Does Maca make you lose weight

by 25 · April 15, 2014 at 03:29 PM

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.

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40 · April 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM

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 :)

217 · August 18, 2011 at 02:22 AM

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...

121 · August 08, 2011 at 06:06 PM

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!

20 · September 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM

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.

2439 · August 08, 2011 at 06:52 PM

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

1190 · October 07, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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.

0 · April 15, 2014 at 03:29 PM

I saw so many people raving about adding maca to their smoothies because of all of it's health benefits so I decided to buy some raw maca from a local health food store. The serving size was a tablespoon so I would add maybe a little less than that to my smoothies- at first I didn't notice any changes in my energy like some people said. I also didn't experience any upset stomach feelings like some people said the raw maca would do, as opposed to gelatinized. The only thing I really felt right after consuming maca was a strange kind of cramping in my ovaries/uterus area. I say strange because it wasn't painful cramping usually experienced with periods-- this was more of a light pressure I would feel. It didn't really bother me at all except it did grab my attention here and there. I added maca to my smoothie probably 3 or 4 times in the course of a week. I'm 22, almost 5'8 and weighed around 125. I say WEIGHED because I'm now around 134.. and not very happy about it. I work out 5 days a week, mostly strength training, and sometimes will go to a cycling class. So along with my normal exercise and eating a mostly paleo diet, I haven't changed a thing. Besides adding the maca... So either I'm crazy or the little amount of maca I consumed during the course of one week made me put on some pounds. I would normally find it hard to believe that the little amount of maca I had in a week's time would cause me to gain that much but I really haven't changed up anything else so I'm just confused and kind of shocked. I've stopped using it for about a week ever since I stepped on the scale and about had a heart attack. Anyone have any thoughts or ideas about this??

0 · August 13, 2013 at 04:49 AM

Well, ive gained 7kg in about two months of taking maca and also just had a 14 day period (hell). Re the weight, I think i gained most of it in the frist couple of weeks. im pretty sure most of it is fluid retention. How logn did it take most people here to lose the weight after coming off maca? i havent taken any for 5 days now.

(and to clarify, i lift heavy weights but have been for years (i did NOT gain 7kg of muscle...i wish) and my weight has been constant for years. and then BAM, it went up. the onyl change was maca)

0 · July 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

i have also been using maca for about a month and have rapidly gained weight! I am 5'2 104 pounds and now I am up to 110 pounds! i have been working out pretty hard 4-5 days a week and have never had this happen. i think I am definitely going to stop using it.

0 · May 28, 2013 at 03:38 AM

I have been on Maca for about one month now. Although I love the fact that it has helped to stop my hot flashes and electrical shock sensations it has definitely caused me to gain weight. I'm so disappointed because I finally found a supplement that works for my menopause symptoms but I just can't continue it because of the rapid weight gain. I have not changed my diet and I have actually began a regular excercise program so that should have helped me lose weight not gain it.

0 · March 30, 2013 at 09:44 PM

I have to say I disagree. I was on Maca for 2 months and, while I absolutely loved the energy, focus, and sex drive, it did make me gain weight. However, I'm a felmale and I think the reason I gained weight in my belly, hips, and butt, is because of how it stimulates hormones. I stopped taking it just due to the weight gain, but I'm thinking of trying again since I'm strict paleo now- hoping I can fight off the weight gain. I did absolutely love the results except for the weight gain, though.

0 · March 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I ve been using maca on and off for a decade. It's nutritional benifits are vast and can all be found on the net. I just started using it again and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. A few years ago, a friend of mine was saying, " I want to take what you're taking cause you are full of energy, always in a great mood and shedding weight like crazy!"

I told him about maca and so he went and got som and did the serving size I had suggested. Two weeks later he couldn't fit any of his pants and had to come to work in cover-alls! lol

So, yes maca IS a weight loss superfood.

From what I understand it has all the good sugars which use your own body fat to burn and digest. I've even lost weight with maca with little to no exercise! Although exercise is always benificial! lol

5323 · October 08, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I would guess yes. I have taken maca for a few weeks only myself. Maca is a dopamine enhancer IME: it enhancers sexual desire and energy. This basically kicks up your physical reward, and metabolism, although in a very mild way, it is comparable to stronger stimulants IME.

The nature of mechanism is not understood though at all, and the full range of metabolic effects either - some have suggested that maca has an effect on hormones (probably via dopamine, but actually a whole slew of studies dont support that at all).

I am surprised no one has done a dopamine level based study, or a binding study, but I guess scientific researchers are just clueless about very characteristic CNS actions. For some reason people have studies sexual performance, hormones and a bunch of related things, but nobody has looked for a CNS mechanism.

It may effect people differently, but the overall increase in energy would at minimum increase the tendancy to higher calorie expendature IMO, if not itself ramp up metabolism.

Do you find yourself more active on the energy enhancing herb? Or at least more stimulated feeling?


I would add to this a little background:

In my prior drug taking days, I have taken mephedrone, bzp, PEA, mdma, mda, amphetamines and some other stimulants which affect dopamine.

While very very mild, maca has the exact same character of effects - mood enhancement, energy and sexual feelings, that is in common with all these dopamine effecting substances.

Subjectively, as a former drug user, its pretty clear to me this substance effects dopamine, and that this is the primary mechanism of action of maca, despite a lack of studies on exactly what is the mechanism.

Take something like cocaine, or mephedrone which is powerfully dopamine and not much else, and then later try some maca, which wont give you any noticable buzz, but youll then see that the natural feeling energy and increase sexuality is totally characteristic of dopamine (i dont actually advise taking addictive drugs tho)

I would be very very surprised if the principle action of maca was not some form of dopamine enchancement.

0 · October 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM

I have been taking maca capsuls for 2 months and have lost 9 Lbs. No vigorous exercising, only constant moving at work, just like before maca. I generally eat very healthy though, again just like before maca, so no diatery changes. It is just amazing how my Lbs are melting away without much change in my efforts :-)

0 · August 01, 2012 at 05:43 AM

People with thyroid dysfunction should be very wary of taking Maca. It is a cruciferous vegetable, much like a turnip. Like all cruciferous vegetables, it can be goiterogenic and have a bad effect on the thyroid.

8 · May 09, 2012 at 03:10 AM

Hmmmm, Since I have been taking it...2 months now, I have gained almost 10 pounds. Not happy with it. I haven't changed my eating habits, I am a vegetarian. I do have hashimotos Hypothyroidism and am taking 180 mg armour Thyroid. (yes I know that comes from pig) Definitly noticed the weight gain since I started on maca...3 capsules a day for 2 months now.

0 · February 23, 2012 at 09:35 AM

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?

165 · December 01, 2011 at 01:32 PM

Is maca bad or good when one has breast cancer predisposition?

25181 · August 09, 2011 at 03:28 AM

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.

18889 · August 08, 2011 at 11:48 PM

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?

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