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Are Weight Loss Pills Effective?

Author : Henry Joshuas

It has been said that the quickest way to loose those extra pounds is to make use of weight loss pills. However, do they really work? If so, how effective are they? The drug stores are full of varied weight loss pills that have been manufactured by different manufacturers. The pills are packed in containers filled with promises of quick weight loss advertisements. The bottles are filled up with pictures of graphically enhanced photos of skinny models. Nobody is sure about the realisms of their claims. Thus when settling for one, it is important to ascertain that the information on the bottle suits your particular weight loss program. Before settling for any particular weight loss pill, the buyer should ensure that they understand the active ingredient on it.

Analyzed below are ingredients that are commonly found in most popular weight loss pills.

1. Chromium:- It reduces body fat while at the same time building muscles. Though it is regularly included in most weight loss pills, there is no proof that it really works and its continuous usage has not been studied.

2. Bitter orange:- It decreases the urge to eat. It contains the component ephedra which brings some health problems with some people. Its continuous usage has not been well documented, meaning its long-term side effects remain unknown.

3. Conjugated Linoleic Acid, (CLA):- This ingredient helps reduce the body fat at the same time increasing the muscles. It does this by suppressing the user’s appetite. Its known issues includes; a plethora of gastrointestinal concerns, indigestion and diarrhea.

4. Chitosan:- This ingredient impedes the assimilation of dietary fats in the body. Its side effects includes, bloating, constipation and other gastrointestinal related problems.

5. Epedra:- It suppresses a person’s appetite. It side down’s includes; causes high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, sleeplessness, stroke, heart disease, and sometimes even death. The component was banned from the market due to its related health issues. However, it has shown its way back and care must be exercised when using weight loss pills that contain this component.

6. Guar gum:- It blocks the absorption of fats and makes its user to feel full thus eating less. This in turn decreases a person caloric ingestion. Its causes a plethora of gastrointestinal issues, eg flatulence and diarrhea.

7. Country mallow or Heartleaf:- It decreases the appetite. However, this ingredient contains epedra, thus should be used with care.

8. Hoodia:- This ingredient is quite popular as it is claimed that it decreases the appetite. However, it has not been conclusively proved that it does that. No scientific evidence has been provided to support this claim.

9. Green tea extract:- Scientifically, its effectiveness has not been proved. However, it is advertised as a metabolism enhancer. Its advertisers, claims that it increases the calories intake by burning body fats while at the same time decreasing the appetite. Its demerits are such as, it causes diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and bloating in some of its users. Its caffeine composition is relatively high making it unsafe to those people who react badly to it.

Lastly, though some weight loss pills do works, they should be combined with a regiment of healthy living. Regular exercises must be included in all your weight loss programs.

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