Let’s face it, no matter who you are, dieting is tough. That’s because it involves two things most of us are short on; discipline and the ability to sacrifice.
So we do what comes naturally these days and that is to turn to a pill to help us get through the challenging parts of the weight loss journey.
And just like most industries driving by the emotional whims of its customers, there are a fair number of panic peddlers and fly-by-night pill makers just waiting to take your money. Consequently, they also care very little about your safety.
Here are a few tips on evaluating diet pills before you buy:
Read Diet Pill Reviews
This might seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how many people are drawn in by flashy marketing and over-the-top promises. Once you have found a diet pill you think is going to solve all of your weight loss issues, go one step further and look for reviews.
Make sure the pill has a decent number of reviews. A ratio of positive reviews to an overall number of reviews made needs to be high. For example, if a diet supplement has an overall 5-star rating but it only has 10 reviews, that’s not promising. Conversely, if it has 1,300 reviews at 4 and a half stars, that looks much better.
And of course, it should be a red flag if the product has no reviews at all, especially if it’s being sold on a leading e-commerce site like Amazon.
Get Advice from Trusted Sources
Don’t just read any old blog or website and take it as gospel. Yes, of course, you can mine information from a variety of locations but follow it up with a reference from a reputable site.
For instance, if you find a supplement called Weight Loss Ten Thousand and the site it’s listed on has all sorts of praise for the supplement, see if you can find it on the GNC blog or some other industry-leading publication on health supplements.
Chances are that if you can’t find any mention of a supplement you’re investigating on a reputable site, it may not be worth pursuing.
Check The Company’s BBB Rating
A dead giveaway that a company may not be worth buying from is if it has a negative BBB rating or complaints against it.
If you have a supplement you’re thinking of buying, look up who manufactures it (which should be listed in a product description somewhere). Armed with that information, do a search on bbb.org to see what the scoop is.
If you find negative information, it’s best to move on to something else.
Conclusion
Diet supplements can be great for a successful weight loss plan but you just have to be careful about the snake oil salesman out there. There is no shortage of diet pill makers and sellers that will claim their supplement will cure all your weight loss woes.