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Weight loss supplements - True to their word?

Weight loss supplements - True to their word?

Obesity is a rapidly growing problem in today’s lifestyle with extreme work pressures and lack of physical activities due to increased screen times. Hence, it is no wonder that more and more people are attempting losing weight using weight loss supplements and over the counter fat loss pills. But the question is that do these actually lighten anything except the wallet?

Anyone who has watched TV past midnight is aware of these magic belts and pills that help you lose weight by apparently doing nothing. This is untrue. Before discussing the pros and cons of weight loss supplements, let us clarify that there is no substitute for hard work. Healthy weight loss can be achieved only by making significant lifestyle changes in the form of nutritious diet plans and indulging in some sort of physical activity or exercise consistently.

It is important to remember that these are no ‘magic pills’ that will magically make your fat disappear. Weight loss supplements at best can only act as tools in assisting you achieve your weight goals.

The most important thing one should do while using these supplements is set realistic expectations and make sure the supplements you are consuming are actually genuine, authentic and have the approval stamp of the appropriate regulatory bodies.

Weight loss supplements fall broadly into two categories:

•           Non prescription    drugs

•           Dietary supplements

The main difference between the two is their standards for manufacture and marketing of the products. Non prescriptions drugs, especially the ones that are ‘clinical proven’, must carry the approval seal of FDA or any other such regulatory body and should also present a research based on a human clinical trial that proves their claims.

Dietary supplements may or may not require approval stamps but the makers of these products are fully responsible for the claims they make in regards to the results achieved by consuming their product. They have to be completely honest about its effects or side-effects if any and are responsible for ensuring the safety of their buyers.

Before just walking into any store and buying the first fat loss supplement, it is important you discuss it with your health care provider, trainer or dietician or all three to make sure what product would be the best solution for you.

Before making a purchase, it is important to research on the product and its ingredients. Just because a product claims to be ‘all-natural’ does not mean that it will have no side-effects. If you want to go natural, you’re probably better off getting what you’re looking for in your food. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), for instance, has received a lot of hype as a weight-loss supplement, but there’s little research for its effectiveness. In all probability, the same results can be achieved with a low calorie diet consisting or high protein, fruits and vegetables with a combination of some physical activity.

To conclude, weight loss supplements are not necessarily evil as perceived by some but they are also not a one-stop solution for obesity. To curb your weight, you need to look at the overall quality of your diet and workout. Once that is in place, you can take help from these supplements to boost your weight loss process since they control appetite and increase your BMR. Just make sure of the authenticity of the product you are about to consume and you’re all set.