Buyer's Guide: Top 10 diet products to fight fat and get lean

While people are continually searching for supplements to help them shed a few pounds, one question always remains: Which ones actually work? Specific supplements offer hope to those who constantly battle a slow metabolism or overeat at meal or snack time. By choosing the right products, you can attack stubborn fat and achieve your weight loss goals.


Protein Shake or Meal Replacement

Some studies have shown that eating smaller meals (about 5 per day) can speed your metabolism and cause you to lose more weight than eating an equal number of calories in 1 or 2 meals. Have a protein shake between meals when you're feeling hungry to prevent you from overeating at mealtime. Or, use it as a meal replacement by adding fruit and flaxseed oil for long-lasting energy.

Whey concentrates and isolates are low carb with some of the highest percentages of BCAAs compared to other protein sources. BCAAs help preserve muscle tissue. These are very popular diet powders.

Protein blends combine whey protein with slower digesting milk proteins that will help you feel full longer, keeping hunger at bay.

Meal replacements typically have some carbs and a little more staying power due to their higher calorie content.

We suggest: Fitness Labs WheyFit Protein or Isolate, MuscleFit, EggFit, NutraFit; Lindberg Whey Protein or Protein Blend.



Thermogenics (complete fat burner)*

Take a thermogenic diet formula containing a blend of ingredients 1-2 times a day before meals. It may boost energy levels, speed the fat burning process, and counteract a slow metabolism resulting from dieting.* Typical ingredients include green tea extract, caffeine, bitter orange, yerba maté and more.

Be sure to use formulas with the potencies used in studies that showed clinical results. You don't want a product that just has a token amount of green tea unless it has the same amount of the active ingredient, EGCG, used in the study.

We suggest: Fitness Labs Diet Stack and Thermo Rip, or MuscleTech Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite or Nutrex Research Lipo 6 Black



Green Tea Extract (boost metabolism)*

Green tea has gone from an exotic beverage to one of the most popular weight loss ingredients. A green tea catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), when combined with caffeine, was shown to boost metabolism beyond that of caffeine alone. Green tea may slow carbohydrate absorption and increase fat burning by improving the function of insulin.*

We suggest: Fitness Labs Green Tea Extract or Green Tea Diet; Irwin Naturals Triple-Tea Fat Burner or Piping Rock Green Tea Extract Liquid (Alcohol & Sugar Free). 



CLA (for lean muscle)*

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a fatty acid shown in studies to preserve lean body mass while reducing body fat. It appears that CLA affects two enzymes, one that breaks down fat from the cells and one that breaks down fat in the blood. Studies show a superior loss of body fat and increase in lean muscle mass for those taking 3-6g of CLA per day compared to placebo. It appears that CLA helps people lose more fat, prevents fat from being stored, and spares muscle, too.*

Since most CLA products are about 75% CLA and 25% other fats found in safflower oil, take about three 1,000 mg softgels a day. Tonalin is the brand of CLA with which many studies were conducted.

We suggest: Fitness Labs CLA Tonalin 1000 or CLA 1000; Piping Rock LEAN CLA 1,000 mg.



Glucomannan (full-feeling fiber)*

Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber from the konjac root. It works by absorbing water in your stomach and forming a gel that carries moisture through your digestive system. It also helps you feel full due to its swelling action.*

Research shows that it helps delay gastric emptying, slows the absorption of dietary carbohydrates to reduce insulin spiking and acts as a prebiotic. Take it one hour before each meal to help you feel semi-full at your meal, which will lessen your desire to overeat.*

We suggest: Lindberg Glucomannan; Piping Rock Glucomannan Powder (Konjac Root).


7-Keto DHEA (regulate fat burning)*

This ingredient works to increase metabolic rate without the use of stimulants. 7-Keto is produced naturally in the body, but declines significantly after age 30. By age 40, it’s less than half of what it was at age 20.

Two clinical studies support the evidence that it appears to regulate fat burning in your body.* It may be a promising complement to your diet program.

We suggest: Lindberg 7-Keto 100 mg or Piping Rock 7-Keto DHEA 100 mg. 



Chromium (helps with blood sugar)*

The trace mineral chromium supports healthy insulin function, which helps regulate blood sugar and is necessary for proper metabolism. 

Keeping blood sugar levels in check may support weight loss.*

We suggest: Lindberg Chromium Picolinate; Piping Rock Chromium Picolinate



White Kidney Bean (carb controller)*

Eating carbohydrates can send your blood sugar soaring, causing excess blood sugar (glucose) to convert to fat.

Carb controllers work by helping to neutralize alpha-amylase, the enzyme that converts carbs into glucose. This stimulant-free carb controller is made from white bean extract. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 people showed those who took white kidney bean extract lost an average of 6.45 pounds in 30 days compared to less than 1 pound for placebo. Take 500-1,500 mg of Northern white kidney bean extract before a carb-laden meal.

We suggest: Fitness Labs Carb Erase or Piping Rock Ultimate Carb Control White Kidney Bean. 

Start today and lose the fat

Many people achieve weight-loss success by slightly reducing calories and using a low carb or low glycemic (low sugar) regimen. Adding supplements can help you burn fat faster.

Be consistent with your diet and exercise plan. Before you know it, you'll be looking better and feeling healthier than ever!

Consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.


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