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What Are the Most Popular Weight-Loss Pills on the Market?

Make sure you know what you’re taking

Weight-loss pills have gotten a lot of bad press in the past, but taken carefully and according to your physician's advice, they can be a useful boost in the weight-loss process. Here, we're reviewing a few of the most popular weight-loss pills available on the market. As always, consult with a doctor before beginning any weight-loss program, including taking supplements and pills.

Prescription Weight-Loss Pills:

Orlistat (Xenical)

Orlistat is a prescription-only weight loss medication. You can also get it over-the-counter, in a form called Alli, which has half the dosage of Orlistat. Xenical comes with a number of side effects, including gas, cramping, and increased frequency of bowel movements, though these are generally mild and temporary.

Orlistat works by absorbing much of the fat you eat. You should be on a low-fat diet before taking Orlistat. Orlistat/Alli are the only fat-absorbing drugs approved for use by the FDA in the U.S. – other prescription weight-loss drugs work by diminishing your appetite. If your BMI is over 30, you may qualify for an Orlistat prescription.

 

Belviq: 

Belviq is another FDA-approved prescription drug that curbs your appetite. It may react badly with anti-depressants, and it shouldn't be taken if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant. But for many, it is a useful way to keep unwieldy appetites under control, making it easier for you to stick to weight-loss plans. It can cause a number of side effects, many of which are different if you have diabetes. Many who don't have diabetes experience headache, dizziness, and constipation; on the other hand, many diabetics taking Belviq experience low blood sugar, headache, back pain, cough, and fatigue.

These are just two of the most popular options: there are a number of prescription weight-loss pills that may help you. For more prescription weight-loss pills, it's worth taking a look at WebMD's rundown of a number of the most popular.

Over-the-counter weight-loss pills and supplements:

However, many over-the-counter supplements advertise that they are good weight-loss aids, too. It's much harder to find out the true effectiveness of over-the-counter supplements and weight-loss pills, since they often do not have to be approved by the FDA in order to be sold.

As always, even with supplements, it's worth consulting with your doctor about whether or not they're right for you, especially given the possibility of different drug interactions. Some diet supplements contain unlisted, potentially dangerous ingredients, such as stimulants. That said, many report success with a number of supplements.

Here on Full Strength Fit, we've reviewed classic products like forskolin, pure raspberry ketone, and green coffee bean extract. All of these have a good deal of anecdotal evidence behind them. Studies have been done to determine how well they work – and what side effects they have. Green coffee bean extract in particular has been proven to work in a few studies, and raspberry ketone works well in very large doses in rats, according to an otherwise largely negative review of popular weight loss supplements. Other supplements that may help you lose weight include glucomannan, a fiber which absorbs water, Meratrim, a plant extract which may change the way fats combine in the body, green tea extract, and straightforward caffeine. The best thing about these supplements? You can start today. Check out our reviews to decide on which one might be right for you!

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