Last night I did a bit of clothes shopping because the jeans that I purchased a few months ago have gotten so big, I was starting to look silly in them. This morning I got to work and realize that my new smaller jeans (casual friday) suddenly seem too big as well. Go figure! Which brings me to a question. Is there something that you can take that regardless of what you are eating will help you lose weight ? The answer is probably, but you are still better off changing what you eat than taking it. Let me explain:
Of course, there is lots of hype surrounding dietary supplements. After all, they are a huge and profitable business. And who would not want to lose weight without having to modify their diet? A real weight loss pill that has no side effects would be a dream come true, at least while you continue to take it. So what works and what doesnt.? Dr’s at the Mayo Clinic took a look at some of the weight loss supplements out there like Alli (the OTC version of a prescription drug), Chitosan, Green Tea extract and CLA among others.Here is what they found : Alli works, but not as well as the prescription version. Of the others, the only one that has good evidence of effectiveness is CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid. CLA is found in the meat and dairy products of ruminants. In fact the meat of grass fed beef has five times as much CLA as non grass fed beef.It can also be extracted from sunflower oil.
People that use CLA do seem to lose not just the weight, but actual body fat, but there seems to be a price tag for that loss.Apparently people who take CLA experience big increases in oxidative stress, which is a reduction in the bodies ability to deal with free radicals that are implicated in both heart disease and cancer. In fact, the level of oxidative stress is higher in CLA supplementation than in heavy smokers! The other problem with CLA is that just like with every other weight loss supplement, the evidence for effectiveness standards are low for supplements, and some of them actually differ slightly from what was tested in the laboratory. So back to square one, because there does not yet seem to be a magic weight loss pill. At least not yet.
I dont know about you – but the weekends are always more difficult food wise. I am home all day, and in a moment of boredom I am tempted to overeat, or go off into something that I should stay away from. But when I put on my smaller jeans this morning and realized that they are actually a little big, its like someone is trying to tell me “hey- you are doing it the right way!” Stay strong and have a great weekend!