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Can supplements help me lose weight?

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ConsumerLab.com (CL) has reviewed the research behind nearly every popular type of weight loss supplement including caffeine and other stimulants, chromium, glucomannan, green coffee bean extract, green tea, Garcinia cambogia, and white kidney bean extract. It has also tested the quality of many products which claim to contain these ingredients. Although preliminary evidence suggests that a few may help with modest weight loss in the short-term, none has been evaluated in a long-term study. No supplement has been shown to be more effective than an improved diet and increased exercise although some may slightly enhance the benefits.

There are risks with many of these ingredients, most commonly gastrointestinal side-effects and negative effects on blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition, when a new ingredient receives media attention and companies rush to sell it, ConsumerLab.com has found that many marketed products do not actually contain the listed amount of ingredient.

You can get all the details in the Weight Loss Supplements Review >>

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COMMENTS

Edward J.1755   June 4, 2015
Thanks for the weight loss supplement. Looking for that.

Really like your reports.


dave404   January 19, 2015
hi guys, keep up the good work. just a quick question about a new weight loss supp. it's called forskolin. is to safe to take with statins or b.p. meds? also the company that i purchased it from is named bri nutrition. have you ever heard of this company and are they pretty reputable. i'd really be interested to know what you think on the subject before i start taking this product. thanks

ConsumerLab.com   January 29, 2015
Thank you Dave! We've now answered your question here: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/%20/forskolin_weight_loss/

daliya 359   January 4, 2015
I reckon we are all desperate and the placebo effect helps. Taking pills and then drinking 3 cups of water would work even if did only the water .


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