Supplements can help weight loss

Adding supplements to diet, exercise can speed up metabolism

Are you trying to lose a few pounds before that beach trip?

Several doctors and dieters say taking certain supplements helps lose weight.

Dr. Charles Seltzer speaks from experience. He was overweight and out of shape in his 20s. Now, 10 years later, he competes in body building competitions.

"It's hard enough to lose weight as it is. I think we should use every tool at our disposal to help it happen," he says.

Along with a proper diet and exercise, he says an essential tool in the weight loss battle is nutritional supplements.

He recommends drinking protein after workouts to help fuel fat burning.

Like whey protein, creatine is the other supplement Seltzer says to start right away. He says it helps build muscle.

"Anytime you're building muscle, you're burning more fat at rest and you're being healthier," Seltzer says.

Throw in fish oil, too, but gradually, Seltzer said.

And if you're trying to avoid caffeine -- "fucoxanthin" is an antioxidant found in edible brown seaweed like the kind used in miso soup.

It's a popular weight loss supplement and isn't a stimulant like caffeine or bitter orange.

Seltzer warns that any supplement routine should be researched. Supplements are not federally regulated.

"They can be expensive and ineffective if they're not used right and they can be dangerous for certain people before anybody starts a diet or exercise program they should be evaluated by a physician," he says.

The International Journal of Obesity also found that antioxidants in green tea called catechins may help increase metabolism.

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