When it comes to shedding a few pounds, we all know there’s no real secret formula. If you want to get fitter, leaner and healthier, then eat a balanced, nutritious diet (cut out the junk) and exercise more. If only life were that simple, of course, we know what we should do but following the right path is another matter.
That’s where weight loss supplements come in –offered as a helping hand to kick start that diet or help you to reach your weight loss goals. There are many different supplements on the market, and it can be a bit of a minefield trying to negotiate the many types on offer. Some supplements originate from natural sources, while others are from artificial ones, ingredients differ, but the idea remains the same – the supplement will act as a tool to help you to lose weight. Here we take a look at two of the most common – Forskolin and Garcinia Cambogia, and ask just how effective are they?
What Is Forskolin?
Forskolin has become more popular over recent years. A natural product, Forskolin has its origins in India, Africa, and Asia and is derived from the root of a plant called Plectranthus barbatus (also known as Coleus Forskohlii). The herby, minty plant has plenty of amino acids (which are closely linked to weight loss).
What is Garcinia Cambogia?
Originating in Africa, Southeast Asia, and areas of India, Garcinia Cambogia is derived from a natural source and is made up of Chromium, Hydroxycitric Acid,
Calcium and Potassium – all of which are thought to be great for weight loss.
Are they Natural?
Natural is better than artificial, pumping yourself full of chemicals is not the wisest move. It’s much easier to soak up the goodness of natural ingredients. When it comes to the two supplements, Garcinia Cambogia is completely natural and free from any chemicals. Although Forskolin itself is chemical free, the actual method of extracting it from the plant does involve the use of some chemicals, and although this shouldn’t impinge, it’s worth noting that a little chemical deposit could leak into the end product.
Can the Supplements Help Me to Lose Weight?
Both supplements have undergone clinical trials. Studies have shown that Garcinia Cambogia does work well in its quest to absorb fat (and therefore preventing your wobbly bits from becoming any wobblier)! There’s yet to be in depth clinical studies that enable it to be definitively stated that Forskolin does aid weight loss, of the studies that have been carried out it has been noted that men seem to respond better to this supplement.
Can they Help Me in Any Other Way?
Plants have been used in medicine for many years to help alleviate symptoms and promote health and well-being. Nowadays we understand more about their uses and the way in which they can aid weight loss. Forskolin and Garcinia Cambogia can help you in many ways. Forskolin works well in combatting lung and heart problems (and is particularly useful in the alleviation of asthma). Having trouble sleeping? Forskolin might be able to help you improve the quality of the shut-eye you get.
Garcinia Cambogia also has many properties and can be used as a remedy for other medical issues, not just to aid weight loss. The supplement is a great tonic for improving digestion and relieving the pain of aching joints. It’s also handy for alleviating ulcers and easing the annoying monthly pain of menstruation cramps.
Do the Supplements Have any Side-Effects?
You should take care when taking any medication or supplement; you can never be certain how your body will react to something new so be vigilant and make sure the supplement you are taking suits you. Garcinia Cambogia is free from chemicals and additives and doesn’t carry any major side effects. However, you should always follow any instructions on the best way to take the supplement, and if you are expecting a child or are nursing your baby, it’s a good idea to check in with a medical expert before you consider taking the supplement. There are no major side-effects associated with Forskolin either (just a few minor ones). You might experience mild headaches, a cough or a raised heart rate. Again, if you are expecting a child or are nursing you should take care and seek advice before taking Forskolin.
Which is Best?
There’s room for both supplements in the world of assisted weight loss, but it’s important to choose a supplement that compliments you best. Both Garcinia Cambogia and Forskolin are natural, both can help you with other elements of maintaining your health, and neither carry major side-effects. There are slight differences, and there seems to be more data available in terms of clinical trials and studies on Garcinia Cambogia, which gives us more confidence about its level of effectiveness. The jury still seems to be out on Forskolin!
Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle
Look beyond supplements if you can, they are a useful tool in the fight against excess weight, but if you want to change the way you look and feel you need to make changes to your lifestyle too. Look after yourself and live well.