Weight-loss supplements and are they worth it

Weight-loss supplements, and are they worth it?

Weight-loss supplements have a lot of attention in the press because they advertise fast weight-loss. Human beings are impatient by nature. We all want to achieve our goals now, usually without any significant effort. We are always looking for a short-cut. When we find it and circumvent the laws of nature that govern this Universe, we end up surprised. Often, that surprise brings its own unwanted consequences.

This blog post will describe the nature of weight-loss supplements and will provide an opinion about their worthiness.

At Trainchampion we believe that making lifestyle changes—including following a healthy eating pattern, reducing caloric intake, and engaging in physical activity (personalised exercise programme)—is the basis for achieving long-term weight loss. Thus, your goal should be to lose weight or, precisely body fat, in a sustainable way so that you don’t regain that weight in the future.

The weight-loss supplements and their consequences

The weight-loss supplements are usually sold as health aids and are taken by mouth. Some of the most common ingredients are vitamins, minerals, fibre, caffeine, herbs and other plants.

It’s important to bear in mind that weight-loss supplements are not medicines and are not suppose to treat any disease.

Most weight-loss supplements promise a quick weight-loss. But before you go along with any of these supplements, ask yourself, what are the long-term consequences? For example, fast weight-loss results can bring many unwanted and unhealthy consequences such as:

  • Losing muscle mass which can have further major consequences on your organism.
  • Developing gallstones in your gallbladder.
  • Experiencing severe dehydration.
  • Experiencing electrolyte imbalances.
  • Headache, Dizziness, Irritability, etc.

The truth about the weight-loss supplements

So, do the benefits of weight-loss supplements outweigh the negative consequences you might experience after your weight-loss goal has been reached? Not so likely. Moreover, manufacturers of weight-loss supplements rarely carry out clinical trials. This is one reason why there is very little scientific evidence showing that weight-loss supplements work.

But there is another issue I would like to mention that correlates with the weight-loss supplement’s philosophy: regaining the lost weight.

More than 80 % of people who use weight-loss supplements end up regaining their lost weight. We can’t blame it on the weight-loss supplements, that’s for sure. The manufacturers just want to sell them, but people choose to use them.

People end up regaining their lost weight because they haven’t established their sustainable lifestyle. The solution that got them the weight-loss result was a short-term fix and not a mindset or a sustainable lifestyle change. Sustainable lifestyle change involves daily active and nutritional lifestyle habits, regular exercise, sleep, hydration, etc.

Our suggestions

The most sensible approach to weight-loss would be to take a long-term sustainable way, without any supplements whatsoever. Here are some of our suggestions regarding the weight-loss supplements:

  1. Avoid taking any weight-loss supplements altogether.
  2. If you plan to take any supplements, check the nutritional label first and make sure you are familiar with the possible side effects.
  3. The weight-loss supplements are not a replacement for healthy nutrition and regular exercise. So be careful and disciplined if you plan to use them.

By simply abiding by the laws of nature, following your personalised exercise and nutritional programme, you can lose weight without needing to take any of the weight-loss supplements.

Conclusion

The weight-loss supplements target people who claim that they “don’t have time to exercise” and want results immediately. There are a lot of these people in the World, hence the high sales of the supplements.

But ultimately, we have the power to choose whether something is really beneficial to us or not. Yes, it’s possible to lose weight with supplements, but the consequences may be unwanted, as I emphasised throughout the blog post.

Before we take any supplement whatsoever, we should ask ourselves, is this good for me in the long-term or is this just a short-term fix?

Let’s strive to live in a healthy and sustainable way, always thinking about the long-term view,

Until next writing,

Damir Pervan, Founder and CEO of TrainChampion | Online weight-loss platform

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