4 plants make you lose weight

Appetite suppressant, fat-burning or digestive, these four plants can help you lose your few extra pounds as summer approaches.
In combination with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, some plants can help boost dietary efforts. To use them properly, follow the advice of our specialist.

Konjac, a natural appetite suppressant
The konjac tuber, grown in Asia, is made of fibers that have the capacity to absorb at least sixty times their weight in water. Konjac, which is low in calories, increases the sensation of satiety.

How to use konjac?
It is advisable to eat, for their water content, some crudités before swallowing 1 g of konjac powder with a glass of water. Thus, the product stays in the stomach and its fibers swell. The key, a feeling of satiety that cuts the urge to serve.

Precautions for use: avoid if you suffer from constipation without a specific diagnosis has been made. On the other hand, it can help the "lazy" transits, with a banal constipation.

The griffonia, an anti-marking
Native to West Africa, this legume is provided with seeds that contain a precursor of serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophan. As serotonin is the brain hormone of good humor, the seeds of Griffonia help to better control sweet urges.

How to use griffonia?
Medical studies that have tested griffonia in the context of weight loss show that you must absorb between 750 and 900 mg of dry extract per day.

"The best time to absorb it is around 6 pm, with a piece of chocolate that facilitates the passage of 5-hydroxytryptophan into the brain," Dr. Morel advises.

Precautions for use:

it should not be combined with the synthetic antidepressants serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which also increase serotonin activity;
Parkinson's disease is a contraindication.
Mate, a fat burner
From South America, mate contains caffeine and theobromine. Traditionally infused and consumed all day to stimulate the central nervous system, it accelerates the breakdown of fat stored in adipose tissue and stored sugars in the liver.

Thanks to caffeine, it increases the energy expenditure of the body at rest.

How to use the maté?
Its leaves are prepared in dry extract or fuide, "to consume in the morning, diluted in a drink," says Dr. Morel. You can also prepare an infusion (5 g per liter of water), knowing that one cup of this tea brings 70 mg of caffeine.

Precautions for use: they are related to the presence of caffeine. Use sparingly in case of rapid heartbeat, excitement or insomnia.

Artichoke, a pre-meal digestive
Artichoke leaves contain bitter principles that stimulate the secretion of bile and its evacuation. Bile is a fluid made by the liver that aids digestion.

How to use the artichoke?
The fresh or dried leaves are used as an infusion: 5 g of leaves in 1 liter of water, or in the form of an aqueous extract in ready-to-use preparation. To absorb 5 to 10 minutes before meals.

Precautions for use: the artichoke is not recommended in case of obstruction of the bile ducts. An allergy is possible.

To read also: The artichoke, a vegetable detox

Three slimming plants have been banned
Be careful, not all plants are equal. Two years ago, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) banned the use of three plants in preparations prepared for slimming pharmacy:

Garcinia cambogia, supposed to regulate the appetite;
the green fruit of Citrus aurantium, supposed to burn fat;
Hoodia gordonii, with appetite suppressant effects.

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