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Do Diet Patches Work?

There is a patch you can put on your arm to stop smoking, but is there one that may work to help you stop eating? Many swear nicotine patches have helped them to quit smoking, but you can not exactly quit eating. Instead, you have to have a way to control what you eat, and that is what weight loss patches are designed to do. However, they are not all be created equally, and most do not work at all. If you want to try diet patches to lose weight, do your research first.

Diet patches may contain proven weight loss ingredients, however there is little evidence that these ingredients can be absorbed across the skin.

Diet patches may contain proven weight loss ingredients, however there is little evidence that these ingredients can be absorbed across the skin.

Diet patches are supposed to deliver weight loss ingredients to your body through your blood stream via your skin. There are many questions about these ingredients and their effectiveness when administered to the skin that are left unanswered. Can these ingredients be delivered effectively through the skin and be useful? Are the weight loss components going to help you in the dose a patch can deliver? Are these diet patches considered safe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for human use? Do these products have an actual affect on weight loss or is effectiveness yet to be proven?

Most diet patches are intended to deliver four weight loss products through the skin. These are some form of caffeine, chromium (thought to help with insulin, see the post “Chromium Diet Supplements“), garcinia cambogia (prevents carbs from forming into fat, see the post “Citrimax and Weight Loss“), and fucus vesiculosus (also known as Bladder wrack, is an ingredient thought to make the thyroid work more efficiently thus increasing metabolism). Not all patches have all of these ingredients, and some have more, but those are the basics. Many diet patches also contain hoodia, which has questionable effectiveness as a weight loss aid in the eyes of the FTC. However, in theory, diet patch ingredients help your body digest and use calories more efficiently and help to suppress appetite.

Some of the more common weight loss patches on the market include the Hoodia Weight Loss Patch, Acai Diet Patch, Trim 27 patch, and the Quickslim diet patch, just to name a few. You may find these all on the internet and perhaps you have had advertisements land in your inbox in the form of spam. If you look around, you will see that some have been fined for promising things they simply can not deliver. This is a common complaint against most diet patch companies.

The problem that comes with weight loss patches is in how they deliver the weight loss indredients to your body. While some of the ingredients that are included have been proven to have at least some usefulness for weight loss, the miniscule quantities that diet patches contain of these ingredients will really do nothing at all. Secondly, none of the studies done on these ingredients have been done by putting the ingredients on the skin for absorption. The body may not absorb any of these ingredients at all, or may absorb in such small amounts that the ingredients would have no usefulness in weight loss. Until these studies are done on patch delivery, consumers should be aware that diet patches may not work at all, even if the ingredients would otherwise help.

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