There are a lot of gimmicky things in the weight loss industry, most of them created just as a money spinner. A great example of this would be the “6 Second Abs”. This piece of equipment claims to give you a ripped, firm, 6 pack within a short period of time. All you have to do is perform the exercise as instructed and hey presto, you have a wash bored stomach. Does your stomach end up just like the models performing it (Who quite obviously don’t use it)? Obviously not! What they don’t tell you with products like this, is it’s all about the weight loss. No-one is going to have any muscle definition anywhere unless they have a low body fat percentage. Which leads us into the question “Do weight loss supplements work?”.
Again it’s about looking at the full picture. Most weight loss supplements work by getting the body to increase its general production, through an increased heart rate. However there are hundreds of supplements on the market like fat blockers, herbal remedies and even simple protein powders. You have to take into account what the supplement is doing to your body for it to lose weight and then adapt your lifestyle around it.
If you buy a supplement that is made up of ingredients like Guarana, caffeine or L-carnitine then you must be willing to actually train. These ingredients work on increasing your body’s heart rate, thus burning more calories. To get the most out of this you actually need to raise your heart rate in the first place, using exercise and increase your metabolic rate (metabolic rate: The amount of energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment). The weight loss supplement will now do its work and “Increase weight loss”.
Now let’s look at the supplement market itself. Last year the supplement industry was worth an estimated £13.5 billion, with new supplements being brought out every day. We have to take into account the size of a market because that will in the end affect the products it produces and how much they cost. Suppliers cut corners to make more money and people always wanting to buy cheaper and get more for the pound make the supplements reduce in price and unfortunately quality, which bring me to my next point……Price and quantity over quality.
When buying any supplement you shouldn’t take the organisations word for it. Type the name of the fat burn supplement into Google followed by the word “Review”. This should give you millions of people either praising or complaining about the product. Furthermore why not look at the ingredients on the back and research what they actually do. Going back to the cost and quality element, it is all to do with how much of these ingredients you get per serving, that will equate to how much weight you lose. So don’t just buy cheap and expect miracles, look into the product and see why it is so cheap, if it’s on special offer then great!
Do weight loss supplements actually work? Yes. Ensure you know what the product your taking does and then adapt your lifestyle to promote it; don’t think it’s a quick fix. Don’t buy a product just because it’s cheap; this is more than likely poor quality. Stick to a good balanced diet and train hard!