If you're looking for the best diet supplements here today, I want you to pay close attention to this article.
You can really harm yourself by taking the wrong supplements or trying a sever diet plan that limits calories and nutrients to your body.
The best way to diet and lose weight is to flood your body with nutrients that it needs.
If you take nutrients away from your body by starving yourself, you might lose weight fast but it's going to he healthy weight in the form of lean muscle mass that you're losing. All of the body fat will stick right there with you, and you'll end up looking worse.
So let's say you're starving your body of nutrients AND you add some diet supplements to the mix with some dangerous ingredients.
Now you have put your body under even more stress. Your body is lacking the nutrients it needs to fight off those dangerous substances. Not good.
Let's Take a Look at What's Supposed to be the Best Diet Supplements
Just to be clear before we start… there isn't much science to back up ANY claims that are made here. So the companies selling these products to you don't even know if they really work or if they are dangerous to you.
These are supposed to be “natural” diet supplements, but you be the judge on if these sound natural to you. And many times, you never know what else the supplement company has added. And trust me, they will add things to the supplement and many times it will be a dangerous addition. Guaranteed.
Many of the supplements you'll find here have health risks so you need to be careful when trying to take these supplements for weight loss or fat loss.
One more thing before we start — please keep in mind that ANY supplement is by definition a supplement ONLY. Whole foods in their natural state are VERY powerful and actually MUCH more powerful than ANY diet supplement. And it's not even close!!! Please remember this before you start tossing out dollars for some miracle weight loss supplement.
What is it? Pyruvate is an organic acid that is made in our bodies as a result of glucose being metabolized. So pyruvate exists in your body already.
One note I would like you to take down is the fact that our bodies already have pyruvate at a certain amount within your body. When you add so much more of this substance to your body, is it really natural any more? How do you know how your body will react to throwing more of this substance at it?
Supplement companies that sell pyruvate claim that it aids in weight loss.
One study in particular showed that it did increase weight loss in obese women by 3.5 pounds over a 3-week period. The women were fed a 1000-calorie liquid diet. Lean muscle mass was probably a large percentage of what these women lost with a liquid diet and no exercise so it's actually a worse result or even similar result.
Weight loss is not the best measure of progress. Fat loss and muscle gain is the true measure of progress. That's what you want. Not weight loss.
And the women in that study took a HUGE amount of pyruvate, which is very expensive and very dangerous to do.
A couple of side effects are diarrhea and an upset stomach so that should tell you something already. When there are side effects, that pretty much means your body doesn't want that substance. Your body is telling you something.
Recommended by WLC: NOPE!
What is it? Chitosan is found in the shells of shrimp, crabs, and even lobster. It actually helps to form the shell. Your body will not absorb this material so it's much like insoluble fiber.
The companies who supply this supplement to our population claim that it binds to recently eaten fats from foods and take it out of your body with the chitosan.
If you're eating healthy foods ALL THE TIME like you're supposed to be doing with the WLC System, why would you need chitosan?
This dietary supplement is only going to take healthy fats with it right out of your body. You're wasting the money you spent on the food you are eating. It can also prevent the absorption of important vitamins like vitamin A, D, E, and K. You'll also lose some phytochemicals, which are VERY powerful in preventing horrible diseases and sicknesses.
You also have no idea what you're really getting when you buy this supplement from a company. How do you know it's really chitosan and some fillers haven't been used that are even more dangerous to your body?
It sounds like chitosan is a supplement that's supposed to allow you to eat unhealthy fats. How about we just don't eat unhealthy fats? Fat is healthy when it's consumed in healthy foods! Fat has been attacked for years for some reason.
The research on this one goes both ways. Some say it works and others say it doesn't. Is it really worth the chance?
Recommended by WLC: Save Your Money!
Conjugated Lineolic Acid (CLA)
What is it? CLA is a fatty acid found in meat and some dairy sources. So this is a naturally occurring substance in meats. This means you can get plenty from eating healthy meats especially from grass-fed beef and bison. Even dairy products from grass-fed animals contain large amounts of CLA.
CLA is actually considered to be one of the best diet supplements available but there's actually little proof in scientific studies that this works well for fat loss or muscle gain in humans.
I personally tried this supplement many years ago, and I noticed nothing from its use.
Maybe it helps slightly… who knows? But it wasn't enough for me to notice anything extra on a fat loss cycle using the WLC System. This could be because I usually get plenty of CLA from grass-fed meats and dairy products.
I HIGHLY recommend grass-fed beef, bison, goat, and other meats that come from healthy animals raised properly and allowed to graze and eat grass.
Besides the extra CLA you'll get, you'll also get a HUGE number of other benefits!!! So don't waste money on CLA. Spend it on better food from a local farmer.
Some researchers have even warned that long-term use of extra CLA from supplements may raise insulin resistance. This insulin resistance increases the chance of type 2 diabetes.
Recommended by WLC: You will get plenty in grass-fed meats and dairy products.
What is it? Chromium picolinate is a chemical compound derived from chromium and picolinic acid. Chromium is required for glucose utilization by insulin in your body BUT you body usually always has enough of this substance from your normal diet. Deficiency is very rare.
Supplement companies who market this claim that chromium picolinate will lower the appetite, burn body fat, raise your metabolism, and increase your muscle mass.
I'll tell you right now… not going to happen.
Studies have shown no significant benefits by supplementing with chromium picolinate.
You just don't need additional chromium in your body. Side effects are headaches, irritability, and insomnia. All very bad side effects. Some people have damaged their kidneys and liver when taking this supplement.
I have tried this supplement many years ago when I didn't know what I was doing and I saw ZERO improvements. Nothing.
Recommended by WLC: No Way!
What is it? Ephedra is an herb that has been used in Chinese medicine for a very long time. Ephedra has been banned in the United States. Please remember that this is an herb and the banning of this substance was due to companies placing huge amounts of ephedra into one pill.
Small amounts of ephedra were very effective in treating asthma, allergies, hay fever, nasal congestion, and bronchitis. The Chinese have used ephedra regularly for colds, flu, fever, headaches, chills, and other issues such as retaining fluids in your body.
Does ephedra work as a diet supplement, though?
Ephedra supplements have been linked to heart attacks, arrhythmia, strokes, psychosis, seizures, and even death. There is some evidence of weight loss from this supplement BUT who wants to take a diet supplement that could kill you? Not I.
I do think small amounts of ephedra used for medicinal purposes are great but it's not available throughout the United States because the FDA decided to ban this substance in 2004. Oh well I guess.
Recommended by WLC: Not for weight loss and not in large amounts regularly.
Green Tea Extract
What is it? Green tea is made from the camellia sinensis plant. The extract is taken from the leaves of the plant.
I believe green tea and green tea extract can be great additions to your diet plan and overall supplement plan BUT I don't think you should ever have large amounts of this diet supplement.
And I don't just say that it can be a great addition for weight loss… it has many other benefits that are much more important.
What does the science say about green tea extract, though?
Science really hasn't proven much for its effectiveness for weight loss. If you're looking to take green tea just for weight loss or fat loss, you're probably going to be disappointed as you will be with ANY supposed weight loss supplement. Proper diet and exercise are 99.99% of the equation. Remember that.
Some side effects of green tea when taking too much:
Again, this is another example of us humans thinking more of something is going to be better. Green tea and green tea extract can be very beneficial in smaller amounts. It was not intended to be used in large amounts.
Green tea provides a huge number of other benefits and has been used as a medicine in many other countries throughout the world. So it works… it just doesn't work for the exact purpose of weight loss as so many supplement companies claim.
In the big picture, though… it will play a small role in helping you get the body you want. I highly recommend green tea as a staple in your rotation of healthy drinks. I do not recommend high amounts of green tea extract as you just don't need to overload your body with it.
Be careful of where you get your green tea, though. Make sure it's from a trustworthy source.
Recommended by WLC: Green tea should be added to your rotation of healthy drinks.
What is it? Bitter orange is a plant. Different parts of the plant are used to make medicine. Bitter orange oil comes from the peel of the plant. The oil from the plant may be effective for treatment of fungal skin infections like ringworm or athlete's foot.
When ephedra was banned in the United States, supplement companies moved to bitter orange because it contains the stimulant synephrine which is related to ephedrine.
The problem once again, though, is supplement companies provide this is larger doses when we shouldn't be taking it in this way.
Bitter orange has plenty of great benefits BUT we try to take it and use it for something that it's not. All for the money. The supplement companies take something beneficial and then eventually get it banned because they provide it in unsafe amounts to the consumer. And then all of us can't get it ANYWHERE. It's rather ridiculous.
Bitter orange has not been banned like ephedra but it's heading in that direction.
Bitter orange has been used for gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, diarrhea, gas, and ulcers in the intestines. It is also used for regulating fat levels in the blood, stimulating the heart, improving circulation, blood purification, kidney diseases, and even as a sedative for people who have sleep disorders.
There are many other benefits as well.
Supplement companies, though, provide bitter orange with caffeine so it's side effects are high blood pressure and increased heart rate. You don't need ANY bitter orange supplements. But keep in mind that bitter orange has its uses and is beneficial.
Just don't use it for weight loss. It doesn't work.
Recommended by WLC: Not for weight loss and not in large amounts combined with caffeine.
Did You Notice a Theme With the Best Diet Supplements?
As you most likely noticed, the diet supplements discussed here today can be beneficial for other purposes but weight loss isn't one of them.
Supplement companies have taken beneficial substances and have absolutely made them dangerous.
They have even gotten them banned from our countries so they aren't even available to us any longer.
It's rather ridiculous.
We should have access to all beneficial substances that are natural. But instead, greedy supplement companies take these healthy substances and combine them with other substances to create some ridiculous result that is dangerous.
They market these healthy substances as a miracle weight loss supplement and people end up taking way too much of these supplements.
The end result is very bad and sometimes even deadly.
If you're using the WLC System now, you'll know that I recommend a HUGE variety of foods, herbs, and spices. The strategy within the WLC System is to flood your body with as many nutrients as possible.
You will also find that you don't need extra diet supplements when eating a huge variety of healthy foods ALL THE TIME.
For example, you won't need fish oil if you're regularly adding fatty fish like wild-caught salmon to your healthy meal plans. You won't need flaxseed oil if you're regularly adding flaxseeds to some of your meals.
I NEVER recommend a HUGE amount of one type of food or substance.
Instead, you want to get substances in their natural amounts. They were put there by a great designer in the way that they were for a reason. For example, many nutrients won't work as well if they aren't consumed with other substances included in the food they were originally found.
This is why I don't take vitamins. I personally believe them to be a waste of money. If you eat as recommended within the WLC System, you'll never need vitamins. You'll get everything you need at all times. It takes some planning and work, but you can do this.
When you do, you'll save tons of money from no longer needing diet supplements AND you'll look and feel amazing.
So please remember that the best diet supplements are NO SUPPLEMENTS at all. You don't need to supplement your diet plan when you have everything you need!