• Lose Weight 06.08.2011

    “One pill makes you big, and one pill makes you small.”
    Expert from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    In addition to plummeting down the Rabbit Hole, sipping tea with a Mad Hatter, and consulting with the Cheshire Cat, Alice, while in Wonderland, sampled some strange fair.  The two pills she swallowed had distinctively opposite effects upon her body.  One pill made her unnaturally tall.  The other pill made her as small as a mouse.   We’ll never know if Alice’s body morphing adventures were the initial inspiration for the glut of weight loss pills currently on the market, but one thing is certain: most of us struggling with our weight would love to swallow a magic pill and watch the pounds slough off effortlessly.

    Of course, there is no such magic pill.  A sensible diet and regular exercise is the safest prescription for weight loss.  However, in this instant gratification society, everyone wants a quick fix, ergo, the emergence and growing popularity of weight loss pills.  According to the manufacturers’ claims, these products perform in several ways.  Some increase metabolism and thus, accelerate burning of calories.  Some block absorption of dietary fat, many decrease appetite and increase the feeling of fullness, and some are said to build muscle (muscle is what is often lost on an improper weight loss regimen).  To lose fat safely and effectively without taking pills, click here.

    Are these wonderful promises true or are they Wonderland-type claims?  And what about their safety?

    Some of the available weight loss products appear to have some degree of efficacy; with others, insufficient evidence exists to prove or disprove their claims of speeding weight loss.  As confusing as this may be, that’s actually the good news.  The underlying problem with all of these preparations is the lack of Federal regulation — and this should be every consumer’s greatest concern with respect to weight loss aids.  Here’s why.

    Prescription drugs in this country are subjected to years of clinical trials before they gain clearance for the consumer market.  But dietary supplements and weight loss aids slip like butter under the regulatory radar, evading analysis by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) until they are actually available for purchase by consumers.   By then, it may be too late.

    Witness Ephedra® and Country Mallow® (heartleaf), both of which have been yanked from the market and banned by the FDA as they are both unsafe.  You may recall that Ephedra® made the news a number of years ago, for the deaths associated with its ingestion.  The lovely commercials you may have seen for Alli®, an OTC (Over-the-Counter) version of Xenical® (orlistat) don’t tell the whole story: the FDA is now investigating the possible link between Alli® and liver damage.  Bitter Orange is also potentially unsafe, while Chitosan is possibly safe.  For safe, rapid weight loss, click here.

    Chromium, a mineral found on the list of ingredients for many OTC vitamins, is likely safe, as is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).  Sharing the “likely safe” category is Guar Gum.  If you think this ingredient sounds familiar, it is; it is a naturally occurring substance that is added to many prepared foods.  However, the FDA considers Guar Gum to be ineffective as a weight loss supplement.  As for Hoodia®, a popular appetite suppressant, the regulatory jury is still out.  The lack of substantial evidence makes it impossible for the FDA to make a call right now concerning Hoodia®’s safety or efficacy.

    The latest weight loss craze, as of this writing, revolves around green tea extract.  According to the FDA, it is possibly safe and its benefits in terms of weight loss appear positive.  As the available studies indicate that one must drink 64 ounces daily of green tea in order to take advantage of its slimming properties, you can see how the extract of this powerful antioxidant plant has gained in popularity.

    As a general rule, those of us wishing to drop a few — and perhaps more than a few — pounds should consult not only our physicians, but also our pharmacists.  Recent clinical trends indicate that, more and more, pharmacists educate MDs concerning various medicinal substances.  And, as an extra precaution, a perusal of the FDA’s website is a good failsafe.  This regulatory entity provides updates with respect to those pills claiming the ability to “make you small.”  For a safe, effective weight loss solution, click here.


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