The keys to burning fat are to decrease your calorie intake and increase your exercise level. However, if you're already following that advice, you may be wondering if there are other options - what about fat burning herbs?
In recent years, scientists have discovered that there actually are some herbs that encourage faster metabolism and fat burning. None of these are a "magic pill;" however, when combined with diet and exercise, they may help you in your quest to burn fat. Here are some common fat burning herbs:
1. Green Tea
Green tea has been touted for numerous positive qualities; it's reputed to inhibit cancer cells and reduce the risk of dementia. It also helps burn fat: studies have shown that people who drank 5 cups of green tea per day burned an average of 5% more fat than those who drank none.
Other studies have suggested green tea acts as an appetite suppressant as well.
Try chromium for fat burning and helping the body process proteins and fats. Chromium is believed to aid in the body's regulation of blood sugar, so it is helpful for maintaining blood sugar levels, as well as increasing your metabolism rate.
A recent study showed that volunteers consuming 400 mcg of chromium picolinate daily lost 6 pounds over 3 months, compared to a control group who lost 3 pounds during the same period. It's encouraging to note that the weight lost was fat, not muscle.
It's true: dandelions aren't just a pest in your yard. Dandelion helps your body metabolize carbohydrates faster and also helps regulate blood sugar.
Try cayenne or other peppers. These herbs make your body "hot" by increasing your core body temperature, and likewise your metabolic rate, helping you burn fat faster.
5. Flax Seed
Flax seed is a valuable addition to any diet, since it is high in omega 3 fatty acids, used by the body to stabilize blood sugar levels. How can flax seed help you burn fat? It helps increase your metabolism through a process called thermogenesis, in which specialized fat cells throughout the body burn more fat when activated by omega 3 fatty acids.
6. Bitter Orange
Bitter orange, extracted from the fruit of some species of orange trees, has replaced the banned ephedra in many weight loss supplements. It burns fat by speeding up your metabolism.
Ginger is a common household herb that is helpful in burning fat. Try drinking 3 cups of ginger tea daily, or add a tablespoon of ginger to soups or other entrees.
8. Indian Bedellium
Known as guggal in India and popular in Indian medicines, this herb increases the activity of the thyroid, which leads to faster metabolism. It also stimulates the liver to burn fat more quickly.
Herbs have been used for centuries for various medicinal qualities as well as for weight loss and myriad other reasons. Use them to your advantage and onsult with your health care provider for maximum safety and effectiveness.