Everywhere you look today there seems to be some form of weight loss supplement advertisement. Most of them do not work and/or turn out to be some very expensive caffeine in a bottle. This article is going to go through the most effective weight loss supplements. While also providing the cheapest ingredients as opposed to buying brand name products at inflated prices.
Part Of the Solution
Firstly we must understand how they work. Weight loss in it's simplest form is a combination of calories consumed versus calories burned. 1 lb of fat approximately represents 3500 calories; Burn 3500 calories more than you have consumed and you will lose 1 lb of fat. Then the opposite for weight gain. Weight loss supplements can help burn calories to aid in weight loss. Although for them to be effective they must be combined with exercise and healthy eating. Weight loss supplements alone will not reach anywhere near the required 3500 calories per week to see fat loss.
Your probably thinking at this point that I do not like fat loss supplements, that is not true. If combined with exercise and a healthy diet they can have their place to help accelerate fat loss. You also need to be careful of harmful substances with side effects; While not paying over the odds for repackaged ingredients which an be found in local shops.
Even if your not trying to lose weight you should be taking fish oil. There are to many health benefits to list but consider reducing risk from heart attack, stroke and other inflammation diseases among the list. For fat loss they block fat storage, increase fat burning, improve insulin sensitivity and increase thermogenesis. When trying to lose weight consume 6-10 grams per day. Try to buy fish oil in liquid form as opposed to capsules as it is cheaper.
Green Tea Extracts
Green tea extracts is another supplement with benefits for overall health as well. It contains a potent antioxidant which protects your cells from free radical damage, even more effective than vitamin C. For weight loss green tea extracts have been proven to increase metabolic rate and increases body fat usage to fuel your body. Consume around 300mg of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate: check the label for amount contained in product). Either take the 300mg once a day or 100mg three times daily.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
CLA is a natural fatty acid found in dairy and meat products. Once again this supplement has health benefits to overall health beyond weight loss; It can suppress the growth of some cancers according to some studies. For weight loss it can help speed up the metabolism to stop fat staying in the body and aid in the use of burning existing fat deposits. CLA isn't very cheap compared to the other supplements listed here. If you'd like to try it out then aim for no less than 3 grams per day and 4-7 grams if you can afford it (and think it is helping you).
The ever popular caffeine doesn't need much introduction. It is an adrenal stimulant that increases mental awareness and reduces fatigue. For weight loss it has been shown to increase the oxidation of fat, which will help to shift it. As tolerance for caffeine varies from person to person I'm am not going to recommend a blanket dosage. But studies have shown that 200mg taken 3 times a day to benefit for weight loss. But as with everything discussed in this article: consult with your doctor before taking any new supplement or weight loss regime.
As previously stated the supplements discussed are not some secret magic formulas that will turn you into a fitness model overnight. They should only assist in a proper weight loss program. No weight loss aids will provide this and any sales pitch claiming this are most likely lying. Also don't fall for advertisements with claims that their product has been 'scientifically proven' or contains a 'proprietary blend'. Usually their products are nothing more than ingredients listed above placed in a bottle, with claims that their mix is superior to others. I'm not saying to buy the cheapest makes every time in a supermarket for inferior products. Just don't always fall for the hype.