Looking to lose weight fast? Experts recommend the top pills and supplements to buy that are actually effective. If sustainable weight loss is on your to-do list in 2020, look no further. Our experts have identified the very best weight loss pills and diet supplements to help you assist or jump start your weight loss journey this year.
Paul Claybrook, MBA, MS, CN, Certified Nutritionist at SuperDuperNutrition recommends Hydroxycut. Since its 2013 reformulation, Hydroxycut contains a variety of ingredients to aid in weight loss, including appetite-suppressing lady’s mantle extract and metabolism-boosting green coffee bean extract and one of our experts’ top weight loss supplement ingredients: caffeine. According to Forrest Przybysz, MBA and founder of Nootropics Resource, caffeine is “a natural, and popular, mental and physical performance enhancer.”
Claybrook also recommends over-the-counter Alli, whose active ingredient orlistat is a natural inhibitor of pancreatic lipases. In essence, explains Robert Thomas, MSc, RD and Co-Founder of Sextopedia, drugs containing orlistat—like Alli but also prescription Xenical—work by preventing your body from absorbing calories from fat and converting them to body fat. Studies have shown that Alli can help increase weight loss and reduce blood pressure, though Alli and orlistat-containing drugs have also been linked with gastrointestinal side effects including oily, loose stools.
Claybrook also recommends glucomannan supplements for weight loss, which are produced by a number of brands including Now Foods and Nature’s Way. Water-soluble fiber glucomannan is extracted from the konjac yam; when taken in supplement form, it expands in the stomach, increasing feelings of fullness and keeping you from consuming more food than you need.
4. Green Tea Extract
Weight loss supplements containing green tea extract have been shown to boost weight loss thanks in large part to the presence of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid. Registered Dietitian Shawn Wells, MPH, LDN, RD notes that green tea extract and theacrine, an alkaline found in Chinese tea, both promote thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate and energy expenditure, which, in turn, promotes weight loss – “similar to caffeine, but with fewer side effects.”