Before you start reading this article, we want to re-affirm something to you. You probably look fine just the way you are. Far too many people make losing weight their goal when they have nothing to worry about, and they should be focused on other objectives like saving for houses, holidays, or weddings – or perhaps chasing the promotion they’re long overdue at work. Poor body image gets in the way of so many things, and yet we allow it to take over our lives.
With that out of the way, we know that many of us have non-drastic diet objectives that basically amount to just wanting to shift a few pounds. We also know that many of you reading this will have tried various combinations of diet and exercise with some degree of success, but have struggled with getting the final few pounds off in order to achieve the ‘perfect’ weight they set out to achieve when they started their diet. Because of that, the temptation to turn to supplements creeps in.
Weight loss supplements haven’t enjoyed the best of reputations over recent months. There have been various calls by health professionals for celebrity endorsements to be banned in places like Instagram and Twitter because people have been duped into paying for products that don’t work by famous people who have been paid to say that they do.
Some of these products have turned out to have dangerous side effects. In the best case, they do nothing at all. In the worst case, they make your health worse than it was when you started using them.
As a rule of thumb, if a supplement claims to be able to do something that sounds miraculous, it should be viewed with suspicion. Putting unregulated, unknown supplements into your body is the same as putting money into casino websites like Rose Slots – you’re taking a gamble, and you don’t know what the results might be.
People playing online slots tend to lose more than they win unless they’re particularly lucky, and those aren’t the kind of odds you want when you’re dealing with your health and well-being. Stick to enjoying online slots as a fun hobby and instead focus on those few supplements that might actually do something for you – such as the ones we’ve outlined below.
Green Tea Extract
There are hundreds of different artificial and synthetic weight loss supplements out there in the world, and yet it’s likely that none of them can do as much to help you lose weight as plain and simple green tea extract.
You don’t just have to take our word for that – here’s a peer-reviewed scientific study. The tea extract boosts and accelerates the metabolic process within the body. That means that fat is burned faster, and therefore weight drops off more quickly.
It won’t help you to lose weight on its own – because nothing will – but it could accentuate the positive effects of a well-structured diet and exercise plan. On top of that, green tea tastes great. You could just skip the extract and start drinking green tea, and you’d get the same benefits.
We won’t hold it against you if you’ve never heard of Garcinia Cambogia – it’s a very specific type of fruit that only grows in Indonesia. It isn’t even especially popular in its native country – but it might be about to become a whole lot more popular all over the world.
The name of the fruit is cited in many adverts for weight loss products which cite it as a miracle product, and while that’s an overstatement, it has been proven to have some beneficial effects. The fruit contains hydroxycitric acid, and the body relies on that acid when it’s processing fat.
At the same time, the acid triggers the sensors that tell your brain that your stomach is full, and you don’t need to take on any more food. That’s a double win – you’re burning fat faster, and you’re not taking on any unnecessary calories.
Garcinia Cambogia may be a difficult fruit to find, but you might have to look even harder if you want to lay your hands on some glucomannan. This is a type of fiber, and you’ll find it exclusively in the roots of konjac plants. Fortunately, many companies have done the hard work of finding and extracting it for you, and sell it in supplement form.
The fiber absorbs water inside your gut and turns into a gel, which lines your stomach and makes you feel full. In very loose terms, you could describe it as a kind of all-natural gastric band. Over time it breaks down and exits the body naturally, so to get the best out of it, you should take a supplement around half an hour before each meal. Again, the effects won’t be dramatic, but they are proven.
We know that synephrine, which is a type of bitter orange, can help you to burn weight quickly. We also have a suspicion that it might be dangerous. Synephrine has several similarities to ephedrine, which was once a popular weight-loss substance but is now banned by many different health authorities all over the world because of its potential side effects.
The substance dramatically reduces the appetite, and also dramatically increases metabolism, but it also increases heart rate and might even be addictive. In function, the effects of both synephrine and ephedrine can be compared to amphetamines, although they’re far less potent. Synephrine remains legal, and so it’s not considered to be as dangerous as its near-sibling, but it should still probably be approached with caution.
It might help you lose weight quickly, but you should avoid taking it for more than a few weeks. You should also consult with a doctor before taking it and discuss whether or not it’s a good idea for you to take it based on your personal physiology.
That’s where our list ends. If we haven’t listed a supplement, it’s because we don’t believe that it works when it comes to losing weight. There’s a sum total of zero scientific evidence to support the idea that ketones help human beings lose weight, for example. The best way to lose weight is, and always will be, through diet and exercise. If you do want a little weight-loss assistance though, then this article is the tea – or should that be the green tea?