There are plenty of methods out there to help eliminate extra weight, some more tangible than others. Many people have turned towards diversifying their diet, trying oral supplements, or experimenting with herbal remedies. But the reality is that there isn’t a “magic pill” or supplement that helps promotes energy and weight loss.
However, there are herbs and supplements out there, when taken in combination with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a consistent sleep pattern, that help boost energy and weight loss.
Do weight loss supplements really work?
Like anyone, it is okay to be skeptical about weight loss supplements, especially ones not regulated by the FDA. So it is important to choose supplements that are supported by functional medicine. There are hundreds of metabolic processes happening throughout the day. It’s important to find the right supplements that actively help facilitate these processes and other processes such as fat oxidation.
So, to answer the question, “do supplements work?” It all depends on those you purchase and how they fit into a regime you’ve created with a health professional.
Natural Supplements to help with weight loss and energy
Carnosine, or L-Carnosine, is an amino acid that has been shown to modulate the effect of metabolic syndrome. This syndrome affects almost 1 in 6 people and makes it very difficult to lose weight because of the lack of insulin regulation, blood sugar, and inflammatory proteins.
Omega-3’s are fatty acids found in foods, such as fish and flaxseed, and dietary supplements, such as fish oil. Fatty acids help curb inflammation, which could be a reason why it is hard to lose weight. These fatty acids are also beneficial for heart health and cellular function.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It is responsible for regulating joint health, skin, and digestive functions. But its most powerful tool for weight loss is its ability to trigger the “fullness hormone” Leptin. This hormone lets your body know when you’ve had enough food. Overeating is one main reason people struggle with weight loss.
B Complex Vitamins
B complex vitamins are essential for supporting a healthy and efficient metabolism. Vitamin B1, in particular, helps the body utilize carbohydrates for energy. This both helps lessen your appetite and allows the body to use its stored and processed energy effectively.
Yes, I know this isn’t technically a “supplement,” but we couldn’t leave it out of this list. Water is 100% calorie-free and helps burn more calories, and it also can help with appetite control. It is also a great stand-in for any sugary beverages, which are a contributor to weight struggles.
Herbs used for weight loss
A lot of herbal products are marketed for their weight loss benefits. Herbs can be used as spices, foods, and teas to help with weight control. Herbal spices used in cooking (ginger, cayenne, and fennel) help augment digestion and bitter herbs like gentian and chamomile (a well-known tea herb) can help promote fat and cholesterol breakdown. Herbs that are used as foods help increase fiber levels and expand the diet. These are not the “end all be all” for weight loss, but they can be great preventative for health risks later down the line.
Herbs and supplements do have the potential to help with weight loss and weight control but are by no means the secret to weight loss.
The key is to find ones that have shown tangible benefits and effects. When combined with a proper diet and adequate amounts of sleep and exercise, most of the items have the ability to promote weight loss and energy.
There may be some supplements or herbs in this article that don’t work for you — and that’s okay! This isn’t one size fits all. Everyone’s body is different and reacts differently to certain foods and supplements. So try some of these here and there, and listen to how your body responds. As always, please consult your doctor before starting any supplement routine or dietary regimen.
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