In order to spot a bad diet aid, you will have to engage in a tremendous research
activity. Do not rely on the advertisements that you see in your television or over
the Internet. Most of the time, the advertisements will serve only one purpose- to
sell the product.
In order to make a well informed decision about diet aids, you will have to see past
the claims of the product advertisements. You have to be informed. Realize that taking
medications can result to health consequences. So, you have to examine every detail
of the diet pill that you are planning to take.
Before taking any form of diet aids, be sure to first consult your physician. Your
physician is considered as an expert in the field, so he is basically equipped with
the necessary skills and knowledge to gauge a pill’s efficiency. However, aside from
your physician’s advice, you can do the following steps to determine if you prospect
diet aid is good or bad:
Look for Published Credible research about the diet pill
A credible research about diet aids is one that does not promote a sale. Check the
claims which are stated in the conclusion. The research should clearly state about
the limitations of the study and its implications to the claims and conclusions.
Examine the references of the paper. Make sure that each reference is clear. It should
include the author name and the location of the research. Other than that, be sure
that the study is not outdated; check the publication source, the year, and the volume
You can also check the number of subjects or the participants in the study. You have
to remember that if the number of subjects is quite small, no significant claims
can be made. In general, the least number of subjects that are needed for a clinical
trial is at least fifty participants.
Also, examine the primary sponsors for the research about the diet aids. Be wary
of some researches which are made to support the product claims of the sponsors.
Check the credibility of the authors who made the study and examine their expertise
Examine the customer testimonials and product reviews
Aside from the researches, you can also try examining all the various customer reviews
about the diet aids. Check if more customers find the product efficient. If some
customers have negative feedbacks, take time to research about the veracity of these
claims. If you can, you can also try looking for a credible health magazine or health
sections of newspapers which provide a product review of the most reliable diet supplements
that are available in the market.
Examine how the diet pill works
The manufacturer of a diet aid should provide a statement of the “mechanism of action”
of the drug. This will explain how the diet pill will work or tell you how exactly
your diet pill will help you in losing weight. The mechanism of action should provide
a clear process. The explanation should be detailed and highly comprehensible.
Basically, the “mechanism of action” of diet aids should be stated in a way that
is understandable for people who have no medical or pharmaceutical background.