Looks may not be everything, but the pressure to look good is greater now than at any other time in human history. Unfortunately, with obesity levels rising on a worldwide scale, many people are unhealthy, regardless of looks.
They aren’t likely to feel good because being overweight can take its toll on the body, and most are aware of the very real dangers obesity can entail. This can sometimes lead to a negative feedback loop, often involving depression, comfort eating and lack of exercise.
So whether through a desire to lose a few pounds and “look good” or to improve their quality of life, many people are looking to supplements for help with shedding some fat.
The most important thing to understand from the start is that supplements are only effective as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Regarding them as some sort of heath and weight-loss panacea is only going to result in disappointment. A person’s diet is the most important factor of weight management; exercise is second; and supplements should fill some of the gaps in between. The word supplement itself means ‘additional’, it does people good to remember that.
“Weight management”, most people have heard the term, but what does it really mean? Well, if someone really did have the desire to look like a wrecking ball and weigh 300 + pounds they could be seen to have managed their weight effectively, because weight management is the process by which people reach and maintain their chosen weight. However, with the possible exception of sumo wrestlers, few people are likely to be aiming for 300 lbs. Most people just want to look good, feel good, and look forward to a nice, long – and healthy – life.
Technically weight loss is quite simple: consume less energy than you use in a day and you should lose weight. In practice, it isn’t as mathematically precise. Even with an exercise regime, people can get the whole ‘calorie’ thing wrong and gain weight. And when carbohydrate, fat and protein levels are monitored along with calories burned in the gym plus basal metabolic rate and so on and so forth, it still isn’t a precise thing. Some people are good at it, some aren’t.
A supplement can help you use a bit more of that energy we mentioned, hopefully in the form of fat. Let’s take a look at some of the common ingredients.
Weight Loss Supplements
Weight management supplements are designed to help people to reach and maintain their perfect weight and they work in different ways.
- Appetite suppressants: Quell the desire for food, making it easier to stick to a low-calorie diet.
- Fat burners: Encourage the body to initiate fat burning sooner or more vehemently than would normally be the case.
- Metabolism boosters: Helps speed up the cellular processes – some of which include fat-burning – a bit like changing up a gear.
Other weight management options include carb blockers and fat blockers, both of which work by reducing the amount of calories food can provide, but appetite suppression, metabolism boosting, and fat burning are probably the top three weight management options and many popular supplements are designed to provide all three benefits at once.
Weight Management Ingredients
An ever-growing number of ingredients are favoured by supplement manufacturers, but certain ingredients tend to show up again and again on supplement labels, due to their reputations for delivering results.
|Caffeine||Stimulates the metabolism and suppresses the appetite|
|Synephrine||A stimulant that can boost the metabolism and encourage fat burning|
|ECCG (Green Tea)||Boosts the metabolism and triggers fat burning (for best results a dose of 250mg – 500mg is required)|
|Acetyl-l-Carnitine||An amino acid that improves the metabolism|
|R-ALA||A mitochondrial fatty acid that speeds the metabolism|
|Hydroxycitric Acid||A garcinia cambogia extract that suppresses the appetite and acts as a carb blocker|
|Glucomannan||A fibrous ingredient that swells with water and fills the stomach to suppresses the appetite|
|Phaseolamin||Stops carbohydrates from being digested in the normal manner, thereby preventing them from releasing their calories|
Appetite suppressants have been in use for a long time and remain popular to this day, and there is a reason for their longstanding reputation – good appetite suppressants can be very effective weight management tools. Metabolism boosters can also provide efficient weight control, and the use of quality fat burning formulations can rid the body of unwanted fat, while also providing an extra bonus benefit – more energy.
Whenever the fat burning process is initiated the gates are opened and stored-away calories are released. This availability of extra calories provides an energy boost, and weight loss results can often be further enhanced if the extra energy is used to power a physical endeavour such as walking, running, weight training or sports.