How do diet pills work?
January 2, 2013|
For some people, diet pills are a quick and effective route to weight loss, while others see no success with them at all. This has led to them getting a bit of a bad reputation in some circles, with some suggesting they’re no more than a placebo – but as long as you go with a trusted brand from a reputable provider, there’s no reason diet pills shouldn’t help you lose weight. However, this depends on you following the instructions provided, which usually include a program of exercise to keep to along with the pills.
Not all diet pills work in the same way. Depending on the ingredients, they may suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism, prevent the absorption of fat in the body or a combination of any of these (the product description should clearly state how they work). See below for a more in-depth description of these effects:
Ingredients like hoodia and bitter orange can suppress the appetite, helping you to forget about your hunger and focus on your day rather than your food. In general, they act as mild stimulants and work by increasing serotonin and catecholamine levels in the brain, the neurotransmitters that control your moods and appetite.
Speeding up your metabolism means you burn through calories more quickly, and are usually combined with a program of regular exercise and a diet that enhances the acceleration. However, it is vital to consult a healthcare professional before taking these as they often increase your blood pressure.
Prevention of fat absorption
These pills contain ingredients that inhibit the enzyme lipase, which is the culprit responsible for forming lipids – also known as fats. This means the fats pass naturally through your body, although unfortunately they often mean you miss out of essential fat-soluble vitamins, so you may need to take vitamin supplements as well.
As you can see, diet pills use a range of different methods to help you slim down, and some types will work better than others for different people. If one variety of weight loss pill isn’t working for you, it’s worth trying a different kind before writing them off completely, and ensuring that you are sticking to the recommended diet and exercise program.
Really, diet pills shouldn’t be seen as a “magic bullet” to make you slim in just a few weeks without any effort on your part! Instead, see them as another tool that you can use in the fight against fat – and always consult your doctor before you start taking them, even if they are non-prescription pills. With hard work and dedication, you’ll be able to slim down with or without the aid of pills!