Two major things that contribute greatly to weight loss are diet and exercise; irrespective of any supplements taken, these two are no push-overs. This doesn’t necessarily mean supplements should be discarded. These supplements can be an additional means to lose weight, as they help to boost the effect of exercise and diet.
Over-the-counter pills, if used consistently for a period of time, can result in weight loss.
Below are some over-the-counter pills that aid in weight loss.
1. Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is a product that can help to increase weight loss (when taken consistently) in women who have excess fat. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant known as catechins, which works in burning fats. However its high caffeine content can be a side effect to those who are sensitive to it. In this case, caffeine-free formulations are recommended.
2. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
This is naturally found in dairy products such as meats and cheeses; it can also be found in plant-based oils. This product functions to reduce body fat and enable muscle genesis, thereby enabling weight loss. Additional benefits are that it improves metabolic rates and helps to boost the immune system.
Chitosan is a sugar that is derived from the exoskeletons of crustaceans like shellfish, crab, lobster, and shrimp. By absorbing fats in the intestines, it works to enable weight loss. It can also be used to treat obesity, high cholesterol levels, and Crohn’s disease.
4. Hoodia Gordonii
Hoodia Gordonii, a succulent plant native to South Africa and Asia, is known to be an appetite suppressant, which plays a major role in weight loss. Many times, we don’t want to deny ourselves some foods or snacks; with Hoodia, you get to eat less and your body will be forced to use the fat and energy it has stored to promote weight loss.
Alli is an over-the-counter drug approved by the US food and drug administration that has been known for its rapid effectiveness in weight loss. It blocks the absorption of fats in the digestive tract, thereby reducing the amount of fats absorbed by the body.
Although these products are available over the counter, it is best you see your physician to know which is best for you, to avoid endangering your health.