As the country is celebrating National Nutrition Month on this march there are many people looking out for healthy and fit body. Most of us like to be called healthy, size zero, hour-glass figure (I don’t know the meaning either), six pack abs, flat abs, flat belly. You can find many of fitness freaks in the Social Network sites like Facebook or Twitter. But many prefer to lose weight as fast as possible as its 21 century all want fast results. For this they go for various supplements, pills, expensive food programs and gym memberships.
Some products which primarily called as weight management supplements helps in losing weight easily as it increases the body’s metabolism rate which helps in burning the fats. It features green tea, green bean extract, glucomannan etc. Most of the weight loss supplements are natural as they are extracted from the herbs but it lacks evidence. Though the products are much hyped they are usually monitored by the doctors who had prescribed them.
Because of the improperness of the ingredients in the weight loss supplements The FDA strongly recommends you to consult your health care provider before going for any supplements. Just make the supplements are going well with the other medications you are taking (in case).
Some of the weight loss supplements have been continuously studied and the research suggests a few of them are genuinely effective. There are study reports which conclude that the most effective way to lose weight and maintain weight loss follows two rules:
- Implementing a nutritious, balanced, and calorie-limited diet
- Regular workouts
Weight loss is always taken as the part of the lifestyle change, if you are considering some weight loss supplements to reduce weight than first try to change the eating habits and includes regular workouts in your daily activities as “Hardwork only pays”.
There are some common ingredients which are found in the over-the-counter supplements and natural herbs for weight loss.
Basically Chitosan is a sugar which comes from the hard outer layers of lobsters, crab, and shrimp. It restricts the absorption of fats and cholesterol to prevent their absorption. Research had proved it helps in faster weight loss with or without calorie control, while some says it is inactive.
Chromium is basically a mineral which boosts the insulin rate, a hormone which is essential for the metabolism. It is very perilous for the carbohydrates, fats and protein storages.
Chromium supplements probably are useful for
- reduce craving
- Increasing the calorie burn rate
- lessening body fat
- proliferate muscle mass
But some studies found that it has no effects on weight loss.
It has some minimal adverse effects like
Some also found side effects like kidney failure and liver failure. According to the National Medicines Comprehensive chromium is not very effective in weight loss.
Glucomannan, it is derived from the konjac plant (Amorphophallus konjac). It is similar to other dietary fibers which help in losing weight by restricting the dietary fats.
It must be taken with at least 8 ounces of water. As less water intake can cause the block the throat, esophagus, intestine. It may lower the effectiveness of other medications which you are taking so people should take the medications after 4 hours or before one hour. There is lack of evidence that glucomannan is effective and safe in weight loss.