The market today is booming with a variety of dietary & herbal supplements or diet pills, each claiming superiority over all others in ensuring maximum weight loss. Since obesity is spreading fast all over the world, and people practically find no time to spare for their health due to busy lives, they are certainly looking for a quick fix for this problem as well. People today, in most spheres of life, look forward to having to invest less time, energy & resources, at the same time, strive to gain maximum benefit. The same goes for people dealing with obesity & striving hard to shed those extra pounds. But, they wish to do so by having to go through minimum or no restrictions on their eating patterns as well as lifestyle habits. The markets of these dietary pills & supplements are flourishing based on this mentality of most of the general populace.
Hence, people are falling for false claims made by these companies of “Eat anything, no exercise, no lifestyle changes still, maximum weight loss ensured through a pill”. People are going ahead buying such supplements hoping that they shall achieve success in their battle against obesity, solely depending on the use of any diet pills(1).
Research Studies About Efficacy Of These Pills
It’s essential to review scientific literature available assessing the effectiveness of any herbal or dietary supplements to know their dosage, their adverse reactions, their benefits, etc. These pills were previously termed as ‘drugs’ mainly available for use under medical prescription. But, since the FDA has termed them as supplements & scraped their ‘drug’ tag, they have been sold in an unregulated way, like over-the-counter (OTC) products.
Several types of research carried out to study the benefits of such pills have been carried out on animals & their benefits have been extrapolated to humans. The beneficial effects may largely vary when it comes to the use among humans(3).
Long-term effects of such pills have not yet been studied in great detail as of yet, hence needs to be used judiciously.
Types Of Weight Loss Pills
- Appetite Suppressants
These pills have active food components which decrease the need to consume large portions of meal items. This works by preventing one from binge eating during meals & moreover, in between meals.
The purpose of these pills is not to starve during the weight loss process, but to maintain strict control of portion sizes during meals. This also helps control our food cravings in between meals by providing a feeling a fullness.
Examples of Appetite Suppressants: Suprenza, Desoxyn, Didrex, Adipex-P, Belviq.
- Metabolism Enhancer
These supplements function by increasing the basal rate of the body to produce energy, i.e. metabolism. Increasing the basal metabolic rate of the body can help burn more fat mass from the body to produce energy(1,2).
Examples of Metabolism boosters: Contrave, caffeine, green coffee bean extract (Chlorogenic Acid), green tea extract (EGCG).
- Fat Inhibitor
These extracts or supplements interfere with the enzymes responsible for fat absorption in the gut & hence less fat is absorbed from the daily diet in the body.
They need to be supplemented with moderate to low-fat diets or else they may cause fat leakage in the stools.
Examples of Fat Inhibitors: Meratrim, Raspberry Ketones, Orlistat, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).
PhenQ diet pills is an effective weight loss supplement containing most components, which facilitate weight loss through most of the above-mentioned mechanisms.
Banned Weight Loss Pills in the UK
Do take a look at names of these pills before you choose to buy any of the weight loss supplements. These pills were banned due to the severe adverse effects they had in the human body on consumption. They are as follows :
- Herbal Xenicol
- Phentermine UK
How to Make Your Smart Choice
- Check the Label for Ingredients
Do research the main ingredients which composed in the supplement and know their working & their side effects on the body(4).
If the majority of them are chemicals, be wary of using such stuff for a longer period. Choose supplements which comprise majorly of natural, herbal components & extracts. They are less likely to have several adverse effects on long-term use.
- Check out the Manufacturers
Run an eye through who the manufacturers are & whether they have been approved by FDA to manufacture the product. The FDA has set guidelines keeping in mind long-term safety of such drugs for human consumption.
- GP consultation
Do consult your GP who is aware of your medical history and who can guide you better in choosing the supplement if at all you need them, for a short-term use, as part of your weight loss regime.
To sum up, there are no magic pills for weight loss, but, supplementing them with adequate diet & proper exercise can work wonders for bringing the weight down like magic!