America’s weight loss industry is a $2.4 billion dollar business.
It’s a business based on desperate people looking to science to help them melt the extra body-fat from their swollen bellies and butts.
And unfortunately for all of us, Dr.Â Melinda Manore has reviewed the science behind hundreds of weight loss weight loss supplements and has determined that:
- There is NO scientific proof Â that any single product results in significant weight loss, and
- Many have detrimental health benefits
Dr. Manore found that a few products, including green tea, fiber and low-fat dairy supplements, can have a modest weight loss benefit of 3-4 pounds (2 kilos), but it is important to know that most of these supplements were tested as part of a reduced calorie diet.
â€œFor most people, unless you alter your diet and get daily exercise, no supplement is going to have a big impact.â€
Manore looked at supplements that fell into four categories:
- Products such as chitosan that block absorption of fat or carbohydrates,
- Stimulants such as caffeine or ephedra that increase metabolism,
- Products such as conjugated linoleic acid that claim to change the body composition by decreasing fat, and
- Appetite suppressants such as soluble fibers.
She found that many products had no randomized clinical trials examining their effectiveness, and most of the research studies did not include exercise.
Sadly, most of the products showed less than a two-pound weight loss benefit compared to the placebo groups.
According to the good doctor, there is no magic weight loss pill.
To lose weight, look great and be healthy, it all comes down to:
- A diet high in nutrients,
- That doesn’t come packaged in aÂ box labelled with poly-syllabic ingredientsÂ and filled with pseudo-foods
- Is loaded with lots of real food (fruits, vegetables, protein, natural fats)
- Is combined with daily physical activity
- And a lifestyle that minimizes the tv screen and maximizes socializing with people and doing stuff that keeps you out of a rut
- Oregon State University