Do Fat Burners Work?
Fat burners are a popular seller, but do they really work? Fat burners can suppress your appetite and increase your metabolic rate through thermogenesis (increasing your metabolism which produces more body heat). They are usually a blend of caffeine, B vitamins and other fat-burning enhancers. There are also under-the-counter blends which include ephedrine (or ephedra) which are much stronger than their counterparts. They are a nervous system stimulant which could boost your workout intensity. There are side effects such as the crash after the “high,” nervousness and irritability. Long-term effects are adrenal gland burnout which could lead to depression and possible psychological dependency. I have personally used these supplements during my bodybuilding career and I do admit they do give you an edge but at the end of the day my diet first and training second was 99% of my success.
Is There a Safe Prescription Weight Loss Drug on the Market?
Well there may be one soon. Arena Pharmaceuticals is hoping to be the first to provide a safe weight loss pill for those who are allergic to exercise. The product is called lorcaserin and has been shown to provide weight loss, reduce cholesterol and increase sex drive. It’s designed to block appetite signals in the brain by stimulating the serotonin 2C receptor. Pharmaceutical companies have been racing to find a safe weight loss pill since the days of fenfluramine, which was linked to heart valve problems. A client was using this product 10 years ago and was forced to stop because of this. A study found 47.2 percent of subjects taking lorcaserin twice a day achieved at least a 5-10 percent reduction in weight after a year. Side effects include headache, nausea and fatigue. On a last note, for those of you like me that like to huff and puff your way to a body by design, I’ll see you at the gym!
Do Vitamin B12 Shots Work for Weight Loss?
Unless you suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency, there’s no reason you should receive the shots. The truth is that it’s rare to suffer from such a deficiency because the human body stores several years’ worth of vitamin B12. So where does the confusion come from? Simply, patients that received vitamin B12 shots for chronic fatigue reported another amazing effect of the shots … they lost weight! The word spread and as so often happens with weight loss fads, vitamin B12 was tagged “the next weight loss cure.” While many doctors prescribe it for weight loss, perhaps it’s the pseudo effect – if they tell you it’s going to help you lose weight, chances are you’ll believe them. But the truth is your weight loss is a result of the diet you’re following.