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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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.