With summer holidays looming losing a few extra pounds is high on the priority list for many Brits at this time of year. We all know that a healthy, balanced lifestyle is the optimum way to shift a bit of baggage and get the bodies we want, but for some a helping hand is a much-needed boost.
Weight loss pills are often in the media, and not always for the right reasons. But the truth is that, used sensibly as part of a “move more, eat less” strategy that involves exercise and plenty of nutritious foods, they can help.
However, let’s be clear. There is no such thing as a magic pill that will allow you to burn fat without any other changes. Weight loss pills only work to increaseweight loss that you are already taking steps to achieve. Sensible use is vital.
There are several types of weight loss pill available so it is important to consider the options and decide which is best for you.
Thermogenics: These increase metabolism and body temperature, meaning your burn more calories. They usually contain caffeine and a stimulant that causes adrenaline to be released. If taken before exercise they can lead to increased sweating so it is vital you take in enough fluid to combat dehydration and the loss of salts.
Carb blockers: Carbs such as bread, potatoes and pasta are often a dieter’s downfall. These pills block the enzyme that digests carbs so they can pass through without being fully absorbed. In effect you can continue eating your favourite carbs without additional weight gain.
Appetite suppressants: These usually use hoodia, an African herb that supresses the appetite. For those who are prone to eating large portions thy can help to curb over-eating.
Fat blockers: A natural fibre called Chitosan is often used to block fat. Alli is one example. It helps to stop fat from being absorbed.
Cortisol blockers: Cortisol is what makes us accumulate fat, so blocking it tells our bodies to lay down less of the wobbly stuff. Those who eat a lot of sugar or struggle to sleep may find that their body increases cortisol production leading to weight gain.
Before you start taking diet pills it is worth completing a food diary for a week and thinking carefully about your relationship with food. This will give you an insight into how you need to change your habits and which diet pill is most likely to help.
When you have decided read the instructions carefully and let your doctor know that you are taking diet pills.
Most importantly, continue to enjoy regular, balanced meals that appeal to your senses and provide the nutrients your body needs. Take steps to become more active and lead a healthier lifestyle in everything that you do and weight loss pills could just give you that extra push needed to shed a few pounds.