A physician recommended that my mom take raspberry ketones to lose weight.
Q. Dear Terry, “A physician recommended that my mom take raspberry ketones to lose weight, he said this product would increase her metabolism. Isn’t this the product recommended by Dr. Oz.? What are your thoughts about it? She doesn't want to start taking it until we do some research into.” — Sammy B., Plano, TX
A. Dear Sammy, At this time, there is no documentation or human clinical research supporting the validity of raspberry ketones.
While there is no easy solution to losing weight, there are legitimate, clinically-studied herbal products that, in combination with healthy diet and exercise, can help make weight loss and weight maintenance easier.
There are three supplements that I like in particular for weight loss and weight management.
A combination of green maté extract, decaffeinated green tea leaf extract, and apple extract can help set the foundation for weight loss – it gives your metabolism a boost, improves energy, suppresses appetite and burns fats. I recommend taking 1 capsule of this blend twice daily with meals.
I would also consider using green coffee bean extract, which works by enhancing the body’s metabolism and inhibiting the release of glucose in the bloodstream. When it comes to choosing a green coffee bean extract, be careful because there are a lot of low quality products out there. The extract I recommend is standardized to contain 45-50% chlorogenic acid and has clinical support to back it up. I recommend taking 200 mg of this green coffee bean extract twice daily.
My last recommendation is white kidney bean extract. White kidney beans contain a compound called phaseolamin, which neutralizes alpha-amylase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. By reducing alpha-amylase, the net result is that you absorb fewer calories from carbs. Take 2 mg 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 the body to start shedding some noticeable pounds. Be patient and after a few weeks, you will start to notice some big changes.
While weight loss is not easy, using these three products in conjunction with diet and exercise can be highly effective in helping your mother reach her goal. For more information on a healthy diet and exercise plan, click on my healthy diet plan and Terry’s Exercise Plan.
Terry . . . Naturally