If you have tried to lose weight, you have probably heard all about a dietary supplement, diet pills, weight loss programs, etc.¬† You probably also have had tons of questions regarding these products.¬† Here is a list of the most frequently asked and the answers you have been seeking.¬†
1. What is a dietary supplement?
A dietary supplement is simply something that is supplemented into your diet plan to help you to lose weight.¬† This can be a pill, a nutrition bar, a shake, or something else.¬† The point is that it complements your efforts to weight loss.
2. What should I take?
This question does not have a straight answer.¬† You really have to know what is best for you based on what you can commit to, what you are sensitive to, and what you like.¬† For instance, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you can rule out many of the herbal and over-the-counter products, as they contain a lot of caffeine.¬† If you know that snacking is a huge issue for you, then you probably want a product that claims to curb your appetite.
3. What is Hoodia?
That is a common question right now as this seems to be the current diet hype.¬† Hoodia is actually a succulent plant grown in the South African Desert area.¬† There are several types, but Hoodia Gordonii is the one that contains an element that has been shown to suppress the appetite.¬†
There have been no reported side effects to this product, but there has also been no long term studies done either, and it is not FDA approved.¬† Hoodia Gordonii should be looked for in pill form, and it should be the sole ingredient to be truly effective.
4. I’ve heard a lot about Trim Spa, is it safe?
Trim Spa is an over-the-counter product that claims to contain Hoodia Gordonii and be an incredible appetite suppressant.¬† However, it is not FDA approved and does contain other ingredients; be aware of this if you decide to take it.¬†
5. What is big deal about protein, should I be eating a lot of it?
Protein is actually a very important part of your diet, whether you are vegetarian or not.¬† Protein supplements can be a great way to ensure that you are getting the protein your body needs, and when used as part of a meal replacement program, it can assist you in losing weight.¬†
There are many protein products to choose from and some of the biggest ones are soy or whey protein shakes.¬† These are great and can help build muscle while curbing your appetite.¬† The key is to look for products that contain the isolate version of these proteins.¬† However, don’t overdo it, as an excess of protein can be harmful to your health.