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Safe And Effective Natural Weight Loss Products - Part 2

Dec 27, 2007
If you have not done so already, you may wish to read Part 1 of this article for more information. I'll now proceed with my review of natural weight loss aids.

One of the most popular weight loss products in the last few years has been hoodia gordonii. Hoodia is hard plant to find, and therefore Hoodia supplements tend to be expensive, and some products sold as hoodia have little or no real hoodia in them. The real hoodia plant does appear to markedly reduce appetite and therefore it can be helpful for weight loss. It comes in both pill and liquid form. When taking the pill form, I suggest a dose of 500 to 1000 mg per day taken in divided doses one to two times per day before meals. Liquid doses vary depending on the concentration of the liquid, but for a 20:1 extract, I suggest taking about 30 drops or so, one to two times per day.

Hydroxycitric acid appears to stimulate the production and storage of glycogen. This process blocks fat storage and suppresses appetite. This supplement can be taken in an amount of 500 to 1000 mg per day in evenly divided doses taken thirtyto 60 minutes before a meal.

BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids), such as L-Leucine appear to trigger fat burning and muscle building. A recommendation for dosing is 1200 to 3000 mg per day, split into 2 or more equal doses taken between meals.

Pyruvic acid, also called pyruvate does seem to promote weight loss, but only at high dosages. Not everyone's stomach can handle the high intake, but for those who can tolerate it, you can use 8,000 to 10,000 mg per day for up to one week at a time to trigger fat buring initially. When using pyruvate long-term, you would do better to lower the dosage to 2,000 to 6,000 mg per day.

Wu-long tea, is an Asian black tea that also appears to assist in natural weight loss, both through its effects on suppressing insulin release (which enhances fat burning) as well as by suppressing appetite. This is taken as an actual brewed tea, as opposed to a pill form.

5-HTP (5-hydroxy tryptophan) can be used at dosages of 50 to 100 mg per day, preferably divided into two or more doses taken with meals. As a precaution, 5-HTP should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women. It is also a good idea to be sure that the product has been tested and certified to be free of the "Peak X" contaminant. Discontinue use of 5-HTP immediately and seek medical assistance if you experience joint or muscle pain or swelling, and/or difficulty breathing. For the most part, 5-HTP is quite safe, but these warnings are provided as an extra precaution to guard against harm from extremely rare instances of contamination.

7-Keto DHEA (this is different from regular DHEA) has been shown to speed up basal metabolism and aid in the development of lean muscle, thereby stimulating fat-burning. 100 to 200 mg per day taken in two or more doses with meals is the recommended dosage.

You now have background on the most popular of the safe and effective natural weight loss aids. Hopefully you are now able to better choose which products may enhance your diet and exercise efforts based on your particular needs.
About the Author
Dr. George Best has been assisting people with weight loss since 1992. For more information, please visit his website on natural weight loss .
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