What You Need to Know About Weight Loss Supplements

Robin Reichert By Robin Reichert, 13th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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So you want to lose weight and you are curious about how you can take advantage of a weight loss supplement to speed up the process? Find out if using a weight loss supplement is right for you.

What You Need to Know About Weight Loss Supplements

So you want to lose weight and you are curious about how you can take advantage of a weight loss supplement to speed up the process?

Wait a minute.

Let's cover one thing first:

How Do People Lose Weight?

Weight is primarily lost through the process of creating a caloric deficit in one's diet. This means that the amount of calories going into the body will be less than the amount of calories going out in a given time frame. Typically, people will measure this by day and make sure that they keep their caloric intake for each day lower than their daily caloric needs. People often measure it out to being about 3,500 calories per pound, so a deficit of 500 calories per day will result in a pound lost every single week.

How Do Supplements Help People Lose Weight?

A weight loss supplement isn't going to magically burn these calories off for people. Even thermogenic fat burners don't increase one's metabolism by anywhere near enough to suggest that reduction is weight will occur due to the supplement product itself.

No, weight loss supplements simply 'help' guide you. They do this often through their placebo effects, but sometimes the supplements actually do work for what they are intended to do.

The effects that weight reducing supplements may have to help you lose weight include:

•Curbing your appetite
•Increasing your energy
•Increasing your metabolism

Of course, these benefits usually go hand in hand - for instance, the increased energy needs to be used somehow in order to really improve the amount of calories burned.

So while appetite suppressants, energy enhancers, and metabolism boosters all have certain effects that help with weight loss, none of these really take control of the job for you. They simply help.

Should You Buy a Weight Loss Supplement?

Beyond the gimmicks, roughly 90 percent of the non-gimmick products on the market will only provide negligible effects. This leaves a very small amount of weight loss supplements that actually work well - sure, they are great if you can find them and they will provide you with some assistance with your weight loss journey.

However, it is recommended that, as a beginner, you do not jump right into using weight loss pills. They are simply a way to further increase your advantage when it comes to losing weight. Take advantage of these products once you hit a major weight loss plateau and you can't find any other way to get past it.

Simple changes to your diet and a little exercise here and there will do well enough to help you lose weight, you do not need a weight loss supplement!

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Weight Loss, Weight Loss Supplements, Weight Loss Tips, Weight Management

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author avatar Robin Reichert
I'm an AFPA certified nutrition consultant, AFPA certified personal trainer, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, as well as an online fitness coach and a professional freelance writer.

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