What Is It?
Eating healthful foods, cutting calories, and being physically active are the proven ways to lose weight But making these lifestyle changes isn’t easy. Taking a dietary supplement that helps you lose weight by blocking the absorption of fat or carbohydrates, curbing your appetite, or speeding up your metabolism.
Do Proprietary Supplements Work?
Weight-loss supplements contain many ingredients—like herbs, fiber, and minerals—in different amounts and combinations. Sold in forms such as capsules, tablets, liquids, and powders, some products have dozens of ingredients.
Common ingredients in weight-loss supplements are described below in alphabetical order. You’ll learn what’s known about whether each ingredient works and is safe. Figuring out whether these ingredients help you lose weight safely is complicated, though. Most products contain more than one ingredient, and ingredients can work differently when mixed.
Supplements are designed to burn fat, increase metabolism, and boost energy levels. Suppressants may help to suppress hunger and cause you to feel full sooner, so they might help you lose weight in the short term.