Who wouldn’t want a quick and easy way to lose weight? Imagine being able to just mix a shake in the morning, drink it, and magically lose weight without having to do anything else. Sadly, it’s just not possible to do that and many companies would have you believe that they have the answer to your weight loss woes.
The truth is that there are no shortcuts. Losing weight is a much more complicated process than taking a pill and waiting for magic to happen. If you have tried any fads in the past you will already know that these strategies just don't work long-term, because it's nearly impossible to stick to a highly restrictive diet.
Weight loss supplements on the other hand are a completely different kind of humbug. While we now know that caffeine, green tea extract and cayenne pepper can somewhat affect your Resting Metabolic Rate, there is still not enough evidence to suggest that any substance can significantly aid long-term weight loss. In this article we touch base with 4 supplements that have been in the spotlight recently.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar was used as part of trendy diets in the past. It died off for a while due to the popularity of other weight loss supplements, but recently came back and is now even offered as a capsule.
The idea is that apple cider vinegar helps you feel satiated more easily, meaning you’re less likely to eat large meals. Some small studies have shown that it can be a quick fix to help you lose weight, but when you increase the sample size and look at more results, it has no direct relationship to weight loss while other factors that may contribute to losing weight are not considered.
2. Meal Replacements
Whether it’s in the form of a bar, a powder or even a shake, meal replacement has been around for a very long time. It’s all about providing the nutrients and calories you need to get through the day in a simple form. These products are often targeted at busy individuals that still want to achieve their dream body.
While they can work if used properly, there’s one human trait that prevents it from being sustainable; satisfaction. You no longer have the satisfaction of eating a meal and feeling full. Instead, your meals are simply about chugging down a shake as quickly as possible, giving you absolutely no satisfaction in eating.
3. Black Seed Oil
Marketed as a metabolism-boosting supplement, there’s actually not much information regarding black seed oil and its use in weight loss. The idea is that it acts as a lubricant to help move food through your digestive system in order to cleanse it, but this is something you can get from healthy fat sources like fish and nuts. In other words, it’s an over-marketed and overpriced dietary fat source.
4. MCT Oil
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil has a whole list of supposed benefits that contribute to weight loss and women’s health. This includes boosting metabolism, helping brain health and of course, being a weight loss supplement.
Sadly, the effect is so insignificant that you’re essentially burning less than 0.2% more calories when switching to MCT oil, but you’re ultimately paying more money for a fad product that the weight loss industry is peddling as a miracle oil. In short, avoid it and stick to regular cheaper oils because the benefits of MCT oil won't worth your bucks. Invest in better quality ingredients instead.
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.