Lose weight with herbs?

‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is…’ That definitely applies to weight loss formulae, herbal or otherwise. There are herbs that will help, but they won’t do the job for you.
A typical formula might contain a herbal diuretic, like nettles or dandelion leaf, because in the short term, you can shed a lot of weight in fluid very quickly, but it will come straight back again when you eat or drink. It might have caffeine-containing stimulants like guarana, or other metabolic stimulants like nettles – again – or one of the ginsengs. There are herbs that suppress appetite, like coca leaves (illegal), or hoodia, a South African herb traditionally used by !Kung hunters, now the subject of both research and lawsuits for its potential to make money for Westerners.
And so on. But without modifying your diet, taking the formula won’t get you very far. And if you crash-diet, you will make the problem worse in the long run. But that’s another story, and that’s why there is big money to be made from selling diet plans and supplements, herbal or otherwise, to people who want to lose weight. History shows us that the person who buys a book or tries a supplement this year will be trying something else next year, and the year after that. So don’t waste your time and money. It can be done, but not like that.

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