A Google search for “ways to lose weight for women” garners 51,200,000 results. For men, it’s 48,600,000. A Google search for “anti aging products for women” gets approximately 1,590,000 results. For men, it’s 1,440,000.
If you spend five minutes watching TV, you’ll see commercials for dozens of these products, which don’t live up to their hype.
For example, Garcinia cambogia, a small, green fruit shaped like a pumpkin has been known as a popular diet supplement since it was featured on the Dr. Oz show in 2012. Even though animal studies were promising, one study conducted by Columbia University showed no effectiveness, and 12 others found that, on average, the supplement can help people lose about only 2 pounds over several weeks.
The fruit didn’t measure up to its hype. So which of these many products work?
Authoritynutrition.com ranked 12 different weight loss supplements. Two of their winners are glucomannan and Orlistat (Alli).
Glucomannan is a fiber found in roots of elephant yam. It absorbs water and sits in your gut, which makes you feel full and helps you eat fewer calories. Three studies have shown that this supplement, along with a healthy diet, can help someone lose 8-10 pounds in five weeks. It can also lower blood pressure, cholesterol and is effective against constipation.
Orlistat works by inhibiting the breakdown of fat, making a person take in fewer calories from fat. According to authoritynutrition.com, 11 studies have shown that this supplement can increase weight loss by 6 pounds compared to dummy pills. Other studies have shown that it slightly reduces blood pressure and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Hydroxycut is one of the most advertised and most popular weight loss supplements in the world. It contains several ingredients that claim to help with weight loss, including caffeine and various plant extracts.
While it’s wildly popular, only one study has shown that it helps people lose weight and there’s no data on long-term effectiveness. This study showed that it caused someone to lose 21 pounds over a three-month period.
Caffeine is another popular weight loss supplement that often tops lists, and it’s easy to market since people regularly ingest it when they drink their morning coffee or tea.
Multiple short-term studies have shown that caffeine can boost someone’s metabolism by 3-11 percent, and increase fat burning by up to 29 percent. A few studies have even show that caffeine may cause some weight loss. While studies have encouraging results, building up a tolerance decreases these effects.
Numerous dermatologists told stylecaster.com that BB creams are not worth the hype, and are just overrated tinted moisturizers. The doctors also said that stretch mark creams and dark spot remover creams are not effective.
Other over-hyped anti-aging products included skin tighteners, overpriced moisturizers, pore strips, and detox products.
When it comes to products that could be worth your money, Goodhousekeeping.com has done the research. They tested 84 products over the course of 11 months. Here are the results.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle repair Moisturizer SPF 30 ($21 for 1 oz) was their best rated facial moisturizer. La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night ($272 for 1.35 oz) was the best rated night cream. Another cheaper night cream option was Boots No7 Light Luminate Night Cream, which costs $25 for 1.6 oz.
If you’re aiming to firm skin or correct skin tone, goodhousekeeping.com recommends Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector ($79 for 1 oz.), and L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting Illuminating Serum Corrector ($25 for 1 oz.).
The best wrinkle smoother was Skyn Iceland Angelica Line Smoother at $65 for 1.5 oz.