Losing weight is no easy feat, but, with the right diet, the right exercise routine, and the right supplements, it needn’t be a huge challenge either. Here we’ll take a look at the importance of weight loss supplements, as well as the huge variety that there is on offer.
What are weight loss supplements?
Weight loss supplements are, as the name implies, specially created natural supplements that can assist an individual with losing weight, or to be more specific, to assist an individual with losing fat. As well as helping to assist with fat loss, weight loss supplements provide a whole host of other benefits as well, which we’ll be covering in more detail a little later on.
How are they used?
The great thing about weight loss supplements is the fact that there are so many different varieties to choose from. No two supplements are exactly alike, and so for that reason, each supplement will be used and taken in a different way. For example, some are best taken on an empty stomach, whilst others work better when taken with food. Some you should consume early in the day, whilst others can be consumed late at night, possibly before bed. Generally however, they come in either powered, gel capsule, or tablet form.
Popular weight loss supplements
As mentioned, there are many different weight loss supplements currently available, and whilst we can’t cover them all, what we can do is provide a brief overview of some of the most popular examples. These include:
Acetyl L-Carnitine is actually an amino acid that is considered non-essential, due to the fact that the human body can synthesize it naturally. With that being said however, increasing your consumption of this amino acid is still very beneficial. This amino acid is not only beneficial for the brain and for fertility issues in men, but it has also been found to increase the metabolism, allowing the body to produce more energy by burning more calories.
CLA, or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a natural fatty acid that helps to not only provide joint health and brain benefits, but it too also helps ramp up the metabolism so that the body burns off more calories and converts them into energy.
Betaine Anhydrous, or BA for short, is a naturally occurring chemical found in the body, as well as various other foods including seafood and beets. It is commonly used to treat a wide range of health issues, one of which is obesity. It helps to enhance energy levels by ramping up the metabolism, which it does by assisting with the metabolism of a chemical known as homocysteine, which is vital for healthy metabolic function.
Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Garcinia Cambogia extract is naturally derived from a tropical fruit which is known as a Malabar Tamarind. It has been found to greatly suppress the appetite so that you eat less and not only that, but experts have also found that it can block the body’s ability to create new fat cells. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels in the process.
Green tea extract
Green tea extract is another very potent weight loss supplement that also provides a whole host of other health and fitness benefits in the process. Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, green tea extract helps to increase a person’s metabolic rate, even in a rested state, which will basically mean that they will burn more calories than usual.
Green coffee bean extract
Green coffee beans are basically raw coffee beans that have not yet been roasted. When roasted, the coffee beans lose some of their nutritional quality, particularly when it comes to chlorogenic acid. This acid improves heart health, it regulates blood sugar levels, and it assists with weight loss.
White kidney bean extract
Finally, the last supplement we’ll be taking a look at today will be white kidney bean extract. A relatively new weight loss supplement, white kidney bean extract is already proving to be extremely popular. The main reason for this is that it creates compounds that block an enzyme known as amylase. Amylase helps to breakdown carbohydrates , which is important for weight loss as carbohydrates can interfere with blood sugar levels and hormones such as insulin. This in turn means that the carbohydrate blocking effects of this supplement can prevent carbohydrates from being absorbed by the body, where they may then be converted into fat.
What are the main benefits of these supplements?
As you can see, there are a number of supplements listed above, so obviously, listing every major benefit that they can provide would take all day. With that being said however, here’s a more general look at some of the most prominent benefits:
Stable blood sugar levels
Improved brain health
Improved joint health
Reduced visceral belly fat
Boosted immune system
Potential side effects and dangers
As there are many different supplements on our list, each one will need to be taken and used differently, but with that being said, here are a few of the major side effects that you could have to deal with, especially if you use them incorrectly or exceed the recommended daily dosage.
As with all supplements, make sure you speak to your doctor before taking anything new, and, if you do experience any negative side effects when you are using any supplement, cease using it immediately.