Monthly Archives: February 2011

Every few months there is a new Internet diet pill sensation and recently it has been the African diet pill called African Mango Plus. African Mango, otherwise known as Irvingia Gabonensis, is credited for increasing the hormone Leptin which has appetite suppressing properties. Ever since Irvingia Gabonensis was mentioned on the Dr. Oz show, there has been a huge increase in interest in the product African Mango Plus among celebrities, fitness experts, and regular “expert dieters” all over the country. This is a celebrity diet that is easily accessible for even us regular folks.

Published Study on African Diet Pill

There was even a study published that discusses African Mango Plus as a tool to use against Metabolic Syndrome, or insulin resistance syndrome, which makes weight loss so difficult. Published in the journal of “Lipids in Health and Disease,” this study researched 102 people half that took African Mango and the other half took the placebo. Those taking African Mango resulted in “Significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference. African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) administered 150 mg twice daily before meals to overweight and/or obese human volunteers favorably impacts body weight and a variety of parameters characteristic of the metabolic syndrome.”

The hormone Leptin is perhaps better known as the hormone associated with the obese mice. It was actually the mice that didn’t have leptin that were obese. Leptin is an appetite suppressant and without it working properly, you can become overweight or obese.  Anything that can work to regulate this hormone can help you to lose dramatic amounts of weight.

This new African diet pill has been used by the natives of West Africa as an energy source on very long hunts for ages. African mango, only found in Cameroon, Africa has been used there for medicinal purposes but it’s weights loss and metabolism boosting effects are only now being discovered after the press from Dr. Oz. I personally like Dr. Oz and I appreciate his open-mindedness to natural methods of health and weight loss. I think he has done a lot for alternative or natural health and has helped thousands find answers to their weight loss dilemmas.

According to the African diet pill website, if you order the product you also become a member of their weight loss fitness club (sounds like it is similar to Jillian Michaels) which can help provide accountability and tips for how to stay on track. As we all know, there is no magic pill and it always takes some effort on your part. The African diet pill, African Mango Plus, might be the boost you need to get going.

I have added a new weapon to my work outs and it is called Body Pump, a strength training class by Les Mills. Body Pump is a strength training class offered at a variety of gyms across the country. Set to upbeat music and using bar weights, plates, step bench and a mat, it is a strong workout that can get your whole body in shape.

Strength Training Class or Machines?

I was pretty surprised at how full the class was but after the first 10 minutes, I could see why. I personally hate boring machines so doing my weights in a class is definitely appealing. In a class (or using a video at home) you are more free and not confined to an awkward machine. You use  the step benches with the mats on top to lie down on to do chest, tricep and ab work.

The only thing about the classes, and probably one of the best things, is that you are less likely to stop and give up because you look like a loser. Everyone’s bars go up and yours is sitting on your stomach. Still, it seems like right when I couldn’t do another chest press, there would be a perfectly timed break!

If you are interested in Body Pump, be prepared to like to do squats. They were a large part of the workouts I have done so far. Also, be prepared for your body to plateau a bit if you haven’t done a lot of strength training yet. When you start lifting weights, your body will be holding onto some fluids to help your muscle recover. It is OK! In a week or so, you will be back to losing and faster than ever.

If you are afraid of Body Pump because you don’t think you can do it, you can start with just the bar and don’t even have to add weights. You can do the squats with no weights or even modified and use the bar on it’s end to hold onto and help you balance. Overall, ANYone can try it and even if there is something you absolutely cannot do, the instructor will help you out with alternatives. It is all about getting to your personal best.

When your strength training class is over, be sure to have some protein to help your muscles right away. I prefer the Diet Direct Protein Shakes line as they are individually packaged and inexpensive.

So if you hate the machines but know you need to weight train, try Body Pump or a similar weight training class near you. If you don’t want to try a strength training class right away, start with something like P90X that you can do from home.