Hi Paleo,I want to know if Maca can cause you to lose weight i have been taking Maca for over a year now.Im a 33 year old female height 5/3 my weight last year was 9stone and i felt to heavy at that.However i now weigh 7stone5 which is two thin i dont over eat but i dont starve myself.I have had blood tests done because of the weight loss and they were ok since last week i have droped another 2pounds i walk my dogs 3 times a day i also have quite a demanding job.I take Maca for energy i dont feel ill but i am concerned about the weight loss can Maca cause you to do this?.I was taking it every day about a good heaped teaspoonfull now i take less and only every 3 days if you could answer my question i would be very grateful.
I have been using approximately 1 teaspoon of Maca every day for almost one year. I put it in my morning smoothie of fruits with coconut milk and omega 3 fish oil. I go to Crossfit for very vigorous workouts approximately 3 or 4 times per week and I am a long distance runner. I participate in 3 marathons per year and I run anywhere from 25 to 55 miles per week. Despite all my activity and my use of Maca, I have not noticed any weight loss. Perhaps you should make sure you are taking in a sufficient amount of calories or else continue to insist that your doctors perform more tests. Good luck!
I know this wasn't your question, but do some research on taking maca everyday... my understanding is that it can tax your adrenals after a bit and you should cycle it... something like 4 weeks on 1 week off.. or 8 weeks on 2 weeks off... whatever feels right to you...
Yes I believe Maca does help you to lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. I have experienced this in the last week whilst taking it, 3 teaspoonfulls per day lost about 4 or 5 pounds :)
Maca helps to regulate hormones. It doesnt give you a boost, just balances them. I can see this effect helping with weight loss.
This article is geared towards women but Maca will also help men balance their hormones. http://www.naturalnews.com/008422.html
While it's true that maca is a cruciferous vegetable, eating cooked crucifers is fine for people with thyroid conditions. It's the raw crucifers that need to be avoided. Gelatinized maca powder is cooked and is therefore fine for folks with thyroid conditions. My understanding is that the gelatinized is also more potent and doesn't cause digestive upset like the raw maca can.
I very much doubt that the maca has anything to do with your weight loss.
There are some people who find paleo type foods too filing and they can undereat while still feeling satisfied. I suspect that you are probably just not eating enough calories.
You could try increasing the amount of food and the amount of calories you are eating.
What kind of food are you eating in a day?
Maca is an adaptogen.....and it has a great effect on progesterone for men and women. Most post menopausal women are estrogen dominant and they benefit greatly with Maca. Also improves their sleep too. When weight is an issue I usually team up Maca with a small dose of parlodel to really help the post menopausal girls drop lbs. It does well form most.
For men I tell them to add it to their smoothies in the AM if they test out low......most guys who have shot progesterone have cortisol issues due to pregnenolone steal syndrome.
I took maca for about 6 months, two years ago..a heaping teaspoonful each day. My diet and exercise stayed the same and I gained weight! I don't use a scale so I don't know how much, but my waist went up from 27" to 29"! ( To me, my ideal waist size is 25". ) I stopped taking the maca and it slowly went back to it's original size. I was 46 years old at the time. Then I found a site devoted to women who were desperately trying to gain weight in their butts by taking maca: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/maca-for-butt-growth_topic220278.html
There are apparently many women who have gained weight and attribute the gain to maca supplementation!
So I am not sure what the answer is.
Am I going to gain weight I cannot get off when I begin Maca? I am 22 years old, I amm 5'7'' and 129 lbs and if anything, going up in weight is enough to not make me take maca. I am considering Maca because I have Hashimoto's disease; fatigue, low sex drive, brittle fine hair, acne, mood swings, depression, etc... list keeps going! Levothyroxine evened out my TSH numbers, but my body doesn't feel any better, so more blood work showed my Testosterone level was low... which brings me to natural remedy: MACA! Is it really worth it if I am going to put on weight? How much weight? Will it come off or will it keep on coming?