Common Myths about Weight Loss Supplements



Myths and Facts


In order to lose weight people try different options like eating weight-loss friendly food, exercising regularly, etc. It takes a great deal of effort and patience to lose weight sustainably. It’s no surprise that many want a shortcut or an easier path to weight loss. Weight loss supplements are of great interest to those who want to lose weight. The number of people who are using weight loss supplements is on the rise.      


Supplements can enhance weight loss process. Nonetheless, there are myths surrounding weight loss supplements. These myths need to be addressed or replaced with facts that can make it easy for people to make a realistic, lasting and healthier choice regarding weight loss.


Below are some common myths as well as corresponding facts. Relevant facts can help one get rid of confusion caused by myths.


Myth: 1


It’s not necessary to do physical exercises while you’re taking weight loss supplement regularly.




This is a commonly held misconception, particularly among those who’re taking weight loss supplements on regular basis. Regardless of how potent the supplements that you take, your effort to lose weight has to end up in failure if you consistently avoid doing physical workouts.


Myth: 2


Dieting is no longer important while you’re on supplements.




Overweight people aren’t big fans of dieting. They seem to view dieting as deprivation from enjoying tasty foods. Some of them are with idea that it’s OK to avoid dieting while taking weight supplements. But, actually, it’s not a good idea to avoid dieting. It can undo the effects of supplements and keep you in the state calorie surplus, which isn’t what you want while you’re trying to lose weight.


Myth: 3


Green tea or its extract supplements can lead to burning fat or weight loss.




Green tea or its supplements can be useful in losing weight temporarily. But, it doesn’t help attain weight loss goal sustainably. Green tea or its supplements contain caffeine. There can also be another compound known as EGCG(epigallocatechin gallate). Both caffeine and EGCG can make you feel energetic for a short period of time during which you may engage in physical activities. This temporary boost in energy and physical activities don’t lead to weight loss that is significant or lasting.


Myth: 4


Natural weight loss supplements have no side effects.




Natural weight loss supplements aren’t entirely natural. They can contain chemical component or preservative. It’s unlikely that these supplements are totally free from potential to have side effects. There are always chances that the supplements can have side effects to some extent.


Myth: 5


In case you can’t do dieting or workout, the only option is weight loss supplement.




In rare cases, if a person is too obese, weight loss supplement may appear to be the only option. But, usually, most people can do workout and dieting. If you can’t engage in a vigorously intense workout, you can engage in a moderately intense workout. Weight loss supplement need not be your only option.


Myth: 6


In suppressing appetite, the African herb hoodia is effective




It’s actually not clear how effective the African herb hoodia is, even though there is anecdotal evidence regarding the herb’s power. Reportedly, hoodia was useful in suppressing hunger for travelers during their long journeys in the desert. Hoodia contains a complex ingredient known as P57. This ingredient was applied experimentally in animal and as a result, the animal ate much less than usual. But, the ingredient won’t necessarily have the same effect on human. It’s also not clear how safe hoodia is for human as it can potentially affect one’s regular hormonal functionality.


Myth: 7


A supplement is safe for me to take as it’s on a store shelf.




People are with the idea that weight-loss supplements are tested and approved by some government agency in the United States. Supplement consumers think that supplements wouldn’t be allowed to be sold unless they weren’t tested and approved. But, actually, this is not the case. Weight-loss supplements have been being sold without approval from relevant government agencies. The FDA undertook an investigation recently and produced a list of 69 weight loss supplements traced with diuretics, laxatives, etc. It’s a good idea to check whether a supplement is approved by the FDA. It’s also important to consult a doctor or dietitian before you start to take weight loss supplements.


Myth: 8


Bitter orange is a safe alternative to ephedra.




Bitter orange is similar to the herb ephedra. But, it’s not a safe alternative to ephedra. Ephedra is associated with increased blood pressure and arrhythmias. The FDA banned ephedra in 2004 after it had been found to be associated with a number of high-profile deaths. Bitter orange has synephrine which is not very different from ephedrine that ephedra contains. According to some experts, bitter orange is almost as unsafe as ephedra is. There are, however, other experts who believe that risks of bitter orange are exaggerated and the result of eating bitter orange doesn’t amount to any risk at all. There are differences in opinions regarding how dangerous or safe bitter orange is. There is clearly a lack of consensus or conclusive evidence regarding bitter orange as a safe substitute for ephedra.