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Glucomannan to Lose Weight

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Jennifer Carey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from an East Coast university. She has written about topics including health, fitness, parenting and pet care since 2005.
Glucomannan to Lose Weight
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Glucomannan is a fiber supplement derived from konjac plants. It is used in certain types of noodles and is also available as an over-the-counter supplement for weight loss. Glucomannan can be taken as a capsule or mixed into food and beverages. Always consult your physician before beginning any new supplement.

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How Much Glucomannan To Lose Weight

Glucomannan capsules and powders are available in single-serving doses as well as in bulk powder. Daily total doses of 3 to 4g of glucomannan, taken incrementally throughout the day before meals, are effective for weight loss.

Glucomannan Capsules For Weight Loss

Fiber creates feelings of fullness, therefore making it easier to eat less food and consume fewer calories. The American Dietetic Association recommends 25g of fiber daily for women and 38g for men up to age 50, and 21 and 30g, respectively, after age 50. Glucomannan is an easy way to increase daily fiber intake and assist with weight loss.

Glucomannan Powder For Weight Loss

Glucomannan has no taste or smell. Therefore, it can be added to any food or beverage, either by emptying the capsules or stirring in some powder. It will thicken the contents without adding flavor. When purchasing the powder, avoid brands that have added ingredients. Look for pure glucomannan for the best results.


Glucomannan provides extra fiber in the diet. It thickens when mixed with solids or liquids. It is important to drink a lot of water when taking glucomannan. Glucomannan capsules should be taken with water an hour before meals. This gives the capsules time to dissolve, absorb the water and bind with the liquid to form a filling gel.

Glucomannan As A Weight Loss Option

Glucomannan can cause some abdominal side effects, but is safe to take as a weight loss supplement. It is a natural product with no stimulants. It helps lower cholesterol and may help to regulate glucose. It is a soluble fiber, which means that it is eliminated by the body rather than stored. It assists with regularity. Dosages can be adjusted according to individual tolerance. Begin slowly and increase gradually if desired. Do not take more than the maximum recommended dosage. Always drink plenty of water when taking glucomannan.

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