Obesity is a growing problem in the United States as well as in an increasing amount of foreign countries. It is estimated that about 25% of the Americans are currently dieting.
According to the renowned Dr. Oz “diet pills are a weight loss strategy that can do more harm than good.”
Dr. Oz warns for doubtful ingredients in diet pills. Not everything you’ll find in a pharmacy is safe and effective. Many over-the-counter diet pills, even the herbal ones, are not regulated by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
So while the famous TV doctor isn’t a big fan of such supplements he does recommend certain products. One of his shows called ‘The Best and Worst’ addressed this matter. Here’s a short list of Dr Oz recommended diet pills.
Dr. Oz recommends Glucomannan diet pills. Glucomannan is a natural thickening agent and is one of the best diet pills you can use. Glucomannan is derived from konjac root, its main benefit is that it swells up to fifty times its size when it is taken with water which gives you a full feeling. In Asian cuisine glucomannan is used to thicken soups, therefore it should be taken sufficient water. These pills cost about ten bucks and can be bought at vitamin stores, and health care shops. Amazon also offers various brands.
Recently featured on the Dr. Oz show, Saffron Extract has been shown to have some characteristics to boost appetite suppression. Studies point to a calming, relaxing effect that helps to quell the desire or need to snack or overeat. Since saffron is natural, the risks of side effects are minimal to non-existent.
Essentially, saffron works in the brain by assisting in the elevation of serotonin, one of the chemicals in the brain that give you a sense of happiness and comfort. It is this elevated serotonin level that helps to curb and assuage appetite while simultaneously increasing satiety. So in other words, not only do you eat less, you also eat less often.
Because of the healthful benefits, saffron extract is becoming more widely available for a nutrition supplement. Its bitter taste normally limits amounts used in food, but with the supplement, there is no bitter or strong taste. Saffron extract is frequently used in conjunction with satiereal, another common extract found within the saffron. The combination of these two natural elements are what leads to the appetite suppressing natures of saffron extract.
To get the full benefits of saffron extract, a dose of between 80-100mg per day is recommended, and higher amounts should be avoided carefully. Most capsules come in this dosage amount, so regulating the use of saffron extract is not difficult.
Another natural weight loss pill recommended by Dr Oz: Raspberry ketones. Raspberry Ketone was recently featured on the Dr. Oz show in one of his segments titled “Fat Busting Metabolism Boosters”. In this segment, Dr. Oz focused on individuals over 40 years of age who were experiencing decreases in their metabolism. According to Dr. Oz, Raspberry Ketone burns fat, stops hunger, increases energy and speeds up the metabolism. Here’s a popular Raspberry ketone supplement that has some proven additional ingredients.
Green Coffee Bean Extract
Dr. Oz featured the green coffee bean extract and its weight loss capabilities in one of the episodes of his The Dr. Oz Show. He called it: “One of the most important discoveries we’ve made to help you burn fat faster”. Conclusions of a study published in the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity Journal:
Over a period of just 12 weeks test subjects lost an average of 10.5% of their overall body weight and 16% of their overall body fat.
Even more promising, these effects were without a change in diet or exercise. Dr. Oz has conducted his own study using 100 test volunteers. He made the comparison between placebo and the green coffee bean extract. After two weeks, those who regularly used placebo achieved an average of 1 pound shedding of weight while those who used the green coffee bean extract lost 2 pounds. Read more about this popular supplement on Evolution Slimming.
Another supplement that’s on Dr. Oz’s weight loss list is 7-keto. 7-Keto (also referred to as 7-Keto DHEA) is known to enhance metabolism especially in ageing people. Improve metabolism rates result in better fat burning abilities. It also works to prevent the degradation of muscle cells which also influences slimming efforts in a positive way. Dr. Oz says that “once 7-Keto raises your metabolic set point, your body’s engines can begin burning faster, resulting in less weight gain and a trimmer belly, especially when combined with diet and exercise”.
African Mango diet pills
In his TV show in September of last year Dr. Oz highly praised this relatively new supplement made out of African Mango extract. It’s an all-natural substance that is indigenous to Western Africa. It has been used in various recipes but only recently it has made a break trough as dietary supplement. Three studies have shown African mango extract to help considerably with losing weight.
Psyllium Husk Weight Loss Pills
High dosage of dietary fibers derived from seeds of the Plantago Psyllium plant which is indigenous to the Middle East. Recommended by Dr Mehmet Oz on his TV show. Psyllium Husk is relatively cheap. Only about $5. It will make you feel full longer thus reducing your cravings. Need to be taken with a full glass of water and plenty of water during the day to prevent constipation and gas. Some people are very allergic to Psyllium Husk.
Dr. Oz’s Weight Loss in a Cup
Not a real diet pill although you could use caffeine supplements but according to Dr. Mehmet Oz, caffeine is a great way to jumpstart a diet. Two cups of black coffee (without cream and sugar) a day will increase your metabolism. Moderate use is recommended therefore a few cups a day is preferred above caffeine pills.
One final remark, Dr. Oz also mentioned in his show that the worst diet pills are those containing Ephedrine.
So while Dr. Oz is rather skeptical when it comes to weight loss pills (you don’t have to be a world renowned TV doctor to understand that the large majority of dietary supplements don’t work) some pills can make a difference.