Time and again we keep hearing tons and tons of information, views, facts and myths on food supplementation and weight loss. Individuals have started relying on superfoods, supplements and all other things on this earth except themselves. A well-balanced diet, daily physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are the top-most important factors for a healthy mind and body. Instead of just following these principles, we rely on machines, energy powders or even starve sometimes to lose weight.
Trials were conducted to test the effectiveness of food supplements on aiding weight loss in individuals. A common outcome of dietary trials is weight loss and the provision of food supplements may help to elevate weight loss but there is no hard and fast rule that these supplements should instigate weight loss without any changes on the total diet to balance total energy intake.
Research proves that food supplementation acts as an incentive to regulate intake and makes an individual stick to his/her dietary recommendations. While providing individuals with some food termed to be a supplement that promotes weight loss is counter-productive, providing food supplements is a better way to improve adherence to a dietary lifestyle.
Randomized controlled trials provided food supplements to multiple study groups and the results from all these groups were pooled to study the effects of food supplements on weight loss. While providing food supplements elevated the chances of weight loss in a person, there were other factors that influenced weight loss too:
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.