Lots of people want to lose weight, even if they are not actively working towards it. And there are good reasons for this desire. Studies show your physical and emotional health can be dramatically improved by losing weight. Unfortunately this process is a slow one for many people. So slow in fact that many people are turning to diet supplements to help speed up the process.
How Diet Supplements Work
Diet supplements claim to do everything from increasing metabolism, blocking fat absorption, and decreasing appetite. But do they really work? Their effectiveness depends on the product being used. There are many weight loss supplements being pumped into the market which weight loss professionals do not recommend because there is a lack of scientific research. And products which don’t have research to back them up often have a wide variety of negative side effects.
So what are some supplements that scientists and weight loss experts can vouch for? Taking pills that have extra calcium, fiber, or conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are a basic but safe bet. If you want to branch out a little further you could try Green Tea extract, Orlistat, or Garcinia Cambogia.
Green Tea Extract
Besides being full of healthy antioxidants, green tea extract also has these components that have been proven effective for weight loss: theanine, caffeine, and catechins. Yes, caffeine does have some weight loss benefits, and for that reason drinking decaffeinated green tea won’t work nearly as well. Studies have shown green tea extract has helped people reduce belly fat, lower their body mass index (BMI), and keep weight off when they have lost it.
The FDA approved the sale of Orlistat, or Alli under its brand name, back in 2006. No prescription is needed for the diet supplement, making it an easy to acquire over-the-counter solution. According to the data from numerous scientific studies Orlistat blocks up to 25% of the fat calories eaten from being absorbed as fat. The only downside with Orlistat is the possible intestinal side effects, which can be quite unpleasant. Be sure to take only the approved dosage and check out the supplement’s recommendations on how to limit daily fat intake.
Garcinia Cambogia is a small pumpkin-shaped fruit, and it’s from this that the popular extract is taken. The supplement works in three important ways: it blocks excess fat from being stored in your body, it suppresses appetite which controls over-eating, and it decreases the feelings of stress and worry which often lead to binge-eating. The critical point to keep in mind with Garcinia Cambogia is that it is most effective when it contains at least 60% hydroxycitric acid (HCA) and no artificial additives or fillers.
Just remember that you should always talk to your doctor before you take any kind of supplement. Some supplements, even the most popular ones on the market, can produce side effects in certain individuals or they can interfere with medications you are taking. And don’t just take a supplement and stop there. That’s where many of the negative reviews on supplements come from. Like with any plan to lose weight you need to include regular exercise and a healthy diet along with your supplement schedule.