How often have you been sitting there, watching late-night television, potato chip crumbs clinging to your sweatshirt, and wish there was some kind of weight loss pill that would magically melt away all the calories you just binged? We’ve all been there.
Even the best of us will give in to all the delicious food out there and consume a day’s worth of calories in one sitting. And yeah, it can be a bit frustrating looking back at that binge. Chowing down the bag of chips or that pint of ice cream sure tasted good, but now you’re really going to have to put in the work at the gym to torch through those calories.
Is there at least something that can help you burn the weight faster?
In some instances yes, there are a few products on the market. Now, none of these are going to replace proper diet and exercise, but as supplements, they can help give you a small boost, which in turn will help you churn through more calories or even block your body from absorbing some kinds of foods.
Here are some of the best weight loss products to consider and whether or not they are right for you.
Top Secret Weight Loss Products
There are so many different fat burners out there it would be impossible to really get into each product (unless you’re interested in a book-length dive into the mystery of these products). Really what you need to know is how these things work. First of all, yes, fat burners can help. However, the name “fat burner” does give off the impression that it will just torch fat that’s already there. However, that’s not how it works.
Fat burners are usually made up of ingredients designed to boost your metabolism.
There is often caffeine inside as well. Some will help cut down your appetite, although this only works if you listen to your appetite (there are many out there who will eat when not hungry, so if you fall under this category that appetite suppresser element might not help you as much). This way, when you work out at the gym you might be able to burn more calories than you would without the supplement.
These aren’t going to provide a massive boost though. Any improvement to your metabolic rate prior to a workout is desirable, and, over the course of weeks, it can add up to helping you lose a few extra pounds over the course of a month, so keep this in mind.
With so many brands and types of fat burners out there which one is best?
Well, you might need to do some experimenting on your own, but there are a handful of ingredients you need to look out for. Check the back label for ingredients including caffeine, green tea extract, yohimbine, and even soluble fiber (Healthline).
This product works differently from fat burners. With a fat burner, you’ll ideally consume less while burning more calories. A fat blocker, on the other hand, will keep your body from absorbing the fat you consume. A fat blocker prevents the body from digesting the fat calories you consume, causing most of the fat to be passed out of the body.
Now, the best fat blocker is not eating fatty foods. This will work better than any kind of pill you might want to take. So, if you’re currently eating a high-fat diet you should consider making adjustments to this. However, if this isn’t completely possible, or if there are times where it is unavoidable, a flat block might work.
Even Shawn Shearer could use these.
You should note that with a fat blocker you’ll end up passing the fat. This can result in an oily, watery stool. You’ll also likely need to use the restroom more frequently, especially if you eat a high-fat diet. In general, this can work, but you’ll save money and improve your time in the bathroom by simply switching to a low/no-fat diet.
A carb blocker works similarly to a fat blocker. A carb blocker will prevent the body from absorbing some of the complex carbs you consume. It won’t block out all of the carbs, so keep this in mind. According to Food And Function (2016), a carb blocker will prevent your body from absorbing up to 50 or even 65 percent of the carbs you eat (the fewer carbs you eat in a meal the better the blocking rate, so if you eat a meal extremely high in carbs the percentage blocked will drop). Most carb blockers will not function as well, but ultimately it depends on your body and the supplement you take.
A carb blocker works like fiber, in that it will cling to the carb and prevent the body from absorbing.
However, a carb blocker may not actually prevent your body from absorbing the kind of carbs you want. Most people who have carb consumption problems have an issue with simple carbs, such as sugar added in sweets and many other processed foods.
Carb blockers do not prevent these kinds of carbs from being absorbed, so if your issue is with sugar a carb blocker will not help. Instead, this kind of blocker works best when used while eating brown rice, brown pasta, 100% whole wheat bread, and so on.
If you are someone that eats a large number of complex carbs a carb blocker can help. Just keep in mind that carbs provide your body with energy faster than with protein or fat calories, so if you’re going to hit the gym or partake in an athletic activity you’ll want access to carbohydrates. Should you take a carb blocker that prevents this your body will instead begin to pull from muscle tissue and begin to break it down for energy. Carb blockers can help, just when used properly, and when you don’t need the added energy in a workout.
Speaking of blocking carbs, you can easily add a healthy carb blocking too to your weight loss regimen by including a fiber supplement in your diet. Fiber is great not only in that it will help prevent the absorption of some carbs you consume but it will also help improve your digestive system. If you’ve been eating unhealthy as of late, or your diet regularly centers on processed foods, you need to give your body a bit of a detox.
No, you don’t need to go out and purchase one of those kidney flush supplements. All you really need to do is eat clean and healthy for a few weeks with the inclusion of fiber. And even if you have been eating healthy a fiber supplement can help. You don’t want to go overboard with the fiber, as you’ll end up in the bathroom for most of the day, but a little bit does go a long way.
Beyond the ability to absorb carbs and normalize your time in the bathroom, it can also help you control your blood sugar as well as lower your cholesterol. Of all the supplements listed so far, this is the most natural and it can be easily added to your daily routine (Mayo Clinic, 2018).
As a reference, men 50 years and younger should be consuming at least 38 grams of fiber a day while women in the same age group should focus on 25 grams of fiber. For men over the age of 50, you will want at least 30 grams of fiber a day while women should shoot for around 21 grams.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
CLA for short is a chemical that is often found in fatty acid. It has been shown to possibly help cut down on your body fat and assist with the production of muscle growth, although each individual is different when taking CLA. The suggested dosage for this supplement is anywhere from 1.8 to 6.8 grams per day.
As you can see there is a rather large range in consumption for the supplement, so you’ll want to follow the suggested dosage on the back of the label. It will be based on your body weight as well as a handful of other factors. However, if Type 2 Diabetes runs in your family you’ll want to avoid it. This is because it may raise your insulin resistance, which increases your chances of developing Type 2.
Here is a supplement you can find at your local health food store (you might also be able to find it in the supplement section of your grocery store). Chromium is a hormone your body produces to help turn food into energy. This is a supplement you don’t want to go too overboard with.
Taking more than 35 micrograms a day can lead to some minor issues such as headaches, insomnia, and a problem with focusing and thinking. With the supplement, you might be able to burn more calories by improving your body’s ability to convert food into energy, although ideally, you’ll want to consult with your doctor first. They can tell you if this is a good idea or if your body doesn’t need the chromium picolinate boost (WebMD).
There are a handful of weight loss products out there that will help you burn more calories while you work out or even prevent your body from absorbing fats and other foods. Should you decide to give some of these products a try make sure to follow the recommended dosage.
Going overboard might end up being detrimental to your health (especially with the amount of caffeine some of these products have). And, as always, monitor your own health and how you feel. As long as you do that you will be able to identify the supplements that work for you in your quest for weight loss.