Measuring tape with some pills

Measuring tape with some pills

There are several weight loss solutions out there, including natural supplements, pills, and drugs. Each one claims to help you lose weight or makes it easier to lose weight combined with other methods.

Each of these methods tends to work in one of the following ways:

  • Reducing your appetite to make you feel fuller, so you eat fewer calories
  • Reducing the absorption of fat so you take in fewer calories
  • Increasing fat burning so you burn more calories

To sum it up, we’ll shed some light on the most commonly used weight loss pills people use to hit their desired weight targets.  

Garcinia Cambogia Extract Pills

Garcinia cambogia is a small and green fruit shaped like a pumpkin. The fruit’s skin contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is marketed as a diet pill. This weight loss pill, on average, causes weight loss of about 2 pounds (0.88 kg) over several weeks without having any side effects.

Glucomannan Pills

Glucomannan is a form of fiber found in the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac. It absorbs water and becomes gel-like, sitting in you to promote the feeling of fullness. In turn, this helps you eat fewer calories.

Combined with a nutritious diet, glucomannan can help people lose around 8-10 pounds (3.6-4.5 kg) of weight in five weeks. It’s a fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in the intestine while lowering triglycerides, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and chances of constipation.

There are side effects associated with these weight loss pills, however. Glucomannan may cause soft stools, bloating, and flatulence which interferes with some oral medication. It is crucial to take glucomannan about half an hour before your meals, with a glass of water.

Caffeine Pills

A Cup with caffeine pills.A Cup with caffeine pills.

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed substance in the world. It is naturally found in coffee, green tea, dark chocolate and added to many processed foods and beverages. Caffeine is also known for its metabolism-boosting properties, which make it ideal for weight loss pills.

Caffeine can boost your metabolism by 3-11% and increase fat burning by up to 29%. It can also cause modest weight loss when consumed.

There are specific side effects of consuming caffeine, however. Some of these include jitteriness, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, irritability, nausea, and other symptoms. It’s also highly addictive and can reduce the quality of your sleep. 

There’s no need to take a supplement or a pill with caffeine in it. The best sources for caffeine consumption include quality coffee and green tea, which also contain antioxidants and other health benefits.

Which Is Better?

A table topped with plates and bowls of food
A table topped with plates and bowls of food

Garcinia Cambogia Extract, glucomannan, and caffeine are all somewhat effective for weight loss. These supplements can be helpful, but the effects are modest at best. The unfortunate truth is no supplement or pill works well for sustained, long-term weight loss.

They may provide your metabolism with a temporary nudge to help you lose a few pounds, but that’s as far as they go. Cutting down carbs and eating more protein-rich meals are still the best weight loss options and work better than all the diet pills mentioned above.