If the first steps towards weight loss are diet and exercise, and the last resort is weight loss surgery, then the middle ground would have to be weight loss pills. Diet pills and supplements have been around for decades, but only in the past decade or so have we seen a huge market for weight loss pills exclusively claiming to cut pounds off of your body quickly and easily. Here we’re going to take a brief look at a number of the most popular and up-and-coming diet pills to help decide what the best weight loss pills are.
Our first pill to look at goes by the name Meridia. The main ingredient for Meridia is sibutramine which acts as an appetite suppressant. Appetite suppressants work by targeting neutrotransmitters (chemicals in the brain) which affect mood and appetite. Because this suppression is only held for the time that the pills are working, it follows that any weight lost during the time you were taking Meridia would be regained shortly after you stop taking the pills unless you compensate by changing your eating habits or exercising more. Meridia also has a slew of bad side affects, including constipation, headaches, and increased blood pressure. Overall, Meridia doesn’t seem to be recommended because of the temporary nature of the solution it provides and the bad side effects it causes.
The second pill we’ll examine goes under the name Xenical. The idea behind Xenical is that it lets more fat pass through your digestive tract without being absorbed. Like most diet medications, Xenical is usually only prescribed to patients who are diagnosed as clinically obsese (have a body mass index of over 30). While Xenical has proven to be particularly effective for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, like Meridia it suffers from causing many serious side effects, such as oily anal discharge and a heavily increased number of bowel movements. While Xenical seems to be a better choice than Meridia, it also seems to not be recommended.
The last pill we’ll have a look at is known as “Xerisan ASA”. Xerisan ASA works similarly to Xenical by not allowing certain things to digest fully, but instead of fat, Xerisan ASA works to keep some carbohydrates from fully breaking down. The end result is that lower carbohydrates are digested, which has the same practical effect of a person not taking Xerisan ASA cutting down on the number of carbohydrates they intake. Xerisan ASA does not seem to have serious side effects like Meridia and Xenical, but provides much better weight loss results than Meridia, and equal or better results than Xenical.
Overall, of the three pills examined, Meridia works poorly in the long-term and has bad side effects, Xenical works well but also has bad side effects, but Xerisan ASA takes the best from both worlds, incorporating a carb-blocking solution for weight loss without the bad side effects. Before taking any medication, even weight loss pills, you should consult your doctor, but it seems that as of right now Xerisan ASA might just be the best weight loss pills on the market.
Weight Loss Institute, http://www.weight-loss-institute.com/diet_pills.htm