Natural Supplements For Weight Loss

Recent studies have shown that as many as 4 out of 10 American adults are overweight. For many of them, there is no doubt that with the failed promises of each new magic diet that a little more hope is lost.

So, once all the diets have failed and the exercise programs are not quite getting the job done. What do you do next?

Let’s face it, losing weight with just exercising alone is HARD!

In my last post, I talked about how effective weight loss shakes are. They completely changed my life! I went from not being able to lose any weight to actually being excited to step on a scale.

Now besides weight loss shakes there are other things that can help with weight loss. My favorite is natural fat burners, they have been well studied and proven to be effective weight loss aids.

Nature’s Fat Burners

Nature has provided many naturally growing substances that promote healthy weight loss. Most people don’t even know about these natural fat burners. They usually come in a highly concentrated capsule or liquid supplement forms.

Today, I’m going to talk about my favorite 3 natural supplements. Once I added these to my daily routine I began to have more energy and weight was a lot easier to lose. If you just need a little extra weight then you should at least give one of these a try.

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia is a pumpkin-shaped fruit that grows mostly in Southeast Asia, India, and parts of Africa. The fruit is light-green or yellowish in color and traditionally used in native food dishes.

The popularity of Garcinia Cambogia exploded in the western world a few years back. This rise in popularity was aided by the ringing endorsement by a famous TV doctor called Doctor Oz.

Dr. Oz recommended Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss, he even called it the “Newest, Fastest, Fat Buster“. Dr. Oz went even further and said that Garcinia Cambogia is one of the best natural fat burners available.

Garcinia Cambogia has a unique way in how it helps with weight loss. This fruit is a natural appetite suppressant because of it’s active ingredient called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA).

Hydroxycitric acid naturally promotes weight loss by inhibiting Citrate Lyase. This is an enzyme that converts excess carbohydrates into stored fat. HCA completely stops this process and causes the body to instead burn the excess carbohydrates as energy.

Moringa Oleifera

Moringa Oleifera is not your typical weight loss supplement. Partly because this tree produces seeds and leaves packed with vitamins and minerals in addition to being loaded with antioxidants.

The nutritional content of Moringa Oleifera is important to understand how it helps with fat and weight loss. Many other supplements function by either suppressing the appetite or blocking the absorption of fat temporarily.

Once these supplements are no longer being used the body demands food at the same amount and absorbs fat again. This means the users of these products run the risk of any gains being temporary.

Moringa Oleifera changes the body with complete nourishment. This increased nourishment assures a more efficient metabolism to aid in weight loss and helps to maintain functionality of all bodily processes.

Moringa Oleifera will also help stave off hunger because the high fiber content present in the plant gives users a full feeling in the stomach. Lastly, Moringa Oleifera has a positive impact on blood sugar, reducing the need for the body to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that instigates fat storage.

African Mango

African Mango is another natural supplement drawing rave reviews in the weight loss industry. The extract is made from a fruit that grows in West Africa and has long been known to not only have demonstrated effects on weight loss but is also known to lower both cholesterol and leptin levels.

The African Mango has been a staple food for tribes in Cameroon and Nigeria. These two groups have been observed to have slim builds and an extremely low incidence of cardiovascular disease.

One study called for subjects to take 150mg of African Mango extract twice a day. The results spoke highly of the supplements ability to cause fat and weight loss. Significant improvements were documented for subjects in lost weight, body fat, and waist circumference. The study showed that African Mango also caused the lowering of both LDL cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Which One Should You Choose?

Now it’s decision time. The evidence is conclusive. The use of natural fat burners will aid in losing body fat and help the body in numerous other ways.

Because these substances are all natural, there are little to no negative consequences associated with consuming them unlike prescription drugs or chemical based supplements.

And when combining natural fat burning supplements with a sensible diet and a moderate exercise program, the stage is set for some amazing results.

– Kelsey

Weight Loss Shakes

If you have been following my blog recently. You may have noticed that I have talked a lot about working out after pregnancy and my favorite smoothie. Being healthy is one of the most important things to me. Looking at older family members who didn’t take care of themselves can be downright depressing.

I’m talking about the family member who has diabetes or someone else that can’t get down with their grandchildren because they have ZERO flexibility and a bad back.

It can be pretty scary! The silver lining though is that you don’t have to be like them.

You can choose right now to lead a healthier life. Now for me the one thing that has plagued me my whole life is my weight. To put it bluntly, I have been overweight ever since I can remember. Now I haven’t been like severely obese or anything. But for the majority of my life, I have been 30 to 40 pounds overweight.

Shakeology

One thing that has helped me lose weight is Shakeology. If you happen to be on Facebook and have friends who sell the stuff. They might go a little overboard on the promotion of the products they are trying to sell. They might only talk about selling Shakeology or other products which can get quite annoying. I have had to unfriend many friends because of this.

Shakeology is actually a good product and it’s made by Beachbody (I love their workouts). This weight loss shake has helped me lose weight, mainly because I replace breakfast and lunch for this shake. This is great for me because I would usually tend to overeat for breakfast and lunch. With Shakeology I really don’t have to think about getting the right amount of calories, vitamins or minerals because it’s all included.

With that said…

I have gotten tired of the taste of Shakeology. It’s not that it tastes bad or anything but I want to try other things (it’s not me it’s you). I have been doing a ton of research on different weight loss shakes. There are so many to choose from. It can be a little hard to find reviews that are actually unbiased.

Over the past month or two, I have probably been on a couple dozen websites looking at weight loss shake reviews. One review I stumbled upon that was on Authority Nutra gave a lot of information about IsaLean Shake by Isagenix. I have heard of IsaLean Shake before but I haven’t really looked at what kind of product it is.

IsaLean Shake

After reading the review on Authority Nutra I was convinced that I had to try it out. For those that don’t know Isagenix also makes a whole line of supplements that are supposed to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Their products are made with high-quality ingredients and they have a track record for providing their customers with results.

IsaLean Shake Results

I went ahead and bought IsaLean Shake. It only took a few days to get my order and I ripped open the tub of nutrition that awaited me! When I first tasted it I really didn’t think I was drinking a weight loss shake. It tasted more like a chocolate cake than anything else. So the taste of IsaLean is awesome.

For two weeks now I have been taking IsaLean Shake every day for breakfast and lunch. I use this weight loss shake as sort of a meal replacement. So far I have lost 6 pounds! This kinda excites me, I have never lost that much weight with Shakeology before.

I’m excited to find out what kind of results I’m going to get after a few months with IsaLean Shake. I have also bought a few other Isagenix products to add to my diet. I just ordered Cleanse for Life so we will see how that goes.

If you are like me and you want to lose a few extra pounds. And you have tried other weight loss shakes like Shakeology before with only minimal weight loss results. Then give IsaLean Shake by Isagenix a try. Worst comes to worse you can always return it for a full refund. But you won’t because this stuff tastes amazing and actually works.

– Kelsey

Easy Workout After Pregnancy

As most of my readers already know I have THREE kids (plan on having more).

Recently, I had my third and getting back into shape has been on the top of my list of things to do. As I have gotten older and with each additional baby it has gotten harder and harder to lose the baby weight. But that doesn’t stop me! I keep on trying and trying until all of that baby weight is gone!

Whenever I workout I like to have a little of variety. I can’t just do the same routine day after day after day. I have to mix it up for my sanity (and my husbands).

I have tried all of the most popular workouts from Beachbody like Insanity, Country Heat, PiYo, CIZE, and i’m sure I have done more. Beachbody has always been my go to when it comes to working out because they have everything you need to get started. All you have to do is just move your body.

BUT

Like I said I NEED to try something else this time. I’m tired of doing Beachbody workouts, it’s the same format over and over again. Don’t get me wrong I can lose my baby weight with Beachbody but I want to see if other workout routines will work.

Trying to find the time to workout is the most challenging thing for me. I have to take the kids to school, I have the baby at home, cleaning up all the mess from the previous day, and have dinner ready it can be a daunting task.

When I do get a little of ME TIME and start my workout I always do a little yoga beforehand. Nothing too intense maybe 5 – 10 mins with simple yoga poses like the lotus, upward facing dog, cow, and bow. Easy stuff, nothing at all too difficult. The reason why I do yoga to begin is to get the blood flowing and the body stretched out.

When I actually start working out I usually try to get at least a full 30 minute session. Sometimes if i’m feeling really good I might even go for an hour!

After Pregnancy Workout

My husband has always raved about the 5X5 (5 reps, 5 sets) workout to get stronger in the gym. Now i’m not looking to lift any sort of weights to get stronger. I have a baby that I am always carrying that is enough weight for me.

Though, the 5X5 can be incorporated into any workout. Whatever you are working out, you do it 5 reps of 5 sets. So in total you do the exercise 25 times. And for me this has given me some pretty amazing results.

Sample 5X5 Workout

To go with our 5X5 theme I usually do 5 exercises as well.

Push-Ups – I used to hate pushups, but honestly they are great to keep your arms toned. Do 5 sets of 5 reps, if you can’t do a normal pushup do a girl pushup (I hate that!) instead. You want to strive to do a regular pushup that is where you will get the most benefit.

Wall Squats – These are simple to do all you need is a wall… Put your back against the wall and squat, hold that position like your sitting for 30 seconds (5 seconds would be too short) do that for 5 sets. Your legs and butt will get much stronger and look better if you do this more often.

6-Inch Killers – An ab exercise, don’t let the name scare you! This exercise can help you get rid of that belly baby weight. Lay down flat on the ground facing up, lift your feet 6 inches off the ground and keep them there. Try to go for at least 30 seconds for 5 sets and you will start to strengthen that core of yours.

Forearm Plank – Don’t confuse this with the popular PLANKING (though it’s similar). Get on the ground and place your forearms parallel with your body with the rest of your arms going vertical. So that your forearms are holding the rest of your body up with your toes pointing down. Hold this position for at least 15 seconds do this 5 times and take a small break. Then repeat this exercise 4 more times for a total of 5 sets.

Air Squats – We have already done wall squats in this workout, but it’s always good to do more leg exercises. Stand straight up and put your arms in front of you then just squat all the way down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Do 5 reps of 5 sets of air squats.

This is just a sample workout that I do. If you don’t like any of these exercises you can always add in other exercises that you do like. If you are going to have any longterm success working out then you should probably like your routine.

If you have any questions or comments please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

– Kelsey

 

My Favorite Healthy Smoothie

I don’t know about you but I LOVE smoothies!

The best part about smoothies is that you can make them so healthy.

They taste so good, filled to the brim with fruits, veggies, and ice.

Every morning I make a smoothie for myself (sometimes for the hubby too) to give me a little pick me up to start the day.

Below is a recipe of my favorite healthy smoothie.

After I drink it I feel so energized and ready to conquer the day.

Kelsey’s Green Energizing Smoothie Recipe

Kelsey Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 half of a lime (juiced)
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple (cut up)
  • 1 banana peeled
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of fruit juice (you can choose anything, I like orange juice)

Put all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend long enough for everything to be mixed together.

Then you can start adding ice to make it the consistency that you like.

That’s it! I really doesn’t take much effort to make something that taste amazing and is good for you too.

This is definitely one of the better tasting green smoothies out there.

After I drink this in the morning I feel amazing!

I’m not just saying that either, I feel fantastic and it makes my day soooo much easier.

I hope you enjoyed my little green smoothie recipe.

I’m going to try to write more posts about healthy things since I’m trying to get back into shape.

– Kelsey

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