Sunday, June 29, 2008

Research Proven Fat Loss Supplements?

The shocking truth about the best supplements for fat loss is, "they don't really work". I'm not convinced any supplement speeds fat loss or boosts your metabolism, or otherwise magically leads to more fat burning.

I have not been impressed by supplement research or by talking to people who have used supplements. Supplements are generally worthless for boosting metabolism and burning body fat.

I strongly believe all fat burning pills are useless, unless you need some caffeine to stay awake. Why is it that I've never met a person who has had success with a fat burning pill? Everyone I've ever talked to has yet to see results from these so-called "fat burners".

It doesn't matter if it contains Green Tea (recently shown to be ineffective for weight loss), CLA (full of conflicting research about its effectiveness), or any other glorified caffeine pill, your diet pill is probably not helping you with weight loss.

What about detox supplements?

Also, not going to result in long term weight loss. You need a simple 5-step nutrition plan, like my 5 simple rules for fat loss, and a fast fat burning workout program you can do in the comfort of your own home.

But what about the generally recommended supplements, like protein, creatine, and post-workout shakes?

They aren't all they are said to be either...

Personally, I don't expect to have another protein drink or protein bar ever again. Like most people, I can easily eat all the protein I need from whole, natural foods.

However, if you find it impossible to get all your daily protein intake from meat, beans, and nuts, you might benefit from a protein shake when trying to lose weight and burn fat. So a protein powder is an optional supplement.

On the other hand, I find post-workout drinks from supplement stores to be a waste of money. After all, these drinks are just protein and carbohydrate, which you can get from real food.

Creatine can help a muscle-gaining workout plan. But you just need the plain creatine powder - not any of these new fancy creatines (that are unproven!).

While I'm against supplements for fat loss, supplements can be of real value for health purposes.
I use a fish oil supplement, a Greens Plus product, and a multi-vitamin/mineral. And the last two are probably redundant given my diet, since I could make a strong claim for "most broccoli eaten by a human being on a daily basis".

The bottom line: Most muscle building, detox supplements, diet pills, and fat burning supplements are not worth the money. Real food is the key to getting the body, and health, you desire. However, if you have a hard time eating a variety of fish or getting all your fruits and vegetables, you might benefit from health supplements.

Instead, save your money and learn how to eat for fat loss using whole natural foods, combined with a quick, home fitness workouts for fat loss.

Helping you cut through the fat loss clutter to get more results in less time,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Click Here for the Truth About Fat Loss

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