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Weight Management Supplements: The “Cold Truth” Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Weight Management Supplements: The “Cold Truth” Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Weight Management Supplements: The "Cold Truth" Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

According to a study published earlier this year by The Nielsen Company, the top two New Year’s resolutions people make are related to staying fit and healthy, and losing weight.1

The irony is that January 1st is smack dab in the middle of winter, when physical activity actually declines. In fact, one study2 found the total amount of calories burned from leisure-time physical activity (i.e. exercise) was much lower during the winter and fall, compared to spring and summer:

Calories Burned By Exercise Per Season Chart

How Can You Help Your Customers Break This Trend?

Other than trying to convince Old Man Winter to start a season-long heat wave, you can help your customers achieve their New Year’s resolutions by providing them with weight management supplements that include ingredients backed by research, including the two I’ve highlighted below.

  • Green tea phytosome: Two large studies3,4 showed that supplementation with 300 mg of green tea phytosome daily (a well-absorbed form of green tea extract) resulted in about 2-3 times more weight loss (26-30 lbs. total) compared to diet alone.
  • L-carnitine: Two studies5,6 found that supplementation with the amino acid L-carnitine resulted in up to 11.24 lbs. of weight loss compared to 1.14 lbs. from diet alone.

Timing is everything though, so you’d probably want to contact your manufacturer now to ensure your weight management dietary supplement is ready for purchase once “resolution season” kicks into high gear.

Do you know someone who could benefit from this information? Feel free to share this post or add your own ingredient suggestions in the comments section!


  2. Seasonal Variation in Adult Leisure-Time Physical Activity. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 2003;35(6):1004–1008.
  3. Phytosome as an adjunct to a low-calorie diet for treatment of obesity: a clinical trial. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):154-60.
  4. Phytosome for Borderline Metabolic Syndrome. Evid. Based Complement. Alternat. Med. 2013; Article ID 869061: 7 pages.
  5. L-Carnitine’s effect on comprehensive weight loss program in obese adolescents. Acta Nutr Sin 1997; 19(2):146-150.
  6. Carnitine as supporting agent in weight loss in adiposity. Aerztezeitschrift für Naturheilverfahren 1998; 39(1):12-15.
November 17th, 2015

About the Author:

Gene Bruno

Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG) - With decades of experience working along side healthcare professionals and natural product retailers, developing innovative nutraceutical formulations, and working with academic institutions, Gene has cultivated a truly unique and impressive catalog of nutraceutical knowledge and insights.