To many a people today, the choice to lose the extra pounds may seem the biggest decision they’d ever have to make until they are faced with making the decision of how to go about it and which product and services will actually assist them in accomplishing this laudable goal. There is such a wide web of weight loss information and products available on the internet today claiming to have the answers to all your weight loss management problems that it has become all too easy to get confused and entangled.
While there are various brands of weight loss supplements available in the market today, the interesting thing is that they all fall into one of several categories. Understanding the categorization of these supplements makes it much easier for you to streamline your choice and make better judgment on which product you believe would be more appropriate to solve your weight loss problems.
In this article, we review the most popular weight loss supplements categories with recommendations â€“ where applicable â€“ of the best available supplement in that particular category. At the end, we also consider some tips to help you increase your chances of making the right category and product choice in order to maximize your weight loss benefits.
1. Fat Binders
Fat binders are weight loss supplements that work by binding to dietary fats in the digestive tract to form a fluid gel-like compound around fat molecules. The resulting compound becomes too large and complex to be absorbed into the body and is consequently eliminated from the body as waste.
The big plus for using fat binders is that they allow you to eat almost anything you like while still drastically reducing the overall amount of dietary fat that is absorbed into the body. This type of weight loss supplements will be very good for individuals who find it very difficult avoiding Fast Foods or can’t restrain themselves from consuming fat-rich foods.
One major setback for this type of weight loss supplements is that they are only capable of inhibiting the absorption of consumed dietary fat. They can therefore be considered to play more of preventive role in weight loss. Fat binders have virtually no effect on existing fat stores and therefore may be more suitable for dieters who want to keep the fat off than those who want to shed their existing excess body fat.
The erstwhile popular fat binders were derived from chitosan, a fibrous material made from shellfish shells. While this material proved to be able to absorb fats, preventing their digestion, and thereby reducing caloric intake, their overall weight reduction benefits were however considered very trivial and were mostly not recommended for serious weight control management.
The brand, Proactol, which was more recently introduced into the market, is a new clinically proven 100% organic fat binder. The active ingredient in Proactol is NeoPuntia which is a 100% organic fiber that have been extensively studied for its outstanding fat binding capabilities.
Proactol not only binds and eliminates the fats you eat so that the body cannot store them but it also contains ingredients that help to suppress your appetite thereby making you to eat less. In fact, it would be an understatement to say that Proactol leads the pack â€“ in terms of effectiveness and no known side effects â€“ when talking about natural fat binders. It is indeed the king of fat binders.
2. Carb Blockers
The weight loss supplements in this category are designed to help you lose weight by preventing the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose (which is often converted into fat) and blocking their absorption thereby reducing the amount of damaging calories that enters the body.
The active ingredient in carb blockers is the white kidney bean extract – phaselous vulgaris – which inhibits the function of the enzymes such lipase that are involved in the process of breaking down carbohydrates.
If you are the type that is addicted to sweets, sugars, and carbohydrate-rich food in general, then using a carb blocker will be an indispensable asset in your weight loss war arsenal. They are generally considered safe to use given the fact that they are not directly absorbed by the body but rather “block” the breakdown and absorption of ingested carbohydrates.
Carb blockers however suffer from a lack of sufficient independent research studies to prove their overall short- and long-term effectiveness in helping dieters healthily lose weight. Also, they may cause heartburn, excessive gas, gastrointestinal distress, and diarrhea in some users.
Equally, like the fat binders earlier discussed, they can best be classified as preventive weight loss supplements since they do not directly have any impact on the existing body fat stores and therefore the dieter would require the use of other supplements or increased exercise to help rid his or herself of the already accumulated excess body fat.
The best carb blocker available on the market today is by far Meratol. Meratol’s proven effectiveness and popularity is majorly related to its unique formulation. Rather than making use of one active ingredient to achieve its weight loss effect, Meratol was instead formulated to make use of 4 active weight loss ingredients which includes extracts of Capsicum (chili), Prickly Pear, brown algae (seaweed), and caffeine.
Meratol helps you block carbohydrate absorption, suppress your appetite, reduce your food cravings, increases your metabolism and burn more calories.
3. Thermogenic Calorie Burners
Thermogenesis refers to the production of heat in the body which can therefore be translated to mean that thermogenic calorie burners work by increasing the body’s temperature thereby forcing it to burn fat as an energy source and at a much faster rate.
However, since they only work by increasing your body heat production to achieve their weight loss effect, dieters can easily add back some of the lost weight when they stop taking thermogenic calorie burners.
4. Metabolism Boosters
This category of weight loss supplements are somewhat the most popularly used today and aid weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolism through stimulation of the central nervous system (CNS).
Weight loss drugs or supplements that speed up the body’s metabolism are generally regarded as stimulants, for instance caffeine. These kinds of products are generally the strongest and work the fastest but they have various serious side effects that they are mostly not recommended for healthy weight loss.
Most of these types of supplements stimulate organs of the body that should not normally be stimulated such as the heart. In fact, several of these products often contain harmful and elevated amounts of ingredients such as caffeine while others may contain extracts and derivatives of even banned ingredients such as Ma Huang (the plant from which Ephedra is made). Metabolism boosters containing stimulants such as ephedra (which has been implicated in more than a dozen deaths) have been banned by the FDA due to their dangerous side effects.
However, Phen375, also known as Phentemine375, is a new synthetic pharmaceutical-grade fat burning and appetite suppressing formulation. It is manufactured in FDA registered pharmaceutical labs in California. Phen375 is clinically proven to boosts your metabolic rate and energy levels while also acting as an appetite suppressant thereby increasing your overall fat burning capabilities.
Phen375 is made from high quality active ingredients such as Dimethylpentalyne, Trimethylxanthine, Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), and L-carnitine. These compounds go to work instantly to fast track the burning of large amounts of excess body fat.
The combination of these compounds in Phen375 virtually makes it the MOST POWERFUL legalized non-prescription weight loss product on the market.
5. Thyroid Supplements
Thyroid supplements are designed to affect the thyroid gland thereby activating the production of the thyroid hormone. The thyroid is part of a complex, tightly-controlled feedback mechanism that regulates basic aspects of metabolism, such as growth rate, body temperature and also how fast the body burns calories.
A problem with the thyroid gland can affects a person’s weight and it is often common to hear people say that their weight gain is as a result of a thyroid problem. This category of weight loss supplements are more suitable for individuals who have hypothyroidism – a disorder in which the thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone.
Although at one time thyroid hormone was prescribed for weight loss management, the very high risk associated with the thyroid caused the production of most thyroid supplements to be discontinued.
6. Complex Herbal Weight Loss Supplements
The next category of weight loss supplements is made up of products that contain natural nutrients meant to work with and also boost your body’s fat burning ability.
They are usually combinations of natural nutrients that have the ability to suppress the appetite, enhance metabolism, and prevent the absorption of blood fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol. They also contain additional herbal components to provide nutritional support.
Although probably the most natural of all weight loss supplements, they are however somehow the slowest of the pack in terms of their weight loss efficiency and effectiveness. Nevertheless, they can yield magnificent results when combined with good eating habits and plenty of exercise.
7. Appetite Suppressants
The last category – although not anywhere near last of the pack – is a very popular one. The active ingredients in this category of weight loss supplements are designed to decrease or suppress your appetite thereby helping you to reduce your overall calorie intake.
It would seem reasonable to assume that if your biggest dieting problem is hunger, then your first line of action would be to make use of an appetite suppressant to help keep your hunger pangs in check.
If the truth is to be said, most people using a weight loss diet or in fact anybody that wants to lose weight, need some form of assistance in this area and therefore an appetite suppressant would be highly recommended because when used as a supplement to a good weight loss program, its usage can yield very positive and dramatic results.
The previous most commonly used active ingredients in appetite suppressing supplements included 5-HTP (extract from the African shrub Griffonia simplicifolia); Phenylalanine (an amino acid from the blue-green algae Spirulina); Hydroxycitric acid (derived from the Indian sour-tasting fruit, Garcinia Cambogia); and St John’s Wort.
However, one of the most popular ingredients used in today’s appetite suppressants is the highly prized South African succulent desert plant known as Hoodia Gordonii. Hoodia is a well researched and proven appetite suppressant that has been used by the Sans Tribe of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa for centuries whenever they went on extended hunting trips in the desert.
P57, a steroidal glycoside, is the active ingredient in Hoodia Gordonii and is considered a very unstable molecule that has proven very difficult for pharmaceutical companies to successfully and economically synthesize. Also, Hoodia Gordonii is an endangered species and it is therefore very difficult to source due to a lot of national and international restrictions on its harvesting from the wild.
UniqueHoodia is a Hoodia Gordonii based appetite suppressant that has been proven to reduce your calorie intake by up to 2,000 calories each day. UniqueHoodia is 100% pure Hoodia Gordonii from South Africa and is by far the best clinically tested and certified appetite suppressant on the market today.
So there you have it! Now, let’s look at some helpful decision making tips when deciding on the most appropriate weight loss supplements to make use of.
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