Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of healthy, long-term weight loss. However, weight loss supplements—in the context of reduced calorie intake and consistent physical activity—can help support you in achieving your weight loss goals. There are a variety of supplements on the market, which vary in their mechanism of action. While the shelves of pharmacies and health food stores are lined with weight-loss products, few are clinically tested for safety and efficacy. The following section outlines products that have been researched and shown to help support healthy weight loss.
As discussed earlier, soluble fiber offers numerous benefits for weight loss. It helps promote a feeling of fullness and helps balance blood sugar and insulin levels, thus helping prevent the fluctuations, which trigger appetite and cravings. Solube fiber can also help lower cholesterol levels. Considering the benefits and the fact that most of us don’t get nearly enough fiber in our diet a good quality fiber supplement should be the foundation of your weight management program.
There is a wide range of products to available from powders to tablets and bars. The most important factors to consider when choosing a product are the quality and quantity of fiber and tolerability. If you don’t like the taste of a powder or can’t swallow the large fiber tablets then you won’t take the product regularly. One of the best weight loss supplements is Weight Management by femMED. This supplement contains a blend of soluble fibers including glucomannan, psyllium, carob and inulin in an easy to swallow vegetarian capsule.
Like fiber, green tea offers a range of benefits for your waistline and beyond. Green tea can help boost your metabolism and your energy levels. Plus it contains powerful antioxidants that are good for the heart and help protect against free radical damage. However consuming enough green tea for a therapeutic effect is not always possible. This is where a supplement can be helpful. Energy by femMED contains green tea along with Siberian Ginseng, guarana, rhodiola and other supportive herbs that help boost both mental and physical performance and provide an increased capacity for exercise and endurance.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found naturally in beef and dairy fats. It is also found in supplement form. CLA can be helpful in reducing body fat while maintaining or increasing lean muscle mass. Specifically CLA acts to stimulate the breakdown of stored fat in the fat cells, reduce the number of existing fat cells, and prevent fat storage. There are many weight loss supplements with CLA on the market. One of the most widely researched forms is Tonalin.
Consider taking a multivitamin/mineral formula with additional antioxidants. As you are reducing your calorie intake and revving up your exercise program, your body will need additional nutrients. A high-quality multivitamin can help fill any dietary gaps and also protect against deficiencies, which can affect metabolism and energy levels. Choose a multivitamin with extra antioxidants designed for women, such as femMED’s Multi+Antioxidants.