Diet slimming pills abound on the market. Which ones are good and which ones should you forgo? And, how can you tell if something is a scam? This article will explore the real world of diet slimming pills.
Diet slimming pills are not tested or regulated by the federal government if they are sold as supplements and not medicines. Basically, if you don’t have to get it for a pharmacist, it is not FDA approved. But it’s not FDA disproved either. This applies to supplements bought at a local drug store and ones bought over the internet.
Every six months or so, the media picks up on a new natural substance that seems to help with weight loss. A few years back, that was Hoodia. More recently it was Acai Berry.
Hoodia makes for a very interesting case study. Bushmen in South Africa use a specific kind of hoodia and it makes them be able to live without food and with limited water for several days. However, there are about 20 other kinds of hoodia. The hoodia that the Bushmen use is not available for marketing in the west because there are very limited quantities. South Africa is working on mass cultivation for weight loss purposes, but at this point it is not in any diet slimming pills.
That said, there are no limits on the number of supplements claiming they have the “correct” hoodia in them. Many people who use these diet slimming pills are disappointed to find that they do not curb the appetite at all.
A more recent case study is the Acai Berry. Many companies are advertising that Rachael Ray and Oprah have endorsed Acai Berry. While both have run segments on the nutritional benefits of the actual fruit, they have not endorsed any of these diet slimming pills. In fact, the supplements which claim to be Ray and Oprah endorsed often have only minute traces of the fruit in them and certainly not enough to have any real dieting help. They do, however, have a lot of caffeine in them which can be harmful to some people.
Hoodia, Acai Berry, and other kinds of supplement products are notorious for poor customer service. The Tuscon Better Business Bureau has received more than 150 complaints against just one company that sells Acai Berry, most related to billing.
One thing to watch for with these diet slimming pills is free trial offers. This is a bait and switch. Usually, the trial starts the day you order the product not the day you receive it. You may receive your pills on day 12 of a 14 day trial offer. If you don’t ship them back immediately, you will be billed the full amount. It is generally better to bite the bullet and fork out the entire amount up front if a supplement looks like it might be a good thing rather than sign up for a continuity program that has a free trial period.
Ultimately, you have to decide whether a diet slimming product is right for you. Just don’t believe everything you see in advertising.