There are approximately 20 million teenagers who classify as overweight or obese in the world today. This number is constantly growing, and as it does, the incidence of heart problems, diabetes, and joint complaints among adolescents increases too. It is particularly hard for an adolescent to lose weight. They don’t understand the serious need to lose weight, they lack self-discipline to follow a diet and exercise program, and the pressure from their peers to eat foods high in calories but low in nutrition is very strong. Are there any natural supplements that could help a teenager win the battle against obesity? Yes, there is!
Garcinia Cambogia can Help!
Deep within the forests of Indonesia, coastal India and Africa, there are Garcinia Gummi-Gutta trees. These trees love humidity, and during the rainy seasons, they bloom and produce the Garcinia Cambogia fruit. In Asia, Garcinia is mainly used for seasoning foods. The fruit is sun-dried and smoked and then added to curries and seafood.
Three years ago, studies showed that the thick yellow rind of the Garcinia Cambogia contains concentrated amounts of hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is the Garcinia’s secret weapon for weight loss. Once inside our bodies, hydroxycitric acid begins suppressing an enzyme called citrate lyase. Citrate lyase is responsible for transforming the carbohydrates that we eat into sugar. Our bodies burn some of this sugar as fuel, but when we eat more carbohydrates than our bodies need, the excess sugar is stored as fat. HCA inhibits citrate lyase from changing carbohydrates into sugar. As a result, there is less sugar available in our bodies and our cells begin burning stored fat instead.
The nice thing about HCA is that it is busy stimulating our bodies to burn stored fat, even if we happen to be sitting in a classroom or catching the latest movie with friends.
The second way that Garcinia Cambogia helps teenagers to lose weight is by raising serotonin levels. Serotonin is a hormone in the brain which regulates mood and appetite. Adolescence is a time of emotional upheaval and also a ravenous appetite. By increasing the serotonin in our brain, Garcinia helps to stabilize emotions and suppress the appetite. This is especially important for teens who eat emotionally. Higher levels of serotonin mean lessened moods swings and therefore, fewer cravings for comfort foods, as well as less appetite, which makes it a lot easier to eat smaller portions.
How to Take Garcinia
Garcinia is absorbed most efficiently if it taken on an empty stomach. Therefore, it is recommended that you take 500mg – 1,000mg of Garcinia extract with a glass of water either before or after your three main meals. If you take Garcinia half an hour before your meal, the HCA will be busy in your system raising serotonin and decreasing your appetite during the meal. Some teens find this helps them to say no to those tempting second servings. Other teenagers prefer to take their Garcinia supplement an hour after their meals, because the spike of serotonin between meals decreases their desire to snack.
The amount of Garcinia that you take with each dose and the time that you take your supplement can be flexible, but it is important to never take more than 3,000mg of Garcinia extract in a twenty-four hour period. It is also important to remember that if you are pregnant, likely to become pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take Garcinia Cambogia. As of today, studies have not been done to make sure that Garcinia is safe for infants.
As you shop around for a Garcinia supplement to help you in your battle for weight loss, look for high-quality. There are Garcinia supplements on the market which mix smaller amounts of Garcinia extract with empty fillers. These supplements produce disappointing results. The best Garcinia supplements are pure and simple. Their list of ingredients should have Garcinia Cambogia Extract in first place, plus potassium, chromium and calcium. These last three ingredients are part of hydroxycitric acid. HCA is the active ingredient that is going to give you results.
So for the best results, choose a Garcinia supplement that provides at least 60% HCA.
Building Blocks for Adolescent Health
Clinical trials have shown that taking Garcinia faithfully does cause weight loss. Some teenagers have lost five pounds in their first six weeks of taking the supplement, and that is five pounds lost without drastic lifestyle changes. Losing weight and then maintaining a healthy weight is essential to having a healthy, vibrant teenager. But to keep a right perspective, don’t forget that a healthy diet and regular exercise are also vital. During adolescence, bones are growing, muscles are being built and the mind is constantly developing. Each of these activities requires proteins, vitamins, minerals and exercise to be completed properly.