We’ve all seen the tremendous claims many companies make about their supplements. This is the truth no matter what the supplements are meant to do. Do they make it super-easy to build muscle? Do they cause fat to magically melt off your body? Do they replace every vital nutrient so you never have to worry about what you eat? We’re used to hearing claims like these ones, but when it comes down to it, how much should we be believing.
When claims are truly out of this world, it can be easy to spot the exaggerations or flat-out lies. I mean, do we really think that popping a pill will let us lose 25 pounds in 7 days without changing a thing about what we eat and without dedicating a single minute to exercise? Likely not. Which is good, because that’s impossible and would likely be astoundingly unhealthy even if it could happen.
However, many supplement companies have become much more sly about their claims. Consider some of the following common claims that sound amazing but that you should never believe about supplements:
Lose the weight without having to diet
Many manufacturers promise that their pill, tea, liquid or cream contains all the benefits you need to lose the extra fat, even if you don’t want to put in any effort. This type of product doesn’t exist among prescription medications, let alone supplements. It’s a fabrication and should not be believed.
Lose weight without any exercise at all
Similar to the claim that you don’t need to change what you eat is the claim that you can stay fully sedentary and somehow burn off the fat. In fact, some say they help you lose weight while you’re asleep. No studies have shown that diet pills increase the rate of fat loss that you’ll see on your bathroom scale unless you combine them with exercise and other efforts.
Changes your body composition
Turn fat into muscle! How often have you seen that claim? These pills normally claim to use nutrients or hormone suppression to somehow turn flab into rock solid muscles. Unfortunately, that’s not how the body works. Fat cells don’t just turn into muscle cells. These are two individual types of cells in your body that don’t have anything to do with each other.
Since low carb diets became popular, the idea of blocking carbohydrate absorption through pills has also taken off. Unfortunately, those types of pills have never been proven to work. Moreover a review published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2011 looked into six studies that suggested that carb blockers could work. Every one of the studies were found to have flawed methodology so their results were unreliable.