Buying Guide Introduction
If you want to lose weight then you can use this Buying Guide to obtain information that will help you obtain that goal and thereby make permanent positive changes in your life.
Boston Medical Center tells us that "An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese." Obviously, those numbers tell us that the demand for weight loss supplements or diet pills is huge.
The market is flooded with all kinds of products making your search for diet pills both easy and challenging at the same time. You can easily find one that sounds good in about 1 minute or less. But the challenge of making sure it is a good selection for YOU is quite a bit more challenging.
We are going to help you with that challenge. By now you probably have searched around the internet enough that you are aware that there are tons of pitfalls or mistakes that can be made in the process of selecting the right dietary lose weight supplement. But, that's where this Buying Guide comes into play. You can bookmark this Guide and use it as an essential tool that will provide you with all the necessary information needed to make a wise purchase.
What to do? Keep reading. You're about to get a little help from this Buying Guide -- we are going to guide you in finding a good, trustworthy dietary supplement that is the TYPE of supplement you need and one that lives up to its advertising promises. One that can be obtained without a prescription.
By the way, there is a reason they are called "supplements". They supplement and give support to your own exercise regime and good nutrition efforts. Think of them as a needed element of your weight loss strategy. Dictionary.com says that a supplement is "something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole".
This Buying Guide is written specifically for readers who are searching for good information about the confusing world of weight loss supplements. Follow it carefully and it will help you find your best lose weight supplement(s).
We are going to guide you on two very important items.
First, what TYPE of weight loss supplement is going to work best for you? And, second, once the proper type is decided, which particular product of that type should you select?
But, before we get to the real meat of this guide, you first have to decide whether or not you will use a dietary supplement to aid you in obtaining your weight loss goal. Note that I said "aid", not do it for you, in the previous sentence. If you do decide that you want to take dietary weight loss supplements as an aid for your weight loss journey then you will have plenty of company. Statista.com has estimated that over 70 percent (in a 2018 study) of U.S. adults take dietary supplements.
Reasons to Lose Weight
There are a lot of valid reasons for someone's desire to lose weight and to use all available good tools to help in fulfilling that desire:
No matter which of the above applies to you, successful weight loss is still a hard thing to do. Straight forward fact: Diet and exercise are unlikely to give you the complete solution to your desire to eliminate that unwanted weight (fat for the most part). You need to be "aided". Let us help you. There is absolutely no shame in admitting that you could use a bit of "aid" in your weight loss journey. This Buying Guide is going to be one of your best aids.
Three Free Tools
One of the first things we want to do is start giving you that “aid” by providing 3 free documents (really ‘tools’) that you can either just read by clicking on one of the below links OR you can click one (or all) of the below links and then just print the page or pages for your leisurely review..
We think they are informative and very much worth reading if you are serious about beginning your weight loss journey with all the tools available to you.
Purpose of This Guide
This Guide is organized in a simple to follow format that logically guides you (step by step, sort of like a checklist to complete) through the important informational topics and processes of making an informed decision on what type of aid product and which specific product of that aid type you should purchase.
We have a simple goal: We will guide you through all relevant information so that you can make your selection of one or more good quality diet supplements. Those supplements will act as a kick starter or catalyst when used along with an exercise program and proper nutrition. Then, you will obtain your goal. Your weight loss journey WILL be successful!
So, if you want to join the the 70% of U.S. adults that take dietary supplements then we will get this started by sharing some valuable "aid" information!
Yes I said enjoy. Enjoy following the guide. If we have done our job properly in writing it then it will be logical, easy to follow, not too short or too long and leave you with knowledge about weight loss supplements and confidence in making purchase decisions that you did not have before reading it. We hope you find it informative and extremely useful.
A common misconception is that all lose weight supplements are formulated more or less with the same ingredients and that the differences between products are minor. Not true. This not a "one size fits all" industry.
It is true that they are all designed to "aid" you in your effort to lose weight. Notice the use of the word "aid". Supplements by themselves are not able to do it for you. You have to contribute by following a good nutrition program and having a good regular exercise regime.
But back to the supplements - they are designed in 4 different types and your decision on which type to buy for you is a critical decision. The wrong decision will result in less effective "aid" in your weight loss journey.
Lose weight supplements are formulated to address different types of needs for different people. Choosing the formulation best for you depends on the specific type of help you need. For example, if you have more trouble controlling your appetite and dealing with hunger, an appetite suppressant may be best for you. On the other hand, if you are a person with a slow metabolism and you feel tired and sluggish while you diet, a proper fat burner may be a better choice. You know your body better than anyone, so you have to decide your product type.
The below information will help you determine what 'type' of supplement best fits your need. After that is accomplished we will get into the specifics of how to properly evaluate and then select an actual product of that (your) 'type' that will give you maximum "aid" in your weight loss journey.
Below are the four types of weight loss supplements along with their purpose, their main benefits and a listing of some of the drawbacks reported by users.
The images shown within each "Purpose" or "Benefits" tab are easily recognizable and are actually one of the ingredients normally found in the applicable product 'type' being discussed in that tab.
Types: There are four main recognized types of diet or weight loss supplements:
2. Appetite Suppressants
3. Carbohydrate (Starch) Blockers
4. Fat (Lipase) Blockers
You should now know what 'type' lose weight supplement you need
Evaluate Before Buying
Why Evaluate Weight Loss Supplements?
You would be surprised how many people just perform that one minute search I mentioned in the second paragraph of the above Introduction and then joyfully make their purchase of the "best money back guaranteed weight loss supplement" that they so easily found.
Put the above 7 words in Google just as they are shown above and you will see over 250,000,000 search results. Crazy, huh?
The fact that those instant purchase decisions are made all too often explains, at least to some degree, how a lot of what we call the 'charade' weight loss supplement companies stay in business.
But the fact that you have made it this far into this Buying Guide shows that you are serious about finding the best lose weight supplement product available for your 'type' of need. We're glad you are here and keep reading, more good information to come.
It's a gigantic market out there and there are a lot of bad guys after your dollars. According to a fairly recent report (December 2019) there were almost 35,000 companies in the weight loss services industry in the United States alone.
Weight loss supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. It is really really important to do proper due diligence on any weight loss supplement you are considering purchasing.
Due diligence not just on the product being considered but also on other product related items, as discussed below. Your health is too important to unnecessarily risk negative consequences from making the all too often made mistake of selecting the the wrong product.
How many different products, on average, do you think those 35,000 companies referenced above make and package under who knows how many different brand labels? I don't have the answer to that question, but a very conservative estimate of 3 would yield well over 100,000 individual products competing for the dollar in your wallet or purse. The actual number is probably in multiples of 100,000. You have, in your internet searches, no doubt seen the overwhelming plethora of available products and, in some cases, outrageous claims made for these products.
Every manufacturer of every one of 100,000+ products is in competition for the hard earned money in your wallet or purse.
You need to know how to narrow that overwhelming aggregate or plethora of choices down to a much more manageable level. We can show you how to do that.
We'll do that along with some free available help from the manufacturers themselves.
The product manufacturer is going to tell you what TYPE of product it has made and is attempting to sell to you. That by itself is a good start in narrowing your choices, but that is true only if you already know which of the four product types "fits" your need and that product is the type product you are reviewing from a particular manufacturer.
Please don't make the mistake of just buying a 'guaranteed weight loss product' (particularly without even knowing the product 'type' you need) without doing more due diligence either in the various sections of this Guide or with help from another reputable source.
After you finish this guide (it's not overwhelming long) you will be ready to search for and find a few products with a pretty label or package that are of the right 'type' that read or sound like they might be just what you are looking for. Then what?
But, Don't Buy Yet!
The next step is to spend some time carefully reading all material offered by each of those product manufacturers. You also should follow and examine information in any links that are given by them.
Make notes as you go through information from the manufacturers and from other sources.
You will probably end up discarding a few of the products you initially found and end up adding a few more through additional search efforts. Good. That's a normal progression. That's what we do when we make product selections.
Below is another list -- this one of items that you should look for and make notes about when evaluating each your lose weight product 'candidates' that your search has found. The list is by no means complete, but it is a good start for your research. Obviously you should add other items to the list that you think important. The items on the below list are presented in no particular order of importance.
It's purpose is to give you a short checklist type tool you can use to strike or delete some of the products you initially found that you thought were 'sure winners'. At the end of your note taking and your due diligence review of the below items you may decide that you have learned enough and are ready to make your 'type' product purchase(s).
If so, great. That is the main purpose of this Guide - impart valuable knowledge that gives you the confidence to make a wise purchase that will aid you in your weight loss journey.
10 Items To Help You Evaluate and properly select Weight loss supplements
1. Ingredients - very important
There are several good websites that have content about the ingredients generally found in lose weight supplements. It is not the purpose of this site to go in depth about supplement ingredients. We do not have the expertise for that.
Instead, we think it mandatory that you read the ingredients label of any product you are serious considering purchasing. You are planning on consuming something that is going to affect your body. Different people have tolerances or intolerances to almost any individual supplement ingredient and, again, it is imperative that you, the purchaser/consumer, carefully read the ingredient label to ensure that you are okay with consuming a particular ingredient. If in doubt, call your physician.
The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, has a section worth knowing about. It contains an entire section on Common Ingredients in Weight-Loss Dietary Supplements. You might consider saving this site in your bookmarks and referring to it for information on specific ingredients contained in products that are of interest to you.
WebMD is another good source for reading about various label ingredients.
2. Clinical Evidence
Some weight loss dietary supplement companies often make claims but give no clinical evidence in support of those claims. The Mayo Clinic states that "the makers of dietary supplements are responsible for ensuring the safety of their product and making honest claims about possible benefits. However, the makers' claims aren't subject to FDA review or approval before marketing."
The type or quality of research used to support claims can vary. These differences in research, production and marketing can make it difficult to make informed decisions about a particular product.
Do your own due diligence on stated results of clinical trials for products that you include on your 'short list'.
3. Scientific Research
I always start with a NIH site for scientific research information on the main ingredients usually found in lose weight supplements. And, the footnotes on that site will take you to numerous other good scientific reference material.
The NIH material generally gives enough information for an initial value judgement about the product, and you can do more extensive research, as we do, by using some or all of the below sites. All of these sites are frequently used by us in evaluating any weight loss product being considered for inclusion on this site.
4. Is the Price "Right"?
Is the price right? That is hard to know unless you have, as suggested in the above paragraphs, done some due diligence and looked at some other products of the 'type' you have decided that you need.
A good high quality weight loss supplement can cost a lot, but even so competition abounds so all of the really good supplements should be in the same price range. Often times some good discounts are available for multiple purchases and if the purchase comes with a money back guarantee (yes, you heard me right -- a money back guarantee for a weight loss product!) then I wouldn't hesitate to buy it and see if it performs as promised.
5. Side-Effects (Good Or Bad)
Just as good medicines can have side effects, good weight loss supplements can also have side effects. Be sure you make note of any mentioned side-effects when you do the research on your selected 'short list' of products.
Some product potential "drawbacks" are included in the above 4 product type tabs.
I would not hesitate to take advantage of offered money back guarantees on a supplement if I experienced any adverse side-effects that do not diminish or disappear in a day or two. After all, part of your purchase decision was based on the fact that such a guarantee existed.
But, hopefully, after digesting and following the steps in this Buying Guide (one of those steps being to carefully read the manufacturer's literature to look for disclosed product side-effects) you will not have any adverse side-effects.
6. Customer (Authentic) Reviews
You should check out testimonials and customer reviews. They may not all be all glowing and 5-stars (we are all different people and sometimes get up on the wrong side of the bed) but you should be able to get good flavor or sense of overall satisfaction of the product results from those taking time to submit testimonials or reviews.
Look for authentic reviews. They generally are of reasonable length, are personal in nature, have helpful accurate content and are grammatically correct.
Safety is a review item that certainly is as important as any other item on this mini-checklist of what to look for or evaluate in a best lose weight product.
To give you some help in ensuring that a certain ingredient in a certain product is "safe" you can go to a NIH site and scroll for safety information on the most common ingredients in lose weight supplements.
8. Money Back Guarantee
Honestly, I wouldn't buy a weight loss supplement without an understandable reasonably worded money back guarantee. Be sure to read the fine print. So look back at your notes and your 'short list' and strike or delete those that don't offer a money back guarantee that makes sense and that you understand. Now, that's one way to narrow the list, right?
9. Additional Benefits (Other Than Weight Loss)
Weight loss is, of course, the end goal of a dietary weight loss supplement, but there can be some great additional benefits of the right product. Your notes on your product short list should reveal some additional benefits that you jotted down when you did your research. These can include, among other benefits, help with blood sugar level stability, help with cholesterol regulation, an increase in energy level, a better immune system, the building of lean muscle and skin tone improvement.
My suggestion is to find the best weight loss supplement that fits your 'type' (because, after all, that is your main goal) and then just consider any additional benefits as 'freebies'.
10. Manufacturer Reputation
Generally, Google will help you with this. More specifically go the actual website of the product manufacturer and see what it says about itself (nothing wrong with selling yourself if you are in the business of selling, right?).
Also read customer reviews and see what praises and complaints have been stated.
YOU Now Have Some Very Good Tools!
Well, what do you think? Are you confident enough now with these Buying Guide tools to go into the lose weight supplement marketplace and find the right product for your specific ‘type’ of need?
Did we give you the knowledge/tools to do a proper review so that you can make informed decisions?
Consider the above information a "tool" for you to use to aid you in your own personal weight loss journey. Remember we talked about "aid" (not "do it for you") at the beginning of this Guide. Weight loss supplements bought in accordance with the selection standards set forth in this Guide will, without doubt, "aid" you on your weight loss journey. But please remember that your choice of what weight loss supplement(s) you buy by using this "selection tool" will contribute and work best only if your selected supplements are used along with proper exercise and nutrition to form a "whole" 3-part team. All 3 team components are needed to enable you to reach your weight loss goal in the most efficient and timely manner. That 3-part team will be a WINNER! You are a WINNER!
Summary & Conclusion
There are, at a minimum, 4 features or benefits that any good lose weight supplement should have in order to be rightfully included on a good product evaluation 'short list'. They are all features listed and discussed above in this Buying Guide. These 4 features are:
With good research, you will find several good supplements that have all four (and more) features or benefits.
I truly hope so. If so, that pleases me.
Additional Information & Resources
I, of course, am not sure how much of this site you navigated before reaching this Buying Guide page. Our Home page lists the 4 features that I personally consider mandatory for any lose weight supplement to have in order to be listed on this site. Each of our displayed products is, in our opinion, “the best of the best” of its ‘type’.
And, our Cutting Edge Products page not only shows all of the products that have met the criteria shown on our Home page, but that page (for most of the products) also has the ‘type’ shown for each product (in the right side column) in case you are interested. Please look at those products - we have already researched and reviewed them. Please consider including them in your own ‘short list’. That would be much appreciated.