The Skinny on Weight Loss Supplements – Which diet pills work?

If you’re like me, then you have tried EVERY diet pill and weight loss supplement in the book!  Some were relatively safe – Apple Cider Vinegar, which tastes horrible.  Some were not so safe – Xenadrine, which made my heart flutter.  Nonetheless, as a fitness and wellness professional, I’ve come to understand which supplements are safe and which ones are risky.  I’ve also learned which ones are effective and which ones are wastes of money.

You’ve probably heard of popular weight loss pills like…popular-diet-pills

  • Hydroxycut
  • Quick Trim (from the Kardashian’s)
  • Xenadrine (popular in the early 2000’s)
  • Stimmurex
  • The list goes on and on…

All of these pills are “thermogenic” compounds. Simply put, they are a combination of basic vitamins and TON of caffeine.  Overall, they try to raise your body temperature.  However, simply being hot (literally) doesn’t make you lose weight.  If it did, people who live in warm climates would be significantly smaller than people who live in cold climates – as a native Texan, let me tell you, that ain’t true!

When caffeine is used in moderation, it can provide you with more energy to workout and, as a result, you may burn more calories and lose weight.  But just taking thermogenic compounds by themselves, without significantly increasing your exercise intensity or daily activity, will not lead to weight loss!  All these pills are going to give you is INSOMNIA!  And guess what, sleep deprivation is a leading cause of weight gain.  So, no need to waste your time or money on any of these thermogenic compunds.

The bottom line is that you should NOT trust all of the claims that weight loss pills make and you should not go BROKE buying supplements. When used effectively (in combination with a healthy diet), vitamins and supplements are a great way to fuel your muscles and replenish your body of essential nutrients.  The most effective supplements can be purchased over the counter at a local drug or nutrition store.  Here’s a list of weight loss supplements that I personally recommend:

Weight Loss Supplements

Also, here’s an informative table that that provides a good overview of popular weight loss supplements, pills and products.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/HQ01160

Product Claim Effectiveness Side effects
Alli — OTC version of prescription drug orlistat (Xenical) Decreases absorption of dietary fat Effective; but weight loss is even more modest than that with Xenical Loose stools, oily spotting, frequent or hard-to-control bowel movements; reports of rare, but serious liver injury
Bitter orange Increases calories burned Probably ineffective Similar to ephedra: raised blood pressure and heart rate
Chitosan Blocks absorption of dietary fat Probably ineffective Uncommon: upset stomach, nausea, gas, increased stool bulk, constipation
Chromium Decreases appetite and increases calories burned Probably ineffective Uncommon: headache, insomnia, irritability, mood changes, cognitive dysfunction
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) Reduces body fat Possibly effective Upset stomach, nausea, loose stools
Green tea extract Decreases appetite, and increases calorie and fat metabolism Insufficient evidence to evaluate Dizziness, insomnia, agitation, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, diarrhea
Guar gum Blocks absorption of dietary fat and increases feeling of fullness Possibly ineffective Abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea
Hoodia Decreases appetite Insufficient evidence to evaluate Insufficient information available

But above all of these, LIQUID GRIT is my highest recommended weight loss supplement! xoxo, Brit

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11 thoughts on “The Skinny on Weight Loss Supplements – Which diet pills work?

  1. Jennifer

    I would add Mila (a unique blend of Chia) to the list! It is a great supplement for losing weight as it encourages energy (for workouts!), lowers cholersterol, improves digestion (also great for energy and no more bloating!), among other benefits 🙂

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  2. lczorro

    By the way, I thought your list of supplements and the list of benefits were very good. Along with the supplements do you recommend implementing a weight loss exercising program? I have a site recommending some additional tips http://weightloss.ciajusa.com what are your thoughts regarding the tips?

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    1. Brit

      Thanks so much! I will def check out your site – thanks so much for checking out my blog and please keep in touch – we can trade tips 🙂

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  3. Sarah

    Hi Brit,
    I agree that there are dangerous weight loss supplements out there that none of us should be touching. I like your list and I have to say that I do incorporate apple cider vinegar into my day….and no, I don’t like the taste…hehe. One other one I would add is green coffee beans that don’t have fillers.

    Really like your blog.

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    1. Brit

      Thanks – I’ve never tried the green coffee beans without filler – I’ll have to try them! Thanks so much for checking out my blog – really means a lot to me – glad you like it and keep in touch 😉

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  5. Cindy Bolhan

    In my opinion i thought your list of supplements and the list of benefits were very good, thank you very much for sharing these type of information for us.

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