There is an obesity problem in America and much of the rest of the world. What has caused this obesity epedemic is generally agreed to be diets consisting largely of fast food, too much time doing things that involve sitting on one’s kiester , and busy schedules. These factors have conspired to turn many modern nations into the land of the free and home of the fat. The rapid weight gain by many in society has caused many people to look for a quick solution, which may also be a cause of the weight problems faced by so many. Invariably, “quick solution” means something that can be taken by mouth, followed by a drink of water. Weather due to compressed schedules or a product of our instant gratification societies, the pill and powder solution is becoming the path people choose to lose weight .
There are 2 primary types of weight loss and diet supplements; fat burners, more accurately called thermogenics, and appetite suppressants. Some do both , causing a decrease in appetite, while also helping users to burn fat.
Thermogenics are substances that cause the body to literally burn fat. As the name suggests, they increase the body’s metabolic rate and generate heat. This rise in basal (resting) metabolic rate and attendant heat is means that more calories are being burned. This is good news indeed, because it means that more calories are being burned off 24 hours a day, weather you’re watching TV, sleeping, or working out.
The best thermogenic fat burner is a combination of many ingredients. There used to be a family of thermogenics that was extremely effective and enjoyed wide-spread popularity. The problem was the active ingredient in these products was ephedra. . Ephedra was very effective, but was ultimately proven to be unsafe , and because of this it was permanently removed fmo the marketplace in 2006, after a 2003 ban was overturned in 2005.
The FDA’s ruling caused supplement makers to burn the midnight oil trying to fill ephedra’s shoes. Most have used a combination of different ingredients. The most common ingredients used in the fat burning supplements you’ll find on store shelves include caffeine, bitter orange , green tea extract, yohimbe, and CLA -(Conjugated Linoleic Acid).
Because of their effects on the body , some of these ingredients are also found in weight lifting supplements as well , although such supplements will contain other ingredients specifically to increase muscle mass or help recovery from intense workouts .
The above ingredients are often combined with some proprietary compounds to form what in some cases are highly effective products. Don’t be fooled by outrageous claims however, as diet supplement marketers are well known for the propensity to embellish and exaggerate, if not outright lie.
Because some companies market their products with more than embellishment than a politician in an election year, that does not mean that there are no good supplements. Some are quite effective however, which causes many millions of dollars worth of these to be sold every year.
Although many of the fat burning supplements will also help you feel less hungry, there are supplements that are dedicated to that as their sole function . Some of these are not really supplements at all, but powerful prescription drugs, such as Symphathomimetics. They act on the body’s sympathetic central nervous system to take away appetite.
Other substances are available over the counter, and are found in many supplements, such as Hoodia Gardonii. Hoodia has become very popular in recent years, and can be found in dozens of different appetite suppressant supplements. It has been clinically tested to be effective at promoting weight loss, which accounts for it’s rapid rise in popularity.
Recently, several weight loss supplements have skyrocketed to popularity, in part thanks to powerful celebrity endorsements. Hoodia and acai berry spring to mind. This has led to a situation where some unscrupulous individuals capitalize on the popularity by selling fake or inferior products. Unfortunately, many people won’t be able to tell the difference until after they have spend hundreds of dollars on the weak or counterfeit products . The supplement industry largely eludes the scrutiny of many regularoty agencies, so the bad apples continue to get away with htis type of behavior.
There are actually 3 basic kinds of appetite suppressant supplements. Some appetite suppressants are merely herbal stimulants and while they may take away the cravings for food, they may also leave you feeling jittery and downright grungy, others work on you physiologically, and trick your body into thinking that you don’t need to eat, because you aren’t hungry. There still are others that work by purely physical means. They actually swell up when they come into contact with stomach fluids, causing you to feel full.
Weather you want to lose weight by sweating away in a gym and just need a little extra help to maximize your efforts, or you want to be able to lose weight by parking your can on the couch, there is doubtlessly some form of pill, tablet, or powder that will help you do just that. Many people use these things as a one time quick solution to get ready for something special, like marriage or graduation. Other people go on to become almost addicted to them. Remember the main concern is that the products you are taking are safe and effective. If they are, you’ enjoy watching your extra weight dissappear!