Nutritional Supplements For Weight Loss – How They Work – Guest Edition

Posted: Mar 21, 2014 in Motivation
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Nutritional Supplements For Weight Loss

It’s the time of year when we find ourselves self-indulging a little too much and decide to rebel against all that sitting around in the warm and vow to take control of our physical fitness. If for you this also implies losing weight, you’ll be delighted to hear that there are several nutritional supplements available to help speed up your progress. We take a look at some of the most popular.

Raspberry ketones

The naturally occurring chemical which gives raspberries their distinctive aroma has been hailed recently as a miracle fat burner. Preliminary findings from laboratory experiments have been seen as promising, although there has as yet been no discrete study on human subjects. Raspberry ketones appear to work by stimulating the body’s own natural fatty acid oxidation and lipolysis processes.

Acai berry

Research has proven the antioxidant effects of this new superfood, which can protect the body from cancer-causing free radicals, but again there’s no clinical evidence yet to confirm its reputation as a weight-loss supplement. What makes Acai unusual among fruit is its monounsaturated fat content, which is believed to help you stick to your diet by making you feel fuller.


Dieting can lead to a compensatory slowing of metabolism, the rate at which energy from food or stored fat is consumed, making it more difficult to shed those pounds. Capsaicins from certain capsicum peppers have been clinically proven to boost the body’s metabolic rate. Studies found consistent dosage to be an important factor in its effectiveness.

Green tea

Caffeine is also well established as a metabolism booster, most effective in combination with other agents. Green tea contains both tea catechins and caffeine, and a 1999 study found it more effective in promoting both energy expenditure and fat oxidation than caffeine alone, apparently due to the synergistic effects of these key ingredients. A Green Tea supplement contains both catechins and caffeine in high concentrations.


Garlic has a centuries-old reputation for healing but its potential for weight control only emerged in 2009. The herb incidentally inhibited weight gain in lab tests of its ability to combat high blood pressure and diabetes. Garlic contains many beneficial substances, but its most potent ingredient, allicin, is destroyed by cooking, so it’s worth considering a high-strength supplement.


Another wonder-herb with a long-established reputation, ginger is valued by dieters for its rebalancing properties. The active ingredient, gingerol is know to boost digestion, circulation and the metabolic process, meaning more of what you eat is converted to energy. It’s also reputed to regulate cholesterol levels and help eliminate toxins, and some practitioners believe it has appetite suppressant properties.

 There are many high quality nutritional supplements available which make the most of these remarkable natural substances, either alone or in carefully-formulated combinations. While they’re no substitute for sensible diet and regular exercise, if you feel you could use a little extra support in your quest for a trim, healthy body, they’re definitely worth considering.

 Marie Saunderson enjoys writing about complementary health approaches to everyday ailments, and is a regular contributor to various alternative health websites. She relies on Simply Supplements for her own vitamins and natural remedies.

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