Weight loss pills are the immediate promise for a better body, and therefore for a better you. But are they worth all this enthusiasm created around them? Should they all be approved for consumption? Are their immediate results long lasting, and most importantly, not side effect bringers? This post will walk you through the top 10 most popular weight loss pills of 2014. With realistic benefits, and honestly pointed out side-effects.
First of all keep in mind that there are two categories of weight loss aids. Prescription medications are those that you would get with help from your doctor. Non-prescription, or over-the-counter (OTC) products, are the weight loss aids that you might find at the local vitamin store, drug store (without a prescription) or online. As a general rule, the use of non-prescription weight loss products is discouraged by registered nutrition professionals. In a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics researchers commented on their use. They said that “dietary supplements are not recommended as part of a weight-loss program due to concerns about efficacy and safety.”
1. Alli (orlistat)
orlistat is now available in a lower-dose, over-the-counter version called Alli. The drug, which you take up to three times a day with meals, prevents you from digesting 25 percent of the fat you consume (by attaching to some of the enzymes responsible for breaking down fat from food). The amount of fat calories blocked will depend on how much fat you eat, but most patients block 100 to 200 calories per day.
As far as the risks are concerned, Alli is intended for people who are overweight, generally defined as those with a body mass index (BMI) — a measure of body fat based on height and weight — of at least 25. The drug also works as a splurge deterrent — the side effects are so unpleasant that you’ll want to avoid fatty foods.
2. Bee Pollen Pills
Bee pollen isn’t basically a bad thing at all. On the contrary, it’s loaded with benefits for your entire body. Nevertheless products labeled to contain bee pollen that promise to help you lose weight or reshape your body could actually harm you, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Bee pollen is the pollen that bees collect from flowers; it is the food that nourishes bee larvae. But it’s not a miracle ingredient, says Gary Coody, R.Ph., FDA’s national health fraud coordinator.
Some bee pollen products marketed for weight loss have been found to contain hidden and potentially dangerous ingredients that may be harmful for people who have conditions such as irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and bipolar disorders (a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood), says Coody.
FDA recently warned consumers to immediately stop using Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen, because it contains at least one potentially harmful ingredient that is not listed on the product’s label. So there you go. If you want it in a pill, you never know what you really get.
3. Raspberry Ketones
Or, as Dr. Oz has called it: “A number one miracle in a bottle to burn your fat.” It’s basically a compound derived from red raspberries that may help regulate adiponectin, a protein that affects metabolism. It depends now on how much you appreciate what Dr.Oz has to say as far as anything is concerned.
4. Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract has been consumed for more than 5,000 years for medicinal purposes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The UMMC reports that this popular product can help to improve weight loss and weight maintenance in women who are moderately overweight or obese. Scientists attribute green tea’s fat-burning properties to powerful antioxidant compounds known as catechins. Most of the side effects associated with green tea extract relate to its high caffeine content. Health care providers may recommend caffeine-free formulations for people who are sensitive to stimulants, but all in all, it seems among the safest alternatives, due to its being highly natural.
The desert cactus hoodia gordonii has become increasingly popular as an over-the-counter diet pill for women and men. The San bushman tribe of South Africa traditionally chewed hoodia to defeat hunger pangs during famines and long journeys. In modern naturopathy, hoodia may be used to suppress the appetite and curb the urges associated with binge eating disorder. Despite its historic reputation as a safe, effective product, the Mayo Clinic warns that there is little evidence of hoodia’s relative benefits or risks.
This one is used as part of a short-term plan, along with a low calorie diet, for weight reduction. It is used in obese patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. Phentermine belongs to the group of medicines known as appetite suppressants. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
7. Jillian Michaels Fat Burner
These you can get from Walmart fast and easily. But keep in mind that these are meant for women over 45, so in other words, they are mostly for menopausal women. They are not cheap and not really a good review magnet either. You might as well spend a week and eat little fat and lots of salads, vegetables, and less salt. What you will see is that the detox pills will tell you to drink a ton of water. You can do that without taking the pills and spending the extra money on a bunch of caffeine supplements.
8. Glucophage (metformin) and Byetta (exenatide)
These two diabetes drugs are also being prescribed by obesity specialists to aid weight loss in diabetics. Glucophage lowers glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity, so you’ll be less hungry and less likely to overeat, explains Cederquist. It’s often used with Byetta, an injectable diabetes drug that delays the movement of food from your stomach into your small intestine, so it may extend fullness and help you to eat less. About 80 percent of women who took metformin while following a modified carbohydrate diet lost about 10 percent of their body weight within a year, a New York Medical College study found. nd just over 90 percent of them had kept the weight off four years later. According to another study, diabetics who had a weekly injection of Byetta alone lost 8 pounds after 15 weeks. So think again, please! As far as side effects are concerned, both drugs can initially cause nausea, upset stomach, and diarrhea, which may be partly responsible for weight loss.
9. Japanese Diet Pills
Chinese and Japanese diet pills are often the same thing. They cover a range of Asian weight loss supplements which are characterised by their plant-derived ingredients and fast diet-busting capabilities. You may have also seen Brazilian weight loss pills advertised, which again are similar. These pills work in a number of different ways. Some suppress appetite, some speed up your metabolism and some alter the way that your body converts glucose into fat. Some will do a combination. Unless pills are made in the USA or another trusted country, there is no guarantee what ingredients are in them. Often diet pills can go by a range of different names and it may not always be clear what you are buying.
Take a “natural” hormone the body makes during pregnancy — and lose a lot of weight? That’s the promise that’s turned the hCG Diet — named after that hormone — into a craze that just won’t quit. If you also go on an ultra-low-calorie diet, backers claim, hCG can “reset your metabolism” so you lose as much as a pound a day without feeling hungry or weak.
The hCG diet limits you to 500 calories a day for 8 weeks while taking hCG, either by getting a shot or by taking a “homeopathic” product, such as oral drops, pellets, or sprays, which you can buy at the store. None of this is approved by the FDA for weight loss. The shots themselves are legal, as long as a health care provider gives them to you. (They’re approved to treat fertility issues.) But over-the-counter hCG products are not. The FDA has sent warning letters to several companies that market homeopathic hCG products.
10+1. Colon Cleansers
An annual cleansing is recommended by some in the medical profession. The intake of processed foods causes your body to become sluggish and inhibits proper function. Some common symptoms of an unhealthy colon are excess weight gain, especially in the area around the belly, constipation and bloating, gas and intestinal discomfort, fatigue, poor digestion and feeling weighed down after eating. The most effective colon cleansers will contain a high level of probiotics. These are “good” bacteria that help promote good health, boost your body’s immune system and aid in healthy digestion. Cleansers will also contain a natural laxative, such as senna or cascara sagrada. Fiber is a key ingredient for any colon cleanse. Some cleanses may even contain herbs that deactivate toxins and inhibit “bad” bacterial growth. While you will lose weight with a quality colon cleanse, it will do little to address the fat percentage in your body. The small increase in metabolism you experience will not burn fat cells.
10+2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Well this one isn’t exactly a pill, but as it turns out, sipping on apple cider vinegar (often called ACV) before a meal may help lower your blood sugar, finds new research published in the Journal of Functional Foods. Study participants who drank a tablespoon of ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water prior to eating had lower blood glucose levels compared to participants who didn’t consume the tart solution. Still, most mainstream dietitians remain skeptical of ACV’s weight-loss power, saying more evidence is needed. Even though it can help block some starch from being absorbed, drinking vinegar isn’t a free pass to eat the entire sleeve of cookies.