What is a Dietary Supplement?
By definition a dietary supplement is something you eat or drink, and may come in pill, capsule, tablet or liquid form. They are usually vitamins, herbs or minerals, and are available as prescriptions, online, in health food stores, department stores, grocery stores or pharmacies. These are not regulated by the FDA, and although manufacturers are not allowed to state their products can treat or prevent an illness or disease, they are allowed to say that their supplements can give to a person's health and well-being. However, most active ingredients have been used for centuries to cure illness.
Types of Dietary Supplements
People trying to lose weight and maintain optimal health have a myriad of choices when it comes to dietary supplements. There are thermogenic fat burners, stimulant-free thermogenics, appetite suppressants, and thyroid regulators. Many are available over-the-counter, however, if someone is dangerously obese, their doctor may choose to prescribe a dietary supplement in conjunction with dietary changes and an exercise routine.
Common Dietary Supplements
Alli, an over-the-counter version of the prescription medication Orlistat, helps reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs from the food you eat.
CLA helps reduce body fat while increasing lean muscle mass. The muscle mass you have the more fat you burn for a longer period, even while you sleep.
Hydroxycitric acid prevents your body from storing carbohydrates as fat, and suppresses appetite as well. It comes from the fruit garcinia cambogia, which is similar to the citrus found in other fruits such as oranges.
Using the spice cayenne, or the substance capsicin helps suppress hunger and burn fat simultaneously.
Drinking green tea per helps both burn fat and boost metabolism due to the polyphenols it has. These are plant substances derived from plants containing antioxidants--these serve to protect the body from cell damage and free radicals responsible for cancer.
Dr. Oz's Picks
Dr. Oz is the world's most famous weight loss advocate and cardiologist, advocating for Americans to get healthy and lose weight. His goal is for everyone to eat healthy and get moving. He does, however, have a special list of dietary supplements he believes helps in the weight loss process. If a supplement makes the Dr. Oz list, you know it is not only safe, but effective as well.
His first choice is Calcium Pyruvate. Although he explains that calcium is naturally occurring in the body, he believes adding an extra 1,000 mg per day in supplement form before meals expedites the fat burning process. The calcium complements the pyruvate, helping it enter fat cells quickly, than firing up the cells to burn fat more efficiently and quickly.
Next on his list is chitosan, a derivative of the exoskeleton of shellfish. Chitosan prevents fat from entering the intestines, allowing only healthy food to enter.
Finally he recommends Gamma-Linolenic Acid. Found in primrose and black currant seed, this omega-6 fatty acid forces fat cells to release excess fat from the body.
The Role of Exercise
No matter how effective these supplements are, they are not a magic cure for obesity. People must do their part as well to reach their weight loss goals. This includes exercise. Regular physical activity, which can include 45 to 60 minutes of walking, swimming, biking or dancing five days a week, helps burn calories and fat, ultimately shedding excess weight. To burn fat even faster, two to three times per week a person should strength train. This can include lifting free weights, working out on a home gym or performing abdominal exercises.
Losing weight takes time, motivation and dedication. However, a person can make it easier on themselves by adding a dietary supplement to their regime. Choose carefully based on each need. Additionally, a person should always check with their doctor to make sure any medications or health conditions will not interfere with their chosen supplement.
Charles Fitzgerald Butler, is a real estate professional and marketing entrepreneur who struggled with being overweight most of his life. He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes when he turned 30 years old. During the last several years Charles has managed to lose weight and put his diabetes in remission.
By : Charles fitzgerald butler