Supplements - Pills and Potions
Probably the most effective diet products are vitamins
and mineral supplements.
Vitamin B has long been known
to boost energy, and Vitamin C has antioxidant properties
good for allover health. If you are training intensively,
you may experience leg cramps at night—a horrid but
relatively safe indicator of low potassium levels. If
you don’t care for bananas, you may choose to take potassium
tablets. The more we learn about the body, the more
likely it is that science will discover supplements
that aid in weight loss, but to date, there are no certain
answers in that area.
But there are plenty of claims. You’ve probably heard of
all sorts of diet products, drugs and supplements
guaranteed to increase your metabolism without your
needing to exercise. Most diet pills contain diuretics
which promote quick weight loss (but no fat loss) by
ridding the body of water.
Many diet drugs contain
caffeine or ephedrine, which may increase your heart
rate and anxiety level while creating insomnia, stomach
upsets, headaches and general twitchiness. With all
these side effects, you would expect these drugs to have
some weight-loss benefits: they are remarkably useless
in creating weight loss!
ECGC, or green tea extract, has been shown to raise
metabolism, although without diet and exercise, effects
will probably be unnoticeable. You can find the
supplement in vitamins or at the health food store.
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