Natural Weight Loss Supplements

Can natural weight loss supplements help you lose weight? Weight loss should not just be about looking better; it should also be about being healthier.

Dietary aids, sports foods, and ergogenic aids are used by athletes to seek a competitive edge in achieving performance and aesthetic goals.

However, our primary concern is not with athletes; rather, it's with those who are interested in natural weight loss and being healthier.

Are there natural supplements and remedies that people seeking healthy weight loss can use to fortify their efforts?

Our judgment is that there are.

However, the most important physical activities to help you lose body fat and achieve permanent, natural weight loss are eating well, exercising well and recovering well. This website presents a comprehensive program for doing all three.


If you are following the program set out on this website, please concentrate your efforts on ensuring that you are engaging in regular strength and fitness exercise as well as following an eating plan with macronutrient percentages that work well for you and getting sufficient rest and recovery.

In other words, even if they are helpful, neither nutrition supplements or natural weight loss supplements replace eating, exercising, or recovering well. They are only supplemental.

There are websites devoted to evaluating weight loss supplements and remedies. Finding a well-informed evaluator that you like is similar to finding a movie critic you like.

There are many natural weight loss supplements to choose from, such as herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, amino acids and mineral supplements. There are some excellent ones.

What works well for some, however, doesn’t necessarily work well for others. There are best natural weight loss supplements or remedies that work well for everyone.

You are a unique individual. So, if you use any, you need to determine for yourself which supplements or remedies will work best for you.

sidebar quotation from Beverly Sills: "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."

The sports nutrition market has exploded in the last two decades. There are hundreds of possible dietary supplements on the market; it's a multi-billion dollar industry. How should we consumers approach this plethora of products?

With rational skepticism. It's valuable to question without being negative. There are effective products, but the truth is that objective clinical research is either lacking or equivocal for most supplements. Even where there is solid evidence, remember that it applies to populations, not individuals. Never forget that individuals vary greatly.

For example, suppose that you and I both supplement with creatine. It might only upset my stomach, whereas for you it might enhance the creatine phosphate levels in your muscles, which improves your power performance in the gym and increases your lean body mass.

Same supplement, different results. So, does creatine supplementation work? Yes (for some) and no (for others). The best method is to make rational decisions based on your own experience. Begin by continuing to read. Read the kinds of books and periodicals that we suggest. To see those recommendations visit our web page: Learning How. We also list several near the bottom of this page.

Your supplements

If a natural weight loss supplement or remedy makes sense to you and appears to have little downside, consider experimenting with it.

If you do and your actual results improve, terrific! If it doesn't improve anything, at least you will have learned that, for you, it wasn't effective. Don't expect super fast results. Nothing will work overnight. There are no experts about the future. Nobody really knows which natural weight loss supplement or remedy you should or shouldn't take.

What works best for us in relation to nutrition supplements is to avoid missing supplements that may be important while not spending money on those that are unnecessary. If you agree, we have two suggestions for you.

First, complete a relevant questionnaire that you trust. Your physician may ask you questions or you may find one online. A good set of questions should take half an hour or so to complete. It should ask about your medical history, your dietary and exercise patterns, and current lab test results (for example, about blood pressure and serum cholesterol). It should also give you recommendations based on your answers. This will help ensure that you are not failing to take beneficial supplements that may be right for you.

Second, when the appropriate nutrigenomic (nutrients + genes) supplements are available, in general we recommend that you seriously consider taking whatever genetic tests are available. Some manufacturers of nutrition supplements or weight loss supplements are much better than others are. Buy from the best sources. There are objective evaluations available online.

In addition, there are some excellent monthly newsletters that have objective rankings. (Consider starting with Consumer Reports.) We don't know if they are the best, but there are about half a dozen sources of nutritional supplements and weight loss supplements and remedies that we trust.

Supplements we don't use

Over the years, we have tried many supplements and products and stopped using some because they didn't seem to work for us.

Using any natural weight loss supplements or products is like shooting into the dark: one never knows what will happen. Something that doesn't work for others may work for you and vice-versa.

In our judgment, unless they are prescribed by a physician, the following products are not worth using because they are either ineffective or even counter-productive or dangerous: arginine, ornithine, lysine, aspartic acid, boron, branched chain amino acids, carnitine, choline, chromium, DHEA, androstenedione, glutamine, glycerol, HMB, medium chain triglycerides, ribose, bicarbonate, phosphate, potassium, lactate, [supplemental] oxygen, sodium, amino acid mixtures, and, for most people, external nasal dilator strips.

We also recommend avoiding all the stimulants, anabolic agents, diuretics, street drugs, peptide hormones and analogs, and other products banned by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and other athletic governing bodies such as the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

Caveat emptor!

With respect to eating four to six times daily, it's acceptable to replace a homemade meal with an engineered food (such as a protein shake with added fat and fiber) once or twice daily. In general, we believe it's better to make your own shakes and meals. However, that can be difficult or impossible when you are traveling or at work.

Although there are meal replacement bars available today that are nearly as delicious as the best tasting candy bars, we personally avoid them in favor of protein shakes, which have macronutrient percentages that work better for us. Really pay attention to the grams of carbohydrates in such products.

There are many good ones available. Experiment to find out which you enjoy the most and which work best for you. However, fresh, organic natural foods are better for you than sports foods or natural weight loss supplements.

Highly recommended books for natural weight loss

If you want to gain more control to improve your weight loss and eating habits, the following books are highly recommended.

These are our top suggestions:



  • Bradford, HOW TO EAT LESS -- EASILY!

  • Bennett & Sinatra, SUGAR SHOCK!

  • Braly & Hoggan, DANGEROUS GRAINS

The above books are in stock at (for the USA) and (for the UK)

Natural weight loss pages to help you further

To read more about natural weight loss, we suggest beginning with the following pages of our website:

1. Fat Burning Foods

2. Refined Processed Carbohydrates

3. The Paleo Diet

You will find the links to those pages listed on our site map/index.

Meanwhile, in this the supplements section of our website the following pages may be of interest:

If you engage in strength training you may wish to know what supplements Dr. Bradford (the co-webmaster of this site) takes.

If you are now looking for something in particular in relation to natural weight loss supplements, you can search our website or the World Wide Web.


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