If you were to study why weight loss pills don’t work, you’d have to start by splitting them into ayurvedic and conventional. That’s crucial because ayurvedic pills don’t actively damage the body so no one really cares whether they help lose weight or not. Weight loss pills do everything from damage your heart to giving you an amphetamine trip (not kidding here!). Everything except what they claim to be able to do – help you lose weight; which in book means that they don’t work.
- Orlistat: A happy over the counter drug that apparently showed that as you long as you eat this while ALSO working out and eating right, you’re good to go. Minor (apparently) drawback was oily loose stools. Then last month, FDA trials showed that while they haven’t found a direct causal connection, they made them add a liver warning to the bottle.
- Chitosan: Derived from chitin – the protein in exoskeletons of prawns, crabs and shrimp, these aren’t good news for vegetarians. Further claims of preventing fat absorption, etc etc – something that the FDA strictly disagrees with.
- BZP: It’s a recreational drug that gives you the same effects as standard amphetamines. Your pupils dilate, your heart rate increases, you’re alert and high in energy and apparently losing weight at the same time. It’s illegal across Europe but not everywhere. The Canadian authorities found that it causes heart problems. (!!)
Moral of the story – what we all know – there’s no substitute to eating right and working out. Certainly no magic weight loss pill in any case. But here’s the good news – all those weight loss online ads. Next time, check if it’s got BZP because you know what, you won’t lose weight but the trip might make you feel better about it!