EASNA review the best weight loss supplements.
It's no secret that the modern US lifestyle has become a sedentary one, as a result obesity rates have hit as high as 40% in the USA so it's no surprise that that people look for any help they can get with losing weight. This is an increasingly prevalent issue with office workers with occupation being a significant risk factor for obesity rates, as you'd expect sedentary administrative roles we're most at risk.
Whilst weight loss pills shouldn't be the first option for anyone trying to lose weight, healthy diet and exercise will always be the first port of call there are some weight loss supplements that can be effective at making the process of weight management easier.
Weight loss aids come in a variety of forms, some work, some don't. Some are glorified vitamin pills and some contain things that actually work. Regulations vary quite wildly from country to country and unfortunately for us, the USA is actually quite lax and not all supplements are created equal.
Hunter Burn - Best Appetite Suppressant
Hourglass Fit - Best Weight Loss Pills For Women
Instant Knockout - Fastest Acting Weight Loss Supplements
Burn Lab Pro - Best Thermogenic Fat Burners
Instant Knockout - Best Weight Loss Supplements For Men
Keto Charge - Best Keto Support Weight Loss Pills
Weight loss supplements work (or claim to work) in one of just a couple of ways, they either suppress appetite, raise thermogenesis (the amount of calories you burn), supress cravings or raise energy levels whilst you're in a caloric deficit (dieting). There are relatively few components that actually work and they tend to be repeated throughout all of the best weight loss supplements, with varying blends designed to focus on different elements.
The most effective way to lose weight is through diet control. Hours of exercise can be undone in minutes with high calorie food, so appetite suppressants are always going to be the most effective weight loss supplement. The next most effective element is craving support followed by increasing energy levels, with thermogenesis coming in last. The reason for this is improved thermogenesis realistically tops out at adding about 100 calories to your maintenance calorie rates and improved energy levels help you keep what we call a consistent NEAT. NEAT or (None Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) refers to the amount of activity you do that burns calories that isn't for accounted for by exercise. Typically people who are dieting move less, whether they notice or not, and this can account for 3-400 calories burned per day.
The best ingredients for each of these categories are Glucomannan for appetite suppression (in some countries it's the only supplement advertisers can actually claim works) which swells to 50X it's size, 2 capsules add up to about the size of a bagel, this makes you feel less hungry, caffeine and vitamin complexes for energy and 5HTP for craving suppression, although there are some other methods for doing this successfully. Lastly is thermogenesis and that's where things start to get a little more complicated.
Some Of The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Diet Pills
Weight loss pills aren't regulated by the FDA, in Europe there are regulations on the claims that weight loss supplements can say, and you'll notice that a lot of the worst weight loss pills aren't available there. As a result a lot of the best weight loss pills are made by European companies that simply replicate their formulas in US factories. The ingredients in over the counter weight loss pills have to be approved by the FDA as safe for human consumption however.
For the most part yes, with the exclusion of allergies and minor side effects, common side effects include nausea and headaches (usually from too much caffeine). Everything on our list has been marked as safe for consumption in both the US, EU and UK for weight loss purposes.
Weight loss pills are dietary supplements designed to support weight loss. The problem is that means a lot of things can call themselves weight loss supplements.
Fiber supplements is quite a broad term, if we're talking about Glucomannan then yes, some supplements use less effective fiber supplements such as prickly pear and some are not effective at all. It really comes down to how much space they take up in your stomach and how long it takes to digest.
Most of the best weight loss pills require you to take them several times a day, typically speaking anything that claims to be a miracle one pill a day, or night time fat burner is completely bogus.
Depending on if you want to avoid caffeine or not we tend to recommend either Instant Knockout Cut or Hunter Burn. If you're fine with caffeine then Instant Knockout cut is going to be the fastest acting as it will help you stick to your diet and keep moving help you lose weight fast.
As for Hunter Burn, it is the most highly dosed of all weight loss pills for pretty much every other effective ingredient, making it them the second most effective weight loss pills. Other than that we do list a couple of specialised weight loss pills more angled towards thermogenesis and even one for people following a keto diet. But for the vast majority of people reading this Hunter or Instant Knockout will be the way to go.
The Hunter range of supplements is one of the best supplements brands that we've come across, they do come at a slight premium, they're about $10 a bottle more than the next most expensive competitor on the list, although they usually have a bulk buy deal on which balances this out. Especially considering they're by far the highest dosed weight loss pills on the market right now so gram for gram of ingredients, they're actually pretty good value. They're heavily stacked in glucomannan, which as we've mentioned it the most effective over the counter appetite suppressant. Hunter Burn comes with a 90 day money back guarantee and 1000s of success stories.
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Hunter Burn also scores pretty highly on the thermogenic fat burner list, including high doses of capsimax, L-Theanine and an extract from white kidney beans along with a large dose of vitamin D and green tea extract. Capsimax (a cayenne pepper extract) and L-Theanine both stimulate the metabolism, with the pepper raising your body temperature and L-Theanine does this as well as raising overall energy. Vitamin D, (of which neatly half of US adults are deficient) increases energy levels, and athletic performance helping you work out harder and feel less tired. As for the tea extract and white kidney bean extracts, these both bind to starch cells so that you don't digest them in the first place.
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Hourglass Fit is designed specifically as weight loss pills for women. But, what does this really mean? It means that it's a low stimulant weight loss pill with a special attention to cravings and bloating. The main difference between Hourglass and the other weight loss pills on the list is the inclusion of 5HTP which is the best ingredient for suppressing cravings. It's also got a healthy dose of glucomannan (we know this is becoming a bit of a trend), meaning that it's ideal for supporting your diet. Some other women's weight loss pills that we haven't mentioned here dose glucomannan a lot lower and it really needs at least 1800mg to be effective. Some studies even suggest that as much as 3000mg is optimal for men and 2000 is optimal for women. Other than that there's a special consideration to avoiding any ingredients that can cause bloating which tends to be more of an issue for women than men. And more importantly Hourglass fit has 1000s of success stories of happy women who've managed to shed pounds, most of their customer reviews claim that it's helped them stick to their diets when they've failed in the past.
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Hourglass fit also contains Cayenne pepper extract, which helps assist with fat burning by raising body temperature, green tea extract which binds to fat cells before you digest them, and reduces cravings as well as Guarana which is a great stimulant for people avoiding caffeine consumption directly. The vitamin complex in Hourglass fit also helps support healthy energy levels whilst losing weight. All of these reasons combined are what makes hourglass fit the best weight loss pills for women.
Instant Knockout has been a mainstay of the fitness community for a long time, developed in conjunction with legendary MMA trainer Greg Jackson, the product was designed to help fighters cut weight in time for weigh ins without losing muscle mass. As such it acts quickly, but is also high in stimulants like caffeine and B vitamins. This is because when in a calorie deficit with low body fat, you need to train even harder if you don't want to lose muscle mass. It's still got a good dose of glucomannan, only 200mg less than Hunter and Hourglass, but if you're spending a lot of time at the gym as well as trying to lose weight then Instant Knockout is a great option. Like the rest of the supplements on this list, it's not a cheap option, but once again, you get what you pay for. Instant Knockout recently updated its formula meaning it's now suitable for vegans too. Although the pills aren't red any more so it doesn't look quite as cool in the fist shaped bottle as it used to.
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Instant Knockout has the highest amount of vitamin D out of all the weigh loss pills on our list, it's dosed to hit the intake that has shown the largest increases in athletic performance. It also contains a B vitamin complex, which is again aimed at being a high dose. Both of these tend to be included in pre workout supplements, so as you'd expect Instant Knockout is great for energy. It's also got a high amount of cayenne pepper extract, which help you lose weight fast, especially when mixed with training, as it raises body temperature, meaning you have to use more calories to cool down whilst working out. Instant Knockout is best used by people who are hitting the gym at least semi regularly, although it will work even without the exercise.
Burn Lab Pro is best for people who are already very active, but looking for a little bit of help losing weight, rather than for anyone who is at the start of their weight loss journey. In short they're the best weight loss pills for gym nuts. Burn lab pro's main selling point is the inclusion of HMB. HMB speeds up recovering muscle repair and helps break down fat faster whilst working out. The other unusual ingredient is coleus forskohlii, which is an unusual ingredient for weight loss pills. And whilst it could be particularly beneficial for men, as it has some indication that it could boost testosterone and has some minor metabolism boosting effects it isn't something we'd normally put in the best weight loss pills. Which is why we only really recommend it for people who are already training hard to lose weight.
Keto Charge just about make it onto our best weight loss pills list, and we do mean just. They're popular weight loss pills, but they use a proprietary blend. The idea of Keto charge is to support people who are using keto as a way of losing weight. The customer reviews are generally very good and they do offer a money back guarantee. The main benefit of keto charge diet pills is that they help first time keto dieters avoid the keto flu. That said as weight loss pills go they won't work as a stand alone. We also don't typically recommend keto over a balanced healthy diet, but it does work for a lot of people who are trying to burn fat. So if keto is the way you want to go and you're looking for a weight loss pill to support your weight loss goals then Keto Charge is a decent option.
Glucomannan is by far the best over the counter appetite suppressant and as a result makes an appearance in all of the most effective weight loss pills. It works by swelling up to 50X it's original size in the stomach and the standard dosage (2000mg) swells up to about the same size as a bagel. There are some prescription weight loss pills which use a similar ingredient that swells 100X the size, although it tends to be dosed around 1000mg meaning that there is functional no difference in how much they help you lose weight.
Whilst this doesn't make it into all of the contenders for the best weight loss supplement as it's relatively easy to substitute into your diet yourself, and if you're already a heavy coffee drinker, it may not be a good idea to add extra caffeine into the mix. However, caffeine has been proven to both suppress appetite and raise your NEAT (None Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), put simply this means how many calories you burn by moving normally through the day. NEAT tends to drop when you reduce your calorie intake, lowering the efficacy of dieting. This is where caffeine is particularly useful in a weight loss supplement.
5HTP was originally only available via a clinician, it's been shown under brain scans to actually lower our interest in unhealthy high fat and high sugar foods when compared to when people were shown said foods having taken the placebo. It help you lose weight by helping you eat healthier. This is particularly common in the best weight loss pills for women who tend to struggle more with cravings. There were even some suggestions that it shouldn't be used because it was too effective.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract has been used to help control body weight reasonably effectively for some time. It's not the best weight loss supplement available, it is generally what we consider to be a "B Tier" ingredient. It's effective, but shouldn't be the main ingredient in any weight loss pills. Green tea extract is a thermogenic fat burner, meaning that it does raise the amount of calories you burn at rest. The effect however is relatively modest weight loss, but it is still effective.
Most weight loss pills include coffee beans, some studies have shown that supplementation can cause significant weight loss, although most suggest it to be relatively modest. Again they're quite well backed at this point and make a good addition to your fat burning arsenal.
Capsimax comes from cayenne pepper, it's one of the most effective weight loss pill ingredients for thermogenesis aside from caffeine. Again thermogenic fat burners are typically the least effective element in weight loss pills, so it's a nice inclusion, but the focus should always be on appetite suppression and energy increase as these are the most effective factors in helping you lose weight.
1 - https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html - USA obesity rates
2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2894850 - Occupational risk of overweight and obesity