African Mango – How I Discovered the Secret to Healthy, Long Term Weight Loss
This is the story of a product that genuinely changed my life. I’m sharing it because I am sure that there are many other people out there who feel just as unhappy as I used to because they are having trouble shedding extra weight, and I hope that learning what I learned can give them the same opportunity to transform how they look and feel.
Like so many women, I gained weight throughout my twenties and found myself in my mid thirties weighing far more than I wanted to. I found myself wearing frumpy clothes, feeling completely unattractive, and my lack of confidence was holding me back from pursuing the things I really wanted in life – a great partner, my dream job, even going on vacation where I wanted to because I was afraid of showing my body on the beach.
It all came to a head when someone from work posted photos of an office night out on Facebook. Seeing not only how fat I looked, but also how miserable compared with all my co-workers, I resolved to lose weight once and for all.
I started out, as most people do, with a reduced calorie diet and an exercise regime. I began to lose weight, slowly, but it was progress in the right direction. Sadly though, with39 pounds still left to go to my target weight, I hit a plateau. Nothing I did seemed to make the scales budge anymore.
After several weeks of this, I was ready to give up. It seemed like I just wasn’t destined to be thin and happy again. Luckily, before I did, a friend suggested to me that I look into natural weight loss supplements, and during my research on the subject I saw Dr. Oz on ABC talking about a “breakthrough supplement”. He was talking about African Mango. Dr. Oz went on to say that the most significant ingredient in the African Mango pills is a plant extract called Irvingia Gabonensis – any supplements calling themselves African Mango that do not contain this will serve only as a placebo at best. Visit here the Official African mango website.
Inspired by what I had seen, I looked for more information about African Mango and Irvingia Gabonesis, and what I found out convinced me to try it. Here are some of the facts that helped to send me on my journey to a healthy weight and a better life:
What is Invingia Gabonesis?
A quick search on the origins of the active ingredient on Wikipedia showed me that it is a 100% natural ingredient and commonly used in the normal diets of people in tropicalAfrica:
“Irvingia is a genus of African and Southeast Asian trees in the family Irvingiaceae, sometimes known by the common names wild mango, African mango, or bush mango. They bear edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat and protein-rich nuts.”
The tropical rainforest of African spreads from Liberia to Congo, with most of it concentrated in Congo. It is in these untamed forests that African Mango grows, and it is in these parts the local people cook the African Mango seeds, which are known locally as “ogbono”.
The ogbono seeds are a powerful thickening agent, commonly used in soups. Ogbono based soup is popular in Nigeria but also in Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo.
The locals, as you can see, have been using this remarkable fruit for centuries, but only recently were its miraculous health benefits discovered.
This convinced me that the supplement was natural and safe, but would it work? My research led me to the results of four studies into the effects of African Mango on people trying to lose weight:
The First Study into the Effects of Invingia Gabonesis Returns Astonishing Results
The first study I found was conducted in 2005, entitled “The effects of Irvingia Gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon”.
The study was conducted on 40 obese people aged 18 to 55. They followed no diet and took no weight loss reduction medication. Two groups were made, one group being given African Mango and the other one an oat bran placebo.
Over a four week period the subjects were given 350 mg of African Mango seed extract. The subjects were to take 3 capsules a day, 30 minutes before meals with a glass of warm water.
After 4 weeks, these astonishing results came in:
- Test volunteers lost on average 9 pounds versus only 0.22 pounds with placebo. That’s 40x the average amount of weight lost then dieting alone!
- The waist circumference was reduced by 1.2 inches only in 2 weeks, and by 2.4 inches in 4 weeks!
- Hip circumference was cut by 1.1 inches in 2 weeks, and 1.8 inches by the end of the 4 week trial period.
- The initial T-cholesterol of the test volunteers was on average 215. By the time the treatment was done it was lowered to 130! That’s 39.21% T-cholesterol reduction.
- The “good cholesterol” was up from 61.23 to 89.9. That’s 46.8% increased HDL-cholesterol.
- The “bad cholesterol” was brought down from 121.37 to 66.08. Clearly a 45.58% decrease in LDL-cholesterol is no joke!
The conclusion the authors of the study reached, was:
“Considering the wide use of Irvingia gabonensis in the preparation of various dishes in Cameroon, its use should be further encouraged for the purposes of control of dietary lipids as well as for weight reduction.”
Naturally, due to the promising results the weight loss pill offered, more studies soon followed.
A Second study proves African Mango Works even Better in Combination with Other Extracts
A second study was carried out in March 2008, involving 72 clinically obese or overweight subjects. The participants were divided into 3 groups of 24: one group being given placebo, the second cissus quadrangularis and the third cissus quadrangularis and Irvingia gabonensis together. Cissus quadrangularis is a medicinal plant also known as Veldt Grape.
This time the volunteers were given the capsules just twice a day before meals and there were no major dietary changes or exercise suggestions during the study.
The results of African Mango in combination with Veldt Grape were even more astounding.
Over the course of the study the third group managed to:
- Drop 11.86% of their initial body weight and a total of 26 pounds!
- Get rid of 20.06% of their body fat!
- Drop 8.6 inches from the waist!
- Get healthier by reducing the total cholesterol by 44.3%!
- Bring down LDL-cholesterol levels by 48.69%!
- Reduce the risk of developing diabetes by lowering the blood glucose to 68.56% of the initial measurement.
The charts below tell the story of the second study conducted. I invite you to take your time and evaluate the results of this study – it really is amazing.
The results of these two studies had certainly convinced me that African Mango, particularly when used as a specially prepared supplement in combination with other active ingredients, certainly helped people to lose weight. I was itching to try it, but I still wanted to know how it worked. The third study had the answer.
A Third Study Shows how African Mango Influences the Formation of Fat or Fatty Tissue
The third study was published in November, 2008. It explains the science behind this miracle product.
It turns out that African Mango has a three pronged effect. It down-regulates leptin and PPAR gamma but at the same time up-regulates the adiponectin protein.
So what is leptin? What is adiponectin? And how is PPAR gamma affecting our bodies?
Irvingia Gabonesis Reduces Leptin Resistance, Controlling Your Appetite Naturally
Leptin is known as the “obesity hormone”, “fat hormone” and also the “starvation hormone”. It is a protein produced in our fat cells that regulates energy intake and energy expenditure. Leptin enters the bloodstream, signaling to the brain that your intake and expenditure of energy is within normal parameters.
The main issue with leptin is that overweight people tend to develop leptin resistance. The fatter we are, the more leptin we have in our bloodstream.
So, while we do get the sufficient calories we need, our brain doesn’t receive a signal telling us we’ve had enough. It asks for more. After a big meal, the only sign we get to being full, is from a bursting stomach – and by the time you’re feeling that you have already eaten far too much.
Irvingia Gabonensis reduces leptin resistance so less leptin is produced and our brain is able to manage our sense of hunger and satiety more efficiently. This basically enables us to know when to stop eating, naturally reducing food intake.
Irvingia Gabonesis Increases Metabolism Without Increasing Appetite
Adiponectin is a “good hormone” produced in the fat tissue. It regulates a number of metabolic processes and it has been proven to have anti-diabetic, anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory functions.
The trouble is, in an overweight person’s system, adiponectin is in short supply. In contrast to the leptin levels, adiponectin levels are inversely proportional to body fat content.
The study conducted proved that African Mango stimulates the up-regulation of adiponectin. The result of this is that it will:
- Increase metabolism
- Reduce the risk of type II diabetes
- Will not increase appetite (unlike other metabolic stimulants).
Irvingia Gabonensis Inhibits PPAR-Gamma Protein, Effectively “Blinding” Fat Cells
PPAR-Gamma (Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, to give it its full name) is one of the family of receptors responsible for regulating the burning or storing of fat.
The study demonstrated that African Mango inhibits the formation of fat by inhibiting the PPAR-gamma protein levels.
Think of the PPAR-gamma as the fat cells’ “eye”. Irvingia Gabonensis shuts this eye, meaning that the cells have difficulty seeing fatty acids and therefore absorbing them, leaving fat formation dramatically reduced.
I didn’t need any further convincing, but a final, longer study compounded the evidence of the first three, cementing the scientific evidence behind African Mango’s power as a weight loss aid:
The Final Study Cements the Findings about African Mango
The study was conducted in 2009 and 102 overweight and/or obese volunteers (BMI > 25) participated. Randomly split into two groups, they were given either 150mg of Irvingia gabonensis or a placebo 30-60 minutes before meals over a 10 week period.
The volunteers were asked not to change their lifestyle.
Measurements were taken after 4, 8 and 10 weeks. By the10th week, considerable differences were noticed between the two groups. The group that was given Irvingia gabonensis was able to:
- Drop on average 28.16 pounds!
- Reduce waist size by 6.69 inches compared to only 2.09 inches by the placebo group!
- Reduce total fat percent by 6.3%
- Lower “bad cholesterol” by 27.3%
- Take down the total cholesterol by 26.2%
- Cut down the glucose levels by 22.5%
- Increase the adiponectin levels (the “good hormone” as you remember) by a staggering 159%
- Substantially decrease C-Reactive Protein levels (the levels of which rise in response to inflammation) by 52% compared to 1.2% in the placebo group
See the charts below for a visual understanding of the findings in this 4th study.
Armed with all of this information, I was filled with a new hope that I really could succeed in losing weight; I’d just been going about it the wrong way. Here’s why my original approach, which is the approach most people adopt of eating less and exercising more, couldn’t work on its own:
Why Dieting Alone is an Uphill Struggle
Reducing caloric intake will enable you to lose some weight, as it did for me, but when you reduce what you eat you are fighting against your own body, from both a physical and a mental perspective.
A restrictive diet takes a lot of strength and willpower to stick to. Many dieters find themselves preoccupied with foods that aren’t “allowed”, and if they do succumb to temptation as a result of this (or just through sheer hunger), if they’re anything like me, they feel guilty and as if they have failed. This is the reason why 45% of dieters give up and plenty of those who do reach their goal regain the weight they lost within a year.
Even for somebody with iron willpower (which certainly wasn’t me), as a result of the need to survive when food was less readily available, the human body is designed to resist weight loss. When the calorie intake significantly drops, the body enters “starvation mode”, and tries to conserve energy. The result of this is powerful:
Lowering your calories by 25% severely impacts your metabolism, meaning:
- Your heart rate slows down
- Body temperature goes down
- Blood pressure goes down
- You get hungrier and crave more food
- You burn fewer calories
Your body becomes more efficient at storing fat, less efficient at burning it, and you feel hungrier. No wonder it is so hard to lose weight!
Additionally, dropping 25% of your calories affects your mental state, too. As the body tries to “save fuel” you experience:
- Confusion, disorientation
- Inability to focus
Most of us have plenty of things and people we need to get along with in our day to day lives, and it can take months or even years of dieting to reach our goals. Can anybody really handle being mentally below par and no fun to be around for all that time?
Considering all of this, it is actually no wonder I, and so many others struggled to lose weight as effectively as they wanted to just by curbing food intake – it really is an uphill struggle.
Exercise too, Needs a Little Help to Get You to Your goals
The traditional means of losing weight prescribes not only that we take in less calories, but also that we increase the amount we burn off with exercise. This is absolutely correct, and even when I began to lose weight more efficiently with African Mango, I still made sure I kept up the regime of exercise I had started with my original diet – it made me feel a lot better, and it offers innumerable health benefits all of its own. But why, even with regular sessions at the gym, did my weight loss plateau so dramatically before I began taking African Mango?
In my case, I have to admit that after exercise I would sometimes treat myself to a “reward”. The exercise made me hungry, and of course, my body was telling me I needed more fuel – it was in starvation mode. After a long session at the gym I would feel I could afford to snack, and often, the calories in the muffin I would buy were far greater than the number of calories I’d actually burnt off. I was getting fitter, certainly, but the weight wasn’t coming off.
The other side of the coin is where people exercise without eating enough. This pushes the body further into starvation mode, and leaves them feeling weak or dizzy – the body doesn’t want to relinquish its stores of energy (your fat) if it thinks you’re not keeping them well stocked. Either way, it is difficult to win.
This is why, having read the studies and done my research, I understood how African Mango as part of a supplement regimen was going to help. By changing my hormone levels, it could stop my body fighting back against my efforts.
African Mango Destroys Cravings, Boosts Energy Levels and Enhances Mood
African Mango is a powerful ally in your struggle to lose weight. The Irvingia Gabonensis seed extract blocks C – Reactive protein which means your brain will receive the correct levels of leptin. You will start feeling full faster, eating less and without even thinking about it you will be on a low calorie diet – naturally! Remember, the people in the studies were not asked to make any conscious changes to their diet. With the hormone levels redressed, your body will control how much you eat as a natural response, meaning you won’t go into starvation mode, and you won’t experience cravings.
This is a big mental switch: from a conscious low caloric diet, which involves a lot of willpower, to a natural unconscious low caloric diet – as your body demands it! Your own body – fighting alongside with you against a common enemy: the extra pounds.
When it comes to exercise, you don’t have to do anything more then you already do to get results. African Mango increases metabolism – as proven in the studies. If you do enjoy exercising, and it’s best you try and add some exercise to your daily routine for all of the other health benefits, the ingredients in the African Mango pill, namely natural coffee extract and green tea extract, provide you with increased energy levels. This makes every workout more effective, and more enjoyable.
African Mango also fights the possible changes in your mental state due to dieting. You won’t experience irritability, lack of focus or confusion. African Mango contains L-Theanine – a powerful amino acid.
Able to cross the blood-brain barrier, theanine has psychoactive properties. Theanine has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress, and improves cognition and mood in a synergistic manner with caffeine – Wikipedia.
Feeling happy, energetic and positive was, for me, almost as great an effect of the supplement as the weight loss itself.
Finally, when compared with other supplements, African Mango reduces stress on the liver. Unlike other weight loss pills that you need to take 5-6 times a day, with African Mango you only have to take it twice a day, half an hour before meals.
My results were incredible, and I can’t begin to explain how much better I felt as soon as I began using African Mango to help me reach my weight loss goals. It may sound extreme to say that a product as simple as this changed my life, but it genuinely did. Not only do I look and feel much better, and have found the confidence to make other positive moves in my life, but also, I now know that I wasn’t a failure because I couldn’t lose weight before, I was just fighting a losing battle against my body.
Delaying is Your Own Worst Enemy
The most important thing that African Mango helps you with is focusing on the things that matter the most to you. I was once told that losing weight is 80% mental, 10% diet and 10% exercise. African Mango takes away all of the struggle associated with the diet part, and helps you feel mentally positive throughout the whole weight loss process.
Just as your body opposes weight loss (which as you can see, African Mango corrects), a lack of confidence to take decisive action can also sabotage your efforts to lose weight.
This lack of self-belief will try and con you into believing things like: “Maybe this African Mango is good, but it will not work for me”. Have faith in your ability to lose weight.
“I’ll do it later” – another sentence your sabotaging part will whisper into your ear. Don’t listen to: “I can’t go jogging until I have the perfect running shoes, but I can’t afford the perfect running shoes until I have lowered the balance on my credit cards.” With every excuse comes another day living unhappily when you could be on your way to a better, happier life.
State your objective loud and clear! Make it in the present-tense and make it a high priority. What we do today is our own choosing. Choose to lose weight. There is no reason why you should not start taking positive steps to lose weight and improve your life right now.
Whatever you decide: whether you try African Mango or go down a different path, do it today. This is probably the most important thing to remember: delaying is your own worst enemy.
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