Lose weight without a sweat!
That is the promise of the weight loss diet patch, sold in thousands of stores both local and online. A weight loss diet patch, according to some companies, is the revolutionary weight loss product designed to help people lose weight without diet and exercise. But how effective is a weight loss diet patch?
The magic bullet
A weight loss diet patch is just one of the millions of weight loss products bombarding the market, claiming to be the magic bullet in weight loss. These products boast of providing the quickest, painless, and easiest means of losing weight. They also claim to give a quick fix when it comes to weight problems.
How does it work?
A weight loss diet patch works as a topical medication. It is pressed onto the skin rather than ingested, so the effects are more immediate as it doesn't have to pass through the digestive system. Once pressed onto the skin, the patch releases chemicals that either increase metabolism or suppress the appetite. The chemical content varies with each product, so be sure to check the labels before buying.
Because diet watches are placed on the skin, they can be hidden from the public eye and cause very little disturbance. You can wear them to work, while shopping, or while doing household chores. Also, diet patches are said to have a 24-hour effect, so you don't have to keep changing it round the clock.
What's in it?
At present, the weight loss diet patch is available in different forms. There are weight loss patches that contain Hoodia, an active ingredient that helps suppress appetite and increase lean body mass. There is also a seaweed weight loss diet patch, which claims to help boost metabolism and suppress appetite.
Weight loss diet patches may contain one or more of the following:
o Fucus Vesiculosus - a natural sea plant extract mainly used for weight control
o 5 HTP - helps prevent carbohydrate cravings that result to binge eating.
o Guarana - this chemical was used by Amazonian Indians as a stimulant and a treatment for stress
o Zinc Pyruvate - claims to enhance fat burning, boost endurance, increase lean muscle mass, decrease blood glucose and lower blood cholesterol
o Yerba Mate - claims to eliminate the sensation of hunger
o Lecithin - helps break down fats and cholesterol, preventing arterial congestion. It also helps clean the liver and flushes body wastes from the kidneys
o L-Carnitine - helps burn fat and convert it to energy
Does it work?
There are still not enough studies to confirm the effectiveness of the weight loss diet patch. Because of the large volume being produced and sold everyday, authorities it hard to monitor each product that comes out. As a result, many fraudulent products have made it to the shelves.
Despite this problem, the government has tracked down and closed several retailers selling bogus weight loss patches in the market. According to reports, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged the weight loss patch manufacturer Transdermal Products International Marketing Corporation and its retailer, SG Institute of Health & Education, Inc., for selling fake weight loss patches.
The Chinese government has also sued the Chinese weight loss patch manufacturer of America Seven-Point Thinness. This weight loss patch is said to flush out the fat from your system once you stick it onto your skin. However, studies have shown that the patch itself contains a special oil that looks like fat, which fools users into thinking it's their own.
The best weight loss solution
Most studies on the effectiveness of weight loss patches are still inconclusive. Consumers should not be easily fooled by claims or would-be client testimonials of these weight loss patches. The best way to lose weight is, and has always been, to eat less and exercise more. If you follow these two simple steps, you may not even need weight loss supplements or patches, and you can be sure the effects are long-term.
Also, before buying any weight loss product or weight loss diet patch, it is always important to consult your doctor. He or she can provide you with expert advice on what steps to take and what kind of weight loss programs and products will work for you.