Losing belly fat is not solely for aesthetic purposes. It also plays a huge role in your health and helps lower your risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and more [R].
There isn’t one approach that works for everyone when it comes to losing belly fat. There are a lot of variables you need to consider, such as genetics, fitness, types of exercises, medical history, age, gender, and many more.
However, we have listed a few natural belly fat burners that are supported by studies:
1. Berberine and Silymarin
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted with 136 obese individuals over the course of 52 weeks. They were administered with a combination of silymarin and berberine, and the results showed a decrease in all harmful biomarkers after 6 months. This treatment reduced LDL and triglycerides, elevated HDL, enhanced insulin resistance, and reduced fasting glucose levels in the blood. Additionally, it lowered belly fat and waist circumference [R].
Berberine should be used with caution if you have a borderline low blood pressure since it can decrease blood pressure [R].
Cardamom, otherwise known as cardamum or cardamon, is considered the “Queen of Spices” and is the world’s most expensive spice next to vanilla and saffron. It is a versatile herb that is native to India and Indonesia. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family along with turmeric and ginger [R].
In an animal study where obese rats were fed with a diet that’s high in fats and carbs and administered with cardamom powder supplement, belly fat reduction and metabolic syndrome symptoms improvement were noted [R].
Persimmon is an edible berry fruit of trees belonging to the genus Diospyros. There are over 350 species of Diospyros plants with most of them existing in China, Korea, Japan, and other East Asian countries [R].
In October 18, 2018, the website of the International Journal of Molecular Medicine published a study showing that the extract of persimmon leaves can reduce gains of weight, liver fat, and belly fat in obese mice fed with a high-fat diet. Like cardamom, it reduced triglycerides, LDL, cholesterol, insulin, glucose, and leptin levels in the blood [R].
4. Garcinia Cambogia
Native to Indonesia, this fruit is a popular supplement for weight loss. In fact, the US National Library of Medicine published a double-blind, randomized, placebocontrolled trial in 2003 wherein garcinia cambogia extract was administered over the course of 16 weeks. As a result, visceral, subcutaneous, and total fat decreased in 18 adults compared to the placebo group which consisted of 21 adults [R].
In spite of this, we would not highly recommend this supplement as it can potentially damage the liver [R].
We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every four months if you decide to take any herbal medicine or supplement mentioned in the list for long-term.