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Herbal Weight Loss Pill Ingredients and Effectiveness

Herbal Weight Loss effectiveness

All natural herbal weight loss pills can be highly effective if taken at the right time, with the right foods. It’s important to know the ingredients in herbal weight loss pills and what they do for your body. This lets you know the effectiveness as well as any side effects or risks. Many of the herbal weight loss pill ingredients are derived from plants, and have other health benefits besides weight loss.

Guar gum

Also known as guaran, this is the primary ground endosperm of guar beans. Typically, guar gum comes as a free flowing, off-white powder. The guar bean is grown in Australia and India mostly. Sometimes it can be found growing in the US, China, Pakistan, and Africa. Guar gum contains a water soluble fiber and also acts as a bulk forming laxative. Guar gum has been used in herbal weight loss pills due to its thermogenic, appetite suppressing, and ability to block absorption of certain fats.


This common herbal weight loss ingredient is known as an ancient appetite suppressant. Hoodia has been used for thousands of years to help hunters suppress their need for food and water while on big hunting trips. Hoodia can be found as a plant or in pill forms. Hoodia is also found in herbal weight loss supplements as well as diet pills such as TrimSpa.

Green tea extract

Green tea extract comes from the camellia sinensis plant and can be prepared as either a beverage or a pill. Green tea is generally used to improve mental alertness and thinking, however, it can be used for weight loss as well. Green tea is used for weight loss, the treatment of stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, bone loss, treatment and prevention of solid tumor cancers and breast cancer.

Bitter Orange:

Bitter orange is used to make medicine such as herbal weight loss supplements. Bitter orange improves appetite and helps you to lose weight. Other parts of bitter orange are used for upset stomach, nasal congestion, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Bitter orange flower is used for certain digestive issues including constipation, diarrhea, and gas. It is used for regulating fat levels in the blood as well as lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Other Effective and Natural Weight Loss Ingredients:


Chitosan is obtained from the outer skeleton of shellfish including crab, lobster, and shrimp. Chitosan is used for the treatment of obesity, high cholesterol, and Crohn’s disease as well as other weight related health problems.Chitosan is a fibrous substance that blocks the absorption of fat and cholesterol.

Conjugated linoleic acid

Conjugated linoleic acid is a group of chemicals found in the fatty acid linoleic acid. Some of the major sources of conjugated linoleic acid is dairy and beef. Conjugated linoleic acid helps reduce body fat deposits and improves immune system.

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Understanding Your Optimal Weight Range

finding your optimal weight range

When you know that you want to lose weight and change your body, you want to be focused on finding your optimal weight range. This is a great way to help you measure up to where you want to be. Though there are certainly other factors involved, determining the weight that you should or want to be at can really help to provide some valuable input. You can give yourself this number as a goal or just help yourself to work towards something much more tangible. Either way getting to understand your optimal weight range at least gives you some concrete numbers and ideas to work off of.

To start to understand your optimal weight range you want to start with a couple of simple calculations. Many think that getting an assessment of your Body Mass Index is the way to go. This can help you to see where you are at, and a good calculation to use is as follows.

Body Mass Index = Weight in Pounds/(Height in Inches x Height in Inches)

The only problem with this is that it is usually best measured. While the calculation can help, getting an accurate measurement can be of greater help. This is usually done by a dietician or personal trainer, but the calculation can show you something to start with. You can see how much of your body is made of fat vs. muscle, and then the range will dictate where you fall. You have a certain range to fit within based on your gender and age, and this will tell you know what to strive for and what your optimal weight range and body make up should be.

Another helpful calculation is one that is used more readily these days. Try out this calculation for a glimpse of what you should be focused on.

Ideal Weight = Lean Body Mass/(1 – Desired Body Fat Percentage)

As with anything you must remember your own unique circumstances to gauge this right. If you are trying to determine something like your optimal weight range take into factor a few considerations to help you focus properly. Gender factors in heavily as it’s very different for men and women. Age is another factor that will determine what type of range you should be. Even your body frame, such as petite versus more muscular or bigger boned can play a role. Be sure that you know what to work towards and what your own unique criteria will determine for you. This can give you a great goal to work towards in the end, and change your body forever!

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Get in Great Shape Without The Gym Membership

get in great shape without the gym

The fated gym membership has become more popular since most gyms have dropped the price of their regular memberships. But you have to ask yourself why? If they are doing oh so well, why would they bother to drop the prices to a flat rate 45 bucks a month so you can get in great shape without the heavy gym membership? Because they aren’t doing that well.

Have you ever noticed being in a shopping mall with a gym in it, and passing by are the canvassers handing out flyers. Or maybe on the way you’ve seen those poor souls in the corner with one of those spinney signs begging you to come in? No money down and 30 bucks a month and you can even bring another person? Well there is a reason for this. And that is they are desperate for your business. But they aren’t going to starve. Why? because they have figured out the formula to staying on tip and by joining–even at low, low rates–you are making the chain rich and gaining nothing for yourself but weight.

They know you will never come more than–if you’re lucky the first three weeks to the first three months. Statistically speaking the average person starts to think of reasons not to go to the gym within the first three weeks of membership ESPECIALLY if it is at a lower rate that can be cancelled because there is no contract. Then what happens is when you try to cancel you get sent to the retention line where you will be talked into an even lower limited rate so they keep a small monthly income from each person.

So how do you get in great shape without the gym?

You get disciplined and you create an inexpensive home gym for yourself. Or, conversely, if you are really on a tight budget or know you will visit the treadmill at home as much as you would at the gym you could do this. Just walk–that’s right–just start walking 20 minutes at least 3 times a week and see what happens. Then go out and spend $20 bucks and get wrist weights and ankle weights. You need no more than 3-5 pounds of resistance to burn calories and tone while you are enjoying the outdoors. Biking and swimming will do just as well and in fact, they are both complete exercises. Which means they work all the major and most of the minor muscle groups. So, what is the difference between your bike and pool at the house and the bike, pool and treadmill at the gym? You can get in great shape free at home.

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