There are 5 different types of diet pills on the market. They are –
- Appetite suppressants
- Those that block dietary fat from being absorbed
- Those that prevent fat absorption in the blood stream
- Those that relieve water retention
- Thermogenic diet pills
Each of them utilizes a different method of approach to helping you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Not every type of pill will work for everyone; much will depend on your health, diet and lifestyle.
Diet Pill Type #1 – Appetite Suppressing
While there are appetite suppressants available without a prescription and that are all natural, the most effective one – Phentermine – requires a prescription. An appetite suppressant is usually recommended if you are having problems maintaining a diet due to hunger cravings, and/or you have a problem with the hormones that control the sensation of hunger and fullness. Appetite suppressants work by interfering with the release of the hormone ghrelin that signals hunger. They are not recommended for long term use as they can be addictive.
Diet Pill Type #2 – Dietary Fat Blocking
The second type of diet pill works by preventing the absorption of dietary fat. This means that when you eat something, the fat is not digested but the diet pill attaches itself to the fat so it is passed from your body without being absorbed. This can be very effective for people who are not at a weight stage where they can begin to engage in exercise and/or who are having problems sticking to a diet. The problem with dietary fat blocking diet pills is that they also prevent the absorption of fat soluble vitamins in the foods you eat. This can create a vitamin deficiency in A, D, E and K. You can take a supplement to help prevent this. These can make a good choice for long term dieting especially if you have a low or slow metabolism too.
Diet Pill Type #3 – Fat Absorption Prevention
This third type of diet pill works to prevent your body from absorbing fat once it has been digested from the foods that you have eaten. This plays into the process of lipolysis in the body, in which excess fat is removed from the blood stream. If this process gets interrupted, then you will not only store fat, but you may also form fatty deposits on the interior walls of you artery. The benefit of this type of diet pill is that it allows for complete absorption of vitamins from the foods you eat. It can also be a good choice for people to take who are looking to reduce their cholesterol levels and to improve their overall circulation.
Diet Pill Type #4 – Water Retention Relief
There is the basic anti-bloat type of pill that many women use around the time of menstruation to relief the discomfort of water retention. They also form the basis of many diet pills who advertise excessive weight loss in just days. While water retention can be a real problem with some people who have difficulty losing weight, it is not a good idea to take these as a long term solution.
Diet Pill Type #1 – Thermogenic
Therrmogenic diet pills, while new to the market, have been in use for decades. These diet pills focus on raising the body’s internal temperature. This puts your metabolism into a kind of overdrive so it burns calories faster, and more efficiently as it works to stabilize your core temperature. These are most often used in conjunction with exercise to increase the benefits of working out.
Benefits and disadvantages of all-natural diet pills
Many people prefer to use natural diet pills over ones made from laboratory ingredients and there are advantages and disadvantages to that.
- Advantage – there is a less a risk for serious side effect
- Advantage – there is less risk for dependency
- Disadvantage – there is less control over the quality of the ingredients coming from non-certified laboratories
- Disadvantage – natural supplements are not regulated as to what can be combined
Not every diet pill will provide the same results for each person. Much will depend on the diet and exercise routine that you keep.