Because there are so many new medications out on the market to help people lose weight, there is also a great deal of skepticism on what works and what is purely fiction. Besides the prescription medications, there are also a large number of supplements that you can purchase, some of which may be able to help you lose more weight than a prescription medication with proper exercise and diet.
If you’ve been overwhelmed by a visit to your local grocery store supplement aisle, you aren’t alone. It can be tough to figure out what may work for you, and what is a total waste of your time, money, and effort.
Luckily, there are some supplements out there on the market that are able to assist you in your weight loss goals. This list of 7 supplements was compiled by looking into actual research from doctors and checking into the supplements with the highest rankings from the National Standard organization. All of the supplements listed here received either an A or B rating from the organization for their high quality and the ability to see results from the supplements themselves.
1. Whey Protein
Whey protein has been known to build muscle, so it is probably one of the only supplements that you may have heard of. Some supplement brands have been publicizing whey protein for years for this purpose. Interestingly, whey protein also lessons your appetite, which can obviously correlate to eating less and losing weight. Whey protein is all natural and is pulled from the whey of milk, which is a kind of protein that is easy on the system to digest. Having a higher level of muscle can also help further your weight loss, so it is a great choice to start with if you are interested in trying a supplement.
2. Mango Seed Fiber
You may have recently heard of a hot new diet supplement, African mango seed. This supplement is gaining in popularity and has even been featured on the Dr. Oz show for its weight loss abilities. The fiber that comes from the seed of the African mango tree has been used for years in Africa as a weight loss supplement, both by itself of in combination with other supplements, exercise, and diet. In Africa, this supplement is also used to relieve pain and as an antibiotic. While it is still in the research phase, many people have seen success using African mango and the mango seed fibers.
3. HCA (Hydroxycitrate Acid)
Brindal berry and Garcinia Cambogia, fruits that are primarily found in Southeast Asia, produce a new supplement that people are seeing results from. These fruits produce a kind of salt from the dried rind that can be used to help people lose weight. HCA is a longtime Indian remedy to help with stomach issues and joint pain. The strongest ingredients in the product are Cintrin or Citrilite. There has been a bit of research to support that these supplements can help limit fat absorption, to limit your appetite, they can lower your cholesterol, and can increase your metabolism.
Glucomannon is a highly effective treatment for controlling out of control blood sugar, for diabetes management, and to help with weight loss. Glucomannon is actually a fiber that comes from Konjac, which is an Asian plant. Glucomannon is used as a food in Asia, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. The fiber can help to suck up water in your digestive system, which helps to lower your cholesterol and prevent/lessen the absorption of carbs. There is research available that supports this supplement being used to assist with weight loss.
Chitosan, another virtually unknown supplement, is another fiber that comes from something called chitin, which comes from the shells of bugs, crustaceans, and shellfish. While it may sound less than appetizing, this is a regularly prescribed supplement used by holistic therapists to decrease an individual’s level of cholesterol. Chitosan is now being pushed as a fiber that can help absorb excess fat.
6. Beta Glucan
Beta Glucan is another fiber, this one is a soluble version that is pulled from mushrooms, algae, and yeast. Beta Glucan is known to help to lower your cholesterol and can help to control diabetes, and can also help people to lose weight.
7. CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
Last but not least, CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, is found mainly in dairy and beef and has both weight loss and cancer preventative features. Because it is mainly found in animal products, most people who are vegetarian or vegan don’t get enough CLA naturally. As we know, omega 3 fatty acids are great for all kinds of things, from heart health to eye health. While you can get dairy products which have an extra dose of CLA’s, to get a helpful amount of CLA, you’ll need to try a supplement. CLA is mostly made from safflower oil, and is already a popular food supplement for health nuts because it can reduce your overall body fat. While there is some evidence that CLA works for weight loss, some of the research has mixed results.
These are just 7 of the most highly rated supplements that are available for purchase on the market today. The world of supplements is vast and confusing, so make sure that you don’t waste your time and money on a weight loss promise which won’t come to fruition. Instead, trust one of these 7 supplements to assist you in your weight loss goals.
What do you think about these seven supplements? What supplements have worked for you? Share your thoughts with us!