Are diet pills the answer?

There are thousands of people around the country who feel unhappy with their figures and would jump at the chance to lose weight fast simply by popping some pills, and if you were to search online for diet pills you'd soon see there are a lot you can buy in the UK. Just recently the diet pill Alli was made available as a non-prescription diet aid, but are diet pills really the answer to fast effective weight loss?

The pills you can currently buy in pharmacies without a prescription have very little scientific proof of their efficacy and often the only weight loss acheived results from the restricted diet that must be followed while taking the pills. Also, these pills can have harmful side effects and may not be suitable for diabetics or those with high blood pressure.

In the UK there are two prescription diet pills that can be taken by people who are obese and meet certain medical criteria: Xenical and Reductil. Reductil works by making you feel full and Xenical stops the absorption of fat in your intestines. These medications are both clinically proven to help people lose weight but are only available if your GP thinks you need them and should be taken with a healthy diet and exercise.

The new over the counter diet pill Alli is made from Orlistat, the same ingredient in Xenical, which suggests that it should be effective. It claims to be able to increase weight loss by up to 50%. However, it also comes with some nasty side effects such as fecal incontinence. Do the pros outweigh the cons? Would you take diet pills or do you think healthy eating and exercise is the answer to weight loss? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.

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