As a guest author for this Terry Talks Nutrition®, I am happy to have Dr. Jan McBarron “weigh” in on natural weight loss. I’ve known Dr. McBarron for many years, and respect her as a weight loss expert. She has a thriving bariatric practice in Columbus, Georgia, where she helps thousands of patients reach and maintain their ideal weight.
She is happily married to Duke Liberatore, owner of Peachtree Natural Foods, voted the best natural food store in the country for 1993. Together they form a dynamic team hosting their own prime time radio show on health and preventive medicine called “Duke & The Doctor”. It is the #1 rated health talk show in the nation and is heard daily in over 125 markets. Thank you, Dr. McBarron for sharing your expertise on a topic that affects so many Americans.
A Special Report by Dr. Jan McBarron
Let’s face it, there is no simple solution to obesity. Approximately 75% of the population is either overweight or obese. People are increasingly desperate to lose weight and are often tempted to try “get thin-quick” schemes and potentially dangerous over-the-counter and prescription drugs in order to take off pounds fast.
Permanent weight loss incorporates activity/exercise and food choices. Is there an easy solution? No. But there are legitimate, clinically-studied herbal products that can help make weight loss and weight maintenance easier. This article explores two promising natural formulas that will consistently support your progress towards your weight loss goals.
Blocking Calories: Carbohydrates
The enzyme responsible for breaking down carbohydrates is alpha-amylase. White kidney beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) contain a compound called phaseolamin, which neutralizes alpha-amylase. The result? Fewer carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as calories.
Since phaseolamin is very fragile, it doesn’t make the journey through the acid environment of the stomach very well at all. This results in people needing to take a lot of white kidney bean extract just to prevent a very little amount of carb digestion.
Fortunately, there is a white kidney bean extract developed in Europe that delivers an amazing amount of carbohydrate- blocking power in a tiny dose. We’re talking about a much smaller amount of extract – just 2 mg versus the whopping 1,500 mg that is the standard. This is where processing is critical.
The most popular white kidney bean extracts – the ones you’re probably most familiar with – are really not that purified. Again, that recommended dosage is usually quite high – about 1,500 mg before each meal, just to get some of the extract to make it through the stomach. Higher doses like this often lead to intestinal gas and discomfort, and may not work consistently.
But the white kidney bean extract I recommend not only has an enteric coating to help shepherd it through acidic gastric conditions, it is also highly concentrated and purified to contain an amazing 120 times the phaseolamin content – white kidney bean’s chief beneficial component. That means that it gets to where it needs to go – the intestines – and goes to work more efficiently when it gets there, blocking the activity of alpha-amylase. By reducing alpha-amylase, the net result is that you absorb fewer calories from carbs. In fact, experimental studies have shown that just 2 mg of this specialized extract can block up to 75 grams of complex carbohydrates.
That’s about 300 additional calories you’d simply absorb otherwise. You could definitely say that this extract truly maximizes phaseolamin’s impact. Additionally, the enteric coated, concentrated extract will not give you the unpleasant intestinal gas or upset that unrefined products often cause. As an added plus, this white kidney bean extract is water-based, uses absolutely no solvents during processing, and uses only non-GMO white kidney beans.
I’d recommend taking this supplement right before any carb-heavy meals, like pasta, pizza, bread, noodles, rice, oats, or white potatoes. It has been my experience that it takes a few weeks for your body to start shedding some noticeable pounds. Be patient and after a few weeks, you will start to notice some big changes.
Boost Your Metabolism and Burn Fat Safely and Naturally
I think starting off by eliminating carbohydrates from your diet and blocking any that get through is an important first step. But, to get in shape, give your metabolism a boost, and burn fats, you need the right botanical ingredients. The best combination includes green maté extract, decaffeinated green tea leaf extract, and apple extract. Think of this as the foundation for your weight loss regimen.
Green Maté (Ilex paraguariensis), also known as “yerba maté”, is an age-old South American herbal powerhouse that energizes your metabolism and helps the body burn extra weight without increasing feelings of hunger.
In a comparison with 11 other herbs, only maté was shown to have fat-burning effects. This may be due to one of the primary components in maté – caffeoylquinic acids. They are powerful antioxidants and slow glucose absorption after a meal, so you don’t get the carbohydrate or sugar “spike and drop” that can lead to even more eating. They also help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, reducing the chance of it becoming “sticky” and forming clots. The best extract is standardized to contain 20% to 40% caffeoylquinic acids.
I recommend a specialized, encapsulated maté extract that has been clinically tested for its caffeoylquinic acids (CQAs) and (fat-burning) properties. In fact, this maté helps you reach your weight loss goals in three ways: it improves energy, boosts metabolism, and suppresses the appetite.
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) is well known for its multiple health benefits. It supports cardiovascular, dental, digestive, and skin health. It prevents and fights cancer. And, it’s an excellent addition to your healthy weight regimen because of its thermogenic ability.
Green tea polyphenols protect cells from oxidative damage, and help keep the body metabolizing calories properly. The polyphenols you’ve probably heard about most are known as epigallocatechin-3-P-gallate (EGCG). Green tea infusions help burn calories, with or without caffeine, and possess a lipase-inhibiting activity that limits the amount of fat calories absorbed.
Apple (Malus domestica) extract is an essential ingredient in any weight loss plan as it contains two powerful compounds – quercetin and phloridzin – which help protect against changes in blood sugar levels and sugar (glucose) absorption. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, is a powerful antioxidant. One of the many benefits of quercetin is that it affects the glucose receptor sites and fixes on other sugar receptors as well. That means that it reduces or delays the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, helping curb the appetite and reducing binge eating. Like quercetin, phloridzin has similar effects on the glucose receptor sites, but it also burns fat and controls blood sugar levels.
Phloridzin helps to release stored fatty acids from fat cells by as much as 44% more than just exercise alone. Phloridzin is considered a “trap molecule” because it tricks the intestinal receptor that brings glucose (sugar) into cells. Phloridzin’s affinity for this receptor is 1,000 times superior to glucose, so phloridzin essentially gets in the way of glucose by fixing on the glucose receptor site, and doesn’t allow any glucose to pass through into the cells.
You Can Achieve a Healthier Weight!
I know it is not simple. And I know it is not easy.
However, using products to limit absorption of calories, reduce food cravings, and boost metabolism can be highly effective. But to recap, there are four steps that are crucial:
- Choose a diet that is rich in whole food proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
- Practice an exercise regimen that you enjoy and can stick with regularly.
- Eliminate carbs as much as possible from your diet and effectively block carbohydrate absorption by using the highly concentrated and purified white kidney bean extract I’ve discussed here.
- Boost your metabolism, energy levels, and burn fat safely with the botanical combination of green maté, decaffeinated green tea extract, and apple extract with phloridzin – that should be your foundation supplement for weight loss.
You can lose weight naturally. The ingredients I recommend here can simply give your efforts the extra boost they need to help you reach your goals more easily.