Dieting and exercising more are, of course, the most important things a person with weight management issues can do to drop his or her weight down to a healthier level. However, taking a supplement or two a day could help give those looking to shed a few pounds the extra "oomph" they need to meet their goals.
There's a litany of information out there about weight loss, so we pulled together what we consider some of the more helpful thoughts about supplements that expert sources have offered up on various websites.
Writing for The Huffington Post, Nicholas Perricone, M.D., includes carnitine on his list of the most highly recommended supplements to help keep weight in check, although it works best alongside omega-3 fatty acids. The author and expert in the fields of dermatology and anti-aging explains that carnitine helps speed up metabolism by getting fatty acids where they need to be in the cells to get turned into energy.
Mango seed fiber
Meanwhile, a compilation of preferred weight loss supplements put together by Forbes includes mango seed fiber, which has been used in Africa as a natural means of losing weight for some time. While studies are being conducted on its effectiveness, it's also said to have antibiotic and pain relief elements, according to the source.
Noting first and foremost that it's a known antioxidant, Byron J. Richards' Wellness Resources explains that the caffeine present in green tea assists with metabolism, which could help a person burn through calories and fat. The Mayo Clinic agrees that green tea extract may reduce appetite while improving metabolism, however it also says that scientific studies haven't quite confirmed this.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Among the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, Fox News reports that omega-3-loaded fish oil can help ease the transition of fat into energy by keeping insulin levels where they're supposed to be. In addition, by improving blood flow, it could result in a more effective exercise regimen.
Also on Fox New's list of effective weight management supplements is vitamin D, which is also said to improve heart health, and provide many other elements for healthy living. Vitamin D helps control weight a few different ways, according to the source. It aids with insulin response, which improves the body's ability to use food as fuel instead of turning it into fat. Not getting enough vitamin D may also make it harder for individuals to know when they've had enough to eat, as a deficiency has been connected to the hormone leptin.
Other ideas for weight loss
There's more to losing weight than simply taking a few pills every morning. USA Today points out that it helps to have a social support system – whether it's friends or family or both, the source notes that dieters with some of their own cheerleaders tend to lose more weight than those who go it completely on their own. Dieters who keep a journal of everything they eat over the course of a day also knock off more pounds than those who don't. Rechecking a food journal everyday gives a person a good idea of how much he or she is eating, and whether or not more healthy food is getting eaten than unhealthy food. USA Today points to studies linking food journals to dieters losing twice as much weight as those who opt to not document their own daily eating habits.