I served the healthcare industry for more than 10 years, especially on herbal products. Here i am sharing my intakes to help readers.
Way to Choose the Right Weight Loss Supplement
Since obesity is a global issue more and more people are banking on weight loss supplements. Some people are getting remarkable result, whereas some have tired testing various supplements and dejected by not losing a single pound.
So choosing a right supplement is essential and here, there are some guidelines which can lead one to a right path:
- How was the concept-weight loss supplement developed?
- What is a weight loss supplement?
- How does it work?
- What is the level of my obesity and is it really required?
- What is the reason of my obesity?
- What are the ingredients of a supplement?
1. How was the Concept- Weight Loss Supplement Developed?
Conventional activities such as dieting and taking prescribed food, gym and routine physical work-outs, free Hands, Yogas are time taking and many a times do not give result at short period of time.
To get an easy route of weight loss journey various health practitioners, chemists, physiological experts, herbal experts, nutritionists all over the world, slowly brought a concept of supplement.
2. What are Weight Loss Supplements?
Supplements are blends of different elements which regulate our biological activities in various ways to control or reduce fat.
There are some common curiosities:
A. Which is the Best Supplement?
Different supplements use different sets of ingredients, so their working mechanisms also vary. One supplement cannot cure all,.as causes of obesity differ from person to person. So, it is problem specific, there is no best supplement as such.
B. Will it Replace Physical Work Out and Dieting?
They act as accelerators or boosters of the effects attained by your weight loss and dieting activities. A supplement alone is not sufficient to give you desired result. So a supplement can only partially replace dieting or gym.
C. Have They Any Side Effect?
Though supplements are mostly composed from natural sources, they sometimes may show adverse effect due to multiple reasons like - improper selection or some mismatching with biological system or wrong dosage etc.
D. Do They Contain Natural Extract?
Most of them are prepared from natural extracts like, fruit, vegetable, root, rind, algae, fish oil.
E. Are Supplements Effective?
Supplements do work, only if taken after proper detection of the cause of obesity and as per direction.
3. How Does a Supplement Work?
There are multiple mechanisms of a supplement. Some of them are:
A. Increasing Satiety Level
Some supplement contain dietary fibers which keep your stomach full for long time and frequency of food intake becomes lowered. A small quantity and less frequent food intake will prevent fat accumulation.
B. Boosting Metabolism and Keeping Gut Health Functional
Metabolic disorder is most common phenomenon among elderly obese persons. Low metabolic rate mounts unburnt food particles in gut. These unburnt food particles, especially lipids initiate producing microorganisms which in turn gives birth to several diseases including obesity. Lipid metabolism is an crucial mechanism of a supplement.
C. Works as Antioxidant
This act is highly effective for reducing weight. You may call this is a multitasking activity. Oxidants damage body cells and put hindrances to various biological functions. They initiate secretion of fat producing enzymes, prevent fat burning process and cause inflammation. Antioxidants combat with them and re-establish balanced ecosystem.
D. Prevents Hormonal Imbalances
Fat deposition is caused due to hypothyroidism and hormonal imbalances. Some supplements prevents these disorders.
4. What is the Level of My Obesity?
Often people confuse between overweight and obesity. For overweight, supplement may not be that necessary and one can avoid it.
Here is a simple method to calculate your obesity level and accordingly you can decide to go with any supplement.
BMI( Body Mass Index) Calculation
Two parameters are needed
- Weight in lb (pound) = lb
- Height in inches = in
Step1: (lb x 703) ⁄ in = P
Step2: P ⁄ in = BMI
(conversion from kg to lb is 1kg = 2.20462 lbs)
Please use the table to know your obesity level.
|BMI figure||Obesity Level|
18.5 to 25
25 to 30
5. What are the Possible Reasons of Obesity?
Obesity is a symptom, not a disease. Fat deposition starts when some kind of disorder happens in our biological function. Finding out the disorder is essential.
Disorders are self created or created by circumstances.
Wrong food habits, leisure lifestyle, luxurious and comfortable lifestyle, steroid intake, overdrinking, sleeping pills etc. are self created and ageing, hormonal disorder, menopause etc. are created by circumstances.
Some 11 possible causes of obesity:
#1. Calorie Intake vs Calorie Burn
#2. Low Metabolic Rate
#4. Birth Control Pill
#5. Hormonal Imbalance
#7. Anti Depression Drugs
#8. Application of Steroids
#9. Discontinuation of Instruments
#11. Polycystic Ovary
6. Ingredients of Weight Loss Supplements
There are a number of natural elements used in weight loss supplements. Each type of supplement is made to address a specific cause of obesity.
Following table lists some ingredients and their properties in brief.
Caffeine, several bioactive elements (Phytochemicals) like, Lithe bromine, Theophylline, Catechins, Manganese, Rubidium
Stimulant, Metabolite, Cognitive ability.
Amino acid, Vit B1, B2,C, E and K, Iron, Calcium , Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iodine and Antioxidants.
Hormone balancing (FSH, LH, E2, PG, and ACTH ), Reproductive power (men and women), Memory enhancer, prevents Osteoarthritis, lowers BP, Skin rejuvenator, prevents Hypothyroidism.
Grape Seed Extract
Ample antioxidants, Vit C,E, Linolenic acid, Phenolic compounds, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper.
Anti anemic, Metabolite, Anticarcinogenic, Blood Anti-coagulant, Lipid oxidizer, prevents Osteoarthritis, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-Inflammatory, Diabetes resistant.
Plant-Hydroxy citric acid, Phytochemicals. Rind-Fat, Pectin, Tannin, Protein, Sugar. Leaves- Carbs, Fiber, Calcium, Fat, Iron, Ascorbic acid, Oxalic acid.
Metabolite, Fat burner, lowers Triglycerides, Fatty Acid and Cholesterol, Hepatoprotective, Anthelmintic, Anti-inflammatory.
Fat, Protein ,Beta Carotene Ascorbic Acid, Polyphenols, Cupper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Calcium
Belly fat reducer, Metabolite, prevents Osteoarthritis, Blood Sugar, Anti-Inflammatory, Immunizer.
High soluble fiber, Vit C, Iron, . Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Antioxidant, Plant protein
Belly fat remover, Sugar Metabolizer, Cholesterol and Triglycerides reducer
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Dietary Fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, Prosperous, Manganese, Copper, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Metabolite, Low GI level, Lipid oxidizer, lowering Appetize, Antiseptic, Immunizer, Anti-Inflammatory, Anemia prevention.
Causes of obesity are complex and needed to be properly detected under professional medical guidance. Author has mentioned some possibilities only. Here author writes from his experience and knowledge gathered from various medical journals and reports and never advises to substitute his opinion with recommendation from a medical professional.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.