We all know that there’s an obesity epidemic in first world nations, and this has spawned a diet industry that’s worth billions. Possibly worth more than the industry itself is the marketing associated with diet pills, supplements and weight-loss programs. This marketing is full of bold claims and fanciful imagery, and it makes it very difficult to work out what options would work best for you. Amazon reviews can be helpful, but a lot of them are companies trying to game the system rather than genuine users of the product.
It is best to go to sites like Diet Pill Reviews to checkout the best supplements, not just the company with the biggest marketing budgets. These sites will give you a few tips and tricks for working out what you need to look for.
What does the weight loss supplement say it will do?
Well, obviously, it will say you’ll lose weight, but how will you do that and how does the supplement help? Do you need to follow a strict regime of exercise or calorie counting as well as take the diet pill? You may find that diet pills that require either a lot of other equipment, require you to purchase a meal plan, buy additional snack bars or want you to sign up to an exclusive ‘motivational’ members area aren’t quite what they say they are. This would definitely be the time for you to check out respected reviews to find out if the supplement is too good to be true, if there is a catch or if people have had positive results.
Are they made from unicorn tears?
Obviously the most important thing with any weight loss supplement is going to be what they’re actually made of. Sometimes genuine pills have an assortment of ingredients that work in combination with each other to create the desirable effect. Other supplements work but promoting a primary ingredient. The trick is to work out if the ingredients are genuinely going to work of if they are, again, the result of an amazing marketing campaign. We often turn to word of mouth to separate fact from fiction; Facebook groups or real-life friends all offer opinions or antidotes about how amazing (or how dreadful) a weight loss supplement was for them (or for their great aunties hairdresser). Unfortunately, a lot of these opinions about the latest trend in weight loss ingredients are really just victims of clever salesmanship and lack genuine knowledge about the product.
Is it really a magic bullet?
If seems that many supplements focus their marketing around one primary ‘magic bullet’ ingredient, often either from an exotic country or with a very scientific sounding name. But do you know how it works? Do you know the side effects? Most importantly, how do you know it actually works? A tribe only recently discovered in the Amazon might have bene using a certain herb for thousands of years, but do you know how this herb will affect you with you very modern western diet? Is there any science behind the amazing claims? If there is, does this science seem valid or simply a lot of complicated sounding gibberish? Even if the ingredient really is a magic bullet, is it actually included in the supplement in a large enough quantity to truly have a positive effect on your weight loss? These are all important questions to ask, but to find the answers can take a significant amount of time, if you even have access to the resources you would need to get those answers.
What caused your weight gain?
Knowing what actually caused your weight gain can go a long way towards understanding how you can lose the weight again. Once you have understood how you managed to get to your current size you can work out if you need to focus on a diet pill that works through appetite suppression, speeding up your metabolism or reducing absorption. Although it is often assumed that weight gain is due to excess calories consumption, not enough exercise, or a hormonal imbalance, Live Science (available here) also suggests that age may be a factor for many people.
What are they selling?
If you have decided to skip doing the in-depth research yourself and instead rely on someone else’s research, how do you know that you can trust their reviews? First thing to ask is what are they selling? If they are selling only one or two products, chances are very high that they are going to be providing biased information aimed at increasing their revenue rather than decreasing your body size. However, if you have found a diet review site that is providing in-depth analyzation of a wide range of diet pills, supplements and ingredients, you are more likely to be getting unbiased information. This would be the case whether they are selling a number of products or none at all.
What do the experts say?
The last thing to look into is what the experts say. By experts, don’t just look towards the latest Hollywood star to bring out a diet program or weight loss miracle juice, look more towards qualified Medical Doctors and nutritionists. Check to make sure that the Dr whose advice you’re listening to is genuinely a medical doctor, there are a surprising number of professionals with a non-medical doctorate who are asked to offer opinions on the latest fad.