Do Weight Loss pills work? Some have agreed with it while others have tried numerous weight loss pills and still couldn’t find any positive results. There are many weight loss pills and supplements available in the market which varies in its effectiveness in a person’s body. Most of the dieters consider these as Magic Pills’ for quick weight loss but could be fatal to a person if continued for a longer period.
Since there are no specific standards set for weight loss pills, they can be easily sold just like a prescription drug. People often get confused to determine which product to buy or which particular brand gives positive results. Many pills are known to be containing several minerals, herbs and vitamins. Research has indicated that some ingredients do result in weight loss but a combination of all these may work differently in each body.
Mechanism of a weight loss pill or supplement is like
- Reduces appetite and makes the person feel for full so that there is less consumption of Calories.
- Reduces absorption of fats helping you to consume fewer calories.
- Increases fat burning.
Few of the popular products available in the market for weight loss are Hydroxycut, Caffeine, Orlistat, Raspberry Ketones, Glucomannan, Green Coffee Bean Extract, Meratim, Bitter Orange and Green tea extracts. All the products also specify that the user must also engage in physical activities for better results. All the products have shown good results along with other benefits for the body.
Following are some ingredients often used in a weight loss pill that helps in temporary weight loss.
- Chromium: Chromium helps in regulating the insulin produced by the body. It also helps in building muscles and burn body fat but unlikely to decrease the overall weight of a person.
- Guar Gum: known to block absorption of fats and increase feeling of fullness in a person.
- Hoodia: known to temporarily suppress the appetite of a person.
Another known supplement which is popular amongst those who use weight loss pill is Garcinia also known as Garcinia Cambogia -dieetti. It is extracted from a fruit of the same name and is found in Southeast Asia and central Africa. The fruit is very similar to a pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in color. The extract from the fruit is also used in cooking and for weight loss and cholesterol related problems.
The extract which is scientifically called as Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) is known to reduce appetite, improve cholesterol and also affects the metabolism of the body. HCA is also included in various snack bars and typical dosage ranges between 250 mg to 1000 mg per day. However, effectiveness of the product on body weight is still unclear by scientists. Recent studies show about 2 pounds of weight loss caused by consumption of garcinia cambogia -dieetti for four weeks.
HCA became popular after a number of studies proved it caused weight loss in animals. HCA blocks the enzymes responsible for turning sugar and starch into body fat. This makes carbohydrates diverted to energy generation rather than associating with fats. That way while physical exertion when the body burns the fat there is less to replace it letting in the overall decrease of the fat level.
Since there are many fake products available in the market which baits in customers and leave them with many side-effect of the product. It is advised to users to check the warning signs on the product to avoid side effects such as:
- Use of words such as Guaranteed’ or Scientific Breakthrough’
- Product marketed as FDA approved drug
- Promises quick results (within weeks)
- Products marketed in a foreign language
A healthy and balanced diet containing essential vitamins and minerals along with some physical activities is the most effective way to reduce body weight and burn extra fats. Even if you decide to try weight loss pill you will still need to burn more calories than you burn to lose body weight. Weight loss pill may help in suppressing the appetite but won’t be able to shed weight if the total consumption of calories is more than burnt calories. Before you buy any pills or supplement for weight loss be sure to take advice from a dietician or a nutritionist. It is always advisable to seek advice before one gets into indulgence with such substances.