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Natural Weight Loss Supplements

Updated on June 25, 2009

I'll say this right out front: there is no magic weight loss pill! The supplements I list here are natural ways to support your body in the weight loss effort, but they will not make you thin overnight.

That being said, there are natural weight loss supplements you can take to reduce cravings, support your metabolism, and make the struggle of losing pounds a bit easier.

Here are some natural weight loss supplements I've used with success:

Natural Weight Loss Supplements

5-HTP - I first read about this stuff in the popular weight loss book You on a Diet and decided to give this natural weight loss supplement a try. 5-HTP is a derivative of tryptophan (the stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy on Thanksgiving), which is an essential building block of serotonin (the stuff in your brain that makes you happy). I’ve taken very low doses of this stuff (one 50mg tablet in the morning) on a few occasions and always find that it puts a noticeable damper on those crazy carbohydrate cravings. (Note: Check with your doc if you're on antidepressants because they could interact.)

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Photo by bradley j on Flickr

Green Tea - Green tea was big news a while ago when a study came out that it increased people's metabolism more than would have been expected due to caffeine alone (green tea contains a little bit of caffeine, but not as much as coffee or black tea, for example). Scientists credited EGCG -- an antioxidant abundant in green tea -- with the effect. I like to drink green tea, but pills are also available.

Fish Oil - Fish oil is one of the healthiest supplements you can take, period. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, it's an excellent choice for overall health. It works by reducing inflammation, which -- in addition to keeping you fat -- is harmful to pretty much your whole body. Reducing inflammation helps you shed weight more efficiently. Research also shows that fish oil may reduce depression, which drives a lot of us to emotional eating. It's widely available and easy to take in pill form.

Hoodia - Hoodia Gordonii is derived from an African plant, which was used by native for thousands of years as a natural, non-stimulating appetite suppressant. Now that it's become available in the West, lots of people want to try it and there is some concern over whether the Hoodia sold in the US is real. Buy from a source you trust, like your local health food store.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and my recommendations here are based purely on my personal experience! Use supplements at your own risk.


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Good Hub! Omega 3 for emotional eating - very helpful info - thank you!

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      Research Analyst 7 years ago

      I have heard a lot of good things about green tea and fish oil, I take a omega 3 tablet everyday.