If you think that taking diet pills and using weight loss products is the quickest, safest, and easiest way to lose weight, think again. A lot of people think that diet pills are stand-alone products that will ensure weight loss and get them into the shape they want. What they fail to realize is that these diet pills are only meant to be used as supplementary aids in your efforts to lose weight, such as exercise and having a healthy, weight loss diet.
If you’re one of the many who are on the search for the ideal diet pill, you’ve probably encountered names and brands such as bitter orange, FucoThin, Ephedra, Chitosan, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Country Mallow, and so on and so forth. With hundreds or even thousands of diet pills available out there, it’s easy to have information overload and get confused about which products or brands can effectively help you shed the pounds. To help you with your search, below we provide an overview of three popular weight loss products; Hoodia, Phentermine, and the Alli diet pill.
Hoodia is a type of cactus that grows in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. It is believed that African natives eat the plant to curb the hunger sensations they experience when they go on long hunts. This information has led to the interest several companies and manufacturers to look into the potential of hoodia as a weight loss agent because it reduces feelings of hunger.
To date, hoodia is widely marketed and bought as a weight loss product that acts as an appetite suppressant. However, there have been no conclusive evidence on its effectiveness as a weight loss agent. A small study funded by a dietary supplement manufacturer found that hoodia may have dangerous effects on the part of the brain that processes information and sensations of hunger. But more research also has to be conducted to see if hoodia is safe for consumption as a diet pill.
Phentermine, also known as Adipex-P and Ionamin, is a prescription pill that is intended to lower or suppress appetite. It is medically recommended for those who are obese and seriously overweight, and not for those who are simply not satisfied with their figures and want to shed a few pounds. Phentermine is approved for short-term use only, and consumers usually regain the weight they lost during that period.
Among the side effects associated with Phentermine are irritability, blurred vision, high blood pressure, dry mouth, constipation, and sleeplessness. Those with medical conditions such as hyperthyroid, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and glaucoma shouldn’t take Phentermine.
Alli is a strength-reduced version of Orlistat Xenical which is prescribed to treat obesity. However, it is also approved for sale as an over-the-counter drug for overweight adults. Alli works as a weight loss product by decreasing the amount of fat absorbed by the intestines, which in turn lowers the number of calories your body absorbs. Alli is taken thrice a day, along with regular, fat-containing meals. It’s recommended that each meal contains no more than 15 grams of fat because consuming higher amounts of fat with Alli can lead to diarrhea, irregular bowel movements, and oily spotting.