Are Weight Loss Supplements Useful?
By Lana Hampton
It doesn’t matter what you are doing - browsing the Internet,
surfing cable, or flipping through your favorite magazine – you
will find plenty of advertisements that promote the magical
qualities of weight loss supplements. Weight loss supplements
come in all manner of shapes, sizes and styles and have a range
of claims and solutions. And there are all manner of claims –
from pills, patches and creams. But do these cures really work?
Only you can decide that for yourself. Let’s take a look at some
of the most popular weight loss products and the positive
benefits and negative effects of each, so you can make up your
Bitter Orange, Citrus Aurantium, and Sour Orange: These
products are made directly from concentrated extracts from
orange peel. They often claim that they increase metabolism,
but there has been no conclusive tests to back this up. Bitter
Orange, Citrus Aurantium, and Sour Orange contain the stimulant
synephrine, which can cause hypertension and cardiovascular
toxicity. Individuals with heart disease, hypertension, and
glaucoma should avoid these at all costs.
Chromium (Examples of Chromium products include Puritan’s Pride
Chromium Picolinate, Vitamin World Naturally Inspired Yeast Free
Chromium Picolinate, Nutrilite Trim Advantage): The claims that
chromium increases weight loss and improves body composition
have been backed by one main study which proved this to be the
case. There are two types of chromium: Trivalent (which the
body requires and is considered safe in doses of 200 micrograms
or less daily) and Hexavalent (but this form can cause stomach
upsets, ulcers, convulsions, kidney and liver diseases, and
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (Examples of this product
include Vitamin World CLA, Nature Made CLA, Now Foods CLA):
This product claims to promote leanness, but there are very few
studies that actually support the marketing claims. While more
research is needed, CLA is generally safe.
Ephedra/Ephedrine: Ephedra may aid weight loss by suppressing
appetite, and research has proven its effectiveness when used
with caffeine. However, ephedra causes high blood pressure,
stroke, and serious heart problems, which is why the sale of
dietary supplements containing ephedra was prohibited in April
7-Keto Dehydroepiandrosterone (7-keto DHEA): Preliminary
research indicates that this product may decrease body weight
and fat composition by increasing metabolism, but larger
research studies are needed.
Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) and Garcinia Cambogia: These products
claim to suppress appetite and improve fat metabolism. While
studies have shown mixed results, they are generally safe.
L-Carnitine: L-Carnitine claims to inhibit obesity, but there
is very little evidence of its effectiveness.
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Pyruvate, and Dihydroxyacetone and
Pyruvate (DHAP): A few small studies suggest that these
supplements may have modest effects on weight loss, but
research is needed. Presently, no serious side effects have
Lecithin, Guar Gum, Psyllium Hulls, Chickweed, and Chitosan
(Examples: Chito-Trim, Exercise in a Bottle, Fat
Blocker—Chitosan Complex, Fat Grabbers, Fat Trapper, Fat
Trapper Plus, Metabo Fat Blocker, Miracletab, Now Chitosan with
Chromium): These products claim to help break down fat so that
it can be absorbed, emulsified, trapped, and eliminated by the
body. There is currently no competent and reliable scientific
research to support such claims.
About The Author: Lana Hampton is the publisher of "177 Fast
Weight Loss Tips" http://www.177FastWeightLossTips.com. Visit
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* 12"x15.5"x12" Lower compartment or sleeping bag compartment.
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* Thoracic strap between shoulder straps.
* 10"x 10"x 5" Pocket in top cover.
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Night Owl Explorer Pro 5x Night Vision Scope w/I/R Illuminator
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Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic Compass and Altimeter
The GPS for serious mountaineers and outdoor enthusiast has arrived. With a powerful twelve parallel channel receiver, it provides amazingly accurate bearing information as well as serving as an altimeter and electronic compass. Quickly and easily calculate your rate of climb to satisfy curiosity or help decide whether or not you have enough daylight for the return. Waterproof for marine and recreation use, its compact design allows you to take it with you anywhere and access information via the operating buttons located on both sides of the device. Precision GPS, electronic compass, and altimeter all in one 12 parallel channel receiver Designed for marine and recreational use Waterproof: submergible to 1 m. for 30 min. Compact design.
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Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars w/Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
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Scenic Byways of Northern California
By Marie Weisbrod
Visit the remote Northern California region from the Siskiyous to the Cascades. Meet the locals, learn the history, enjoy the landscape that includes whitewater rivers, old growth forests, and lava-strewn backcountry.
Wenger WG31210 Davos II 3-Pole Backpack Dome Tent
Lightweight and versatile, this three-pole dome tent from Wenger assembles in seconds thanks to its color-coded ping-and-ring attachment system. The tent's shock-corded fiberglass frame weighs a mere 9 pounds, 10 ounces--light enough for most hiking backpacks. Plus, two-door access and double roof vents, make this model far more versatile than other two- and three-person tents. The tent's sidewalls are made of polyester with a 600mm coating--which resists rain and dew--while the floor is made of durable nylon taffeta. For added convenience, the main circular door is designed to hinge to any side, letting campers find the setup that works best for them.
Other features include a gear/loft organizer, two mesh utility pockets for gear storage, and a flashlight loop. The tent comes with a 600D polyester zippered duffle bag for transport, along with pole and stake bags, and measures 8 by 7 by 4.3 feet (W x D x H).