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November 20, 2009 at 11:16 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

How to Choose a Weight Loss Supplement

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A new weight loss plan is a huge commitment. Not only do you have to change your eating and exercise habits, but you also have to change your mindset and lifestyle to be able to lose weight and maintain your fitness. Sometimes, finding the right options for weight loss can be confusing because there are so many choices, products, and combinations of therapies to choose from.

Many people seek out natural supplements to help them in their weight loss program, but with so many different supplements on the market, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Luckily, there are some general rules to follow to assist you in finding the correct natural weight loss supplement for you.

Different Types of Supplements

Before you start looking at individual products, it is important to know the different kinds of supplements that are available and what they do. Some of the more popular weight loss supplements include thermogenic fat burners, stimulant-free fat burners, carb blockers, fat blockers, and appetite suppressants.

Thermogenic Fat Burners - These help by raising your metabolism. Although they have proven to be effective with weight loss, they should be used with caution as they contain Ephedrine, caffeine, or other types of stimulants that could possibly cause some harmful side effects.

Stimulant-Free Fat Burners - Like thermogenic fat burners, these also allow you to lose weight by raising your metabolism. The only difference is that they don't contain stimulants like Ephedrine or caffeine. They have been proven safe and effective

Carb Blockers - Usually made of wheat-protein extract, refined white kidney bean extract, or both, these have been known to inhibit as much as 70% of starch absorption consumed when eating.

Fat Blockers - These work by blocking the actions of fat-digesting enzymes in the GI tract, effectively absorbing about one third of the fat consumed in the intestines to then be excreted. This allows the body to absorb a minimal amount of fat and aids in weight loss.

*There has been a lot of controversy and debate over the efficacy and safety of both carb and fat blockers.

Appetite suppressants can either be made with natural or unnatural ingredients. But, whether the ingredients are natural or not, they work with your body to suppress your appetite, thus causing you to eat less and lose weight. Again, there has been much controversy over the years with appetite suppressants, and they really should be used with extreme caution.

How to Choose the Supplement

The most important thing to keep in mind is that taking a pill or supplement to lose weight by itself is not safe or effective. Supplements should be used for additional support. When choosing a supplement you want to make sure that you can find research or testimonials on the product. You should also avoid products ingredients that will be harmful to your system like fillers, caffeine, or Ephedrine. Lastly, you want to make sure you are buying supplements from a reputable company.


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