There is a potent way of stabilizing and regulating the body's metabolic rate that can help with weight reduction and maintenance as well as help to improve digestive health and thereby improve a person's overall health in general.

This can be achieved by introducing a product known as raspberry ketones in the form of a supplement. This interesting and supposedly effective method is the subject of this article.

What are Ketones?

Many dieters will have doubtless heard the term "ketones" but may be unaware of just exactly what they are. To give an example, the famed Atkins diet, which is extremely low-carb especially during the initial phase, strives to place overweight people into a state of ketosis.

The body is forced into burning fatty acids instead of glucose for fuel, which promotes weight loss. However, too many ketones in the body can cause unpleasant side effects such as nausea or dehydration from excreting too much fluid in the urine.

Now the term ketones has once again become popular, though this time the product "raspberry ketones" are all the rage. "The Dr. Oz Show" endorsed the use of supplements made from the primary aroma compound of red raspberries.

How Do They Work?

Raspberry ketones help stabilize the hormone adiponectin, which regulates the metabolism of the body. Dieters who take 100 mg supplements each day will benefit from increased weight loss because it is claimed their bodies can burn fat much more quickly than normal.

Supplements are preferred over whole fruit because it would take 90 pounds of raspberries for a dieter to get the same fat-burning effect from a single 100 mg supplement.

This product can potentially help people lose as much as 3 to 5 pounds per week when taken regularly as part of a calorie controlled diet. A more realistic goal is to lose about 8 to 15 pounds per month.

TV Doctor in the News

Dr. Oz has been under some pretty heavy media scrutiny since endorsing raspberry ketones, though manufacturers could not be more thrilled.

Most stores cannot keep these supplements in stock because Dr. Oz increased its popularity to such an unprecedented level.

Raspberry ketone supplements sell for $12 to $20 per bottle, though some people are boosting the cost and trying to sell them to desperate dieters online. There are numerous online outlets that supply this product and if you are considering trying it, you should shop around for a good deal from a reputable supplier.

The Evidence Speaks

There is some credible evidence that supports the use of these supplements, including a 2005 Japanese study that claims it helps prevent and reduce obesity.

Also, a 2010 Korean study claims that taking the supplement makes it easier for the blood to process sugars and fats; this potentially helps the user lose weight and avoid serious health problems such as fatty liver.

Please be aware that one of the greatest dangers associated with any dietary supplement is the "magical thinking" that accompanies them. Too many people want to take that "magic pill" and not eat properly or exercise.

A word of warning: Raspberry ketone supplements are not very different from prescription diet drugs in that if you do not eat healthier food and reduce your daily calorie intake and if you do not exercise regularly, you will not lose weight.

No supplement or prescription, no matter how magical or for that matter expensive, will compensate for leading a sedentary lifestyle dogged by uncontrolled food indulgence and lack of health and nutrition awareness.