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Monday, June 9, 2014

Belly Fat Buster That Really Works!

Day 1 – I’ll be honest. I’m leery of Forskolin, but I’m so fed up with my enormous belly (I’m embarrassed to tell you its size, but here goes – a whopping nearly 38”) that I HAVE to try SOMETHING beyond exercise! Trust me when I say that when your bones are as tiny as mine are, a 37 and a half+ inch waist looks like you have a hippopotamus wrapped around your belly. 

Another belly fat buster I once took, Refirm, promised to get rid of belly fat (it didn’t), so I promised myself that I would never fall for another belly blaster advertised “promise”. Dr. Oz, however, was so convincing about Forskolin, I decided to give it a try. And, trust me when I say that I will NOT post this blog if it doesn’t work (why would I divulge my belly size if I can’t improve it). I will, however, leave that sentence in if Forskolin does work, but I will post a completely different blog that says Forskolin doesn’t work without telling you how fat my belly is.

First, a little about why my belly is so fat. I assume the cause is stress. The rest of my family isn’t fat, and the rest of me isn’t fat, but this huge gelatinous blob of blubber that sits around my midsection is so incredibly ENORMOUS, it looks as if it belongs on a much bigger body! Yes, I’m stressed. I’m always stressed – about finances mostly. But I put on most of my belly fat when my Marine son went to Iraq (4 times) in the early-to-mid 2000’s during the Iraq War. 

In addition to not being able to get rid of the blubber, my belly has expanded over these past 13 years. I continue to stress about situations that affect my son, my three girls and all of my grandkids. I honestly attempt to relieve stress by trying to relax, but my body refuses to cooperate. It apparently feels most comfortable in washing-machine mode (agitated).

Because some of you know me and have seen me, I should mention that even though you tell me I look just fine and that I don’t need to lose weight, you’re right in a sense I’m really not fat anywhere – except my tummy. I probably need to lose about fifteen pounds of BELLY FAT, though, which I keep, for obvious reasons, hidden. You would never know to look at me unless a strong wind blew my blouse upward, because I wear enormous tops that cover the blubber. I’m certainly not going to expose that mountainous mass to you or anyone else. Seriously, I would love to be able to wear clothing that doesn’t make me look as if I’m wearing a tent.

As a result of everything I’ve mentioned so far, I decided to give Forskolin a try. What determines whether or not a product works (for me anyway) is if the product works when the person taking it doesn’t change his or her lifestyle in any way. I’ve tried taking Garcinia Cambogia, but I was never very consistent about taking it, so I can’t comment on whether or not it contributes to weight loss. I can say that taking it inconsistently didn’t work. I’m just hoping that Forskolin works because I honestly can’t stand not only looking at my enormous belly, but also knowing I have to wear pants that either come with an elastic band around the waist or fit fairly comfortably beneath my blob. In the past couple of decades I have been unable to wear anything around the waist that comes with a snap or a button.

Will I ever get a completely flat belly? Probably not. I tried sit-ups for an entire summer one year and the only thing that resulted was a bad back made worse. After my third child was born, my uterus fell out over my pubic bone, a matter made worse after the birth of my fourth child. I had to wear a band for several months after each child was born, but it never again became flat. I also have a slight case of scoliosis, so I’ve had a bad back for as long as I can remember. After 90 days of giving sit-ups all I had, I gave up and worked more on healing my aching back, which continues to be an ongoing problem.

Anyway, I’m hopeful that I’ve found the one product that will melt belly fat and allow me the dignity of wearing clothes – and a bathing suit – that I won’t be afraid to wear in public. Some other product manufacturers (like those that make Refirm – read my review of that product HERE) tell you to work out like a fiend in order to see results. Why would I have to use the product at all if working out gets the same results? No – if a product works, it stands alone. 

So here it is, Day 2, (May 26, 2014) and I still have a fat belly. However, I have found that I am emptying my colon more frequently – without the urgency brought on by such things as enemas or suppositories. So that’s good, especially for people like me who have a problem with constipation and sometimes go as long as 3 weeks without ever having a bowel movement. You have no idea what a relief it is to be able to “go” and not feel so heavy. I’m fairly certain that constipation is due to stress, but as far as Forskolin is concerned, so far, I’m impressed. 

One thing I should mention. When I bought this product, a little statement appeared on the page saying that people taking Forskolin also bought 7-Keto, a non-steroidal product that is supposed to speed up metabolism and aid in weight loss, so I’m taking that as well. For the past two mornings, half an hour before breakfast, I have taken two Forskolin tablets and one 7-Keto tablet. I’ll do the same for dinner later today.

But I’m not changing my daily routine. I work out infrequently – just enough to tell myself I’m working out – but how can I fairly judge a product if I change my regimen? Nope – Forskolin will be judged on its merits (if it has any) alone. I’ll write more when – and if – I see results.

Day 10 and Forskolin appears to be working. My flabby belly is down to 36.25.” I can fit into some jeans and shorts that I couldn’t fit into before. The movie, Flowers for Algernon comes to mind, though, after I measure myself. What if I stop taking it for some reason (like not being able to afford it, or not remembering to take it, and I suddenly become the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid, who, after she is discovered to be the Sea Witch (she was pretending to be Ariel), balloons out of herself and bellies all over the ship. Will I have to take Forskolin forever?

I forgot to take a dose today (June 5, Day 12). We’ll see if Ursula the Sea Witch faces me in the mirror tomorrow.

I was going to wait until I finished the entire bottle before I posted my results, but when I measured myself this morning (June 9, Day 16), I was down to just under 35”! Still a very flabby tummy for my frame, but with results like this, I am so excited, I feel that I should post them now.

Unexpected results from taking Forskolin – I found myself eating less, because I felt fuller faster. I found myself wanting to exercise more because I was so happy to see such immediate results, I couldn’t help but want to rush my progress. I discovered, after researching the product, that Forskolin helps with respiratory issues. Because I have asthma and numerous nodules on my lungs (scars from previous upper respiratory infections), I feel like Forskolin is a win-win for me. Nowhere in Forskolin’s literature does any mention appear concerning help with constipation, but coming from someone who has had that problem my whole life, either the Forskolin or the 7-Keto or possibly a combination of the two of them has helped to relieve mine. 

Other reasons to take Forskolin – According to WebMD, “When taken by mouth, forskolin is also used to treat allergies, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, obesity, painful menstrual periods (wish I had known about that little perk when I was having periods), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), urinary tract infections (UTI), bladder infections, advanced cancer, blood clots, sexual problems in men, trouble sleeping (insomnia), and convulsions (italics mine).” If my cancer comes back (my type of cancer has a high recurrence rate, so it might), that’s one more reason to take Forskolin.

How I take Forskolin. For rapid belly melt, Dr. Oz recommends taking 125 mg Forskolin with a minimum of 10% forskolin (my bottle says 20%) before breakfast. He also recommends consuming a “1/2 teaspoon of one of these spices at every meal: cinnamon, clove, oregano, cayenne, or turmeric. Use cinnamon and clove at breakfast by adding a dash to coffee or oatmeal, and sprinkle the savory ones on your salads, sandwiches, and main dishes the rest of the day for a flavorful seasoning that can help fry belly fat.” 

Dr. Oz also recommends drinking green tea lemonade to supercharge belly melting and eating pickled peppers and jalapeƱo peppers. I take 2 Forskolin tablets and one 7-Keto tablet twice a day, 20 minutes to half an hour before my 2 biggest meals of the day. That could be breakfast and dinner or lunch and dinner, depending on what I eat for each meal. If I have a smoothie, for instance, I don’t take Forskolin and 7-Keto with that meal.

One concern I had about Forskolin was its expense, but the way I look at it now is that what I’m saving by not eating as much as I used to eat more than makes up for the expense. I just purchased my second bottle of Forskolin and my second bottle of 7-Keto and my food is lasting longer!

So does Forskolin really work to get rid of belly fat? Absolutely! I don’t know what kinds of results you’ll get, but I’m very happy with mine so far. I have many more inches to lose, but I hope that I’ll be able to wear my bathing suit by July without a bunch of flab folding out over the bottom, and when that blousy top blows in the wind, I won’t be embarrassed when it exposes my future blubberless belly.

Added information – in my zeal for better health, I have incorporated Dr. Oz’s suggestions in a couple of my food preparations that might also contribute to my belly burn (adding spices listed above).

My smoothie consists of whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand, (such as fresh bananas, frozen strawberries {the fresh ones go bad too quickly}, carrots, and fresh spinach), yogurt, a couple of sprinkles of cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of peanut butter, and a couple of sprinkles of cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper, which has capsicum, adds some zing to my smoothie, and since peppers are supposed to aid in melting belly fat, I feel I’m helping the Forskolin do its job more efficiently.

My dip for veggies (I hate eating raw vegetables without dips) consists of 16 oz greek yogurt, a package of dry vegetable or onion soup mix, and spices, including cayenne pepper, white pepper, and sea salt, or garlic sea salt.

So bottom line, is this – for me, Forskolin is working! If I see more amazing results over the next few weeks, I’ll update my blog, but for now, I’m very happy with my belly burn progress. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I can see me getting there now!

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