There have not been a lot of studies on the effects of over-the-counter weight loss supplements yet - but, we can assume that there are a good many of these diet pills on the market - all claiming that they will enhance your rate of weight loss exponentially. How do we know if they actually work? And, then even if they do not necessarily make a significant difference in the rate or amount of weight loss - but they make a big difference psychologically - is not that just as important when trying to lose weight? The psychology of weight loss plays a considerable role in how successful the diet will be.
If the results are the same - losing weight - does it matter how the weight loss supplements deliver the results. Many people would agree that making false claims by promising weight loss - but not having any proof to back the claims - is a problem. For this reason - it is important that weight loss supplements an similar over-the-counter products conduct clinical trials to prove how beneficial these products will be to the person trying to lose weight. If a person is dieting by reducing caloric intake, following an exercise routine and takes a weight loss supplement - and they lose weight at a result - how do you know what is the exact cause of the weight loss. This is what a clinical trial could determine.
In a typical, weight loss clinical trial - there would be at least two groups following the same exercise and diet program. Only one of the groups would take an actual weight loss supplement and the other group would take a placebo. After a set period of time - the results of both groups are compared to determine the effectiveness of the weight loss supplement over the placebo.
Even though many supplements that claim to help with weight loss they do not have evidence from clinical trials to back up the claims - they most likely will not do any physical harm. In fact, results from clinical trials for other types of medications and supplements, often show that positive results can be seen in people that have been only using the placebo. This fact shows that the psychology behind just thinking that something could work - actually does make a difference. The psychology behind losing weight it very strong - and should not be ignored. Having a positive attitude, being and more important - maintaining motivation to lose weight - can be one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when fighting the battle of losing weight.
Bottom line - do weight loss supplements help people lose weight? the answer would be yes - in most cases - but, not necessarily in the way that the product would claim.