Most people believe that the diet pills are magical; and why wouldn’t they? Their adds promise an almost immediate weight loss, and with the natural herbs as ingredients, they say that they offer an energy increase, appetite control, fast fat-burning, etc. There is no secret that the weight-loss industry is making a killing, and the people keep buying and buying the pills hoping to lose weight without working so much on it. After all, why torture yourself with terrible healthy diets, when you can just take a pill, relax, and see all your fat burn?
What Exactly are Diet Pills?
There are three major types of diet pills: powerful laxatives, stimulants, and appetite suppressants.
Powerful laxatives are the ones that usually promise fat-melting and cleansing your system, but they don’t tell you that you’ll be spending a lot of your free time on the toilet. These pills contain natural laxatives like rhubarb and fennel powder, psyllium, cascara, goldenseal, senna, etc. Apart from laxatives, they also contain natural diuretics like vinegar, ginger, and teas. Lots of water ought to be taken with these pills, and they shouldn’t be mixed with other medications. Important thing to note is that these pills should not be overused, because then your bowels will get dependent on them, and won’t be able to move without these pills.
Stimulants – we’ve all heard of them and we all basically know what they do. They’ll probably make you feel on edge jittery and may even cause an irregular heartbeat, but they also claim to burn fat and calories by increasing your metabolism. Their main ingredients include lots of caffeine and green tea extract.
Appetite suppressants are the pills that claim to make you feel full and kill your desire for food. They’ve been proven to increase satiety, but at the same time cause gasses, bloating, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems. An African plant called hoodia is one of their main ingredients, as well as psyllium and green tea extract. SO far, no actual evidence was found that hoodia is either effective or safe.
So, Do These Things Work?
Well, to put is short – no. At least, that’s what the medical and pharmaceutical experts say. Most of them claim that there really aren’t any good herbal supplements to achieve this goal. Also, they claim that not a single diet pill has been effective and safe in a properly orchestrated trial. Apart from not being effective, the experts agree that most of these pills aren’t healthy or safe in the long-term.
However, there are some experts that disagree with this, and claim that there are diet pills out there that are completely safe and effective, and are of great quality. Such is the “Health Canada” organization, which claims that there are as much as 36,500 products of such kind, while another 10,000 of them are still being assessed!
Keep in mind that many of the products sold in your local pharmacy are not among these 36,500, and especially the cheaper ones. Therefore, before you purchase them, you ought to check if they have an NPN! But, it’s always better to just lead a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and eat healthy, and you’ll be in no need of these pills.