I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no magic bullet for weight loss.
At the end of the day, trimming down successfully requires a mixture of consistency, dedication, smart nutrition, and regular exercise.
But over the years, I’ve found some ingredients—backed by good, solid science—than can help support those efforts, and make the process easier and more efficient.
That’s certainly the case with my latest discovery.
Subjects drop 14 pounds—without even trying
It’s an extract from a West African fruit called Dichrostachys glomerata (DG, for short).
And it actually has “gold standard” scientific evidence behind it in the form of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled research (which is hard to come by for most weight loss supplements).
In the first study, from 2013, researchers gave 116 men and 202 women between the ages of 24 and 28—all of whom were obese with metabolic syndrome—200 mg of DG or a placebo for eight weeks.
Subjects took the supplements twice daily, 30 minutes to an hour before lunch and dinner, for a total of 400 mg of DG daily in the comparison group.
And the results?
Well, they’re impressive, to say the least.
For starters, the average weight loss in the DG group was 25 pounds—compared to just one single pound for the placebo group.1 The subjects who took DG also lost more than four inches from their waistlines, on average—while the placebo subjects dropped less than half an inch.
In addition, the DG group lost nearly five percent of their body fat (compared to just 0.2 percent among placebo subjects).
But maybe most importantly, blood pressure dropped a whopping 11 to 24 mmHG. While “good” HDL cholesterol went up by 20 points and “bad” LDL dropped by 75 points.
In another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, researches found that 300 mg of DG, taken 30 minutes before your biggest meal of the day, delivered equally incredible results.
These patients were overweight, but otherwise healthy, and not actively trying to lose weight.
Yet still, they dropped nearly 14 pounds on average in the eight-week study period.2 They cut their body fat by five percent. And they lost nearly two inches from both their waists and their hips.
Last but not least, “good” HDL cholesterol went up by over 13 percent, while “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides dropped by 17 percent and eight and a half percent, respectively.
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So how does DG work? Well, in a couple of different ways:
1. It regulates leptin. We’ve talked about this hunger hormone before, but let me refresh your memory…
Leptin originates in your fat tissue. Larger fat cells release more leptin, which, in turn, reduces appetite and boosts metabolism. Simply put, it’s your body’s natural way of managing your weight during times of plenty. Think of leptin as your red light for eating: Leptin means “stop.”
Contrary to what you might expect, research shows that obese people often have increased leptin levels. This suggests that, over time, obesity actually leads to leptin resistance, where the body doesn’t respond properly to leptin signals.
In other words, obesity destroys your appetite’s red light… and DG helps restore it.
2. It boosts adiponectin. This hormone is involved in regulating insulin function and inflammation. It also helps maximize your muscles’ ability to convert carbs into energy, increases metabolism and fat burning, and takes the edge off of your appetite.
So when it comes down to it, DG is certainly one of the most intriguing weight loss aids I’ve come across recently. And I’m excited to see how my patients do using it. In the meantime, to learn more about DG (including where you can find it), head to my website, www.DrPescatore.com and enter “Dichrostachys glomerata” into the Search function.
- Kuate D, et al. “Anti-inflammatory, anthropometric and lipomodulatory effects Dyglomera® (aqueous extract of Dichrostachys glomerata) in obese patients with metabolic syndrome.” Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2013; 3(11):416-427.
- Azantsa B, et al. “The effect of extracts of Irvingia gabonensis (IGOB131) and Dichrostachys glomerata (Dyglomera™) on body weight and lipid parameters of healthy overweight participants.” Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2015; 5(6):200-208.