Although so many Nigerians grapple with obesity and weight problems, it is surprising that most people do not know about some highly effective natural way to lose weight in spite of the calorie rich nature of most Nigerian foods. Other than the usual inconsistent (and thus ineffective) exercises, gym sessions, and ‘eye service’ attempts at dieting, most overweight people in Nigeria seem to be confused about how best to lose weight. Unknown to many, one of the most effective ways to lose weight is to regularly consume a natural fibre known as glucomannan, which is one of nature’s best weight loss and general health solutions.
Glucomannan and Weight Loss
Glucomannan is a potent kind of viscous dietary fiber extracted from Elephant yam roots (also known as konjac). Medical researchers have discovered that glucomannan is a natural and highly effective treatment for obesity and overweight problems, as it triggers several metabolic processes within the body that promote weight loss and overall health. Taking potent glucomannan supplements has been found to be one of the most effective ways to control bodily fat and lose weight within a relatively short time. Not only does glucomannan help you lose weight, it also helps one maintain the weight loss by adapting and conditioning your body to minimise calorie intake. This will work well for Nigerian men and women who eat high starch foods like Eba, Fufu, Alala, Pounded Yam, etc. The calories from such starchy Nigerian foods usually pile up in your body and cause fat to accumulate in your stomach, arms, thighs and across the midriff. Glucomannan supplements can help deal with this problem, as it trains your body to dissolve the high calories from such starchy Nigerian meals.
How it Works
Specifically, Glucomannan facilitates weight loss by absorbing water and promoting a feeling of fullness, thereby helping you eat fewer calories. Indeed, Glucomannan is renowned for its exceptional ability to absorb liquids. Its capacity to absorb liquid is so powerful that if you open a capsule of glucomannan supplement and pour it into a small glass of water, water soon turns into a gel, providing evidence of its viscosity and ability to produce weight loss effects in a harmless manner.
Glucomannan promotes weight loss via the following key mechanisms:
- It has a very low calorie content.
- It takes up space in the stomach and promotes a feeling of fullness (satiety), reducing food intake at a subsequent meal.
- It delays emptying of the stomach, contributing to increased satiety.
- Like other soluble fibers, it reduces the absorption of protein and fat.
When combined with a healthy diet, Glucomannan can help overweight people lose several kilograms of weight within a few weeks.
However, Glucomannan’s benefits go beyond weight loss, as it also promotes general health and wellness. Glucomannan is a fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in the intestine. In doing this, it is effective in reducing blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides, and is also highly effective against constipation.
To reap the full benefits of glucomannan and avoid its mild side effects (such as flatulence and soft stools), it is advisable to take it about 30 minutes before meals, with a full glass of water.