Weight Loss Products
There are a host of weight loss products available on the market that claim to help you lose weight. In this article we will explore the weight loss patch, appetite suppressants, carbohydrate blockers and a fat blocker. To be clear upfront, we are not big fans of these products. Our hesitancy comes because some of these products claim that you can lose weight without making significant changes in your lives in terms of eating and exercise. These products do not follow the requirements of a metabolic diet and consequently we have serious reservations about how effective they could be in promoting weight loss. However, they are present in the market and a lot of people claim to have been helped by them. So we believe that it is our responsibility to provide our readers with accurate information about them. Some of the products claim to increase metabolism and if they do, then they could be combined with a metabolic diet for weight loss. You may find that the best of these weight loss products can assist you in losing weight as long as you are also following the suggestions of a metabolic diet in terms of food and exercise.
The Weight Loss Patch
Perhaps the most appealing benefit of using a patch is that it is so easy to use. No pills to remember to take, no special diets, no required exercise routine. Naturally, having a healthy diet and following an exercise program is the best path to a healthy lifestyle and weight loss, but if that is difficult for you to adhere to all of the time, the patch may be a solution that works for you.
Perhaps the most appealing benefit of using a patch is that it is so easy to use. No pills to remember to take, no special diets, no required exercise routine.
A weight loss patch that you place on your body will deliver the active ingredients by transdermal delivery, meaning through the skin. The patch ingredients will go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system and liver. Simply apply the patch to a smooth area of your skin and change it every 3 days. That is all of the maintenance that is required.
A patch can even be used occasionally when you are traveling and know you will be eating out a lot, or for those times you are too busy to cook the proper foods. A patch that suppresses your appetite will help you develop good eating habits that will help you maintain your ideal weight in the future.
There are several weight loss patches with a variety of ingredients. Most are appetite suppressants. There is little scientific evidence that they work. Also many people are allergic to the latex that makes up the patch or the adhesive that holds it in place. However, there are also many people who swear by them claiming that they were essential to their weight loss.
Appetite Suppressant Pills
Curbing your appetite to decrease the intake of calories seems to be a smart way to lose or maintain your weight. However, we are so bombarded by confusing claims everywhere for appetite suppressant products in print, on the radio, on television, even on billboards when driving, that it is difficult to know which diet pill will really help take off those pounds and keep them off.
Many diet pills have some sort of stimulant in them such as caffeine and that can cause some undesirable side effects such as “a wired felling,” heart racing or shaking (especially the hands). To avoid these problem, stay away from products that contain Ephedra, Ma Huang, and Ephedrine.
You have, no doubt, heard of Hoodia Gordonii as this herbal diet pill has received a great deal of publicity. The authentic plant is found only in the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. Many mainline media channels have given it good reviews for its fast acting appetite suppressing qualities. It is supposed to take up to two weeks before being effective, but many users report their appetites decrease almost immediately.
In fact, Hoodia has had so many positive reports that there are now a lot of knock-off products being marketed to the uninformed, especially on the Internet. The real Hoodia is very rare because it takes up to 7 years for the Hoodia plant to mature to where it actually contains the appetite suppressant. In addition, the African governments are now limiting the amount of Hoodia exports, meaning only a few suppliers have the real thing. Because of its rarity you can expect to pay more for Hoodia than other weight loss products.
Another diet pill that helps shed pounds is Herbal Phentermine. This is a non-prescription appetite suppressant that is scientifically designed to produce similar effects of a popular Rx version of phentermine. The good news is that the herbal version contains only natural ingredients so you don’t have to be as worried about side effects. Plus, you can avoid the time, expense, and embarrassment of a doctor’s visit. Herbal Phentermine will not only suppress your appetite, but it will also increase your metabolism so you burn more calories and have more energy.
Scientists have discovered, and thoroughly tested a method to allow us to eat the foods we love and not gain weight. We can now stop the normal conversion of starchy foods to sugar before it can pass through the digestive system and be stored as fat in our body. The product is derived from white kidney beans and is therefore quite natural. The compound is a carb blocker or starch neutralizer. Derived from white kidney beans, the resulting carb blockers, (starch neutralizers), are a completely natural product. They work by neutralizing the Alpha amylase enzyme which is what digests starch.
By neutralizing this digestive enzyme, we do not digest the in our food. Instead, it remains intact and does not become sugar. It simply passes through the body undigested and acts as a fiber, which is a very good thing. We get more fiber going through our intestines while avoiding the conversion to sugar and the resulting fat storage which is a definite win-win situation.
Over the past several years, there have been many positive studies to determine the effectiveness of carb blockers and their ability to help lose weight. One study was performed at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, over an eight week time period.
It reported that participants saw an average weight loss of 200% more than those taking a placebo, and lost an average of 1.5 inches around their waists. This was 43% more than those taking the placebo. Plus they reported having 13% more energy, even though it is not a stimulant.
A fat blocker is similar to carbohydrate blocker above, except instead of blocking the digestion of carbs they block the digestion of fat. The most famous product of this type is Alli. It blocks about 25% of the fat you eat. Moreover, it is FDA approved. Well more accurately, its active ingredient is FDA approved. But that is significant as it is the only over-the-counter weight loss supplement that has such an endorsement. Alli says that for every two pounds you lose, it will cause you to lose one more. We are especially impressed by that because it is not claiming that just taking the product will cause you to lose weight. Consequently, of the four types of products discussed in this article, we put Alli in a different category and we endorse its use. It does however, have some side effects for many people. The central one is intestinal issues such as diarrhea.
If you decide to use any of these types of weight loss products, there are some things to look for before making a purchase:
- Are the ingredients natural?
- What are the potential side effects?
- Is there any kind of guarantee or what is the refund policy?