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In my quest to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape I’ve tried a lot of weight loss products. I’m a busy working Mom, so I don’t have much spare time, and if there’s a product out there that’s going to make losing weight easier – I’m in!
Every 2 weeks I measure my chest, waist and hips to keep track of my weight loss. I keep diary notes of what products I’m trying so I can figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Some of the things I’ve used have helped, but a lot of them have just been a big waste of money.
So here’s my verdict on many common weight loss products –
There is a whole load of hype around Garcinia Cambogia, especially when used in conjunction with apple cider vinegar. I did my research and used a GCB with 95% HCA (active component). I was really excited about trying it out when I read all of the rave celebrity reviews. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype for me. It didn’t help me lose any weight – none! Verdict – FAIL
(aka Conjugated Linoleic acid) is a fatty acid found naturally in dairy and beef products. It can also be taken in supplement form. It is supposed to help you to gain muscle and lose fat. I’ve taken CLA supplements and found that it hasn’t affected my weight one way, or other, but when I add more fat especially grass fed butter to my diet it does help me lose weight. Verdict – WIN for butter, FAIL for the supplement.
This tasty spice works by helping stabilize blood sugar levels. I find it difficult to eat enough to have an effect, so I buy empty pill capsules and fill them up with ground cinnamon (it has to be Ceylon cinnamon). I can’t say that I notice a huge difference in my weight while taking these, but I do feel less hunger and cravings for junk food. It is also easy and inexpensive, so for me that’s a – WIN!
This oil is derived from coconut oil. The coconut oil gets refined down and only contains the fats most linked with increased metabolism. You would need to have 6 tbsp of coconut oil to derive the same benefit from 1 tbsp of XCT oil. XCT oil is the 1 product that really kick started my weight loss. I have been taking this every day for months now and it is still helping me to consistently lose weight. Verdict – WIN
Prebiotics and Probiotics
– There’s a lot of buzz at the moment about probiotics for weight loss. I decided to take a strain of probiotic that in studies has been scientifically shown to help people lose weight – Rhamnosus. I also took it with a prebiotic called inulin to help promote probiotic growth. I unfortunately didn’t have any noticeable weight loss on this regimen. Verdict – FAIL
I have read a lot about how this spice is supposed to help with fat loss. So I made up my capsules (like I did with cinnamon) and took 8 of them a day. Unfortunately I didn’t lose any weight though. However I did find that it did help increase my milk supply (I was breastfeeding at the time). Verdict – FAIL.
You may well be thinking what on earth has an intolerance test got to do with weight loss, but stay with me for a minute. When I ordered a simple at home food intolerance test (gastrointestinal test) I found out that some of the foods I’d been eating regularly my body doesn’t tolerate well – like milk and gluten. There were also a couple of unusual foods (like cashews and cauliflower) that I can’t tolerate and I would never have thought to check myself. When I cut these foods out of my diet the weight started dropping naturally and easily. I really found it a worthwhile investment to get a test rather than spending months trying to figure it out myself by the process of elimination. Verdict – WIN.
This is the amino acid blend recommended by Dr Oz to promote your bodies ability to create HGH (human growth hormone). Human growth hormone is the youth hormone which helps muscle growth, fat loss, plump skin, etc. (Watch Dr Oz’s short video). I’ve been taking this for a few weeks now. I haven’t seen any remarkable increase in fat loss (although it is going steady), but I believe it can take a while to kick in. But on the upside my skin is looking very good. Verdict – UNDECIDED.
This is a supplement that helps regulate hormones. It is linked with weight loss, reduction in acne, decrease in man boobs (it doesn’t seem to have this affect on women).
In simplified terms It works by blocking the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen and also help convert “bad estrogen” into “good estrogen”.
When I started taking this I got headaches and brain fog for a couple of days (detox phase), but this probably meant that I really needed it. I haven’t been taking this one for long, but it has helped to speed up my weight loss. Verdict – WIN.
In conclusion there definitely are products out there that are helping me on my weight loss journey. If I had to pick the 3 most important ones I would have to choose –
- intolerance testing – When you know what foods are causing inflammation and weight gain it makes it simple to avoid them, thus helping weight loss come easily.
- DIM (Diindolylmethane – I have felt like I’ve been fighting my hormones my whole life. This is just a really easy way to make my hormones work for me.
- XCT oil – This was the catalyst that kick started my weight loss in the first place. Months later I still take it every day and it is still helping me lose.
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