Popular diet plans assessed
With a wide choice of diets out there to help with weight loss, choosing the right diet plan is not an easy task. Here we put the dietary supplements under the microscope so you can decide whether it is the right diet method to aid your weight loss.
The theory about dietary supplements
There are many different types of supplements marketed towards those people who want to lose weight. Many make claims such as ‘will burn fat’, ‘boost your metabolism’ or ‘help curb your appetite’. It is important to read the ingredients list and also the accompanying literature as many supplements only claim to work ‘if combined with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise’. Always treat any radical claim with caution, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Our opinion on dietary supplements — marked out of 10.
|Good for health||0|
|Ease to follow||6|
Overall verdict on dietary supplements
Any supplement making a claim that it can help weight loss must be accompanied by a calorie deficient diet, i.e. either you reduce the number of calories you eat or you increase the number of calories you use by exercising more. There are no magic ways to lose weight unfortunately, and many people mistakenly believe many of the unfounded claims that supplements make.
Cons about dietary supplements
- You should not take supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; always read the label and ask your doctor if in doubt.
- Many supplements make unfounded claims that are not true; always be skeptical about any claim made.
- They must always be taken with a calorie-controlled diet and physical activity — maybe just the diet and physical activity would be a good place to start.
- They can be really expensive, a better idea would be to look at the food you eat and spend more on the ‘healthy’ foods such as fruit and vegetables and starchy foods.
Suitable for vegetarians — depends on the supplement; always read the label.
Suitable for vegans — depends on the supplement; always read the label.
Suitable for coeliacs — depends on the supplement; always read the label.
Need to buy specialist foods — yes, depends on the supplement; always read the label.
Restaurant friendly — yes.