Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

15 Popular Weight Loss Supplements

15 Popular Weight Loss SupplementsEverybody seems to be on a diet these days, especially since there are so many types of diet supplements out there. Not all of them will work for your body, and you need to consult with a nutritionist before starting any treatment. Some of the most popular weight loss supplements on the market are briefly presented in the following lines.

Citrus Aurantium

This ingredient is also referred to as bitter orange and is known for its ability to suppress appetite, increase muscle mass and elevate metabolism. Even though current research doesn’t relate this ingredient with weight loss, there’s plenty of data supporting it as an ingredient that helps people lose weight, especially when combined with physical exercise. Citrus Aurantium can be consumed daily, as long as you don’t exceed the limit of 120 mg.

Green Tea

Recent studies have proved that green tea is made up of different compounds known as catechins, which play a major role in the process of losing weight. Catechins are very effective when consumed with caffeine, as they have the ability to elevate metabolism even more than caffeine. Green tea is also known for its ability to improve insulin function, being a great choice for people who want to lose weight. This ingredient should be accompanied by physical exercise and its daily dose should not exceed 270 mg per day.

Caffeine

Caffeine has the ability to mobilize body fat and stimulate metabolism, helping people use their fat for energy. Besides, caffeine is also able to improve the effects of several burning compounds such as citrus aurantium and green tea. As long as you combine it with a diet formula based on several ingredients, caffeine will definitely improve the efficiency of your exercise program and diet. However, make sure you don’t consume more than 600 mg per day.

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is an adaptogenic herb that grows in Europe and South America. Its main ingredients are catechins and polyphenols, which are known for their ability to increase energy expenditure, while also stimulating the human body to take energy from the fat tissues. Research related to yerba mate’s effectiveness as a diet ingredient is still being conducted, but if you plan to give it a try, don’t consume more than 1g per day.

Commiphora Mukul (Guggulsterones)

This herb is mainly found in India, and is available on the market under the form of E & Z guggulsterones. Commiphora Mukul is beneficial not only for cholesterol function, but also for thyroid functions, as it helps the body produce enough thyroid hormones even when you’re on a diet with low levels of calories.

Coleus Forskohlii

Coleus Forskohlii is an ingredient whose role is to mobilize the body fat for being used as energy. Its active ingredient also known as forskolin has the ability to help the body lose fat, while increasing its lean muscle mass. The data gathered about this ingredient is positive even though studies are still being conducted. If you take this supplement, make sure not to exceed the recommended dose of 25 mg two times per day.

7-Keto DHEA

7-Keto DHEA has the ability to increase your metabolic rate without using any stimulants. 7-KETO is naturally found in the human body but its production decreases in time, which is a pity taking into account the fact that this substance is responsible for regulating the fat burning process. This ingredient can be consumed every day, as long as you don’t exceed the 200 mg limit.

Garcinia Cambogia

This plant is found in South Asia, and is currently available under the form of HCA (Hydroxycitric acid). HCA appears to inhibit the enzyme known as ATP-citrate lyase, thus preventing carbohydrates from being turned into fat. Once this enzyme is deactivated, you will also notice a reduced appetite. The recommended dose of this product is between 1.5 and 2.5 grams per day.

Carb Blocker (White Kidney Bean)

This ingredient stops the amylase enzyme, which helps glucose levels stabilize. Research has shown that white kidney bean is effective when taken during or before a complex carb meal. The recommended dose is up to 1.5 grams per meal.

CLA

CLA comes from conjugated linoleic acid and is a very popular omega-6 fatty acid. Research has shown that CLA has the ability to reduce body fat while preserving lean body mass. If you take up to 6 grams of this acid per day,you will experience a remarkable body fat loss and an increased lean muscle mass.

Glucomannan

This dietary fiber is extracted from a plant known as the konjac root. If you take this pill before a meal, it will make you feel full, thus preventing you from eating more than you need. This ingredient is considered to have several other functions, such as delaying gastric empyting, reducing insulin spiking, acting like a prebiotic, as well as as slowing down the dietary carbohydrates’ absorption.

Hoodia Gordonii

The hoodia gordonii plant was first used thousands of years ago by tribes in South Africa, and is known for its ability to supress appetite. Hoodia Gordonii fools your hypothalamus, making it believe that you have eaten and that you’re full. Ancient tribes used it also because of its abilities to make people feel more focused, energetic and stronger. The recommended daily dose is between 500 mg and 2 grams.

Chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral that improves and stabilizes glucose tolerance, triglyceride levels and cholesterol profiles. However, people suffering from diabetes should consult their doctors before taking this supplement.

L-Tyrosine

This substance is an amino acid that encourages the body to mobilize fat and burn it as energy. L-tyrosine can be a good ally when trying to lose weight, especially if you combine it with caffeine and citrus aurantium.

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