The Truth About Popular Weight Loss Supplements

February 5, 2018

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The battle to lose weight is filled with many false claims. From alkaline water to raspberry ketones, hundreds of websites claim to know of an obscure way to battle your bulging waistline. So here is what scientists say about some of the more popular weight loss supplements. Raspberry ketones, sold as weight loss tablets, are chemicals found in red raspberries responsible for that distinct raspberry flavor and smell and in a study in obese rats found raspberry ketones reduced their total body fat content. However the human research used in the claims it helps in weight loss is full of holes. In short, leave the raspberry ketone supplements on the shelf. Spend your money on foods that contain them, including fresh berries, kiwifruit, peaches, grapes, apples and rhubarb. Matcha is green tea powder and although there are studies that conclude that green tea itself can help you lose weight, there are no studies testing whether Matcha tea accelerates weight loss. Garcinia Cambogia is a tropical fruit that contains a large amount of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), claimed to aid weight loss. In animal studies, HCA interferes with usual production of fatty acids and it was theorized it would do the same for humans.  However studies have shown no significant weight loss by those taking Garcinia Cambogia. Caffeine is claimed to increase your metabolic rate and therefore speed up weight loss and although it does speed up the body’s metabolic rate in the short-term, it does not speed up weight loss.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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