If the battle of the bulge has been beating you, I’ve got some good news. Our friends across the pond in India have a secret that might just help you finally win that weight loss war.
It’s a common herb in that part of the world. But few Americans have ever even heard of it.
Its name doesn’t exactly roll off the Western tongue. But while ashwagandha might be difficult to pronounce, weight loss with this potent herb couldn’t be easier. In fact, many folks simply refer to it as the “zero work” weight loss herb.
And the way in which ashwagandha tackles those excess pounds is as unique as its name.
Weight loss wonder helps you shed pounds effortlessly
Ashwagandha might be new to us in the West, but it’s certainly no newcomer to the world of healing. In fact, the herb has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Ashwagandha is often used to increase stamina and strength. And experts say it shows a lot of promise for improving sexual function and satisfaction for women.
But experts now say it’s the herb’s ability to plow through stress that makes it a weight loss wonder.
Whether you realize it or not, you’re under constant pressure. There’s the standard stress of family obligations and work. But adding to that is today’s fast pace and our 24-7 news cycle.
And while these modern threats are a lot different from the ones our ancestors would have faced, your body’s response to them hasn’t changed much. It reacts the only way it knows how, by providing you with the tools you need to fight off the danger or flee from it.
Your adrenal glands start pumping out the stress hormone cortisol which provides you with a surge of glucose for energy. And that combination of stress and surging hormones can take its toll on our health in all kinds of unexpected ways, including weight gain.
Ashwagandha reverses stress-related weight gain
That spare tire you’ve been battling may have been caused by repeated jumps in cortisol. Experts say cortisol contributes to belly fat.
Plus since cortisol both suppresses insulin and triggers the release of glucose at the same time, it can cause wildly fluctuating blood sugars. That in turn trips hunger signals in your brain increasing your appetite.
In other words, stress eating and comfort food cravings can cause you to pack on pounds.
But that’s where ashwagandha comes in.
A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine found ashwagandha’s stress-relieving powers can be harnessed to help us lose that weight.
According to the researchers, stressed out folks taking the herb found their food cravings plummeted. And in the real world, of course, that translates into less stress eating and “zero work” weight loss.
In fact, that’s exactly what happened to the volunteers in the placebo-controlled study. Those folks taking 600 mg a day of ashwagandha did less stress eating which led to significant weight loss and a measurable drop in body mass.
In the end, those who got the real deal herb lost twice as much weight as those taking the placebo.
Ready to experience your own “zero work” weight loss? Go ahead and give ashwagandha a try.
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