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Weight Loss Supplements: Products That Work

Updated on September 22, 2012

How To Eliminate Poor Supplements From Your Search

If you're looking for a high-quality weight loss supplement, you could be in for quite a trip. There's a lot of products out there today and with some of them, you might as well be eating or drinking garbage- straight out of your trash can. Here I've provided some tips for choosing a supplement, along with a few specific products that have my stamp of approval that are guaranteed to get you results.

First, you need to be able to weed-out the totally false supplements. Anything that promises ultra-fast weight loss- like 12 pounds in 3 days- is a scam. Your body cannot burn fat that quickly. Many of these types of supplements do actually help you lose weight very quickly, but not weight in fat- weight in water. This is because water can quickly be flushed from the system, giving the illusion of legitimate weight loss. However, after a few weeks it will become evident that dehydration can only last for so long and legitimate weight loss has not taken place- you're no leaner than before. This outlandish claim for rapid, tremendous weight loss is probably the easiest sign of a scam.

Next we have the weight loss pills. Some of these pills claim to heighten the metabolism and burn fat, causing weight loss. Others are appetite suppressants. The metabolic-enhancing pills are often scams that promise weight loss and simply never deliver. I would stay away from those as a general rule of thumb. The appetite suppressants can actually be a high-quality supplement. I would be skeptical of anything that promises super-fast results or encourages you to not eat a healthy-balanced diet. An appetite surppressant does not replace healthy eating habits, it simply helps you cut down on your calories- it's a tool, not an all-inclusive fix to being overweight.




What To Look For In A Supplement

There are several products and substances you can take to help you lose weight, however none of these should be seen as the all-inclusive fix I referred to before. Natural products and techniques are usually a better bet than things you've never heard of that are derived from 500 different substances. I told you earlier to avoid supplements that promise very high increases in metabolism. Well, I'm making an exception to that rule: shakes. Many of the weight loss shakes out there provide natural ingredients to help you boost your metabolism, so don't write them off completely. Something else I'd like to suggest is whey protein powder. For those of you who don't know, whey protein is a fast-absorption protein rich in amino acids that provides the body with a blast of protein, minus the extra calories. If your goal is weight loss, I would avoid consuming more than 1 scoop at a time, and make sure the powder doesn't contain too many carbs, sugars, or fat. A good protein shake for weight loss purposes can be found online or in a store (like GNC or the vitamin shoppe). You can actually find supplements that are carb-free if you try. Whey protein can help you lose weight if it replaces other, higher calorie protein options. Try to take your powder with water or fat-free milk, to cut down even further on the calories. I've included some products that will definitely help you burn fat, eat right, eat healthy and lose weight for good.

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    • jclaffee profile imageAUTHOR

      Jesse Claffee 

      5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Hi Kat, thank you for your comment and I'm glad to help. Weight loss plateaus are quite common, so you're not alone. An appetite suppressant may help you break that frustrating cycle by lowering your caloric intake. However, make sure you're getting proper nutrition. Right Size Smoothies have gotten some good reviews by providing high quality smoothies at lower calories. Also, Isopure protein might help- find the supplement with low carbs, sugars and fats. Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions.

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      kat_thurston 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the information after having 5 children I've been trying to lose weight. I do really good for awhile and even though I stay faithful to exercising and my diet it seems that I lose so much then I can't lose anymore. I hate taking pills but it's something I may have to consider because I have another 50lbs that I'd like to see gone.

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