Do weight loss supplements work magic?

This being the pandemic and everyone is stuck at home for over a year and half are used to eating and not find a way to burn the fat. As many of our weights are increasing, there is also equal surge in the production of weight loss supplements and its usage. Let’s see how far they work and give positive results.


Supplements of weight loss are available in various forms like teas, powders, liquids, and gummies. Their industry in 2020 was worth around 6.5 billion dollars making them exclusively popular. Though they are used by many the actual question is do these supplements really give positive results?
Recent inclusive study reported on 23rd of June in the journal Obesity that striking weight loss is not resulted from just the intake of these dietary supplements as they proclaim. The research proved that factually, it’s very occasional to lose weight for those who take these supplements.

Studies claim that:

Whether supplements for weight loss work and whether they convey what they proclaim is still on debate. Most studies were found to be biased when 315 already existing clinical trials of alternate therapies and weight loss supplements were reviewed by the researchers. There was no persistence of weight loss in the study participants. Whereas, only sixteen studies handled to indicate weight loss in participating members, on a range less than 1 pound and 11 pounds.

Following 12 ingredients were reviewed by the researchers:

  1. Green tea
  2. Chitosan
  3. conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  4. Phaseolus
  5. Garcinia and/or Hydroxycitrate
  6. chromium
  7. Phenylpropylamine
  8. ephedra or caffeine
  9. pyruvate
  10. calcium and vitamin D
  11. guar gum
  12. chocolate/cocoa

Alternative non-supplement medication involved acupuncture, meditation and concentration which intervenes mind-body.
The Obesity Society proclaimed that the reason they conducted this review was to conclude the quality of the documentation to counsel the participants. Analogous author Dr. John Batsis, associate professor in nutrition department at University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings school of Global Public Health and in geriatric medicine division at UNC said that high quality of confirmation is essential in order to give strong recommendations about supplement intake.
Since obesity is an actual complex disease, never will there be a magical medicine to heal it said Sharon Zarabi, RD, program director at Northwell Health’s Katz Institute and moreover she was not surprised with the results.
Zarabi mentioned that the only way to maintain your weight is by changing the lifestyle and just taking a ginseng supplement or cocoa pill is never gonna work out as our body often defends us from weight loss. Hence we need to be an enthusiastic participant in maintaining a healthy life.
The above study was joined with other research of examining the capability and safety of the supplements.
A global analysis was organized by Australian researchers on dietary and herbal supplements, reviewing 121 trials including participants around 10,000. It was discovered that intake of these pills didn’t result analytically meaningful weight loss that is not more than 5.5 pounds (2.5 Kgs) and more extensive study is necessary on long term safety of supplements.

Your carelessness can be dangerous:

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not standardize the herbal, supplement and vitamin market. So with insufficient oversight, it’s difficult to tell which products and brands are more likely to menace our health.
Dietary supplements are branded as food by FDA and not as drugs. So, they are not calculated on their quality, efficacy and safety. Hence it is better to be extra conscious about the supplements you decide to intake.

Health hurdles faced:

Though there are many who are over weighed or obese, only few want to lose weight and they find it challenging in getting medical care.
Experts say that new studies prove why people who want to lose weight are needed with exceptional approach to tested weight management ways like change in dietary, surgery and behavioral therapy.
More information is needed to figure out the influence of various therapies on long-termed loss of weight and how a person’s overall health is affected by obesity. Batsis told Healthline that in order to curtail distort and check out efficiency of supplements stakeholders and partners need to work together whereas funders, industry, researchers etc., must design studies of high quality. This type of treatment though it is proven that it works for many is not often applicable for health insurance making it hard for people to approach.

The actual truth:

As all medical treatments don’t work positively with everyone, people who try therapies for losing weight that are medically proven may not possibly work driving them to take dietary supplements as alternatives. According to chief of obesity surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, Dr. Mitchell Roslin many people assume that medical experts prefer to drive costly drugs but the fact is that majority of healthcare professionals choose to pursue science.
Supplement and nutrition industry is with adequate debatable claims and weight loss is a subject that unhealthy diet cannot be compensated by mere supplements. Weight loss is a tough challenge unless you are determined and consistent affirming that there are no overnight results. The long term hard work you put the long term are your results.


If you are over-weighed, stay positive, exercise and eat healthy without only depending on supplements that are not guaranteed. And to have long term results be consistent and you are highly recommended to seek advice of pronounced medical health worker. Never forget “It’s unbelievable how enough you are”

Subin Joshua
Author: Hi there, my name is Subin Joshua, and I am a Medical student. I grew up in a family of teachers and know that being a social worker is my calling. My passion for helping others has been evident in my involvement in helping the poor and needy for the last three years. Through those experiences, I have learned to interact with a diverse group of people, which has increased my ability to relate to others.