Edited by Arielle Kamps (guest contributor)
Weight loss supplements are one of the commonly known and used methods for weight loss, and some of the best-known weight loss supplements are Apple Cider Vinegar, Fucoxanthin and Hoodia. In this article we will examine the evidence supporting their use in losing weight and also give you some tips on what to look out for when buying supplements.
Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar is capable of burning fat, suppressing appetite, speeding up your metabolic rate and maintaining blood sugar levels. Research from Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry (2009) shows that Apple Cider Vinegar may reduce one’s body weight and body mass index.
However, other research studies have not supported the use of apple cider vinegar as a tool for weight loss. Due to the lack of supportive evidence and conflicting research findings, health experts advise against using Apple Cider Vinegar for losing weight.
Fucoxanthin is a natural antioxidant found in edible brown seaweed, such as wakame. Research has shown that Fucoxanthin has the potential to reduce abdominal fat. However, the weight loss effect Fucoxanthin has on humans is still highly dubious since research has only been done on lab animals. Experts advise against using Fucoxanthin at this time.
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Hoodia is an herbal supplement that has the ability to suppress one’s appetite. However, similar to Fucoxanthin, the weight loss effect on humans is still uncertain, since research has only been done on animals. As there are many companies selling Hoodia, if you want to take this supplement make sure it comes from a reputable source.
3 Things to Consider Before Buying Weight Loss Supplements
Listed below are three things to consider before purchasing weight loss supplements.
1. Check the active ingredients
The choices and varieties of weight loss supplements available on the market may seem overwhelming and make it hard for one to make a decision. Check each ingredient and find out about its efficacy and possible side-effects. You can find out more information about the products and ingredients used in the products by researching online or consulting your physician.
2. Consult your physician
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Before getting any weight loss supplements, it is important to consult a certified physician to find out if your body and health condition is suitable for taking the weight loss supplements.
If you are on regular medication, it is also important to check with your physician to see if the weight loss supplements change the effect your medicine has on your body function.
3. Research the manufacturer
Another thing to be cautious of when buying weight loss supplements is to find out if the manufacturer is a reliable one. For example, if the manufacturer has a record of selling bad weight loss pills, you will probably want to stay away from the manufacturer’s products.
Many weight loss supplements are likely to have some side effects. Make sure to do your research before taking the supplement. Like other weight loss methods, you should also maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy diet, even if you are taking weight loss supplements.
Weight loss supplements are not magic pills to help you lose weight instantly. They are only an aid to curb your appetite, increase your metabolism and possibly burn fat. Be patient and avoid overdosing.
Have you tried any weight loss supplements? Would you recommend them?
Edited by guest contributor Registered Dietitian Arielle Kamps, M.S., R.D, L.D. Via HealthMatters.sg, a Singapore Health and Fitness blog that aims to help you lose weight, keep fit, and live healthy. Click here to get our free guide “Eat Your Way to Health – Secrets of a Healthy Diet”.