Magic Weight Loss Pills
What Are Fat Burner Magic Pills?
Most "fat burners" or "weight loss" pills or supplements do not actually burn fat. The same applies to popular detox drinks or meal replacement shakes that promise weight loss without exercise or proper diet.
Do they work?
Yes, but only because you'll be consuming only those products, creating a calorie deficit that causes weight loss, fluid loss, fat loss and muscle loss. However, in no time your body will start craving food, leading to weight gain, even higher than before. An excellent bargain, indeed!
If you want to achieve effective fat loss without compromising muscle mass, stop focusing on weight loss pills and look for solutions that help reduce appetite and control hunger.
With a well-balanced diet in terms of macro and micronutrients, increased physical activity, and an active lifestyle, you will burn much more fat than you could using raspberry ketones, detox drinks, or any magic pill.
Unfortunately, at the same time, eating less and exercising more will create a metabolic state of energy deficit, which your body will notice and initiate hormonal processes to make you feel more hungry and increase your appetite! How frustrating!
There are no successful low-calorie diets in which you can eat whatever you want, but there are low-calorie strategies that allow you to control your hunger, feel good, satisfied, and never deprived, simply by controlling the quantity and quality of your food.
What they make you believe, instead, is that a pill or powder can transform you exactly how you want without any sacrifice.
It may seem ridiculous, but statistics show that only Americans spend about $2.1 billion annually on weight loss pills, capsules, and gels that promote the reduction of localized fat. So they should all be in shape with sculpted abs and Instagram-worthy physiques! In reality, most Americans are obese, diabetic, and with increasingly worrying metabolic problems.
Unfortunately, the truth is that anyone who promises easy and fast fat loss with a pill is a scammer. There's nothing to do, you have to accept the harsh reality and understand that you need to create a solid and sustainable foundation of diet and exercise before thinking about integrating something that actually helps psychologically supporting the fat loss process.
In this article, I show you my favorite "appetite suppressant supplements" that I have carefully studied and tried on myself.
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
an antagonist of the adenosine receptor, is a stimulant that can affect the Central Nervous System and metabolism in general.
It is known that coffee has a beneficial effect on cognitive performance and pain tolerance.
In moderate doses of 40mg to 300mg (1 to 5 espresso cups), caffeine reduces the effects of adenosine and consequently increases alertness by reducing the feeling of fatigue. It has also been shown that adding a caffeine amount ranging from 100mg to 130mg to an analgesic contributes to increased pain relief.
However, in sensitive individuals, exceeding the recommended doses of caffeine can induce anxiety states.
Some studies have been conducted on the relationship between coffee and hunger, on how caffeine can help reduce the feeling of appetite.
According to science, it would be ideal to drink decaffeinated coffee to inhibit appetite.
Often those terrible cravings can depend on a period of stress, boredom or even hormones (especially in women), among these, the relationship with peptide YY has been studied in particular.
Peptide YY (PYY) is a hormone produced in the L cells of the intestinal mucosa of the ileum and colon. It inhibits intestinal contractions, pancreatic and gastric secretions, and consequently reduces appetite. Through research, it has been noted that, following the intake of decaffeinated coffee, the feeling of hunger decreased and PYY levels increased in a certain way, promoting a feeling of satiety.
The most striking fact is that decaf coffee was more significant than caffeinated coffee. These results suggest that one or more ingredients other than caffeine in coffee can potentially reduce appetite.
So, you shouldn't use coffee to "burn more fat," but use decaffeinated coffee when you feel more hungry. This could be a useful "practice" to keep your diet under control.
Epigallocatechin gallate (Green tea extract)
Epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is an important polyphenol present in tea. Polyphenols are substances with biochemical antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
One of the benefits of green tea that has been discussed over the years is the ability of the beverage to suppress appetite, and this could be due to several mechanisms through which it acts.
Green tea stimulates dopamine and noradrenaline in the body, which can lead to a decrease in appetite. Noradrenaline and dopamine are peptide hormones classified as catecholamines, which activate the body's sympathetic nervous system. One of the main effects of catecholamines also includes a decrease in the desire to eat.
In another very interesting study, it was seen that acute EGCG supplementation is able to delay gastric emptying. 22 healthy adult women were included in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. On two separate occasions, one week apart, they administered 800mg of corn starch to the placebo group and 752mg of EGCG to the control group. Appetite was analyzed through gastric emptying, hunger perception, desire to eat, and satiety.
EGCG supplementation induced a relatively higher gastric volume at 30 and 90 minutes in the control group. Satiety at 90 minutes was also greater in this group, and adiponectin concentrations at 150 minutes were higher than the placebo group.
Adiponectin is a hormone produced by adipocytes. Several studies suggest its involvement in the metabolic homeostasis mechanisms of the body. It facilitates insulin action on hepatocytes and improves glucose and fatty acid metabolism. Adiponectin levels are significantly reduced in obese individuals and patients with diabetes, conditions commonly associated with insulin resistance. Adiponectin, therefore, seems to be involved in the modulation of sugar and fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity regulation, indirectly increasing the feeling of satiety.
L-theanine (γ-glutamylethylamide) is an amino acid found mainly in green tea (Camellia sinensis) and is also present in other species of Camellia, as well as in the edible fungus Xerocomus badius. The content of L-theanine in tea varies considerably, with estimates around 1% to 2% of dry weight of leaves, and a single cup of tea contains about 25 mg of L-theanine. It has been shown that L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier, reaching maximum concentrations in mammals between
Another way in which green tea suppresses appetite is through the production of Cholecystokinin (CCK).
CCK is a hormone that is released in the intestine after eating and signals the brain that the body has had enough food. CCK is one of the most efficient signals generated by food intake that functions to control meal size. It is secreted by the intestines during the transit of food, and through interaction with specific receptors located on the nerve endings of the gastrointestinal tract, sends signals to specific mesencephalic nuclei that, through the control of digestive reflexes and through integration with hypothalamic centers, modulate food intake, determining the end of the meal.
In an in vitro study, green tea showed greater satiating power than curcumin after the digestion process. In conclusion, green tea or extract and L-theanine supplements can really be useful to better withstand hunger during a weight loss phase.
Magnesium deficiency is well known to produce neuropathologies. Only 16% of the magnesium found in whole wheat remains in refined flour, and magnesium has been removed from most supplies of drinking water, laying the groundwork for magnesium deficiency in the diet. Magnesium ions regulate the flow of calcium ions through neuronal channels, helping to regulate the production of neuronal nitric oxide. In the case of magnesium deficiency, neurological problems could arise and manifest as anxiety, agitation, and depression.
It is hypothesized that magnesium treatment is effective in treating depression resulting from its intraneuronal deficiency. The magnesium ion deficit can also be increased by stress hormones and excessive dietary calcium intake.
Studies show rapid recovery (less than 7 days) from depression using 125-300mg of magnesium (as glycinate and taurinate) with each meal and before bed.
Magnesium has been generally effective in treating depression in general use. Other mental illnesses and states of mild discomfort have also benefited, including traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, epilepsy, headaches, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, postpartum depression, cocaine addiction, alcohol and tobacco abuse, calcium hypersensitivity, and short-term memory loss.
Food supplements can be useful in supporting weight loss programs, but it is essential to choose those that have proven efficacy. Among the most useful supplements, we find:
Green tea extract
Green tea extract is known for its thermogenic effects that lead to a higher energy expenditure and therefore increased calorie burning. Moreover, the catechins in green tea extract also contribute to weight loss by promoting fat oxidation.
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant that can help increase metabolic rate and fat burning. However, it is important to note that high doses of caffeine can cause side effects such as anxiety and insomnia.
5-HTP is a precursor of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates appetite and mood. It can help control cravings and promote the sense of satiety by acting directly on serotonin levels in the brain. Adding 5-HTP before a meal can be useful to increase serotonin uptake in the brain and reduce hunger, ensuring a more satisfying meal without leading to uncontrolled overeating due to a sense of dissatisfaction.
Glucomannan is a fiber present in the konjac plant, which swells in the stomach, increases gastric volume without providing calories, and mitigates the appetite stimulus. Its role in promoting the sense of satiety is explained through longer chewing, delayed gastric emptying, and reduced transit in the small intestine. The studies on glucomannan are heterogeneous but report that it can contribute to better support a dietary plan aimed at weight loss only in the presence of an adequate nutrition plan.
There are no magical supplements that will make you achieve your desired physique. Only some supplements are genuinely useful and can help you reach your goals if appropriately incorporated into an optimized, monitored, and effective nutritional program tailored to you.