9 Diet Supplements That Work

Diet-Supplements-That-WorkAn average of 15% of Americans use some form of diet supplements to increase weight loss, since losing weight has been proven to improve emotional and physical health.

Due to lack of scientific evidence, most doctors won’t recommend taking weight loss supplements. Another reason being some of these weight loss supplements contain ephedra, which can possibly cause a heart attack or stroke. Hence why Ephedra was banned by the FDA in 2004 for sale in the U.S.

However, there are some proven and safe weight loss supplements that may assist in your dieting plan. Web MD recommends the following supplements, available at most health food or drugstores, that have shown some evidence of weight loss:

  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  • Green tea extract
  • Meal Replacements
  • Orlistat, an over-the-counter weight loss drug

Lets dig into each of them in more detail:

  1. Calcium
    • You probably think of bone health first in regards to calcium, but this mineral may also help you lose weight. In one study, it was found that women who took 1,000 mg of calcium supplements each day lost more weight and body fat than women not taking the supplement. Since research on calcium and weight loss have had conflicting results, you can expect much more research on this mineral.
  2. Fiber
    • Weight loss supplements like fiber that make you feel full is one reason this supplement helps you cut back on how much you eat. Similar to the study findings with calcium, obese people who took a fiber supplement each day said they felt less hungry after meals than people taking a placebo. It is noteworthy to mention that if you decide to increase your fiber intake, it is important to drink lots of fluids to avoid becoming constipated.
  3. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
    • May sound strange to use a fatty acid to aid in weight loss, but this supplement found in dairy products and red meat may work. Studies show people who took 3.2 grams of CLA each day for six months lost more body fat than people not taking it. However, there may be a need for caution of concerning side effects like inflammation and adversely affect cholesterol levels and liver tests.
  4. Green tea extract
    • Loaded with antioxidants, green tea may also aid in weight loss too. Studies have shows that green tea extract supplements were helpful for obese men and women in lower their body mass, losing weight and keeping the weight off. Again, as with most supplements there are some concerns since green tea extract supplements contain catechins, caffeine and theanine, which increase the use of energy storage.
  5. Meal replacements
    • According to experts, meal replacements, like bars and shakes, have been proven the most effective and safest way of losing weight. However, in order for this type of weight loss program to work, the individual must be very steadfast with calorie-controlled meals. For those that do adhere to the exact meal replacement directions and stay on a controlled-calorie diet, studies reveal long-term success.
  6. Orlistat, an over-the-counter weight loss drug
    • Orlistat is actually not a supplement but rather a medicne that was approved by the FDA for sale without a prescription (brand name Alli). According to the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center, this weight loss medication actually has real data to prove its effectiveness. Data shows that it blocks 25% of the fat calorie intake from being absorbed by the body. However, taking the medication alone won’t work as effectively if not following a good diet and exercise regimen.

In 2012, Forbes Magazine releases an article on 7 new weight loss supplements that really work. Here are a few of those supplements:

  1. Hydroxycitrate or HCA
    • A salt derived from the rind of dried fruit and a traditional Indian folk remedy for joint and stomach issues, is now sold in drugstores as a weight loss supplement. The effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing metabolism, decreasing appetite and lowering LDL cholesterol levels is backed by research.
  2. Chitosan
    • Derived from the main parts of shells of insects, Chitosan is a fiber that can lower cholesterol and recently promoted in reducing absorption of fat.
  3. Whey Protein
    • A fan of body builders and athletes, whey protein helps build muscle and suppresses appetite. Dervied from the whey of milk, it is digested easily and contains high levels of amino acid cysteine.

With some many different types of weight loss supplements on the market it is important to know which one would suit you the best. I can only provide you with details regarding what each supplement would do, and how they are effective. But each individual has different weight loss goals and have a very different lifestyle. So I am not in a position to recommend a diet supplement that would definitely work for you. You also should consult your doctor before you include diet supplements in your meal plan, just to be double sure.

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