Weight-loss pills a waste of money
Weight-loss supplements losing you more money than weight
Million of pounds are spent every year on weight-loss food supplements, but they could just be a waste of money, diet experts claim.
Weight-loss pills filled with cabbage powder, bitter orange or even bean concentrate promise to help you shed those unwanted pounds, but they could in fact be having as much effect as a placebo in helping you slim down.
The findings from systematic reviews fail to provide sufficient evidence that any food supplement can be recommended for reducing body weight, said experts from the Peninsula Medical School in Devon.
As these food supplements do not require a licence like other mainstream drugs, very few of these products have been submitted to clinical trials to demonstrate their efficacy. Therefore there is little proof that these supposed diet pills actually work.
A study in Germany proved this, where overweight people were either given a weight-loss pill or a fake. The results: the weight-loss pill showed no better efficiency than the imposter.
Celebrity endorsements of these products, however, have enhanced their appeal to those struggling with their weight. A few years ago, when a well-known face launched a supposed miracle pill, containing guarana caffeine, green tea extract and citrus powder, 50,000 tins of the pills were sold in the first two weeks.
The only real way to bust the fat is through a calorie controlled diet and exercise, so instead of splashing the cash on so-called fat-busting pills, simply eat more healthily and become more active.
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