Do you struggle to stick to diets? Do you ever wish there was a magic pill that would help you lose weight with no effort.
Well unfortunately there is no such thing as a magic weight loss supplement. Usually as the results in terms of weight loss increase so do the side effects.
In the best cases, the right diet supplement can help to aid weight loss and in the worse cases they can prove to be dangerous and even deadly.
Still interested? If you are looking for a relatively safe and effective supplement to provide a helping hand alongside your diet plan and exercise regime this article is for you.
Are diet pills right for you?
Diet pills aren’t for everyone. Many diet pills should not at all be used by those under 18 years of age, pregnant or breast-feeding women. It is very important to remember that one should always seek medical advice before taking any diet pills or even if starting a new diet plan or exercise regime.
Booking an appointment with your doctor or GP is always a good idea if you are considering taking a diet pill as they may be able to guide you on what type of pill is best suited to you. The NHS, and many GP’s in the UK may suggest that in many cases weight loss pills can be avoided, and that a healthy, balanced diet alongside regular exercise is the best way to achieve weight loss results. Whilst this may be the case, some individuals simply haven’t the time to count the calories or make regular trips to the gym and thus they turn to diet pills as a quick and easy solution to their weight problems. However, it is important to understand that diet pills don’t achieve miracles and some form of diet should be taken alongside them if you decide that diet pills are the way forward.
Types of Diet Pills
Diet pills can be broken into two main categories: prescription and over the counter.
In this article we’ll focus on over the counter diet pills and leave advise on prescription diet pills to your GP or doctor.
Diet pills normally target one or more of the five areas of weight loss. These areas are as follows:
1. Fat burners – often combine a range of different ingredients which can increase the users metabolism with the aim of increasing the burning of fat as a result. Caffeine is a often a key ingredient, which can cause side effecting including trouble sleeping and high blood pressure.
2. Metabolism boosters – These are similar to fat burners and are often high in caffeine, giving you an energy boost and speeding up your metabolism and therefore increasing the rate at which you burn calories.
3. Carb blockers – Block enzymes which digest starch so the carbohydrateses pass through the body undigested so the calories are not absorbed.
4. Fat binders – often contain a cactus as their main ingredient and attach on to the fat in your body making the fat too big to pass through the wall of the small intestine and thus preventing the fat from being digested.
5. Appetite suppressants – can be natural products such as almonds which reduce your appetite making you feel fuller. In more extreme cases there are products which expand in your stomach creating a feeling of fullness which should help you eat less.
How Diet Pills Work
If you are considering taking a weight loss supplement, it is important that you should first carry out basic research on the ingredients contained in the diet pill and how it works.
This can be done by looking at customer reviews of certain products or by looking at clinical trials carried out on certain ingredients.
Researching ingredients can be done by visiting the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI) website.
If this looks a little to technical, website such as Dietpill-reviews have done the clinical study research for you and provides seemingly well researched reviews on a wide range of diet supplements as well as a list of their top rated diet pills here: http://dietpill-reviews.co.uk/top-five-best-diet-pills/
Diet Pill Scams to Avoid
As diet pills are becoming increasingly popular, so are the number of diet pill scams. The most common diet pill scam to avoid is the “free trial scam”
“Free trials” are often not free at all. It is very unlikely that a reputable product manufacturer will offer free products as this will mean that they will not be making profit.
In every case of free trial scams the product is supposedly free, and all you need to pay is a small shipping charge. Don’t be fooled; this is just a ploy to gain your credit/debit card information. A very short time after you have received their product, if you have not managed to cancel an agreement hidden in the small print, you will be sent more of their product and have hefty recurring charges applied to your credit/debit card as part of their auto-shipping programme.
So, how do you avoid this? Firstly, always make sure you read the small print found on product websites, as this will help you understand what is actually meant by the term “free trial”. Websites have to give you this information as it is a legal requirement that is commonly found on the ‘Terms and Conditions’ page of the website. You will often find in these cases, that there may be additional charges and agreements made such as being charged a large amount for the “free” diet pills if you do not send them back within a certain time period.
Secondly, make sure the company gives their details such as, company name, address and most importantly contact details. If this information is withheld, it begs the question of, what else are they hiding?
Although there are many diet pill scams out there, there are also many reputable companies selling weight loss products which have claimed to have helped people with their weight loss issues.