A lot of people want to lose weight and increasingly these days many people need to lose weight for health reasons. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to achieve and long-term success is rare. Many things are claimed to help with this; diets, potions and pills that are supposed to make things easier.
You may even have tried one or more of these options yourself to no avail!
There’s Good News here at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend …
If you’re looking to lose weight for whatever reason and are looking for help then we believe we have a way to help you.
We have introduced fantastic new supplements at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend which are perfect if you are looking to lose weight. As with all our range we only stock the highest quality products at the best price we can find and after researching we believe there is very convincing evidence in their help with weight loss.
Glucomannan – A Weight Loss Supplement That Works
Also introducing Green Coffee and Chilli Complex for normal energy yielding metabolism.
Glucomannan is a natural dietary fiber that is claimed to be an effective weight loss supplement.
Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac. Glucomannan comes from elephant yam, which is originally Southeast Asian. It has a long history of use in herbal mixtures and traditional foods like tofu, noodles, and konjac jelly.
Green coffee contains a substance called Chlorogenic Acid, which is believed to be responsible for the weight loss effects. Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants and pharmacologically active compounds. Two of the most important ones are caffeine and chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid is believed to be the main active ingredient in green coffee beans. That is, the substances that produces the weight loss effects. Several studies have shown that caffeine boosts metabolism by up to 3-11% . However, the main active ingredient is believed to be the chlorogenic acid.
We have introduced Glucomannan and Green Coffee and Chilli Complex to our stock range of supplements. As with all our range we only stock the highest quality products at the best price we can find and after researching we believe there is very convincing evidence in their help with weight loss.
How does Glucomannan and Green Coffee help with weight loss?
Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fibre. Like other soluble fibers, it is believed to promote weight loss via several mechanisms:
- It has a very low calorie content.
- It takes up space in the stomach and promotes a feeling of fullness (satiety), thereby reducing food intake at a subsequent meal.
- It delays emptying of the stomach, contributing to increased satiety.
- Like other soluble fibers, it reduces the absorption of protein and fat.
It also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which turn it into short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, shown to protect against fat gain in some animal studies.These mechanisms are believed to be similar to the effects of other soluble fibers on weight loss. However, glucomannan is different from other soluble fibres due to it being even more viscous, which makes it particularly effective. Some human studies suggest that Green Coffee can reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract, which lowers blood sugar and insulin spikes. If this is true, then taking green coffee bean extract would be like eating a slightly lower carbohydrate diet.Other studies (in mice and rats) have shown that chlorogenic acid can reduce body weight, reduce fat absorbed from the diet, reduce fat stored in the liver and improve the function of a fat burning hormone. Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to drastically improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels in rats. These are important risk factors for heart disease.
Does it really work?
Fortunately, we have several randomized controlled trials on glucomannan. These types of studies are the “gold standard” of scientific experimentation in humans. In the biggest one, 176 healthy overweight people were randomly assigned to ingest either a supplement with glucomannan, or placebo (a dummy pill), while on a calorie restricted diet. Three different glucomannan supplements were tested, with varying dosages. Some also had other fibres added to them.
As you can see, weight loss was significantly greater in the glucomannan groups.
Incoporated into Lamberts Green Coffee and Chilli complex is a full 100mg of chilli extract that provides 2mg of capsaicinoids. Research has shown that capsaicinoids aid the breakdown of fat in the body and that 2mg is a relevant level.
Also included the B vitamins for normal energy-yielding, as well as a significant 200µg of chromium which contributes to the maintenance of both normal blood glucose levels and to normal macronutrient metabolism. Green tea has become a popular choice for slimmers, who can include it as part of their calorie controlled diet, so this is also included. It is especially effective when combined with a weight reducing diet, which is the case with all weight loss methods.
In addition to promoting weight loss, glucomannan may improve a number of risk factors for heart disease.
According to a systematic review of 14 studies, glucomannan can:
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower LDL cholesterol
- Lower triglycerides
- Lower fasting blood sugar
The main mechanism by which it reduces blood cholesterol is by decreasing absorption of cholesterol in the gut. According to these studies, adding glucomannan to your diet could potentially lower the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Dosage and Side Effects
In contact with water, glucomannan expands and can absorb up to 50 times its weight. Therefore, the recommended dosage of glucomannan is lower compared to other fiber supplements.
Glucomannan does not have any effect on weight loss unless it is taken before a meal. Timing recommendations range from 15 minutes to 1 hour before a meal. Glucomannan is well tolerated and is generally considered safe.However, if glucomannan expands before reaching the stomach, it may cause choking or blockage of the throat and esophagus (the tube that moves food from your mouth to your stomach). To prevent this, it should be washed down with 1-2 glasses of water or other liquid. Some people may experience mild side effects, such as bloating, flatulence, soft stools or diarrhoea, but this is usually uncommon. Green coffee does contain caffeine, which can have numerous side effects when consumed in large amounts. This includes anxiety, jitteriness, rapid heartbeat, etc. If you are sensitive to caffeine, then you should be careful with green coffee bean extract. The chlorogenic acid may also have a laxative effect and cause diarrhoea.
If you are looking to lose weight this year then please get in touch with us and you could be a fitter, slimmer version of yourself. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractor Southend on 01702 430430.