At the beginning of the year, many people are wishing for the feel-good weight. A number of weight loss aids promise support on the way to the dream figure. The pounds tumble quickly, motivating initial success to continue. However, the result of lightning diets is rare for a long time, because at some point the dreaded yo-yo effect sets in.
3 types of weight loss products
Who wants to have long-term success, is not about a change in eating and living habits around. At the same time, there are funds that can make it easier to get started and to keep going. Some of them are prescription and are prescribed for heavy obesity, others are available for free. There is a distinction between three groups of weight loss aids:
- fat blocker
- Bulking agents
Weight loss with appetite suppressants
Conventional appetite suppressants or appetite suppressants act directly in the brain. There they promote or slow down the release of various messengers. This dampens the feeling of hunger. Weight loss takers feel full faster, they eat less. At the same time, the body's own energy consumption is boosted.
Appetite-inhibiting medicines, for example, with the active ingredients amfepramone, cathine and phenylpropanolamine are prescriptive and may only be taken for a few weeks.
Drugs containing the well-known drug sibutramine have been withdrawn from the market due to significant heart and vascular side effects in all industrialized countries. In Germany it was banned in 2010.
In addition, since October 2008, the European Medicines Agency has recommended that rimonabant be restricted for use with medications. One reason for this is the risk of causing mental disorders such as depression. Then the manufacturer has withdrawn the drug from the market.
Losing weight with fat blockers
Also remedy so-called fat blocker as the active ingredient orlistat. They slow down - without curbing the appetite - the splitting of dietary fats in the intestine, which the body therefore does not absorb. "What is not recorded does not make you fat, " says Wiesbaden health scientist Dr. med. Claudia Christ the effect. In this way one-third of the dietary fat should escape digestion.
The substance works up to a maximum intake of 60 grams per day. Otherwise, it can lead to diarrhea due to the increased fat excretion. With fat blockers can support a calorie-reduced diet. Those who change their diet at the same time can soon make the so-called lipase inhibitor superfluous.
Lose weight with swelling substances
Saturation compresses from alginates, collagen or cellulose fill the stomach without any calories. The mostly free-to-sell swelling substances can be helpful on the way to the desired weight. Swallowed before meals, the substances in the stomach absorb liquid, swell and produce a feeling of fullness. The subsequent meal will be smaller and the "sponges" will simply be eliminated.
To the preparations should be drunk much liquid, since it can come to heavy blockings otherwise. Weight loss aids - whether freely available or prescriptive - usually have to be paid for themselves. Only in exceptional cases, the health insurance companies reimburse the costs.
And do not forget: less fat and more exercise is no way around. Climbing stairs or walking short distances already burns calories. At the same time, you do something for fitness and protect the environment.