It can be a never-ending cycle. You are stressed-out, so you overeat. You become overweight so you get depressed and stressed-out – so you overeat, and so on, and so on and so on…
The good news is, this pattern is not “all in your head,” there is a biological trigger for stress eating, and there is a remarkable nutritional supplement that can be used to control it. It’s called Relora®, and it is a safe and effective botanical extract derived from the Magnolia and Phellodendron plants.
Originally patented by Next Pharmaceuticals, Relora is now the registered trademark of InterHealth Nutraceuticals. While Relora is a proprietary formula and has undergone the most clinical testing, its main ingredients are used as the basis of many quality nutritional supplements that have also been shown to be effective in controlling stress obesity.
The main trigger to the pattern of stress over-eating is the hormone Cortisol. You have likely heard of a number of popular weight loss drugs or diet pills that work by reducing Cortisol levels. Relora has been proven to have the same mechanism of action — but supplements containing Relora are often considerably less expensive than those popular diet drugs.
Evidence for the Effectiveness of Relora and Weight Loss
In clinical trials, Relora was proven to have a positive effect on the belly fat that is the result of metabolic syndrome — a symptom of stress over-eating. According to the manufacturers of Relora, “Over 20% of adults in America suffer from metabolic syndrome, which is typically indicated by increased abdominal and facial fat.
Those suffering from metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Metabolic syndrome has been shown to be stress-related, and associated with elevated Cortisol levels.” Researchers in Cincinnati found that the natural plant extracts in Relora lowered Cortisol levels by 37 percent.
A similar study conducted in New York found that Relora could reduce “stress snacking.” This particular study found that people who usually turn to sweets such as ice cream or cake when under stress, might be able to cut such snacking by up to 76 percent by supplementing with Relora.
The study backed up the findings of the Cincinnati researchers that Relora decreases Cortisol, and concluded that, “Stress hormones [like Cortisol] not only affect emotional well-being, they have a major impact on appetite and how the body stores and metabolizes fat. By working to re-establish a stable balance of these hormones, Relora appears to help break the stress/weight cycle in individuals that crave excessive sweets when under stress.”
A Way to Combat Stress Over Eating and Belly Fat
Relora may not be the ultimate weight loss solution for all types of obesity. And certainly, it is not a magic bullet that can solve all of your issues with weight, without additional lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. But where the problem primarily is stubborn “belly-fat,” that seems to not go away despite all your efforts – Relora may be the answer, especially for women.
In a recent clinical trial involving only women who took Relora three times a day as directed for two weeks, 90% reported that they felt less anxious, 87% said they had a more restful night of sleep, and 81% said they had stopped stress-related eating!
Basically, Relora breaks the cycle of stress overeating by bringing the body back in balance. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, who have used the herbal ingredients in Relora for centuries would call this a “Restoration of Qi.” But there is a scientific basis for this as well. A reduction in Cortisol leads to bringing the gastric hormones that trigger hunger back into balance so that stress or habitual hunger is eliminated.
So just how much weight can you lose using Relora? Taking the supplement as directed and coupled with a sensible diet can result in losing 3- 4 lbs a week. That may not sound like a lot, but that adds up to 75 – 100lbs in a year or 12months, and no more “muffin-top.”
Research seems to indicate that reduction of the stress hormone Cortisol is the mechanism of action for Relora. High Cortisol levels have also been linked to “stress obesity” – over-eating as a response to anxiety and depression. Relora, therefore, is not only a promising weight loss product but may prove to be a safe and effective alternative to anti-depressants and other psychoactive drugs.