Most supplements for weight loss work in one of these three ways _ The first type works by reducing your appetite, the second type works at reducing the absorption of certain nutrients such as fats etc, and the third helps to boost the rate at which you burn fat.
Here are 12 key ingredients used in weight loss supplements and how they work to help you lose weight:
- Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia Cambogia is a popular supplement that looks a lot like a small green pumpkin, the skin of which contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) – The active ingredient that makes it an effective natural weight loss supplement.
Animal studies show that it can reduce the body’s ability to absorb a fat-producing enzyme and that it has the ability to boost serotonin levels, which may help mitigate cravings.
When you’re wondering how to lose weight naturally, coffee probably isn’t the first thing to spring to mind, but the caffeine naturally found in coffee, dark chocolate, and green tea, makes a great addition to many weight loss supplements.
Studies show that it effectively boosts metabolism and can assist in boosting your body’s fat burning capacity. It’s important to note that caffeine is addictive and if used in excess, it can cause anxiety, insomnia, shakiness, irritability, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Raspberry Ketones
Raspberry ketones are naturally found in raspberries, and lends them the distinctive aroma we’ve all come to associate with the tart little fruits. Supplements for weight loss make use of a synthetic version of these raspberry ketones.
Raspberry ketones are said to help your body to break down fat a lot faster, and boosts the hormone adiponectin, which is associated with weight loss.
- Green Coffee Bean Extract
The extract from these unroasted coffee beans, or “green” coffee beans contains both caffeine and chlorogenic acid, which assist the body with weight loss.
A review showed that people supplementing with green coffee extract lost 2.5 kg more than the placebo groups. It’s important to note, excess use could result in the same side effects as caffeine.
Glucomannan, also known as konjac, is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the root of the elephant yam. It works by absorbing water, creating a gel-like substance which helps you feel fuller so you eat less, it also helps by feeding the good bacteria in the gut and helps with constipation.
Studies showed that when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, Glucomannan caused significant weight loss. Glucomannan needs to be taken in a glass of water, approximately half an hour before any meal.
- Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is a widely used ingredient in many natural weight loss supplements as EGCG is known to assist the body in burning fat, and boosts the activity of norepinephrine, a hormone, in the body. These benefits are reflected in many studies conducted on green tea extracts.
- Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is a well-known weight loss supplement ingredient and it’s naturally found in some dairy products like cheese. It works by reducing your appetite, boosting your metabolism and the breakdown of fat in the body.
A review, which compared CLA with placebos, shows that when people used CLA, they lost about 1.3 kg of body weight. It is important to note that long term use is associated with fatty liver, insulin resistance and increased inflammation.
7-Keto-DHEA is naturally found in the body, when taken as a supplement it can assist in weight loss by increasing the metabolism.
Studies comparing 7-keto-DHEA with placebos show that people who used 7-keto-DHEA in conjunction with a little exercise and a healthy diet, experienced substantial weight loss.
- Bitter Orange / Synephrine
Bitter oranges contain a compound called synephrine, which is related to ephedrine, a weight loss supplement ingredient that has been banned by the FDA. Luckily the possible side effects associated with synephrine are far less extreme.
It is, however, important to note that it can affect the heart, so it’s probably a good idea to run this one past your doctor before deciding to use it. Bitter orange / synephrine works by reducing your appetite and helping your body to burn more fat.
Hoodia is a plant commonly found in the Kalahari Desert. It contains P57 which is thought to help suppress your appetite so you’ll simply consume less and you’ll feel fuller. It’s a very popular ingredient used to aid natural weight loss, and comes in many forms, even in teas, but there is little evidence proving its effectiveness.
Chitosan is a sugar found in the shells of many shellfish which helps to prevent fat and cholesterol from being absorbed. Much like Hoodia, there’s little evidence to support claims of it being effective, but it’s widely used nonetheless. People with shellfish allergies should avoid using it completely.
- Chromium Picolinate
Chromium Picolinate is a mineral that boosts insulin, which your body uses for the conversion of food into energy, as well as the storage of fats, carbs, and proteins. People with any sort of kidney problems should avoid using Chromium Picolinate completely.
Here’s To Your Summer Body!
There you have it, 12 of the most popular and best weight loss supplement key ingredients and how they can work for you. If you have any existing health conditions, it’s a good idea to consult a doctor and see what he/she recommends.