Weight Loss Supplements

1) Fucoxanthin

Fucoxanthin is an antioxidant found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame, the seaweed used in miso soup. Although there haven’t been any human studies, preliminary research in animals suggest it may target abdominal fat. Fucoxanthin also doesn’t appear to be a stimulant like ephedra, bitter orange or caffeine.

2) Green Tea

There is some research indictating that substances in green tea, such as theanine, may raise your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Although drinking green tea may not help you with weight loss on its own, there is some evidence that drinking green tea may support your weight loss efforts.

Polyphenols are the antioxidants that give green tea its health-and metabolism-boosting punch. Research shows they boost resting metabolic rate by up to a whopping 17 percent, helping the body to burn more fat. One recent study done on rats found that EGCG, the polyphenol in green tea, blocked weight gain and prevented metabolic syndrome when rats were fed a high-fat diet. You can actually feel this effect after you drink the tea. Your body will literally heat up as your cells waste calories as heat. Green tea is a great winter elixir for that reason. Drink a cup whenever you feel chilled and are tempted to eat even though you are not really that hungry. The tea will warm and soothe you, reducing hunger and cravings.

3) White Bean Extract

White bean extract, also known as Phaseolus vulgaris, is a natural substance that is commonly sold in supplement form. Typically marketed as a “starch blocker”, proponents of white bean extract claim that it can prevent the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose (sugar).

4) CLA

CLAs are potent fat burners that are found, along with D and calcium, in dairy products. They are fatty acids that are created when bacteria ferments the food in the first part of the stomach of cows, sheep, and other ruminant animals. The CLA that is created through fermentation then makes its way into the meat and milk of these animals.

When we consume these foods, the CLA helps blood glucose enter body cells, so CLA can be burned for energy and not stored as fat. CLA also helps to promote fat burning, especially in muscles, where the bulk of our calorie burning takes place.

5) Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a substance that is extracted from the root of the konjac (a plant native to Asia). Rich in soluble fiber which attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, proponents claim that glucomannan suppresses appetite and promotes the feeling of satiety.

6) Chitosan

Chitosan is a dietary supplement made from chitin, which is found in shells of crustaceans, such as crabs, shrimp, and lobster. Although there is currently little scientific research regarding the use of chitosan for weight loss, proponents claim that it can fight fat absorption.

7) Vitamin D

Study after study shows that vitamin D helps to ensure body cells listen and respond to insulin, a hormone secreted from your pancreas. One of its jobs is to help glucose get into body cells, which burn glucose for energy. How well insulin pushes glucose into cells is called “insulin sensitivity.” The more sensitive your cells are to insulin, the better. The less sensitive they are to insulin, the more likely the calories you eat will end up in your fat cells.

When levels of D are low, levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) rise. Higher than normal levels of PTH trigger a series of reactions that eventually lead to fat cells converting sugar into fat and hoarding fat rather than releasing it to be burned, explains Michael B. Zemel, PhD, director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

A lack of vitamin D may also interfere with leptin, a hormone that signals your brain to stop eating. Your body doesn’t know when it’s full, so you continue to eat.

8) Hydroxycitrate, Hydroxycitric Acid or HCA

HCA is actually a salt derived from the rind of dried fruit, in particular the Southeast Asian plants brindal berry and Garcinia cambodia. A traditional Indian folk remedy, HCA has been used to treat joint and stomach problems. It’s sold in drug stores and supplement stores as HCA, brindleberry or brindal berry and garcinia, and is the primary ingredient in diet products with names like Citrilite, Citrin, PhyrtriMax, Bio-Max 3000, and Garcinia Trim-Pulse. Research backs the effectiveness of HCA at reducing fat absorption, increasing fat metabolism,  inhibiting appetite, and lowering LDL cholesterol.

9) Resveratrol

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes. It is said to speed up metabolism and prevent the growth of fat cells.

10) Capsaicin

Capsaicin, a natural compound in chili peppers, is said to promote weight loss. Proponents claim that the compound can boost metabolism, decrease appetite, and reduce fat. Some preliminary studies suggest that this spicy chemical may be of some benefit to those trying to slim down. Capsaicin for Weight Loss.

11) Chia

Chia is a plant sold in seed, oil, and capsule form. Chia contains omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants, and is often marketed as a weight loss aid.

12) Hoodia

Hoodia is one of the better-known herbal supplements used as a natural appetite suppressant, but there haven’t been any clinical trials involving humans yet. If you search online for hoodia, you’ll find hundreds of companies selling hoodia and cautioning you not to buy the competitor’s useless hoodia pills. Counterfeit or fake hoodia is a real problem – it’s been estimated that more than half of all hoodia products aren’t actually the real thing.

13) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been marketed as a natural appetite suppressant. There’s even an apple cider vinegar diet, which involves taking one to three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or apple cider vinegar pills before each meal. While there’s no harm in using some vinegar in cooking (a preliminary study suggests it may promote satiety), there have been reports of adverse effects with the use of apple cider vinegar tablets.

14) Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, which are said to increase metabolism and promote weight loss.

15) Bitter Orange

After ephedra was taken off the market in 2004, bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) a herb similar to ephedra, has been marketed as a weight loss aid. Proponents claim that bitter orange can stimulate the fat-burning process. Bitter orange may raise blood pressure, increase heart rate or cause abnormal heart rhythms. Not Recommended.

16)Whey protein

Healthand sports supplement stores have been touting the benefits of whey protein for years, but mainly for building muscle, which it appears to do. However, whey protein also suppresses appetite, thus helping you eat less. Whey protein, which as you can guess is derived from the whey of milk, is an easily digestible form of protein. It contains high levels of the amino acid cysteine.  And having more muscle helps with weight loss too.

17) Beta Glucan

A concentrated soluble fiber derived from yeasts, mushrooms, and algae, beta-glucans come in many forms but all have the effect of lowering cholesterol with the additional benefits of weight loss and helping control diabetes.