All-Natural Approach to Weight Loss

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If you're trying to shed pounds, it's possible that certain hidden factors might be messing with your weight loss efforts. Take a look at several problems shown to thwart weight loss and the natural approaches that could serve as your solutions. Also, learn about natural supplements that are sometimes recommended in alternative medicine for weight loss.

Weight Loss Approaches

  • Reduce Belly Fat Naturally - Research suggests that certain natural solutions may help reduce belly fat. Here's a look at several study findings.
  • Weight Loss for Women Over 40 - Nature works against you as you enter the menopause years. But there are natural ways to boost your weight loss efforts after age 40.


  • Bitter Orange - Bitter orange is purported to help treat constipation, indigestion, heartburn, loss of appetite, and nasal congestion, as well as promote weight loss.
  • Capsaicin - Capsaicin, a natural substance sourced from chili peppers, is said to speed up metabolism and reduce fat tissue, as well as curb overeating by taming appetite.
  • Chia - Find out whether chia may help you slim down and stay healthy.
  • Chitosan - Often marketed as a natural weight loss aid, chitosan is a dietary supplement made from the shells of crustaceans (such as crabs, shrimp, and lobster).
  • CLA - Proponents claim that CLA can reduce fat while building muscle, as well as keep cholesterol in check.
  • DHEA - Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone that's produced by the adrenal glands.
  • Fucoxanthin - Fucoxanthin is a type of carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame and hijiki, which are used widely in Asian cuisine. It is also found in much smaller amounts in red seaweed.
  • Hoodia - Much of hoodia's popularity stems from claims that the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Africa relied on hoodia for thousands of years to ward off hunger and thirst during long hunting trips.
  • Probiotics - By consuming these live microorganisms, proponents claim, overweight people can correct bacterial imbalances thought to contribute to weight gain.
  • Psyllium - One popular natural remedy for weight loss is psyllium, a plant that produces seeds rich in fiber.
  • Spirulina - Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae available in dietary supplement form.
  • Triphala - A blend of three botanicals, Triphala is a popular remedy in Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India).
  • Vitamin D - Some research suggests that running low on vitamin D might increase your risk of obesity while taking vitamin D supplements may help promote weight loss and weight maintenance.

Diets and Food

  • Green Tea - If weight loss is one of your top health goals, green tea may help.
  • Oolong Tea - Several studies indicate that oolong tea may help promote weight loss.
  • Shirataki Noodles - Shirataki noodles are low carb and gluten-free and may help you fight cravings for pasta. They're made from the konjac plant.


  • Acupuncture - Some proponents of acupuncture suggest that the needle-based alternative therapy can help promote weight loss.
  • Yoga - In the quest for weight loss, many people turn to yoga (an age-old mind-body practice that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation).

Using Natural Remedies for Weight Loss

Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend any natural remedy for weight loss. It's also important to note that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you're considering using alternative medicine for weight loss (or any health purpose), make sure to consult your physician first.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstance or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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