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Are Weight Loss Supplements Safe? These are the Facts!

Are Weight Loss Supplements Safe? These Are The Facts

Your online search of “safe weight loss supplements” can return misleading reviews. This post will help you sort through the facts regarding weight loss supplement safety.

As the makers of the weight loss supplement Lovidia, we wish we could say that all weight loss pills and supplements are safe.

But rather than acting as a cheerleader for the weight loss supplement industry, we want to provide you with information you can use to make an educated decision about safety concerns regarding over-the-counter weight loss supplements and pills.

Several factors you should consider in your search for safe weight loss supplements are side effects associated with specific supplement ingredients as well as health risks and dangers due to interactions with medications.

Known Side Effects & Health Risks of Common Weight Loss Supplement Ingredients

The following summary of safety concerns associated with common over-the-counter weight loss supplement ingredients is compiled from published reviews of clinical trials.

Because this post focuses on supplement safety, we do not address questions of effectiveness here, except where an ingredient has been shown in clinical trials to be truly useless. We want you to be safe, as well as warn you about weight loss supplement ingredients that are a potentially dangerous waste of money.

For more information about specific ingredients, including benefits and evidence of effectiveness and products they are used in, please refer to our post, Understanding Weight Loss Supplements, Pills, Shakes & Vitamins.

Ingredient

Bitter Orange

Mode of Action

Contains the stimulant synephrine believed to suppress appetite

Known Side Effects and Health Risks

Chest pain, anxiety, headache, musculoskeletal pain, increased blood pressure and heart rate

Caffeine (including from herbs such as guarana, kola nut and yerba mate)

Stimulant that affects the central nervous system to suppress appetite

Jitters, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, depression, racing heart, high blood pressure, impaired adrenal function, potential for addiction

Capsaicin (cayenne pepper)

Some evidence suggests spicy foods have thermogenic properties to increase fat burning and energy (calorie) metabolism

Allergic reaction, skin rash; kidney and liver damage; Stomach irritation and heartburn, especially in people with irritable bowel syndrome or stomach or intestinal ulcers

Garcinia Cambogia

Seen in testing on rats to inhibit production of an enzyme related to fat synthesis; results not replicated in any human trials

Dizziness, dry mouth, headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, liver damage, liver failure

Glucomannan/ Konjac Root

Provides fiber to create a feeling of fullness and suppress appetite

Abdominal discomfort, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation

Green Tea Extract

Contains the antioxidant ECGC that increases a hormone associated with fat burning and metabolism

Generally safe, but in high concentrations, may produce herbal hepatotoxicity leading to liver damage/liver failure

Gut Sensory Modulation

Uses food-grade nutrients to activate satiety sensors in the gut and control hunger and suppress appetite

No safety flags noted in clinical trials

Hoodia

Marketers claim it stimulates release of a chemical compound similar to glucose; no impact on weight loss seen in clinical trials

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting

Ketones

Marketed as a fat burner/metabolism booster despite no credible clinical evidence

Chemically related to the stimulant synephrine; might cause jitters, increased blood pressure and rapid heartbeat

Orlistat

FDA-approved drug that blocks an enzyme that breaks down fats, leaving them undigested

Gastrointestinal issues: loose stools, oily spotting, gas w/ discharge, urgent bowel movements, poor bowel control; Possible nutritional deficiency due to interference with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K

Is this Supplement Safe? What the FDA Says

Weight loss supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as food, not as drugs. This is an important distinction because it means the FDA essentially relies on the makers of weight loss supplements to be honest both about the ingredients they contain and that those ingredients are safe.

Similarly, since the FDA does not approve individual food labels, including the “active ingredients,” “supplement facts” and “other ingredients” on weight loss supplements. Rather, “FDA regulations require nutrition information to appear on most foods, including dietary supplements. Also, any claims on food products must be truthful and not misleading, and must comply with any regulatory requirements for the type of claim.”

Again, this puts the onus on weight loss supplement makers to be clear and truthful in their labeling. As you will see later, this is not always the case.

Does the FDA Require Safety Testing for Weight Loss Supplements?

No. The FDA doesn’t test or approve weight loss supplements, stating, “Unlike new drugs, dietary supplements are not reviewed and approved by FDA based on their safety and effectiveness. Unless an exception applies, dietary supplements that contain a new dietary ingredient (a dietary ingredient not marketed in the United States before Oct. 15, 1994) require a notification to FDA at least 75 days before marketing.”

The notification must include the information, such as evidence from clinical trials, that provides the manufacturer’s or distributor’s basis for concluding that a weight loss supplement will “reasonably be expected to be safe.”

Hidden Ingredients Complicate the Question of Supplement Safety

In a warning to consumers, the FDA says it has seen “an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful.

This is very important when considering whether a weight loss supplement is safe because you cannot always trust the label to show all the ingredients a supplement contains.

In its warning, the FDA continues, “Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.

“Remember, FDA cannot test all products on the market that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Enforcement actions and consumer advisories for tainted products only cover a small fraction of the tainted over-the-counter products on the market.”

In a separate warning on health risks and dangers associated with weight loss supplement ingredients, the FDA notes that “… many dietary supplements contain ingredients that have strong biological effects which may conflict with a medicine you are taking or a medical condition you may have. Products containing hidden drugs are also sometimes falsely marketed as dietary supplements, putting consumers at even greater risk.”

What Happens When a Product is Found to Be Dangerous?

When public health concerns arise about a weight loss supplement after the product is on the market, the FDA will research and evaluate the product’s safety and monitor adverse events.

In rare cases, the agency may even remove a product from the market if there is overwhelming evidence it is not safe.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, a number of weight loss supplement companies were using a Chinese herb called ma huang as an ingredient in their products.

Ma huang had been used for centuries in traditional Chinese holistic medicine. Also known as ephedra, it was a natural botanical with an exotic backstory, which made it an attractive herbal weight loss supplement ingredient from a marketing standpoint.

And it was an effective ingredient, at least in one regard. Ephedra contained an amphetamine-like stimulant called ephedrine that had properties that suppress appetite.

Consumers assumed that since ephedra was from an herb, it produced safe weight loss supplements.

Then, 23-year-old Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died while using ephedra, helping to prompt the FDA to undertake extensive research involving more than 16,000 reports of health risks associated with products containing ephedra.

Reviews of clinical trials revealed hundreds of safety risks associated with ephedra, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, seizure and sudden death. Other side effects of the herb included insomnia, nausea and vomiting.

Finally, in December of 2003, after more than 150 deaths were linked to ephedra-based products, the FDA determined ephedra was not safe for use in weight loss supplements and banned its sale. It was the first time the FDA had banned an herbal weight loss supplement ingredient for safety reasons.

Other Safety Concerns

As we’ve noted in other posts, many supplements sold online and in retail stores are made in China and other countries that have low standards for purity and safety. These products may contain harmful contaminants such as pesticide residues and heavy metals. To be safe, choose supplements that are sourced and made entirely within the U.S.

Also, while the FDA does not approve weight loss supplements to affirm their safety and effectiveness, it does offer one type of supplement ingredient regulatory classification: “generally recognized as safe,” commonly referred to as GRAS. An FDA-GRAS designation means an ingredient is generally recognized by qualified experts in the scientific community as safe to consume.

Summary: Better safe than sorry

Weight loss supplements are never an easy answer to weight loss. Losing weight and keeping it off require a commitment to eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

If you choose to take a weight loss supplement, you’ll want to take precautions to be safe.

  • Don’t exceed the recommended dosage
  • Check with your doctor or health provider to make sure the ingredients won’t interact or interfere with any medications you’re taking
  • Look for products that only contain FDA-GRAS ingredients
  • Research the product as well as the manufacturer to see where the product is made and if there are any safety complaints

We urge you to speak with your doctor to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of any weight loss supplement. Working together, you and your doctor can find a safe weight loss supplement for you.

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Weight Loss Programs for Women: What Really Works?

Weight Loss Programs for Women: What Really Works?

Any discussion of weight loss programs for women should start by acknowledging this fact: Women do not lose weight in the same way men do. Women lose weight differently and often have to approach weight loss differently.

You may have seen this phenomena in your own life, or at least heard other women talk about it. The scenario typically goes something like this …

A wife and husband decide they want to lose weight. They make the same lifestyle changes ― both adopt a healthy diet, scale down portions, cut out wine and after-dinner snacks, and embark on a daily exercise regimen.

And two months into their weight loss routine, the husband’s Dockers are falling down around his ankles, while the wife’ jeans fit as snug as they did on day one.

Like all good stories, anecdotes that illustrate how much harder it us for women to lose weight sometimes use poetic license to drive home the point ― but they are based in scientific fact.

So, before we begin our review of weight loss programs from women, let’s take a closer look at the factors that affect weight loss for women.

Why is weight loss for women more difficult?

There are several factors that make weight loss for women challenging. The best weight loss programs for women take these factors into account.

The number-one reason women have a harder time losing weight than men has to do with body composition ― specifically, the ratio of fat-to-muscle in women’s bodies.

Body composition gives men a metabolic advantage that makes it easier to lose weight … sort of.

We’ll get to the “sort of” part in a moment. But first, here’s a brief explanation of how body composition makes weight loss for women more difficult.

It’s all about hormones, muscle, and metabolism.

Hormones

Men naturally have much higher levels of testosterone, a hormone that promotes muscle growth.

Women, on the other hand, have higher levels of estrogen, which has been shown to promote fatty tissue growth. Thyroid hormone levels, which regulate weight and metabolism, also vary drastically between men and women.

Muscle

Thanks to all the testosterone coursing through men’s bodies, they are naturally leaner and more muscular, in general, than women. On average, women have between six and 11 percent more body fat than men.

Scientists speculate this is an evolutionary adaptation related to child bearing ― it’s the body’s way of ensuring there’s an energy surplus, in the form of stored fat, to sustain two human bodies through conception, pregnancy and the intense physical experience of labor.

It also contributes to lipedema, a condition that causes women’s hips and legs to accumulate excess fat that can be extremely difficult to lose.

Metabolism

Muscle burns more calories than body fat, even at rest. So, having a lower percentage of body fat and higher percentage of lean muscle, as most men do, results in a more efficient or faster metabolism ― anywhere from three to 10 percent faster than women, studies have shown.

How does the difference in metabolism impact the effectiveness of weight loss programs for women?

In one British study, men and women were each put on the same commercial weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast and Atkins. After two months, the men had lost twice as much weight as the women, and three times as much body fat.

So, there you have it ― conclusive proof that men have a head start when they begin a weight loss program. But the key words are “when they begin a weight loss program.”

Remember a few paragraphs ago, when we said body composition makes it easier for men to lose weight … sort of? Well, here’s the “sort of” part: In the British study, the rate of weight loss evened out between men and women by the six-month mark.

So, while men have an easier time losing weight in the early stages of a weight loss program, women typically catch up … as long as they 1) choose the best weight loss program for women and 2) stick with the program beyond the difficult beginning phase.

Choosing the best weight loss program for women

We can use what we know about how women lose weight to evaluate which weight loss programs for women are likely to be successful and effective based on several key elements.

1 | Weight loss programs for women should focus on steady, gradual weight loss.

As we’ve seen, due to body composition, women often have a slower start when beginning a weight loss program, so rapid weight loss programs are not the best choice for most women. While the idea of fast weight loss is appealing to everyone, weight loss programs that aim for quick results are not likely to work for most women.

Weight loss is a process, and it is smarter to go into a weight loss program with realistic expectations and an understanding that losing weight will take time.

2 | Weight loss exercise programs for women should incorporate strength training to build metabolism-fueling muscle.

Cardio exercise such as running, cycling, jumping rope or dancing is an important component of weight loss ― and one of the best things women can do for their bodies. There’s no doubt that sweating it out with cardio exercise helps you burn fat and calories.

But any serious weight loss exercise program for women should include strength training.

Yes, we’re talking about lifting weights. You may be thinking, “Wait, won’t lifting weights make me look bulky?” This is a common misconception. Unless you have Schwarzenegger genes, you’re not going to get huge by lifting weights. Just ask any guy who’s spent years in the gym trying to pack on muscle. It takes countless hours of heavy lifting ― and loads of testosterone ― to build bulk.

What lifting weights actually does is enhance muscle composition ― the ratio of lean, fat-burning muscle in the body compared to body fat ― making it the best exercise to charge up your resting metabolism, period.

3 | Weight loss programs for women should provide ongoing support.

This point is equally true of weight loss programs for women and for men. In nearly every weight loss study where one-to-one, human coaching was a variable, people who were coached stuck with the programs longer and lost more weight.

Coaches are able to:

  • answer your questions about food and exercise
  • understand what motivates you as well as your unique, day-by-day challenges
  • hold you accountable
    lend an empathetic ear and listen when you just need to talk
  • guide you through frustration with understanding and humor
  • help you identify problem areas that may be interfering with your weight loss ― and come up with specific fixes
  • be a positive force that helps you find inspiration and joy in the little, daily victories that add up to success

But there is another reason why coaching is especially important in weight loss programs for women. Because it takes women longer to build momentum in losing weight, weight loss programs like The LOVIDIA Way that offer personal coaching tend to be most effective for women.

There will be times when you feel like you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do ― eating healthy foods, watching your portions, exercising regularly ― and the scale just isn’t budging. You may feel defeated and think about giving up. A weight loss coach can be that voice in your ear telling you to keep going.

For more information about the benefits of weight loss coaching, visit The LOVIDIA Way webpage.

Final notes on weight loss programs for women

Regardless of which weight loss program you choose, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first. This should go without saying, but it is worth mentioning that women should never follow any diet or weight loss program that seems dangerous.

Always remember: health first. When you build a healthy life, you will find a healthy weight.

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Could “Social Jetlag” Be Influencing Your Weight?

Could “Social Jetlag” be Influencing Your Weight?

You may have heard that lack of sleep can contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

More studies are now linking our habit of sleeping against our chronological clocks as being another major factor – and possibly being just as critical as sleeping too little.

This sleeping against our bodies’ natural rhythm is referred to as “Social Jetlag,” otherwise known as a misaligned circadian system.

Here’s how this happens: most of us have work schedules that generally require us to wake earlier than our circadian cycles dictate.

Problem is, over time this results in less sleep and a built-up sleep debt. Plus, our sleep is less efficient and we do not reap the same benefits from sleep.

We then oversleep on weekends and then have more difficulty falling asleep on Sunday nights, perpetuating the circadian misalignment.

Circadian rhythms are known to control both sleep timing and energy balance in the body, and disruptions in circadian rhythms have been linked with metabolic dysfunction and obesity-associated disease.

A new cohort study of 815 non-shift workers adds to this body of literature, as it found that individuals displaying even relatively mild social jetlag had higher rates of obesity and risk of metabolic disease.

The reasons for this are unknown, but a possibility is that social jetlag disrupts healthy habits such as diet and exercise in a way that may compromise health.

Read more here.

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Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss: Just the Facts

Dietary Supplements for Weight Loss: Just the Facts (Updated)

With nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population overweight or obese, people are always searching for help to lose weight, and for many, dietary supplements for weight loss are a promising option.

According to a global market study on dietary weight loss supplements, “Consumers across the globe are increasingly opting for … weight loss supplements in order to remain healthy and fit.

In fact, over-the-counter dietary supplements for weight loss are more widespread in use than prescription medications and medical treatments such as bariatric surgery.

According to the study, conducted by Persistence Market Research (PMR), the huge market for dietary weight loss supplements often drives trends and changes in the industry. This post will look at current trends among dietary supplements for weight loss.

First, a quick primer on dietary weight loss supplements:

  • Dietary supplements for weight loss encompass an array of products, including diet pills, soft gels, tablets, powder and chews, as well as meal-replacement bars, drinks and shakes.
  • Different supplements work in different ways to help users lose weight. Some dietary weight loss supplements curb appetite, some are fat burners/metabolism boosters, and others are fat blockers.
  • Each of these dietary supplements for weight loss uses unique ingredients or blends, ranging from vitamins and minerals, caffeine and other stimulants, amino acids, herbs and herbal extracts. These ingredients and blends produce a variety of benefits and side effects.

Trends in dietary weight loss supplements

Focus on healthy weight loss
Health consciousness has been on the rise throughout the past decade, and it has impacted the products that weight loss companies make as well as the way they market their products, including dietary supplements.

As the PMR research primer states, “Brands are competing on the basis of the new products that are than more focused on the overall wellness than just reducing the weight…. Consumers are showing interest in consuming [dietary] weight loss supplements that not just offer weight loss but also help in improving the immune system and in building muscle mass.”

Emphasis on balance and nutrition
Sales figures also reveal that consumers are more savvy about nutrition than they were just a decade ago, perhaps thanks to the wealth of information on diet and nutrition available online. People are more likely to seek weight loss solutions that involve a healthy, balanced diet over drastic measures such as radically cutting calories.

Similarly, they want dietary weight loss supplements that support good health and nutrition. As a result, “Vitamins and minerals ingredients are likely to be among the highest used and preferred ingredients in the weight loss dietary supplements,” according to the PMR report.

Research company Marketdata says that younger people entering the weight loss market have heightened interest in healthy means of losing weight. Millennials have grown up in the age of Google and are accustomed to doing extensive research on the products they use, including dietary supplements for weight loss.

“Millennials are now the largest population group, outnumbering the Baby Boomers,” Marketdata’s John LaRosa writes. “Their weight loss efforts are likely to focus on clean eating, exercise, convenience, and avoiding artificial sweeteners and highly processed foods.”

Better quality, higher safety standards
According to the PMR study, stiff competition in the weight loss dietary supplement sector has prompted companies to invest heavily in research and development focused on improving the safety and effectiveness of their products.

“Increase in the demand for weight loss dietary supplements has also tightened the regulations around product safety, manufacturing as well as efficacy claims,” the study reports. “Appropriate actions are also being taken by regulatory bodies in the case of food and dietary supplements labeling violations.”

However, if you are a frequent reader of this blog, you will know that regulations regarding dietary weight loss supplements are often insufficient to prevent dangers. Issues persist regarding health risks associated with many common ingredients in popular dietary supplements for weight loss, as well as false and misleading labels and marketing claims.

The PMR study does acknowledge that “increasing incidence of side effects is hampering the market growth.” But it goes on to say that companies are “showing special interest in conducting research on the type of [weight loss dietary supplement] ingredients that can be safe to consume without causing any side effects.”

While we hope this is the case, we know that the industry still suffers from the widespread use of unsafe ingredients. There are still some manufacturers who cut corners and inflate claims, which leads us to a trend not noted in the studies cited above, but one that is worthy of mention, nonetheless…

Lack of clinical trials on safety and effectiveness
The study points to increased use “new organic and natural ingredients,” including “herbal ingredients” such as Garcinia Cambogia in dietary supplements for weight loss. While it is clear the authors believe this to be a positive development, we believe this is a case of market researchers not having a firm grasp of the science behind the products they are writing about.

As we’ve noted in other posts, the use of “natural” and “herbal” ingredients such as Garcinia Cambogia in dietary weight loss supplements does not always mean a product is safe; rather herbal ingredients are often rife with health risks, dangers and negative side effects.

More often than not, use of these types of ingredients in dietary supplements for weight loss is intended to capitalize on the “greenwashing” trend where companies know that consumers respond positively to words like “natural” and “organic” on packaging and in advertising.

What is much more important from a consumer’s standpoint is evidence, based on clinical trials, that dietary weight loss supplement ingredients are safe and effective, and unfortunately, the industry as a whole has done a poor job of testing its products in statistically relevant human clinical trials.

Conclusion: The more you know, the better

Despite all the positive trends and changes in dietary weight loss supplements noted above, we always recommend that you research the ingredients in any supplement before putting it in your body.

In addition, you should talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss the potential for health risks, side effects and possible interactions with any medication you are taking. This is especially true if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or liver disease; and you should never take a dietary supplement for weight loss if you are pregnant.

You’ll find more information on dietary weight loss supplements in these posts:

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How to Find the Best Weight Loss Supplements

Finding The Best Weight Loss Supplements For You (Step-By-Step)

If you’re thinking about taking a dietary supplement for weight loss, your first priority should be to make sure you select the best supplement for your body, your health and your goals.

It’s important to remember that the best weight loss supplements are not necessarily the ones that promise to help you lose weight fastest or drop the most pounds. You also have to consider, for example, whether a supplement has been tested in clinical trials and is safe to take, especially over the long term.

The best weight loss supplement is one that works with your body’s natural responses, not against them, and one you can stick with for the long term.

Let’s look at some of the most common types of weight loss supplements to see whether they meet these criteria.

Will stimulant-based weight loss supplements work best for you?

Many popular weight loss supplements rely on caffeine or other stimulants such as green tea extract or ketones as their active ingredients.

Stimulants work to aid weight loss by artificially activating your body’s fight-or-flight response.

Caffeine, for example, stimulates your adrenal glands to dump large amounts of the hormone adrenaline into your blood stream. This is the same hormone that gives you a quick burst of energy when you are frightened or excited.

Taking weight loss supplements that contain stimulants is potentially dangerous and offers, at best, temporary results.

There’s a reason you don’t see many doctors telling their patients to drink more coffee. Too much of any stimulant can do serious damage to your health. Stimulants are also addictive.

For these reasons, we cannot say stimulants make the best weight loss supplements.

For more details on the health risks of stimulants like caffeine, and which weight loss supplements use them as active ingredients, read our previous post, Understanding Weight Loss Supplements, Pills, Shakes & Vitamins.

Now, let’s examine another popular type of supplement, fat blockers, to see if they meet our criteria of being “best for weight loss.”

Do fat blockers make the best weight loss supplements?

Fat blockers work to promote weight loss by blocking the enzyme that breaks down fats in your diet. So, a large portion of the fat you eat passes, undigested, through your intestines and out of your body.

That can sound like the best option for anyone looking to lose weight ― a chance to flush away the fat you eat without storing it around your waist.

But, the truth is, fat blockers interfere with your body’s normal digestive processes in several potentially harmful ways.

As we detail in our previous post, Understanding Weight Loss Supplements, Pills, Shakes & Vitamins, fat blockers can impede with the absorption of some vitamins, including A, D, E, K, so users run the risk of nutritional deficiency.

What’s more, the manner in which fats are flushed from the body can lead to stomach and intestinal discomfort as well as an urgent need to use the bathroom, and sometimes even embarrassing accidents.

At best, these types of weight loss supplements may help you lose weight in the short term, but we believe they do so in a way that is unhealthy and unsustainable.

Due to side effects and health risks, it’s our opinion that fat blockers are not safe or convenient to take for the long-term and, therefore, are not the best weight loss supplements.

However, there is one more type of weight loss supplement that we think is worth considering in our investigation of the best weight loss supplements.

Are Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM) supplements the best way to lose weight?

If you’ve never heard of Gut Sensory Modulation (GSM), you’re not alone. It’s a relatively new concept in weight loss. GSM is also the mode of action in our supplement, Lovidia.

The best way to illustrate how GSM works is to look at the taste buds in your mouth. Taste buds are a form of food sensors that tell your brain what you’re eating. When you chew something minty, your taste buds send signals to your brain that say, “This is minty.”

You also have food sensors in your gut, but rather than telling your brain what you’re eating, they send signals telling your brain how much you’ve eaten. When you’ve eaten enough, the food sensors in your gut send signals that say, “I’m not hungry anymore. Stop eating.”

In developing Lovidia, Ambra Bio researchers posited they could use nutrients to activate the food sensors in your gut. It’s called “nutrient sensing,” and it’s been shown in clinical trials to reduce hunger, making it easier for people to eat less and lose weight.

But perhaps the best thing about GSM is that it doesn’t rely on stimulants, fat blockers or any other potentially harmful substances. Instead, it uses nutrients, so there are no side effects, and you can use it long-term.

After considering these factors, it’s our opinion that GSM is the best mode of action for weight loss supplements, which is why we chose to use it in Lovidia.

You can read more about GSM in our previous post, Understanding Weight Loss Supplements, Pills, Shakes & Vitamins.

A final note: When it comes weight loss supplements, what’s best for one person may not be best for you.

In addition to the factors discussed above, there are a variety of personal factors that will determine which supplement will work best to help you reach your personal weight loss goals. These include:

  • Your expectations for losing weight
  • Your eating and exercise habits
  • Any special medical or health needs you have

Let’s examine each of these personal considerations, beginning with your expectations for losing weight.

You may ultimately want to lose 100 pounds, but you have to realize that losing such a significant amount of weight will take time ― and losing too much, too fast, is unhealthy. Most doctors say losing 1-2 pounds per week is a safe and realistic goal, so it’s best to steer clear of any supplement that promises rapid, drastic weight loss.

This brings us to your eating and exercise habits. There’s no magic pill that will help you find long-term weight loss success if you don’t adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced, nutritious diet and making exercise part of your daily life. The best weight loss supplements support good habits and help to promote gradual, sustainable weight loss.

Finally, you’ll want to understand how a weight loss supplement’s ingredients might affect any medical conditions you have or interact with medications you take. You’ll find a detailed review of the potential health concerns connected with various weight loss supplements in our previous post. As always, it’s best to talk with your doctor of health care provider before beginning a weight loss supplement plan.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful in selecting not only the best weight loss supplement, but the best supplement for you.

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Healthy Weight Loss Supplements

Healthy Weight Loss Supplements that Can Truly Help

When it comes to weight loss, you have lots of options. Unfortunately, most of them are unhealthy or deliver only temporary results.

From starvation diets to weight loss supplements with dangerous side effects, the road to reaching your weight loss goals is filled with potholes.

The key is to find a way to lose weight that’s healthy and sustainable. The good news is, losing weight in a healthy way is possible ― and there are healthy weight loss supplements that can help.

But before we dive into detailed talk about healthy weight loss supplements, there’s one basic question we need to look at…

What is healthy weight loss?

Healthy weight loss is simpler than you might think. Here’s an easy check list to help you gauge if your weight loss plan is a healthy one:

Healthy weight loss fuels your body with good nutrition. That means NO starving yourself, NO skipping meals, and NO radical food restrictions. It also means that any weight loss supplements you take are gentle, safe, and work with your digestive system, not against it.

Healthy weight loss is easy to live with. If your diet leaves you feeling hungry all the time, it is NOT healthy. Similarly, if a weight loss supplement causes you side effects like the jitters or stomach and bathroom issues, that’s not a healthy weight loss supplement.

Healthy weight loss makes you FEEL GOOD. When you’re losing weight in a healthy way, you should feel energized and upbeat, not tired, hungry or deprived. And a healthy weight loss supplement should similarly leave you feeling like your normal self, not anxious or uncomfortable.

These are some of the general characteristics of a healthy weight loss supplement. We’ll discuss specific supplements in a moment, but first, let’s review the fundamentals of a healthy diet plan for weight loss.

What are some healthy weight loss foods?

Any diet plan that starts off by telling you what foods you can’t eat is doomed to fail. A smarter strategy for lasting weight loss is to keep yourself filled up with healthy foods. That way, you’ll be less likely to reach for junk food; and when you do indulge, you’ll be less likely to overdo it.

With that in mind, the two “must-have” staple foods of any healthy diet for weight loss are lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.

Lean proteins include fish, turkey and skinless chicken. Other good sources of low-fat protein include soy/tofu and nuts.

While nuts tend to be on the fatty side, they mostly contain healthy, unsaturated fats that provide sustained energy, help lower cholesterol and support healthy metabolism.

The best source of complex carbs are vegetables. Besides being packed with vitamins and other essential nutrients, one of the reasons vegetables are so important to healthy weight loss is because they are good sources of fiber. Fiber takes up room in your stomach and makes you feel full without adding calories. It also works to slow the release of sugar in the bloodstream when you eat, which helps your metabolism burn fat and calories more efficiently.

Other healthy food sources of complex carbs are whole-grains, beans and seeds.

As for unhealthy foods … saturated and trans fats pack more than twice as many calories per gram as proteins or carbs. Because fats are so calorie-dense, they tend to slow down your metabolism.

Even worse is simple, refined sugars like those found in candy and soda. Sudden spikes in blood sugar have a terrible effect on your metabolism, so eating lots of them makes weight loss much more difficult.

Now that we’ve established the ground rules for healthy weight loss, we can look at some supplements to help in your quest to lose weight.

What are some healthy weight loss supplements?

As mentioned above as well as in other posts, protein is an essential nutrient for weight loss, and protein-based supplements such as protein shakes, powders and bars can all be part of a healthy weight loss plan ― when used in conjunction with exercise and a balanced diet.

Similarly, vitamin supplements also can help most people who want to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way.

As the makers of Lovidia, we also believe Lovidia’s unique Gut Sensory Modulation mode of action makes Lovidia a healthy supplement for weight loss.

Looking at our checklist from the beginning of this article, you will see that Lovidia meets the criteria outlined for healthy weight loss supplements:

  • Lovidia does not leave you feeling hungry or deprived. Gut Sensory Modulation uses FDA-GRAS food ingredients to activate your body’s satiety signals, helping to naturally control hunger.
  • Lovidia works with your digestive system, not against it. Lovidia is not a fat blocker and does not interfere with absorption of vital nutrients.
  • Lovidia is easy to live with. Unlike common hunger-control supplements, Lovidia does not contain any caffeine or other stimulants. There are no jitters, dangerous or uncomfortable side effects.
    We examine Gut Sensory Modulation in greater detail in our previous post, Understanding Weight Loss Supplements, Pills, Shakes & Vitamins.

If you haven’t already read the post, we suggest you do. It provides an in-depth review of common weight loss supplement ingredients used in popular supplements, assessing evidence of each ingredient’s effectiveness based on clinical trials as well as potential dangers, health risks and side effects.

We hope this post is helpful in your search for healthy weight loss supplements. As always, we recommend you speak with your doctor or health care provider before taking any weight loss supplement, including Lovidia. We believe the more information you have about Lovidia, the better equipped you and your doctor will be to make smart decisions for your weight loss and your health.