Best Weight Loss Supplements, Best Weight Loss Pills, effective weight loss

Best Weight Loss Supplements, Best Weight Loss Pills, effective weight loss

Best Weight Loss Supplements, Best Weight Loss Pills, effective weight loss



Weight loss supplements flood the market, with "new and improved" ones being added each month. 

 So many amazing promises and claims are made, so much money is spent - yet so many people are still overweight, and still searching for help.

  So...is there REALLY a supplement that can help with weight loss??

Do an internet search for top weight loss supplements or products and you can end up with more than ten million hits, depending on the search engine you use!!  Those kinds of results are a bit mind-boggling and beg the question…" just what can I really believe??"

The truth is that there is no easy answer.  It depends on what you want to believe versus what is actually based on real science and the reality of how the human body works.

One large segment of products viewed as top weight loss supplements achieves “weight loss” via some type of detoxifying program. 

 While a good detox of your body’s systems is in fact a good thing, it hardly qualifies as a weight loss program.  

Yes, you will lose weight – at least temporarily. 

 But usually within a week or two, you are back to where you started from, because you didn’t actually lose fat – just body waste and water, both of which return when you start eating again.

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Then there are the supplements that are essentially diuretics.  You lose weight because fluid is being pulled from your body.  

For people who have genuine fluid-retention issues, a diuretic can be very helpful in reducing swollen extremities. 

 But again, using a diuretic product to remove water from the body for weight loss is a losing battle – and not particularly healthy.  The body needs water to function properly. 

 We are, after all, mostly water to begin with!  So once you stop the diuretic-based product and begin taking in fluids as you should, the “weight loss” disappears – along with the money you spent.

Quite a few top weight loss supplements on the market are promoted as fat-burners and contain stimulants. 

 Some of the more actively advertised are products containing ephedra, hoodia, ma huang, or phentermine. 

 Once again, these will probably work.  You will lose weight.  

You may also find yourself losing sleep and feeling hyperactive. 

 And, at least for a while, that may not be a problem.  You may even enjoy being in overdrive…cleaning house at 3 AM…being a whirlwind of energy and activity.  

But your body cannot sustain this level of artificial stimulation and remain healthy. 

 Humans are NOT Hummingbirds – our metabolism was not created to constantly be in hyper-drive.

  Quite simply, it will fail.  Therefore, at some point, you must come off the stimulant/supplement.

  And then, inevitably, the weight will return, and all too often, with even more than you originally lost.

Then there are the fat-blocking products.  In our opinion, of all the top weight loss supplements currently available, fat-blocking supplements can be the most effective and safest way to augment weight loss.  

Essentially, they work by keeping the fat molecules in food from being digested and absorbed into the body.  

However, the science behind different fat-blockers and how they actually work can make all the difference in terms of side effects.

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To understand these differences, you must first understand how dietary fat is treated in the body.

The pancreas produces an enzyme called lipase which breaks up dietary fat in the intestine so the body can absorb it. 

 Ingredients like Orlistat prevent lipase from acting on the fat, thereby preventing fat molecules from breaking apart.  

This unabsorbed “free” fat is then excreted in the stool. 

 However, without significant changes in diet and eating habits, the adverse effects of gastrointestinal discomfort, including gas, spotting, and diarrhea can make this type of supplement difficult to stick with. 

There has been a lot of press about Orlistat, which is found in the over-the-counter product Alli, and with prescription Xenical. 

 Does this work?  Apparently so; however, by now most people have heard of some of the more unpleasant gastrointestinal side-effects of Orlistat.

  We would suggest you check the Consumer Report website for an interesting if unsettling, article. 

 Then decide for yourself if this is a route you wish to take.  In addition, the FDA has approved Orlistat to treat obesity for no more than two consecutive years.

  It is our opinion that this, coupled with the possible side-effects and a rather high cost, makes it worth taking a serious second look at Orlistat before considering it for your weight loss program.

Another method to block fat absorption is by increasing dietary fibers. Dietary fiber is generally described as a dietary component that is not broken down into absorbable units in the stomach or small intestine. 
The number of the best weight loss supplements available that use various types of fiber is endless and it can be difficult to understand their differences.

 Below is an abbreviated discussion of a select few that are sold individually or in weight loss formulations.

Pectin has also been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels. However, the studies could not find evidence that pectin would increase satiety (fullness) and therefore result in weight loss.

Psyllium is a fiber that helps expel ingested food from the body faster, allowing less time for fat absorption.

 It is also touted for its ability to increase satiety and is credited with lowering serum glucose and total and LDL cholesterol levels, as well as increasing HDL cholesterol. 

But again, studies and reviews found no significant effect on weight loss.

Chitosan has been credited with reducing serum total cholesterol levels. Chitosan is believed to bind to dietary fats, preventing their absorption. 

Most of the research has been done with animals and has been shown to be effective for weight reduction. However, human clinical studies have been less promising.

Alpha-dextrin is a well-studied material. It works by binding to the grams of fat in the diet, forming a very stable complex that passes through the intestinal tract without allowing the fat to break down. 
This is important. Since the fat + alpha-dextrin complex remains intact and the fat does not break down, you do not experience the gastrointestinal upset typically found with other formulations. 

Drs.Catherine Jen and Joseph Artiss studied alpha-dextrin and found that it significantly reversed the weight gain that the test group had experienced prior to the study. Additionally, study subjects effectively lowered their total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, while increasing their HDL (good) levels. Alpha-dextrin is now available in the Mirafit FBCx® supplement. 
Mirafit FBCx binds and removes nine times its own weight in dietary fats (triglycerides). One gram (one tablet) of FBCx joins 9 grams (81 calories) of fat. (For more detailed information on this product, visit the Mirafit website.)

Although some of the more commonly available fibers have been shown to have positive effects on blood lipid levels, none offer significant effects on weight loss.
 The only notable exception is alpha-dextrin. As one of the best supplements for weight loss, it alone appears to have positive effects on both cholesterol and blood lipid levels, as well as weight loss efforts.

While no supplement works for everyone, there are definitely some options that are safer and more effective than others. Remember, weight-loss schemes are a multi-billion dollar industry and new ones appear every day. Do your research -

The louder the advertising, the more outlandish the promises, the more skeptical you should be;
Check the viability of the ingredients and the integrity of the company you are dealing with;
Beware of "free" trials ... read the fine print; They are rarely free, and you may find yourself on an "auto ship" program that is expensive and difficult to cancel.

Lasting and effective weight loss is achieved at a slow and steady rate (medical recommendations are 1 to 1.5 pounds per week), with sensible diet choices and at least some moderate exercise. 
The right weight loss supplement to boost your overall program can help your progress, but a miracle, safe and lasting overnight changes are the stuff of fantasy.
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