Melt away the fat, fast!
This is what a weight loss patch promises: easy weight loss without the extra effort. It all sounds too good to be true, right? In most cases, it actually is. Weight loss patches are viewed by many as a substitute for diet pills. But in recent years, the US Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning against the use of a weight loss patch for weight loss.
How it works
A weight loss patch claims to help in weight loss by either suppressing your appetite or helping you burn excess fat. A weight loss patch works through the skin, supposedly releasing appetite suppressants and other chemicals into your body. It is said to be more effective than a diet pill because it goes directly to your body without passing through the stomach, which removes the important nutrients found in the weight loss patch.
Many weight loss patches usually contain these four main ingredients:
1. Guarana: a stimulant that aids in mild fat burning or thermogenic properties.
2. Chromium: helps regulate insulin function and balance blood sugar levels.
3. Garcinia cambogia or hydroxycitric acid: said to prevent the conversion of carbohydrates into fat by inhibiting the action of the enzyme citrate lyase.
4. Fucus vesiculosus or brown seaweed: supposed to help burn fat. It contains a significant amount of iodine, which serves to aid the thyroid gland.
Is it effective?
Unfortunately, although these ingredients can aid in weight loss, a weight loss patch only contains a small amount of these ingredients, thereby resulting in minimal weight loss. Furthermore, some of the ingredients, like brown seaweed, remain untested and the long term effects still unknown.
Recently, the US FTC has been alarmed with the increasing number of retailers selling a bogus weight loss patch for weight loss. The US government is cracking down on these retailers, hoping to eliminate the selling of fake weight loss patches in the market.
In the end, a weight loss patch is not an effective product for weight loss. If you are thinking of losing weight, go for a diet and exercise plan instead.