Fat burners, chrome pills and tea extracts. People do the craziest things to lose weight. But do these pills and supplements really work? Is there a miracle pill? Many remedies promise that the kilos effortlessly and quickly fly away, but on the question how exactly they work, manufacturers often can not answer.
What is it?
Fat burners are supplements that ensure that you burn fat faster. They often go hand in hand with products that have to counteract the absorption of fat or hunger. In contrast to the medicines that can be obtained for overweight by a doctor or pharmacy, the products often consist of different plant and root extracts and the operation is not entirely clear. We will explain a few to you.
Green tea extract
Many slimming products contain something from green tea extracts, and not entirely unjustly. Many studies show that green tea has a positive effect on the metabolism. Many effects are attributed to caffeine (called tea in tea). Caffeine has stimulating health effect on breathing and heartbeat, causing more energy to be burned. Although there is less caffeine in green tea than in coffee, more positive effects are attributed to green tea than to coffee. Caffeine is therefore not the only active ingredient in green tea. Catechins (antioxidants that occur in high concentrations in green tea), for example, lower your cortisol level, a steroid that you create during stress and that sticks to your waste process.
Chromium is a mineral that is necessary for the sugar metabolism. A lack of chromium disrupts the metabolism and increases the risk of diabetes. We only need chromium in small quantities (0.05 – 2 mg) and are sufficient in healthy nutrition. More than that 2 mg does not do much for you. It has been proven that chromium helps to lose fat, muscle retention and increase metabolism, but this has only been demonstrated to a very small extent. In addition, chromium products often claim to reduce hunger, but this has not been proven.
Surprisingly what products you encounter in the wonderful world of the questionable medication. Chitosan is one of them. A little piece from the scales of lobsters, crabs and shrimp that is used because it would bind fat and we would absorb less fat from our food. By using chitosan, however, at most ten calories per day are absorbed less from our diet than without the use of this ‘wonder drug’. The only thing you can keep from this is a severe allergic reaction.
Buy or let run?
Some products will have a positive effect on combustion and can help you lose some extra pounds, but do not expect any miracles. There is no panacea and you will always have to get started yourself if you want to lose weight. Again a good diet is the basis; you do not refuel diesel when your car runs on petrol!