search line “getting to a healthy weight”.

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What Is The Mediterranean Diet?

This story first appeared in MedicineNet.com and explains a bit why overweight people suffer with pain. Yes, the extra weight you carry around will put stress on your joints, wearing out the cushion between bones and allowing them to rub, but that’s not your only problem. Your poor diet can also be causing pain. The Mediterranean style of eating, the way the Mediterranean people eat, can be a healthier diet and will give the foods you need to reduce your pain and help you lose weight. So what does this diet look like?

People who are overweight and plagued by chronic pain may find relief in a Mediterranean diet, new research suggests.

The study of 98 men and women between the ages of 20 and 78 builds on growing evidence that a diet heavy on fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans provide significant health benefits. It also sheds new light on why eating these foods might reduce pain associated with obesity.

Because obese people with chronic pain usually also have a high degree of inflammation, lead researcher Charles Emery suspects the foods’ anti-inflammatory properties might explain the reduced pain levels.

“Although the relationship of body fat and pain has been well-documented in prior studies, the mechanism is not known,” said Emery, a professor of psychology at Ohio State University.

“One possibility is the stress of body weight on joints. A second possible mechanism is via inflammatory factors in the bloodstream, because both body fat and pain are known to be associated with elevated inflammation,” he said.

Slightly more than 70 percent of American adults are overweight, with 38 percent considered obese (at least 30 pounds overweight), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study done found that no matter what you weighed, those who ate more fish and plant-based proteins such as nuts and beans had less pain.

While adjusting their findings to account for age-related pain among older participants, the researchers found that a Mediterranean diet benefited men and women of all ages.

“The next step is to conduct a study with blood markers of inflammation,” Emery said. “Then it would be ideal to conduct an intervention study to evaluate the change in body fat, inflammation, and pain.”

A nutrition expert who reviewed the study said it reinforces the health benefits of a diet centered on seafood and plant-based proteins.

“This study provides an early look at a possible role diet might play in offsetting pain, but more research is needed,” said Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Studies are needed in healthy adults to see if inflammatory markers are the same with similar pain as they are in obese adults,” she said. “Studies are needed that look at diet over a longer period of time.”

It would be beneficial to know, for example, if following a Mediterranean diet while young affected a person’s pain as an adult.

Still, Diekman said the new findings help drive home the point that what you eat matters.

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Supplements For Losing Weight

Supplements for Weight Loss is a post from WebMD  and just so you know, I’m not a fan of supplements but for some people, I think prescription drugs your doctor recommends is okay but supplements for weight loss is different. Some work but there’s side effects and some will only work for a very small percentage of people. I have to post this in two parts, the next post will come in 2 days.

When you want to drop some weight, it’s tempting to look for help anywhere you can. If your thoughts turn to supplements or herbal remedies, keep in mind that research gives many of them mixed reviews. In some cases, there isn’t a lot of science to back up the claims, and some have health risks. Talk with your doctor first before you try any.

Also, you should know that the FDA has cracked down on some weight loss supplements that had prescription drugs in them that weren’t noted on the label. You can’t always tell what you’re getting.

The FDA regulates dietary supplements, but it treats them like foods rather than medications. Unlike drug manufacturers, the makers of supplements don’t have to show their products are safe or effective before they sell them.

Chitosan

This is a sugar that comes from the hard outer layers of lobsters, crabs, and shrimp. Enthusiasts say it can block fats and cholesterol from getting absorbed by your body.

Does it help you lose weight? Natural Medicines, an independent group that analyzes research on supplements, says there isn’t enough reliable evidence to rate it. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states that chitosan has not been shown to be effective for weight loss.

Chitosan usually causes no side effects, but some people get an upset stomach or constipation. If you are allergic to shellfish, you should not take chitosan, because it is made from shellfish.

Chromium Picolinate

Chromium is a mineral that enhances insulin, a hormone that’s important for turning food into energy. Your body also needs it to store carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

There are claims that chromium supplements can:

Lower your appetite
Help you burn more calories
Cut your body fat
Boost your muscle mass
But a review of 24 studies that checked the effects of 200 to 1,000 micrograms of chromium a day found that there aren’t any significant benefits. Natural Medicines says that chromium is “possibly ineffective” for weight loss.

Rarely, chromium supplements can cause side effects such as:

Insomnia
Irritability
Problems thinking
Headache
Also, at least three people have developed kidney and liver damage when taking chromium. You shouldn’t use it if you have kidney or liver problems.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

This is a popular supplement that contains chemicals found in a fatty acid called linoleic acid. There are claims that it may help curb body fat and help you stay full.

The research on CLA for weight loss is mixed. Some suggests that for some people, 1.8 to 6.8 grams of CLA per day may:

Curb body fat
Boost muscle
But other research shows it doesn’t help you shed pounds.

Natural Medicines says that CLA is “possibly effective” for weight loss.

Some researchers warn that long-term use, especially if you’re obese, may raise insulin resistance, which makes it more likely you’ll get type 2 diabetes. It might worsen cholesterol in your blood, as well, which raises the risk of heart problems.

In some people, CLA may cause side effects such as:

Upset stomach
Nausea
Loose stools
Fatigue
Glucomannan

This is made from the konjac plant. Like other dietary fibers, it’s supposed to help you lose weight by blocking fat in your food from being absorbed into your body.

Very early studies suggest it might be helpful, but other evidence shows it doesn’t work.

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Natural Medicines says there is “insufficient evidence” to rate how well glucomannan works for weight loss.

If you take glucomannan in the tablet form of the supplement, you could choke or get a blockage in your:

Throat
Esophagus (tube that connects the throat to the stomach)
Intestine
It appears to be somewhat safer if you take this supplement as a powder or a capsule.

Glucomannan also may make it harder for your body to absorb medications. So take your medicine either 1 hour before or 4 hours after you use glucomannan.

Green Tea Extract

It supposedly works by:

Curbing your appetite
Raising calorie and fat metabolism
Natural Medicines says there isn’t enough evidence to rate how well it works.

Side effects of green tea extract, especially in high amounts, include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Bloating
Gas
Diarrhea
Dizziness
Insomnia
Agitation

These supplements are popular but they all come with the good and the bad. My next post in 2 days will have more of the popular supplements.

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