As we age, especially if we have had children, our metabolism slows down and our bodies change. We can embrace this change, but we have grown up in a culture that values slenderness. I am all about accepting our bodies, but I am also about living healthy, exercising, and eating well.
If you know me, you would think it silly that I would even try a natural weight loss supplement. Weight has never been an issue for me. I was blessed in my youth with metabolism that allowed me to eat whatever I wanted with no weight gain. In fact, when I became pregnant with my first child, my midwives were concerned I would not gain enough weight and sent me to a nutritionist. I ended up gaining 55 pounds, so this was not a problem, and it all melted away over time since I breastfed. The nutritionist warned I might end up five pounds heavier in the end, but that I could use it.
I still can pretty much eat what I want, but then I have an extra five pounds on my body I do not like. It goes to the mother hips!
I have read a few articles and seen advertisement for several natural weight loss supplements, many of them featured by Dr. Oz (who I don’t watch). I decided to try them, many of them for a couple of months, to see if they could allow me to eat like I was twenty-years-old with no weight gain effect. The results are as I expected: no. Many people swear by these supplement though, and many require at least 30-days of supplementation to be effective. Some of them I combined, so this wasn’t really a scientific study. Here’s what I tried (and at the end, I will tell you what really works):
Dr. Oz called green coffee extract a “miracle fat burner”, but NPR busted this claim :
Green coffee extract is exactly what it sounds like…it is made from coffee beans that have not been roasted. Although, green coffee may not melt away pounds, it does provide energy. I have liked this little boost to my day. It is also an antioxidant, which is suppose to slow down aging.
This is another one of Dr. Oz’s miracles:
I love raspberries, and I can eat a bunch of them at one time but not 90 pounds!
One product claims it does not require any diet or exercise to work. That just sounds silly.
Coconut oil has many benefits , plus it is something already in my pantry. When I read a study that said women who consumed two tablespoons a day of coconut oil had reduced belly fat, I was intrigued. The Times Picayune reports:
Coconut oil is easy enough to add to a smoothie or tastes really good in a chai tea. I faithfully consumed two tablespoons a day for about a month with no change. Then I looked at the bottle and saw how many calories one tablespoon contained (120 calories). I would rather eat those calories and feel full. The coconut oil in tea did make me feel more full than tea alone, but it was not sustaining like an apple or some nuts.
This is another one of Dr. Oz’s miracle weight loss supplements .
I held off the longest on trying this one, as it is not available in any stores that I could find. The garcinia I bought required you take four tablets throughout the day with a full glass of water. When reading reviews, many people say that the effects are not noticed until after 30 days. I noticed no change after 30 days. I think just drinking the full glass of water was the best benefit.
Oregano oil was once recommended to me when I was sick. It has natural antibiotic properties. It was actually the first natural weight loss supplement I tried to just shed those few pesky pounds. Wellness Resources reports:
I took oregano oil for several months. I didn’t get sick. That is why I kept taking it. It did nothing for me for weight loss.
I do not drink this tea regularly. I feel silly drinking a tea that says “Slim Life” on the package. Caffeine can raise your metabolism. Coffee, yerba mate, and green tea can all do the trick.
This may be the only supplement I thought might have done something, but then again, I hesitated to buy it again.
With all of these products, the bandwagon to try them, largely promoted by Dr. Oz, is based on small studies with rodents. For example, the Huffington Post reports on Raspberry Ketones :
The truth is there is not nor will there ever be a miracle diet pill. Eat less, chew more, move more is the simple truth. Actually, the whole Swedish proverb is:
Eat more whole foods. Don’t buy junk food, even if it is organic. If it is not in your home, you will not eat it. Make exercise a priority. Establish a routine. Stick to it. A friend once told me it takes 90 days of everyday practice before something does become routine. Make the commitment. Be healthy. Be wise.
I lost five pounds in Italy. Yea, in Italy. I walked a lot. I drank a lot. I ate pasta. I can’t figure it out other than I didn’t eat sugar. I gained it back when I got home. Having only whole foods in the home and exercise is key! These supplements do little. There is no miracle pill. Don’t waste your money. You are not a rodent.