Are you looking to lose weight? Well, did you know that there are actually supplements for weight loss? But do your research before making a purchase as the FDA count weight loss supplements as foods rather than drugs so there are less restrictions on them. It also means that supplements can be released before they are proven to be safe. And some of them actually had prescription drugs in them without labeling them. So we recommend asking for your doctor’s opinion as well as doing research before trying weight loss supplements. Losing weight has so many health benefits which include better looking skin, reduced risk of heart disease, feeling more confident, having more energy, able to do physical activities you couldn’t before, and much much more!
Here are some of the common ingredients found in some of the weight loss supplements available today.
Chitosan is the sugar that comes from the hard outer layer of crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. Chitosan is meant to stop our bodies from absorbing fats and cholesterol. However, results have varied significantly! Some research has shown great results whereas other research has shown little to no benefit of taking Chitosan. There are no known side effects of Chitosan, however, some have reported an upset stomach after taking it.
Chromium is thought to increase the effectiveness of your metabolism as it is a mineral that enhances insulin. And insulin is a hormone which is critical to our metabolism. Chromium is thought to lower your appetite, cut body fat, and help burn more calories. But again, the results are mixed when you look at studies. And the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database says that chromium is “possibly ineffective” for weight loss. And what’s worse is that it does have side effects in some people which includes insomnia, headaches, and / or irritability. Although these side effects are rare, they do happen from time to time. For those who suffer from kidney or liver issues, they should definitely stay away from Chromium as it could further exacerbate the issues.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
CLA is one of the more popular supplement ingredients around. It contains chemicals which are found in linoleic acid (fatty acid). And there is research that shows it can actually help you stay fuller for longer and therefore, help you lose weight. However, there is also research saying that it basically does nothing. So the jury is out on this one too. And in some cases there have been reported side effects such as nausea, upset stomach, and possible diarrhea.