It’s one of life’s unwelcome ironies. Packing on the extra pounds over the years is downright effortless. But burning that fat back OFF at your age? Nearly impossible.
Years ago, weight was like money. Easy come easy go.
If you had a little too much muffin around the middle, you knew you could knuckle down for a few weeks and melt that fat away.
But now? Well, it seems like you gain weight just THINKING about dessert. And every attempt at slimming back down ends in frustration and failure.
Ladies, the extra unwanted jiggle tends to target your butt and hips. And guys, belly blubber is usually the bane of your existence.
Don’t blame yourself. It’s a cruel trick of aging.
But new research reveals a “cheat” that can put you back in the driver’s seat. A potent fat fighter that can help you finally shed the weight.
Target trouble areas with this fat-fighting herb
Ladies, once you hit menopause and start sailing through middle age, it happens. When you gain weight, it heads straight for your hips and butt.
And guys, the middle age “beer belly,” even if you don’t touch the stuff, is legendary.
It’s unsightly and annoying. And let’s face it, finding clothes that fit and you feel comfortable in can be a challenge.
But a new study has uncovered a novel fat-fighting solution that could finally change the game.
Researchers zeroed in on an herbal therapy that could help you drop some extra pounds and shave points off your BMI.
But even more impressive is that this natural solution appears to head straight for those problem areas we’ve been talking about.
In women, hip and butt fat was targeted by the treatment. In men, it was the spare tire around their middle that responded to the herb.
Melt away middle-aged and senior spread
The vine the researchers were testing is technically part of the same family as cucumbers. It’s called Gynostemma pentaphyllum.
You’ll find G. pentaphyllum growing in remote parts of Asia. The locals call it the “immortality herb,” claiming folks who eat it just seem to… well…simply keep right on living.
I don’t know how true THAT part of the herb’s legacy is. But even if G. pentaphyllum doesn’t turn out to be a super-aging secret, the new study shows how it could help battle back against unwanted fat.
In fact, G. pentaphyllum could turn out to be the solution to the middle age and senior spread we’ve all been wishing for. In men and women alike, an extract from G. pentaphyllum led to reductions in body fat, body weight, and BMI.
In men, the extract burned off a bit more belly fat. In women, it honed in on what scientists and doctors call gynoid fat. And that is, of course, the stuff hanging out around our hips and butt.
Remarkably none of the volunteers went on a diet. The study pitted the fat-fighting extract against a placebo, with no other changes. It still led to those improvements anyway.
And let’s face it, if you were to combine the herb with a few sensible and easy-to-follow changes—like ditching ultra-processed foods and cutting back on carbs—the fat loss would no doubt be even more impressive. (Try my OTHER trick for targeting lower body fat, too. I shared it here.)
G. pentaphyllum is available as a supplement. Although you might find it under its other name, jiaogulan.
As always, before trying a new supplement, speak to your doctor to be sure there aren’t any conflicts with meds you’re already on. I recommend finding a naturopathic or integrative medicine doc with some experience in natural medicine.