WEIGHT loss supplements could help overweight patients with their diet plans. Adding these cheap capsules to your daily routine could help patients to lose weight and slash the pounds.
Weight loss could be crucial for obese patients. One in every four adults in the UK are obese, said the NHS.
But weight loss isn’t always easy, and may require long-term lifestyle changes.
Taking some weight loss supplements could help patients to kickstart their diet plans.
Glucomannan supplements may help patients to feel fuller for longer, as well as reduce calorie intake, said nutritionist Dr Atli Arnarson.
The capsules are very low in calories, and take up space in the stomach.
It has an “exceptional” ability to absorb water, and just a small amount could turn an entire glass of water into gel, he said.Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fibre, said Arnarson.
“Like other soluble fibres, it’s believed to promote weight loss in several ways,” said the nutritionist.
“It delays stomach emptying, contributing to increased satiety, and reduces the absorption of protein and fat.
“It also feeds the friendly bacteria in your intestine, which turn it into short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, shown to protect against fat gain in some animal studies.
“Glucomannan differs from most other soluble fibres, as it's exceptionally viscous, making it particularly effective for weight loss.
“It’s particularly effective when combined with a weight-reducing diet.”
Overweight individuals could try taking glucomannan before meals for a modest weight loss, said Arnarson.
But there’s no guarantee that weight loss supplements will work at all.
They could give the metabolism “a bit of a nudge” and help patients to lose a few pounds, but that’s where it ends, added nutrition researcher Kris Gunnars.
The best way to lose weight is to make diet or lifestyle changes.
Eating regular meals - including breakfast - is an easy way to help you tilt the scales.
It’s also important to drink plenty of water and to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Fibre-rich foods help you to feel fuller for longer, which is perfect for losing weight, said the NHS.
Being active is key to losing weight and keeping it off. Exercise helps to burn off excess calories that can’t be cut through diet alone.