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4 Supplements That Aid in Weight Loss

Published on Dec 21, 2020


By Dr. Surya Bhagwati
Chief In- House Doctor
BAMS, DHA, DHHCM, DHBTC | 30+ Years of Experience

4 Supplements That Aid in Weight Loss

You’re tired of being told that diet and exercise is all that matter for weight loss. It’s something you already know and you’re trying to do just that. Unfortunately, things aren’t going as well as you hoped and you’re struggling to stick to the diet or simply can’t see any visible weight loss. You’re not alone. Losing weight can be quite a struggle and despite our best efforts, many of us simply don’t see the gains fast enough. Fortunately, there are other things you can do to get the ball moving. Nutritional and herbal supplements can aid weight loss through a variety of mechanisms, including appetite regulation, metabolic support, and increased fat burning. However, it’s important that you choose the right supplements to aid your weight loss program. Here are our top 5 picks to help you get started.

Top 4 Natural Supplements for Weight Loss

1. Garcinia Cambogia

Gokhru may not be as well known in the west as Garcinia Cambogia, but this Ayurvedic herb is rapidly gaining popularity as a natural supplement for weight loss. In India, the herb has traditionally been used as a treatment for kidney and urinary tract disorders and as a treatment for sexual dysfunction, but it is also renowned for its hypotensive and antidiabetic effects. 

The weight loss benefits of gokhru are most likely connected to its ability to control blood glucose and cholesterol levels, which can help with appetite regulation and energy levels. Evidence of these benefits appeared in a study that was published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Garcinia Cambogia - Weight loss Supplements

2. Guggulu

Guggulu is probably one of Ayurved’s best kept secrets, promising considerable weight loss benefits although it is nowhere near as popular as garcinia cambogia or gokhru. Guggulu is basically the sap or resin extracted from specific medicinal plants and has been used to treat a variety of inflammatory disorders in Ayurved, including conditions like obesity, arthritis, and high cholesterol. 

Unlike most of the other supplements for weight loss, guggul works directly to promote the breakdown of fat, reducing the volume of fat cells in the body. Studies have also found that guggul supplementation can improve appetite regulation and it promoted increased weight loss among test subjects. The increase was not incremental, but was over 2 kilos in just 1 month!

Guggulu - Weight loss Supplements

3. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green coffee bean is often regarded as something exotic, but it’s actually just unroasted coffee beans. As a result, in addition to the caffeine of coffee, green coffee beans also contain a significant amount of chlorogenic acid, which can promote fat burning and reduced food cravings. 

Green coffee bean extract is believed to help with appetite regulation by slowing the breakdown of carbs, which results in a slower release of energy and a stabilization of blood sugar levels. The absence of sugar spikes translates into fewer cravings. Studies show that green coffee bean supplementation can enhance weight loss by about 2.5 kilos, but make sure to keep a check on your total caffeine intake when using this supplement. 

Green Coffee Bean Extract - Weight loss Supplements

4. Isabgul

Isabgul is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic medicine for constipation, but it also has weight loss benefits. Isabgul is nothing but psyllium husk, which refers to husks of the seeds of the plantago ovata plant. With a soluble fiber content of about 70%, isabgul forms a thick viscous solution in the intestines, helping bulk up stools and also easing stool passage. At the same time, it slows digestion and increases feelings of satiety. This is why in addition to providing relief from both constipation and diarrhea, isabgul can also aid weight loss. 

Studies show that isabgul supplementation in a dose of about 20 grams a day can help with caloric control by promoting fullness between meals and it leads to significant reduction in bodyweight and body fat. 

If you are already eating healthy and exercising, you can also consider Ayurvedic medicines that contain ingredients like guggulu and gokhru, as well as others like amla. If you’re doing all of these things and still have a problem losing excess weight, it could be due to some underlying health condition or dosha imbalance that requires an accurate diagnosis.

Isabgul - Weight loss Supplements

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Dr. Surya Bhagwati
BAMS (Ayurveda), DHA (Hospital Admin), DHHCM (Health Management), DHBTC (Herbal Beauty and Cosmetology)

Dr. Surya Bhagwati is an established, well-known Ayurvedic expert with over 30 years of experience in treating and consulting in the field of Ayurveda. She is known for the timely, efficient, and patient-centred delivery of quality health care. The patients under her care receive a unique holistic treatment comprising not only medicinal treatment but also spiritual empowerment.

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