It is well known that there is no secret formula or magic pill that will make a person shed a huge amount of weight in a short time. Lasting weight loss requires full body recomposition brought on by a proper diet and plenty of exercise. In short, it takes time and effort to obtain continuing results. However, health stores abound in supplements that can help a person speed up his or her metabolism, reduce hunger cravings, and increase overall energy. These three supplements are the top 3 most popular diet pills of 2015.
1) Skinny Fiber
One of the most popular diet pills of 2015 is Skinny Fiber, a blend of several natural ingredients including glucomannan, caralluma fimbriata, chá de bugre, and digestive enzymes.
Glucomannan is a dietary fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol and improve lipid profiles. However, it should be taken with at least 8 ounces of water.
Caralluma fimbriata is derived from a plant found in the region stretching from India to northern Africa. Its appetite-suppressing abilities are so effective that it is known as “famine food” in India, and tribesmen have been known to use it to sustain themselves during long hunts.
Chá de bugre is extracted from the berries of a tree of the same name in Brazil, where it is known for its aid in weight loss, as well as medicinal effects. It acts as a natural stimulant and thereby increases metabolism and suppresses hunger. The digestive enzymes found in Skinny Fiber aid the body in digesting food more efficiently, and it turn reduce consumption and fat.
2) Garcinia Cambogia
The second one, Garcinia Cambogia, is an extract from the rind of Malabar tamarinds, a fruit from Indonesia. The active ingredient, discovered in the late 1960s, is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA, similar to the citric acid found in oranges and lemons. HCA first started becoming popular in the 90s, when the weight loss effect was noted in research animals. The acid works, in part, as an enyzme blocker, preventing citrate lyase from converting sugars and starches into fat.
Garcinia cambogia also seems to have an appetite suppressant function, though in a markedly different fashion than stimulant-based suppressants such as caffeine. It has been suggested that garcinia cambogia indirectly affects serotonin levels, which in turn increases satisfaction, making the dieter feel sated. The effectiveness of HCA, however, is highly dependent on its bioavailability, so it is important to take the proper dose at the proper time. It is suggested that garcinia cambogia be taken three times daily, on an empty stomach.
The last of the three, Forskolin, is a chemical found in the roots of the Indian coleus, a plant similar to mint. Forskolin works by quickly and effectively sparking the adenylyl cyclase enzyme, and in turn, increasing the levels of the cyclic adenosine monophosphate cellualr messenger compund. These cAMP messengers increase the body’s effectiveness in burning fat. In addition to its fat burning capabilities, forskolin has shown to increase testosterone in men, while reducing hunger in women. It has been shown to be most effective when taken twice daily, and before meals to make the most of its appetite suppressing properties. Forskolin has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, so those diagnosed with low blood pressure should not take this product. For those who mix, or “stack” their supplements, forskolin has been shown to work especially well in conjunction with other fat burners, most likely due to the increase in cAMP messengers and the resultant increased cellular activity.