Weight loss pills are just a waste of your money
Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth said there was no evidence that many of the drugs work, while research from the University of Gottingen in Germany found people on supplements based on cabbage powder, bean concentrate and plant extracts did not lose any more weight than those taking a fake pill.
Hundreds of herbal food supplements are sold as diet aids and snapped up by consumers desperate to slim, with ingredients ranging from bitter orange to cabbage and guar gum,.
But experts say people are wasting millions of pounds a year on slimming pills that may, at best, have only a pacifying effect.
The researchers told the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm revealed that “The findings from systematic reviews fail to provide sufficient evidence that any food supplement can be recommended for reducing body weight. A wide range of herbal and non-herbal food supplements is currently being promoted for weight loss. While mainstream drugs for body weight reduction must demonstrate efficacy before receiving a license, food supplements do not need to meet this requirement. Few food supplements have therefore been submitted to clinical trials, and many healthcare professionals feel uncertain about their therapeutic value.”
Robert Verkerk, executive and scientific director of the Alliance for Natural Health, said some herbal and natural products could offer help for slimmer’s. He said: “There is plenty of evidence that some products are very helpful, but by and large they cannot be taken in isolation and they should be coupled with an altered diet and lifestyle regime which incorporates an abundance of exercise.”
According to www. webmd. com, the findings of this research were presented at the International Conference on Obesity in Stockholm. The researchers are of the belief that none of the supplements is recommended for losing body weight. Although there are a number of non-herbal and herbal supplements that are being sold in the market in order to trigger weight loss, but they have not showed any positive signs in human bodies. After carrying out the research on few food supplements, the healthcare professionals were not satisfied with the results and they said that “Few food supplements have therefore been submitted to clinical trials, and many healthcare professionals feel uncertain about their therapeutic value.”
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