Losing weight has become a challenge for many, including overweight and obese. There are various suggestions and tips on the internet on burning fat or losing weight quickly. While some of these tips work, loads of them do not.

Regular exercise and a well-rounded diet undoubtedly help in weight loss, as we have discussed previously here: Full Body Workout for Weight Loss, but using herbs and supplements loaded with weight loss vitamins can help boost your metabolism and make your body burn fat more efficiently. You will see in this article herbs and supplements that perfectly work for weight loss.

1. Cayenne Pepper

The main ingredient of cayenne pepper is capsaicin. Capsaicin is believed to be a thermogenic chemical that can raise body temperature, boost metabolism, burn calories, and decrease appetite. According to a study, capsaicin creates an effect similar to ginger – it makes you eat less by helping you feel full quickly and reducing your calorie intake.

Cleanse diets often contain cayenne pepper, but you can also add cayenne pepper to food, tea, and shakes for a healthy and spicy enhancement. You can burn over 100 calories per meal by adding cayenne pepper.

2. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green coffee bean extract is one of the most popular but effective weight loss supplements and is usually extracted from unroasted coffee beans. A green coffee bean contains chlorogenic acid and caffeine known for boosting metabolism, slow the breakdown of carbs, and burning fat. A study conducted revealed that green coffee bean extract is effective for weight loss.

Another study showed that green coffee bean extract has helped people lose 2.5kg (5.4 pounds more) than a dummy pill. Green coffee bean extract is also known to benefit people suffering from high blood pressure and low blood sugar.

3. Ginger

Ginger remains one of the favorite Asian cooking flavor enhancers with a lot of healing benefits. Ginger is a spice that can help address numerous health conditions, including nausea in people undergoing chemotherapy or pregnant mothers, inflammation, a spike in glucose level, etc.

Ginger has thermogenic properties that enable it to burn fat, combat obesity, and promote weight loss. A review of 14 studies indicated that using a ginger supplement can substantially reduce both belly and body weight fat. Another review of 27 studies also showed that ginger could help in weight loss by burning fat, increasing metabolism, decreasing appetite, and fat absorption.

4. Cinnamon

According to a report, cinnamon can control hunger craving (appetite), blood sugar level, and people with type 2 diabetes. Often comes in the form of powder, cinnamon is derived from the bark of some green trees.  The supplement is high in antioxidants, and studies have shown that using it could promote weight loss – that its ability to stabilize blood sugar effectively may help decrease hunger and appetite.

Another study showed that cinnamon contains a specific compound that provides a similar effect to insulin to help transport sugar to the cells to be used for energy. You can sprinkle cinnamon on your meals, tea, fruit salad, etc. For better performance, you can combine cinnamon with honey to suppress craving and prevent weight gain.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that provides many health benefits, including inflammation and weight loss. A study on 44 overweight people revealed that consuming curcumin (turmeric) two times a day for 30 days is beneficial for burning belly and body fat by up to 5%. Turmeric increases body heat and boosts metabolism.

In 2009, another study was conducted by Tufts University on the effect of turmeric on weight loss. The study was conducted on two groups of mice. A group was given curcumin while the other group was not. Results obtained showed that the mice given curcumin lost more weight than the other group that was not given.

6. Berberine

Berberine is a bioactive mixture derived from alkaloid plants, naturally happening in shrubs like barberries and Oregon grapes. Studies have shown that berberine could be the most effective natural supplement for weight loss. It is known for its ability to curb high blood sugar levels.

Berberine is also known for activating an enzyme known as AMP-Active Protein Kinase (AMPK). Berberine can effectively curb high blood sugar and improve metabolism, making it a perfect supplement for weight loss.

7. Raspberry Ketones

Raspberry is a substance found in raspberries, and that’s the reason for the unique smell. Raspberry ketones help to reduce weight by increasing adiponectin levels and the breakdown of fat.

A study on the use of raspberry showed that it could be effective for weight loss.

8. Orlistat (Alli)

Orlistat, also known as Alli, is a pharmaceutical drug available over-the-counter and prescribed as Xenical. The pill helps the body take fewer calories from fat by reducing fat breakdown in the gut.

A review of 11 studies revealed that Alli could help speed up weight loss by 2.7kg (6pounds) than a dummy pill. It could also slightly reduce blood pressure and the risk of having type 2 diabetes by approximately 37%. For the best result, maintain a low-fat diet while using Alli.


We all face a similar problem in our weight loss journey; we must always remember that many distinct factors make us different. What works for you may not work for your family or friends.