Weight loss seems to be on everyone’s mind and the appeal of quick weight loss is hard to resist. But do weight loss pills really work? Let’s take a look at some of the current weight-loss pills available and what they will and will not help you do.
There are plenty of weight-loss and fat burner pills available at the local drugstore and supermarket that you can choose from and you will find even more options online. However, caution should be taken because there are many that are not proven to work and many that are dangerous. Many people think that because they buy a weight-loss supplement at a pharmacy, it means it is effective and safe. However, that is not the case. Just like with a traditional retail store, pharmacies are trying to make a profit and they do not do any special testing on a product before they put it on their shelves.
The strict standards that apply to prescription drugs do not apply to dietary supplements. This means that they can be sold legally with very limited proof of safety and effectiveness. However, the FDA can intervene with a supplement’s sale once it is placed on the market if safety becomes a concern.
Before you buy any weight-loss supplements, check the labels and talk with your doctor for any information that you may be unaware of. You can also check the FDA website online and read the alerts and safety issues to see if the supplement you are considering buying is mentioned. Additionally, if you have any preexisting health issues, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to use a weight-loss supplement and to ensure it does not interfere with any medications you may be taking.
While manufactures of weight-loss pills would have you believe their products will fix all of your weight issues, there is more involved than simply taking a pill. Those taking weight-loss pills to drop some excess pounds will still have to lower their caloric intake and to keep the weight off, and will have to continue taking the supplement, if it works.
In truth, there is no super pill that someone can take that will magically get rid of your weight. The only way someone can lose weight and keep it off is through exercise and eating healthier. That includes healthier foods, smaller portions, and being more active.