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With everyone searching for ways to drop a few pounds, herbal weight loss has become the newest fad in modern society. The key to a successful weight loss plan is finding which herbs are proven safe, and which can provide you with the most desirable results. It is wise to aquaint yourself with the background and actions of the herbs before taking that giant leap and beginning your diet quest.

Herbs can produce the body to lose weight in a variety of ways. There are certain drugs that can trick the brain into believing that the stomach is full. Another group of herbs called thermogenics, speed up body functions such as heart rate, digestion and respiration. Caution must be taken with thermogenic herbs, for they are considered a stimulant, and do contain caffeine.

Through varies studies and trials, here are a few supplements that are proven safe, and have been known to aid in weight loss.

Soy Protein: This provides the body with energy and gives the stomach a feeling of fullness.

Garcinia Cambogia: A natural fat inhibitor and appetite suppressant, this supplement helps in discharging the fats that would customarily be stored in the body.

Apple Cider Vinegar: This aids in increasing the body's metabolism. Apple Cider Vinegar can also lower the cholesterol levels in the blood, which averts the body from storing extra fat.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): Conjugated Linoleic Acid has elements that can help decrease body fat by as much as 60 percent, while building lean muscle. In some studies, individuals have shown an 88 percent decrease in their overall body fat in as little as six weeks.

The Food and Drug Administration has deemed these herbal weight loss supplements unsafe, and has associated them with extreme side effects and even death. The following herbs should be avoided at all costs.

Herbal Laxatives: These dangerous herbs are known to cause cramping and diarrhea, and if overused for a long period of time, could cause your bowels to cease functioning without use of a laxative. These are commonly sold as cascara, senna, and rhubarb root to name a few.

Ephedra: This lethal herb, also known as ma huang, can increase heart rate, raise blood pressure and over stimulate the central nervous system. There have been nearly 1000 reports of side effects including seizures, stroke, heart attack. Ephedra is known to have caused at least two deaths.