Today is weigh-in day. We’ve been home a week now and getting on track has been more difficult this week. Now we have additional challenges with our kids and grandkids here. Will find out when I step on that scale. It just sits as a sentinel waiting to deliver the news—good or bad. It doesn’t care. But I think it prefers to deliver good news, so I’m hoping for some good news.
I’ve delivered a lot of dieting news in the few years I’ve been doing this blog. It seems that when one fad wanes another takes its place. Here is an excerpt from the latest ad I received.
“Premium Pure Forskolin is the latest buzz in the “battle of the bulge”. With millions of people praising this so called “miracle pill” that you take as a supplement to lose weight, it has been getting a lot of attention since it was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show. Surprisingly, many people who struggle daily with their weight have yet to hear about this powerful option. Those that have heard of Premium Pure Forskolin are confused about what it is, how to use it and how to avoid falling for ineffective formulas and downright scams.”
Wikipedia says that “forskolin (also called Coleonol) is a labdane diterpene that is produced by the Indian Coleus plant (Coleus forskohlii). Forskolin is commonly used to raise levels of cyclic AMP (cAMP) in the study and research of cell physiology. Forskolin activates the enzyme adenylyl cyclase and increases intracellular levels of cAMP.”
Okay, that didn’t help much, other than it’s another exotic plant find. Here’s what Amazon says on the supplement. Forskolin is a compound found in the roots of the plant Coleus Forskohlii (Latin Name: Plectranthus barbatus). This plant has been used since ancient times to treat a variety of ailments. Traditionally used for a variety of health benefits, Coleus Forskohlii extracts have been subjected to modern research before concluding that it may help support weight management. One double-blind study indicates that a concentrated Forskolin extract might increase the rate of fat-burning, thereby potentially enhancing weight loss.
Here’s what Dr. OZ says. “Forskolin is found in the roots of an herbal plant from the mint family. Researchers have found that forskolin can help to promote the breakdown of stored fats in animal and human fat cells. It may also release fatty acids from adipose tissue, which results in increased thermogenesis, resulting in loss of body fat and, theoretically, increased lean body mass.
Dose: Take 125 mg in the morning. Be sure to get the right dosing by looking at the label. It must read that it is standardized to 20% forskolin. Anything less will have a reduced impact on fat burning.
This is another take it or leave it weight loss supplement. I’m really not into the supplements for weight loss. Puritan Pride also carries it. One review says it made her heart race. WebMD says it’s used for heart patients. Might be a caution here.