Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Are You Asking The Question 'Do Diet Pills Work'?

By Matt Brodderick

Like so many people on a quest to lose weight, I have often asked the question 'Do Diet Pills Work?'. I decided to do some research to see if I could answer this question, and what I came up with is actually two answers in one. The actual answer is 'yes' and 'no'. On one hand, I found out that yes, you can find diet pills that help you lose weight. But on the other hand, I also came to the conclusion that no diet pill will effect weight loss miracles, and in fact to make any of them reach their maximum efficacy you need to combine a healthy eating and exercise schedule with your chosen diet pill.

There is such a vast array of diet pills available, you need to realize that there are pretty major differences between classes of diet pills. There are different mechanisms that particular slimming pills use, which you have to think about before deciding which is right for you. Appetite suppressants, carbohydrate blockers, fat binders, and metabolism boosters are all different types of diet pills. It is essential that you consult your doctor before deciding to take diet pills, since some medical conditions can be adversely affected by taking certain types of diet pills.

You have probably seen the claims of 'all natural diet pills' and wondered whether they were any more effective or better for your health than synthetic diet pills. Although there are some proven safe and effective synthetic diet pills available, I tend to believe that natural substances used for their intended purpose are inherently better for you. This is not to say that every 'all natural' diet pill is necessarily effective - you need to do the research on the safety and effectiveness studies, as well as make sure that you choose a natural diet pill that actually contains the necessary quantity and balance of effective weight loss ingredients.

An all natural diet pill in the appetite suppressant category is hoodia gordonii. Hoodia Gordonii is an effective appetite suppressant which has been proven safe and is a popular slimming pill choice for good reason. However, as with any product in a highly competitive market, you still need to be careful that what you are buying is actually what it claims to be. The FDA released reports in the 1990s which revealed that many hoodia products in fact did not contain the active appetite suppressant ingredient. There are tricks that manufacturers and advertisers use to trick you into buying a product which may not be what you expect it to be, so before buying any product make sure you are buying from a reputable source.

Another natural diet pill, or perhaps better classified as a diet supplement, is Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA for short. This supplement has been extensively studied, and although opinions vary, there are successful studies reported where using CLA as a diet supplement along with a healthy diet and exercise regime, results in additional weight loss as compared to study groups who did not consume CLA as part of their diet attempts.

You can gain a definite advantage in your dieting program by finding a safe and effective diet pill to help with your weight loss efforts. But you need to understand that taking diet pills without additional efforts is not going to be the answer to your weight problems. I know this is not the answer that a lot of people are looking for, but keep in mind that losing weight is really just one part of being healthy. Your real goal should be living a healthy lifestyle, and if you do that then a healthy weight will generally result. Using diet pills to help with the transition to a better healthy lifestyle is often the boost that many people need to get their weight back on track.

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