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Forskolin for Weight Loss: What Science Says

Forskolin: You’ve heard about it from Dr. Oz and many other sources. But, has it been proven effective? And, if so, what dose is required to make fat loss happen?

Preliminary Study of Forskolin

An early human study of Forskolin described in the journal article A Coleus forskohlii extract improves body composition in healthy volunteers: An open-label trial) involved 15 healthy volunteers. The study lasted 8 weeks. Each volunteer took 500 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day which their meals.

Of the 15 initial volunteers, 12 completed the study. After 8 weeks, statistically significant reductions were noted in body mass index (BMI), body weight, fat content, lean body mass and basal metabolic rate.

On average, the volunteers went from 146 pounds to 141 pounds, a loss of 5 pounds. Average BMI decreased from 24.92 to 23.99. Body fat went from 65.3 pounds to 61.2 pounds.

This was a preliminary study of forskolin. Further double-blind placebo controlled studies were needed to confirm the effectiveness of forslolin for weight loss.

Men’s Forskolin Study

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A study, Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated with Forskolin Consumption in Overweight and Obese Men, reported in the journal Obesity involved 30 men. This study was conducted by the University of Kansas, Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Applied Physiology Laboratory.

Fifteen randomly chosen men were assigned to take forskolin supplements (250 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day) for 12 weeks. The other 15 men were provided with a placebo. All of these men were overweight or obese with a BMI greater than 26 who were sedentary, non-active individuals who did not have asthma, low blood pressure or gastric ulcers.

The results shows that forskolin produced statistically significant changes.

The body fat percentage decreased for the forskolin group from 35.17% to 31.03%. The placebo group showed no significant difference in body fat percentage.

The fat mass of the forskolin group dropped a significant amount from 82.5 pounds to 72.5 pounds. The placebo group had no significant change is fat mass.

The researchers concluded that “forskolin promotes favorable changes in body composition by significantly decreasing percentage body fat and fat mass and increasing bone mass.” They believed that forskolin worked to activate free fatty acid release from the fat cells, making fat more available for the production of energy in the body–thus “burning” more fat.

Disappointing Women’s Study of Forskolin?

Another double blind placebo control study, Effects of Coleus Forskohlin Supplementation on Body Composition and Hematological Profiles in Mildly Overweight Women, was reported in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutritio. This study was performed on 19 overweight females (BMI between 25 and 35) who completed the 12 week study.

Each member of the study took two capsules each day. Seven members received capsules containing 250 mg of 10% forskolin extract while 12 members received a similar placebo. They took one capsule in the morning and one in the evening a half hour before mealtime.

The results of this study did not show statistically significant differences between the forskolin group and the placebo group. But, it should be noted that the number of participants was smaller than the men’s study, so to be statistically significant any differences needed to be large.

The actual results of this study, though not “statistically significant”, are still important to note.

The average body weight for the forskolin group decreased from 192.2 pounds to 190.9 pounds while the average body weight for the placebo group increased from 189.8 pounds to 192.7 pounds.

The average fat mass for the forskolin group decreased slightly from 74.56 pounds to 74.1 pounds while the average fat mass for the placebo group increased from 68.93 pounds to 71.34 pounds.

These changes for the forskolin group are in a healthful direction, while the changes for the placebo group tended to be unhealthy. For most people, these results would be seen as a victory!

While this study did not show statistically significant results, the results point in the right direction.

Is Forskolin a Miracle Herb?

Dr. Oz calls forskolin “lightening in a bottle.” But, he exaggerates everything to make a point, and often to make a profit.

An article, Forskolin: A Successful Therapeutic Phytomolecule, in the East and Central African Journal of Pharmaceutical Science describes some of the uses of forskolin. Among them are:

  • Cardiovascular disease: Forskolin has been shown to lower blood pressure by relaxing the vascular smooth muscles. It helps increase oxygen consumption and increases blood flow in the brain and could help in stroke recovery.
  • Asthma and allergies: Dry forskolin powder in aerosol form helps bronchodilation improving breathing.
  • Psoriasis: The ability of forskolin to regulate cAMP levels benefits sufferers of psoriasis.
  • Glaucoma and Increased Intraocular Pressure: Some studies have shown forskolin to reduce pressure inside the eye, or intraocular pressure of glaucoma.
  • Depresion: Animal studies show forskolin may act as an antidepressant.
  • Hypothyroidism: Forskolin has has shown to increase thyroid hormone production and stimulate thyroid hormone release.
  • Cancer: Forskolin has been shown to reduced tumor colonization (melanoma) in the lungs by 70%.
  • Weight Loss: Several studies in humans have shown that forskolin can induce weight loss or help prevent weight gain.
  • Digestion: Forskolin studies indicate it stimulate digestive secretions including hydrochloric acid, pepsin, amylase, and pancreatic enzymes.

Forskolin seems to have many positive effects on the human body, including weight loss.

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How to Pack on Ugly Fat

If you know how to pack on ugly fat, you will also know how NOT to pack on ugly fat.

Diet and Lifestyle Are Key to Ugly Fat Gain

The modern Western diet and lifestyle are major keys to the increasing percentage of people who are overweight or obese.

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While many blame genetics, the gene pool has not changed dramatically enough to cause the epidemic of obesity. What has changed is the foods we eat. The genetic code allows for enormous fat increases when the body is provided with a typical modern Western diet.

The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society article Body-weight regulation: causes of obesity indicates: “However, the increasing rates of obesity cannot be explained exclusively by changes in the gene pool, although genetic variants that were previously ‘silent’ are now being triggered by the high availability of energy- and fat-dense foods, and by the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of modern societies.”

Our Western lifestyle consists increasingly of a low energy, sedentary life with many labor saving devices. Couple this with high-energy, low fiber meals containing lots of refined sugars. This lack of physical activity while consuming far too many calories can only lead to energy storage in the form of ugly fat.

In addition, when we eat we are not receiving the “I’m full” signals that would cause of to stop eating. Instead of consuming fiber rich foods that fill up the stomach, we are consuming highly refined carbohydrates with nearly all the fiber removed. We get the sugars without the fiber in the raw foods that would slow digestion.

Another article in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition entitled A satiety index of common foods tells us, “These kinds of extremely low-fat, high-carb meals do not keep hunger at bay because they are not based on slowly-digested carbs and probably don’t contain enough protein.”

The modern food industry is dedicated to sales, marketing, and food research. They have scientifically investigated different levels of salt, sugar, fat, the chewing sound, and the feeling of food in your mouth. They optimize these factors in order to drives sales. Michael Moss’ book, Salt Sugar Fat tells the story of how the food industry has become so profitable by concentrating on taste, convenience and cost. All important to the modern consumer.

And, don’t forget that these convenience foods are, well, convenient. They are always at hand. As soon as you think you’re hungry you can reach for a convenience food. You may remember the Snickers candy bar slogan, “Don’t let hunger happen to you.” So, always have a few candy bars with you so you don’t experience hunger.

2001 Commercial – “Don’t Let Hunger Happen to You”

Eventually you may develop a food addiction. You’ll fall in love with a food that makes you feel good. You won’t be able to resist another severing until that food is gone. You’ll always find reasons to indulge in more of the food. And, you’ll eat too much even while knowing it’s not healthy.

How to Pack On Ugly Fat

Consume Manufactured  Convenience Foods

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The best way to pack on the fat is to avoid natural, raw foods. Instead, consume as many manufactured convenience foods as possible. Avoid raw foods that contain fiber which slows digestion, helps moderate insulin levels, and helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and some cancers.

Much research has goon into manufactured foods to ensure that they are engineered to be highly palatable. They will taste good and you will enjoy eating them. They contain precise amounts of sugar, salt and fat to make you want to eat them. And, often, eat them to excess.

Second, ensure that the manufactured foods you consume do not contain much fiber.

You want to make sure that the sugars in the manufactured foods are digested and get into your blood stream as quickly as possible. This puts more glucose into your blood than you can possible use. Excess blood glucose causes insulin to spike in order to store this sugar energy in fat cells.

Your fat cells will bulge and even more ugly fat cells will be created to store all this excess energy.

Third, watch the TV commercials for new convenience foods. Make sure to give them a try. After all, they have been engineered to taste great and be less filling so you can have more.

Do Not Exercise After Meals

After all, you want the excess glucose to be stored as fat for later use. Using it after meals for exercise defeats the purpose of consuming the manufactured foods.

As your insulin levels begin to spike as more glucose enters you blood stream, the glucose is stored. The spike in insulin levels actually will remove a lot of glucose from your blood stream, lowering glucose levels and decreasing your overall energy level. You will begin to feel tired, and will definitely not want to exercise.

This is a time for a nap. Take an after meal siesta to celebrate the addition of fat to your already bulging fat cells.

Packing on Ugly Fat is Easy

Just do what the average American already does to experience weight gain. Have a “busy” life that requires manufactured convenience foods. Eat these meals every day and watch your ugly fat accumulate.

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Time Restricted Eating in Humans Has Anti-Aging and Anti-Obesity Effects

Would you believe that by limiting the number of hours in a day that you eat you could lose weight, slow the aging process, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower your risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer?

That’s exactly what modern research is telling us.

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The journal Cell in an article entitled Promoting Health and Longevity through Diet: From Model Organisms to Humans tells us that limiting daily food intake to a 5 to 7 hr time window while consuming the normal number of calories can improve health when compared with a standard three to five meals per day.

Another journal, Cell Metabolism, presents the article Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges. It describes experiments done on mice, which are near enough to humans to tell us what will be effective for us.

The experimenters tested various conditions including time restricted feeding (with 8-9 hours food access) seven days a week, and time restricted feeding only five days a week. Time restrictions only 5 days a week is of particular interest because it reflects a more relaxed feeding schedule we normally use on the weekends.

They tested diets that were high in fat, and diets that were high in both fat and fructose. You probably know that fructose is particularly important since it is being added to almost all manufactured and processed foods found in the grocery store. Consuming a high fructose diet can cause glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease.

They found that the benefits of time restricted feeding were proportion to the fasting duration. That is, the longer the mice went each day without food, the more healthy the mice become. So even though they consumed the same number of calories, the duration of the fasting interval were the controlling factor.

For mice on a high fructose diet, they found that when they increased the availability of food from 9, to 12, to 15 hours a day, the percentage of fat mass increased in a linear fashion. The longer the mice had to eat their allotted food, the fatter they became.

The journal Nutrition Reviews presented an article Time-restricted feeding and risk of metabolic disease: a review of human and animal studies. This article indicated that animal studies of time restricted feeding have shown “reductions in body weight, total cholesterol, and concentrations of triglycerides, glucose, insulin, interleukin, and tumor necrosis factor-α as well as with improvements in insulin sensitivity.” They go on to indicate that human studies confirm these results.

Time restricted eating may just be the key you are looking for in your weight loss journey. After all, the longer your body goes without consuming sugars, the longer your body will be forced to burn fat. And, that’s what will provide long lasting health to an overweight generation.

Time-Restricted Eating May Reverse Diabetes & Obesity

Prof. Satchin Panda, Amandine Chaix, and Amir Zarrinpar of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute explain their discovery that time-restricted eating shows signs of reversing the effects of obesity and diabetes in mice. For more info: http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=2062
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Everyday Chemicals Linked to Chronic Disease in Men

Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to researchers.
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These endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones which make the body function normally. Endocrine disruptors are found in many everyday products. Endocrine disruptors can produce harmful effects such as cancerous tumors, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, sexual development problems, obesity, diabetes, brain development problems and other birth defects.

In Europe, phthalates are often called “gender-bending hormones.” They can affect endogens and estrogens that determine whether a person is masculine or feminine, particularly in development. They seem to make males in the womb more feminine.

Many of these endocrine disruptors are added to plastics we think are normal parts of modern life. They are often found in consumer products and building materials. Bisphenols are used to make plastics harder while phthalates make plastics more flexible.

Extensive testing before deployment of these types of products has not been done to determine their health consequences. We are all “guinea pigs” for the manufacturers. We are participating in a health experiment without going through an ethical examination of whether the experiment should be done on humans.

The presence of these chemicals is now common, even though they harbor the potential for many medical problems.

Watch Justine Burt interviews Dr. Ann Blake about phthalates – which products contain them and what are the better alternatives.

We live in a modern world of profit-making chemicals. Even babies are being born with hundreds of chemicals in their tiny bodies. The choices you make today in the products you use will affect your grandchildren.

If you have more time to investigate this problem, please watch this documentary by Stéphane Horel on endocrine disrupting chemicals, with Linda Birnbaum, Philippe Grandjean, Jerrold Heindel, Andreas Kortenkamp, Niels Skakkebaek, Ana Soto, Shanna Swan.

The Great Invasion – Documentary on Endocrine Disruptors

Our ordinary everyday lives are steeped in chemical products. Invisible, they are encrusted in plastic, in detergents and toasters, concealed in our food, in toys, in shampoo. They have invaded everything, including our bodies.
Thanks to the consumer society, petrochemicals, with their magicical powers and unfamiliar barbaric names are happily strolling around our little insides. These phthalates, brominated flame retardants, parabens, bisphenol-a, all have the regrettable habit of invading our hormonal intimacy. They are endocrine disruptors. The pioneer scientists taking part in this documentary say that from breast cancer to obesity, this chemical invasion is closely tied up with the diseases of modern society.
These findings are more than dramatic, but the film takes a step back from the straight facts, alternating wry humour and poetry. The paper cut-out animation shows parallel sketches of the destinies of human beings and laboratory animals. 1950-60s TV commercials show radiant couples dancing between two-door fridges: a love story between modern man and the marvels of plastic and the profusion of electric appliances, pure allegories of the frenzy of progress.

With Linda Birnbaum, Philippe Grandjean, Jerrold Heindel, Andreas Kortenkamp, Niels Skakkebaek, Ana Soto, Shanna Swan.
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