Green tea extract is a very hot research commodity these days, especially for weight loss. There have been over 2,000 studies performed on green tea and its components, which doesn’t count the studies currently under way.
A recent study by the Maya Clinic has debunked the idea that DHEA is an anti-aging supplement.
Recent research has confirmed the findings of German studies done in the 1950s that Vitamin D can dramatically increase athletic performance.
Within Australia, there are a variety of supplements available to purchase that claim to assist in fat loss. You have everything from green tea extract to caffeine based fat loss substances, including many "proprietary blends". Anyone who is new to the world of fat loss is sure to be baffled by the numerous choices available!
So, here's the golden question - what is the best fat loss supplement? I'll begin with the long answer.
When you are seeking to lose fat weight, the most effective method to lose fat effectively, safely and permanently is to develop brand new lifestyle habits. By developing a new lifestyle that is supportive of fat loss, you will lose inevitably weight.
Ultimately, your body is a function of the environment that you subject it to. A 50kg person exercises and eats in a way that supports a body mass of 50kg. A 150kg person exercises and eats in a way that supports a body mass of 150kg. Yes, there are of course many, many details to consider, yet at the end of the day, this is the reality for a normal human being. Of course, if there are medical considerations (such as a thyroid condition for example), then it isn't quite this simple and you should consult your doctor.
If you haven't developed an environment that supports the weight loss that you want to achieve, you are not going to lose weight - period.
Now getting back to the best fat loss supplement, it is imperative that before you consider supplements, you establish a sound nutritional and exercise foundation that supports healthy, sustainable weight loss. In all honesty, there is no "magic" supplement that will be your ultimate answer to fat loss.
Supplements are designed to be exactly that - supplements. They compliment a sound exercise and nutritional regime. They do not replace consistent exercise and good nutrition! You will be chasing false hopes if you expect the next fat loss supplement to be the holy grail of weight loss.
If you would like more information on the fundamentals to weight loss, please read my article "How to Lose Weight".
Considering that you are currently losing weight at a healthy, safe and effective level, then I would advise that now would be a great time to consider supplementing with various fat loss supplements in order to ascertain which (if any) are effective in enhancing your results. Here are a few natural, healthy, cost effective and safe supplements that I would recommend:
Each of these have plenty of scientific evidence backing up their effectiveness with regards to fat loss. But remember - they will do very little for you if you don't have a sound nutritional and exercise regime established!
And now for the short answer to the question "What is the best fat loss supplement?" - There is no "best" fat loss supplement! There are a variety of supplemental "tools" available within the market and you will have to experiment to see which product(s) are most effective for your goals.
5-HTP is a popular supplement, so I thought I'd put up a blog post to share my thoughts on the supplement.
Supplementing with this natural bean extract (the Griffonia Simplicifolia) has been recommended to numerous patients that do suffer from depression. Do a quick Google search on depression and you'll see what I mean with 594,000 results displayed! However 5-HTP has also been shown to assist with other psychological concerns such as poor mood, depression, insomnia and lack of concentration.
But hang on, I'm no psychologist. So why am I talking about depression, insomnia, lack of concentration and poor mood? Well, 5-HTP has also been shown by some studies to assist in weight loss and curb over-eating. Interestingly, all of these symptoms can be linked to depression.
It has been demonstrated that 5-HTP acts as the "middle-man" between tryptophan (an essential amino acid found in your everyday diet) and serotonin (responsible for normal mood). The science basically suggests that a lack in serotonin can cause an array of symptoms, such as those previously mentioned.
5-HTP, or technically "5-Hydroxytryptophan" has been shown to enhance serotonin levels as it is a natural precursor to (or is converted into) serontonin.
Now because this supplement deals with serotonin (as do anti-depressants), it is very important to always seek advice from your doctor before using 5-HTP. Personally, even though "some" studies have demonstrated weight loss with this supplement, I would not supplement with 5-HTP purely for weight loss. A correct nutritional and exercise regime can take care of that far more effectively than a single supplement.
By the way, here are some guidelines I found for 5-HTP:
While 5-HTP, in a pure form is not a risk for EMS, there are some cautions to be observed in it's use. 5-HTP should not be used if you have the following medical conditions:
Cardiovascular Diseases; Extremely Elderly Persons; those with Parkinsons; Disease, Cancer or Autoimmune Diseases; Lung Diseases; Chronic Alcoholism; Liver diseases; parasitic infection; AIDS; Anorexia Nervosa; Low protein Diets; Severe allergies; Myalgia; Peripheral Neuropathy; Rash or Flushing; Edema; Nausea; Diarrhea; Sickle cell anemia; hemophilia; Pregnancy
Do not use 5-HTP is you are currently taking any of the following medications:
Anti-depressant drugs; Monoamine oxidase inhibitors; Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors; Tricyclic medications; Weight Loss medications; Anti-parkinson medications; Barbiturates and other tranquilizing drugs; Antihistamines and cold medications; Alcoholic beverages; Intravenous drugs; Cancer chemotherapy or antibiotic medications.