BAMfreddrick Posted September 5, 2010 Report Share Posted September 5, 2010 There are many myths about diet pills and their effects on the human body and metabolism. So here are some basics you should know about diet pills if you are considering using them for weight loss. Hoodia gordonii: Also known as African Hoodia it is marketed as a plant from deep dark Africa that can suppress hunger, boost energy, and speed up metabolism. It is put in pill, powder, and liquid form. There is no published scientific evidence that hoodia works as an appetite suppressant in humans. Animal research on hoodia includes one published scientific study in which a purified extract of Hoodia gordonii, known as P57, was injected directly into the brains of rats.The author of the rat study said that P57 was easily broken down by the liver, so it might be hard to take in enough of it to ensure that it had an effect. What the chemical is proven to do however is temporarily lower levels of acid in the stomach which may trick your brain into thinking it needs slightly less food for a short time but once worn off you will still be hungry. There are also unproven rumors that Hoodia can damage your liver. Overall the benefits of Hoodia are minimal and not necessarily safe. Acai: Very healthy berry from Brazil rich in antioxidants. It is excellent for improving health and getting a little bit more from your workout as antioxidants are vital to the body when exerting energy. It is also sold in diet pill form. The acai diet pills such as hydroxycuts acai concentrate diet pills are simply extract from acai. These pills will pump you full of antioxidants and help contribute some to overall health but you will not have noticeable losses in weight simply from taking acai or acai pills. Hydroxycut: Hydroxycut is one of the most heavily advertised diet pills, boasting quick weight loss without a lot of effort. Ingredients in Hydroxycut include green tea extract, oolong and white tea as well as a plant extracts from Garcinia cambogia and Gymnema sylvestre. Green tea is said to have “thermogenic” properties in the body which equates to using more calories to generate heat. EGCG and caffeine in the green tea supposedly induce the body to burn more calories in daily expenditure. However, according to new research, the increasing thermogeneis is merely due to the caffeine content of green tea. Garcinia cambogia is hailed by Hydroxycut manufacturers as a miracle ingredient. Native to India, Garcinia cambogia is a small pumpkin like fruit whose rind is often added to weight loss products. The active extract is hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is thought to suppress appetite and enhance fat burning, however all human tests have shown no to minimal affect in the way hydroxycut claims. HCA has been shown to suppress enzymatic activity of citrate lyase though, which is responsible for lipogenesis and fatty acid biosynthesis. These processes take excess carbohydrates and convert them into fat for future energy storage. Inhibition of this enzyme instead boots carbohydrate oxidation, slowing this process down thus making the building of fat on your body still occur but simply slower. Side effects are: insomnia, acne, nose bleeds, high blood pressure and increased heart rate, headaches, severe dehydration, and stress increases. Alli/Xenical:The only diet pill approved by the FDA, Alli is the over the counter version of prescription weight loss drug Xenical?. Both types use the drug orlistat as the active ingredient of weight loss. Instead of relying on plant extracts, orlistat has been tested and approved by the FDA as a weight loss medication. Orlistat is designed to block dietary fat absorption in the small intestine. It binds to active enzyme gastrointestinal lipase, which breaks down dietary fat for absorption, and inhibits its function. This inhibition blocks the uptake of up to 30% ingested fat which is then excreted as waste. Blocking fat absorption also blocks certain essential nutrients uptake as well, so those who take orlistat should also take a multivitamin daily to ensure proper nutrition. Side effects of taking orlistat are more severe when the intake of dietary fats is high. Oily spotting, flatulence, urgent bowel movements and fatty or oily stools are the most common side effects. Bitter orange: has been used for many years in other parts of the world. Much like the naturally released chemical synephrine, it increases your energy and reduces your appetite. The release of synephrine is triggered when you need to run from real danger, but it's not the kind of chemical you want free floating in your system where it can increase blood pressure high enough to cause a stroke. Black Coffee: If consumed in reasonable amounts will help burn fat at a slightly faster rate. Consuming 1-2 cups of coffee (black meaning no sugar no cream) a day will add a healthy level of caffeine to your system and boost energy and fat burning potential. The boost in fat burning is very slight but at least its much cheaper and safer than all pills. So now you know, hopefully you find this useful and informative my friends. And yes I do have so little of a life I researched and wrote this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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