Do you take weight loss supplements to shed some extra pounds? Do these supplements really work? Believe it or not, weight-loss supplements are not the ultimate method of loosing weight. Taking weight-loss supplements without following any diet cannot help you much. Every weight loss supplement has its own pros and cons. The following facts about different weight loss supplements will amaze you:
Myth: Green tea supplements burn fat.
Fact: green tea extract can help burn fat and loose weight but taking green tea supplements and drinking tea after tea, does not really have any significant long lasting weight loss effect. Tod Cooperman, MD, president of the independent testing company says that any effect that you see may be due to caffeine present in green tea. It only helps you to loose calories if compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) present in it causes you to move more. Stimulating movements help reduce weight.
Myth: Natural weight loss supplements do not have any side effects.
Fact: If natural weight loss supplements can cause any effect, they are also prone to causing side effects in our body. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in natural foods is hyped as weight -loss supplement, but there are no effective results found according to the researcher, Sandquist.
Myth: Bitter orange food supplements have no side-effects and are really effective in weight loss.
Fact: bitter orange is similar to herb ephedra, which is not good for blood pressures and causes arrythmias (irregular heartbeat). Drug containing it was banned by Food and Drug Association (FDA) in 2004 after being held responsible for several high profile deaths. Bitter orange contains synephrine, which is similar to ephedra and carry similar risks as ephedra.
Myth: If it is on a store shelf it is safe.
Fact: generally people believe that weight loss supplements that are on the store shelves are absolutely safe. But the fact is most of the food supplements in America are not tested or approved by FDA. In a study by a Shiffman in 2008, it was found that 54% of people believe that supplements they use are approved by FDA, but it is not true and the fact is, in a list released by FDA, 69 weight loss supplements spotted with laxative, diuretics, prescription weight loss drugs and these medications were not mentioned on the label.