Best Slimming Products in Malaysia 2020

best slimming products Malaysia 2019

Get to know your Weight Loss supplements

It is very important to do your homework beforehand if you're thinking about trying slimming products. 

Important: Let's start with safety first.

In Singapore, a high-profile liver failure of female television personality Andrea De Cruz sent shockwaves across its local television industry, leading to a few lawsuits being filed. (source: wikipedia). She eventually won S$900,000 (US$521,460) in damages against the distributor and importer. One woman, Selvarani Raja, died after suffering from liver failure. De Cruz was saved after receiving an emergency transplant from then boyfriend and actor Pierre Png, who donated half of his liver. Japan authorities reported four deaths resulting from the consumption of pill, and half of the 64 reported illnesses relating to liver or thyroid requiring hospitalization.

Although this is a relatively old case (2002), it is a good safety reminder on the potential danger of slimming products.

Next, effectiveness.

There are many slimming, weight loss and fat burner products available out there, both online and offline in Malaysia. It might not be easy for you to differentiate which product is based on science and which is based on pure marketing hype.

We’ve done some research here for you.

Here is the list of recommended weight loss supplements (with evidence to back them up).

1. Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a type of fiber derived from an Asian plant called Konjac.

How it works: Glucomannan absorbs water and becomes gel-like. It "sits" in your gut and promotes a feeling of fullness, helping you eat fewer calories (source).

Effectiveness: Three human studies showed that glucomannan, combined with a healthy diet, can help people lose 8-10 pounds (3.6-4.5 kg) of weight in 5 weeks (Source).

Other benefits: Glucomannan is a fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in the intestine. It can also lower blood sugar, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and is very effective against constipation (SourceSourceSource).
Side effects: It can cause bloating, flatulence and soft stools, and can interfere with some oral medications if taken at the same time.

2. Caffeine

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world (Source).

It is found naturally in coffee, green tea and dark chocolate, and added to many processed foods and beverages.

Caffeine is a well known metabolism booster, and is often added to commercial weight loss supplements.

How it works: Short-term studies have shown that caffeine can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 29% (SourceSourcesourcesource).

Effectiveness: There are also some studies showing that caffeine can cause modest weight loss in humans (SourceSource).

Side effects: In some people, high amounts of caffeine can cause anxiety, insomnia, jitteriness, irritability, nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms. Caffeine is also addictive and can reduce the quality of your sleep.

There really is no need to take a supplement or a pill with caffeine in it. The best sources are quality coffee and green tea, which also have antioxidants and other health benefits.

3. Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is a popular ingredient in many weight loss supplements.

This is because numerous studies have shown the main antioxidant in it, EGCG, to aid fat burning.

How it works: Green tea extract is believed to increase the activity of norepinephrine, a hormone that helps you burn fat (source). Additionally, all of the health benefits of drinking green tea should apply to green tea extract as well.

Effectiveness: Many human studies have shown that green tea extract can increase fat burning and cause fat loss, especially in the belly area (Source, Source, Source, source).

Side effects: Green tea extract is generally well tolerated. It does contain some caffeine, and may cause symptoms in people who are caffeine sensitive. However, Green tea extract supplements have been linked to rare cases of liver damage. Green tea extracts might make liver disease worse. Talk to your doctor before taking a green tea extract. Tell your doctor if you have signs of liver damage such as yellowing skin, dark urine, or abdominal pain. Keep in mind that drinking green tea as a beverage is normal amounts is still probably safe. But despite all the health perks that come with that cup, downing too many in a day can actually make some people sick. This is exactly what happened to one 16-year-old girl after she started slurping down three cups of Chinese herbal green tea a day over three months as part of a weight loss plan. She showed up at the hospital with what she thought was a severe UTI, only to find it was actual this type of herb-induced hepatitis.

The 16-year-old girl patient who developed hepatitis says others should be more aware of what they are buying. She told doctors writing in BMJ Case Reports: 'I had bought the green tea over the internet to lose weight. I bought 2 boxes of 100 bags of tea and was drinking about 3 cups a day for a few months. 'I had only lost a couple of pounds but then started having horrible pains in my joints, and felt very dizzy and sick. 'I was very scared when I was admitted to hospital and had lots of tests, I didn't fully understand what was going on at the time. 'Now I look back it was definitely due to the tea, I never took anything else and it all started happening after drinking the tea. 'I will never buy any online tea again or any weight loss pills. 'People should be more aware of what they are buying and the side effects.'

Prescription Medication

Additionally, there are many prescription weight loss pills that have been shown to be effective.

The most common ones are Contrave, Belviq, Phentermine and Qsymia. Popular brands that contain the active ingredient Phentermine in Malaysia include Duromine and Adipex.

Keep in mind that this is only when combined with a healthy weight loss diet and exercise program. They are ineffective on their own, and hardly a solution to obesity.

Not to mention their many side effects.

Important: Prescription medication needs to be purchased through registered clinics in Malaysia. It's not wise to purchase them via online channels e.g. Lazada or Shopee without prescription.

Take Home Message

These slimming supplements can be useful, but the effects are modest or short lasting at best.

Unfortunately, no slimming product or pill really works that well for weight loss.

Cutting carbs and sugar, and staying active are still the best ways to lose weight, and work better than all the diet pills combined.



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