Weight Loss With Dietary Supplements—Not Diet Pills

Research shows that losing weight can be as easy as popping a pill, as long as you exercise and maintain a healthy diet, too. But we're not talking about diet pills. Some natural, good-for-you vitamins and minerals have been found to have a slimming effect. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and olive oil, and research shows that taking it with a moderate exercise routine boosts weight loss. Over 12 weeks, subjects given omega-3 fish oil lost significantly more weight than a control group, particularly around the abdominal region. Researchers believe omega-3 fatty acids activate the enzymes responsible for burning fat. Calcium isn't just good for your bones; we keep finding evidence that it also plays a role in weight loss. Recently, a study reported that as calcium intake increases, body weight and body fat decrease, leading researchers to believe that calcium may raise metabolism and prevent fat storage. While supplements have been shown to impact weight loss, results were better when the calcium came from non- and low-fat dairy sources.