Does Forskolin really work to get rid of belly fat? Here’s my story.
“Spider Legs” Tries to Gain Weight
Growing up, I was known as the skinny girl with the long black hair. My father’s nickname for me was “spider legs,” so the image of looking like a spider and being skinny became something I hated about myself. In my 20s, I took a product called, “Weight-On,” and I ate constantly in an attempt to gain weight. My metabolism kept up, though, and I never gained a pound during that time. I was 5’6.5″ and I weight 103 pounds. Because of my allergies, I was unable to eat eggs, ice cream, cakes, cookies, or anything with eggs in them, so I never developed a taste for sweets.
During delivery of my third child, though, when I was in my 30s, I pushed so hard, I caused my uterus to fall out over my pubic bone. The matter was made worse when my fourth child was born in the spring of 1984, so the muscles stretched even further, and I developed a pouch. My tummy would never be flat again. But it wasn’t fat.
What caused me to gain weight after my fourth child was born was the discovery of nachos in the summer of 1984. Yes, nachos! Apparently eating an entire can of cheese dip for lunch every day contributes to weight gain. In three short months I had gained so much weight that when Fall arrived and it was time to fit back into the jeans I hadn’t been able to wear since before I was pregnant, I could fit into none of them. Since I couldn’t afford a new wardrobe, I learned to avoid the cheese aisle at my local grocery store.
But Then I Hit Menopause
Menopause is a funny time for a woman. Like puberty, hormones go haywire, and each of us is struck personally with our own set of problems. For me, that problem was – nothing. Seriously. I experienced one night of “night sweats” and that was it. When my gynecologist told me I was post-menopausal, and she ran the test twice, I was exhilarated! That’s it! It’s over?
No, it wasn’t over. After post-menopause, I started to gain weight around my midsection, and I started to experience hot flashes. “Not fair!” I screamed to no one.
But then I also worked in a fun office that came up with reasons for “food day” practically once a week. One of my office mates said, “You’re getting a nice set of hips on you, aren’t you?” I was appalled. I could also feel for the first time ever, back fat. So once again, I curbed my food intake. And I started making healthier choices. I lost the back fat, but my belly, oh my ever-expanding belly and I knew why it was exploding.
Stress and Belly Fat
It should have come as no surprise to me that my belly started expanding during that particular job. That was the job I had when my only son joined the Marines six months prior to 9/11 in 2001. I was working for a newspaper and I remember watching the journey to Baghdad, never knowing – at the time – that my son was on his way there too. Since then my family has practically exploded with babies. I now have 17 grandkids (5 of whom are great grandkids). So whether good stress or bad stress, all stress found its way to my belly. And I vowed to get rid of it!
One way to relieve stress, I’ve learned, is through meditation. My body won’t cooperate, though. It doesn’t want to relax. My mind is in hyper mode at all times. Quieting my mind is like trying to prevent bullets from escaping a machine gun by holding a tissue in front of them. So I’ve learned to accept my unquiet mind and act as if I’m my own mother, commanding myself to sit down occasionally, to concentrate on a TV show, a crochet or jewelry project, or if I can force myself to sit still without a project in front of me, to read a magazine.
But always, always, always I am aware of my enormous belly – so much so, that in my mind I developed a home liposuction kit I wished somebody would create and then give to me because I came up with the idea. And then…
I Heard About Forskolin
I don’t often watch Dr. Oz. because Dr. Phil comes on at the same time in my area, and I prefer to watch Dr. Phil. But Dr. Phil was a rerun so I turned to Dr. Oz and luckily for me, the show was about belly fat. Dr. Oz mentioned Forskolin, saying that Forskolin was proven to be effective in the fight against belly fat. That word, “proven,” was all I needed to hear.
But I don’t rely on television to make my decisions for me. I research the product first, and I base my decisions on what I learn about the product. Web MD states that, “Herbal product manufacturers are now producing Coleus forskohlii extracts that contain high levels of forskolin. These preparations are being promoted for the same conditions for which forskolin has been traditionally used. However, currently there is no reliable scientific information that shows Coleus forskohlii extracts taken by mouth are effective.” The product I was looking at was Coleus forskohlii, but it came with 20% Forskolin.
Forskolin also helps people with a variety of maladies, including allergies and advanced cancer. My most recent mammogram came back, “suspicious,” and with a history of cancer, I felt that Forskolin was a win-win for me.
How Much Forskolin Should I Take and How Often Should I Take It
Dr. Oz recommends taking 125 mg. with at least 10% Forskolin. The Forskolin I use, Coleus forskohlii, comes with 20% Forskolin. When I purchased Forskolin, a little message appeared on the screen telling me that people who bought Forskolin also bought 7-KETO. After looking at the information about 7-KETO, I decided to purchase that product as well.
7-KETO is a DHEA supplement. While not much is known about the long-term results of taking 7-KETO, what is known is that the body naturally produces the DHEA hormone and that it declines somewhere during our mid-20s. That hormone is responsible for testosterone and estrogen production. Now that I’m in my 60s, I need all the help I can get.
My two biggest meals of the day might be breakfast and dinner or lunch and dinner. Depending upon my day, I take one 7-KETO and 2 Forskolin tablets before my two biggest meals each day.
What Kind of Results Can I See
Because we all have different body types, I can’t tell you what YOUR results will be, but I can share mine. So far I’ve gone from a waist size of nearly 38″ to under 35″. When my belly was 38″, I could stand up, place a pencil under my belly, and it would stay there. I can no longer do that. I also now experience a DESIRE to exercise more. My exercise regimen used to consist of haphazard weight use, a few minutes on the treadmill, and a couple of minutes on my exercise bike. I’m more consistent now, not because Forskolin demands it, but because I WANT to exercise more.
One of my biggest concerns about taking Forskolin (and 7-KETO) was cost. How would I be able to afford this product? My finances are depressing. But what I discovered was that my food is lasting longer, because I’m not eating as much! I have become conscious about what I eat. For the past several years I have been making healthy choices when it comes to the food I put into my mouth, and now I’m paying even more attention to my choices, because I’m enjoying the loss of my belly fat!
My question for myself in determining whether or not I would try this product was, “What do you have to lose?” The answer? Belly fat, of course!