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Cheap Diet Pills Buying Guide

Perhaps the most important thing to understand is that many medical professionals consider over-the-counter diet pills to be a scam. Of course, you can always ask your doctor for a prescription.

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Whether such doctor-prescribed medication helps you lose weight is beyond the scope of this article. Rather, our focus is on the cheap over-the-counter diet pills you can buy at your local pharmacy or through an online vendor. And here we want to emphasize that our research draws on readily accessible public information, and our buying guide summarizes what we learned. We make no claims about the safety or effectiveness of any product mentioned below, nor do we vouch for the veracity or credibility of the expert and consumer reviews we reference.

When choosing a diet pill, a key consideration should be its reputation for safety. Effectiveness in helping you lose weight is crucial as well, but not worth risking your short- or long-term health for. Indeed, what happens when you try these fat remedies depends largely on your body and your health, not to mention your food choices and exercise habits. You also want a diet pill that has few or no side effects (for you, that is; it might be different for someone else) and preferably contains natural ingredients. You should also find out whether quitting the pills will cause nasty withdrawal symptoms or lead to a return of the weight you might have lost. All these factors should play into your decision making regardless of the price of the pills.

Knowing yourself, your body, your health issues, and your weight loss goals should help guide your choice of cheap diet pills. Getting input from your doctor is also vital. Although the experience of others and assessments by diet pill review sites might be of some assistance, remember to view these reports skeptically. This is an industry infused with bloated claims, and there is a good chance that some of the consumer and expert reviews we found were planted components of an aggressive marketing campaign.

Doctor Recommendation.

It's a good sign if a diet pill is recommended by a doctor. But doctors aren't allowed to recommend diet pills that aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and with the exception of Alli (starting at $45/month), no over-the-counter diet pill has yet to win FDA approval. So if you go to a doctor, chances are you'll get a prescription. A word of advice: Although your doctor can't recommend OTC diet pills, he or she can and should help monitor your use of them.

Diet Pill Safety.

The most important factor to consider when choosing cheap diet pills is whether it's safe to take them. Notably, the FDA issues alerts about ingredients that are known to be dangerous but does not verify the safety levels of specific products, with the exception of Alli. A good rule of thumb is to choose a cheap diet pill made entirely with natural ingredients, such as acai berry or green tea. Note that these ingredients are not tested for effectiveness by any government agency, and there's no proof that they help you lose weight. That said, natural ingredients are at least considered safe; according to a chart prepared by WebMD, products like caffeine, guar gum, and hydroxycitric acid aren't known to be effective but are probably harmless for most people.

Remember that there's a difference between products that actually use natural ingredients (like green tea) and products that market themselves as "herbal" but use products with names you're not familiar with. The American Medical Association warns that more than 70 different diet pills advertised as "herbal" may be unsafe.

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Alli may take the prize for perceptions of safety owing to its approval by the FDA. Alli is a less-potent version of a prescription diet pill called Orlistat, which The Washington Post reports has been studied for more than 10 years and been used safely by millions of people.

It's hard to find safety information about other low-cost diet pills. Reduslim (starting at $30/month) is one example; most sites, such as dietpillcritic.com, take a neutral stance toward this cheap diet pill. Xyphedra is a diet pill that seems to facilitate some weight loss but has questionable safety; it includes a high level of stimulants that can lead to heart problems and mood problems. Experts at Prices Exposed report it lowered Xyphedra's overall ranking because of safety concerns. Lipo 6 (starting at $25/month) includes high levels of stimulants that are dangerous for many people; eMedTV cautions people with a variety of health conditions (such as heart problems) to avoid using this product.

Diet Pill Ingredients.

Cheap over-the-counter diet pills fall into two categories: pills that claim to boost your metabolism (with natural ingredients or caffeine) and pills that ostensibly block fat and/or carbohydrates.

Remember that most diet pills on the market today haven't been scientifically tested by disinterested third parties, so pronouncements that any pill will help you burn calories or inhibit the absorption of fat or carbohydrates may be nothing more than hot air. With no "seal of approval" that validates claims of effectiveness or safety, consumers are left without much guidance - except the tried-and-true advice to change your eating habits and get off that couch.

Many of the websites that sell and/or provide information about cheap diet pills are operated by companies that sell those products. This doesn't necessarily mean the available information is inaccurate. For example, dietpillcritic.com promotes Apidexin (starting at $50/month) and Lipovox (starting at $30/month) over other cheap over-the-counter diet pills, but at least the site provides comprehensive information about the ingredients, their effectiveness, and the marketing techniques used by other companies. If you view the site's recommendations with a healthy dose of skepticism, you'll learn a lot about the products.

One of the cheap diet pills that most frequently claims to use clinically tested ingredients is Apidexin. Dietpillcritic.com put that to the test by checking up on the clinical studies that included each of the product's ingredients. True to their word, a majority of the ingredients in Apidexin have done well in third-party clinical studies for weight loss pills. The same site reviewed the ingredients in Liporexall (starting at $50/month) and found that it has six patented weight-loss ingredients, including Coleus Forskohlii root, which Gaiaherbs.com reports has been part of hundreds of studies. Comparebestdietpills.com does point out, however, that only the ingredients in Apidexin have been tested in clinical trials, not the full product itself.

Dietpillguide.net ranks Lipofuze (starting at $30/month) as the No. 1 pick. One key reason for this ranking, according to the diet pills review website, is the fact that ingredients like thermodiamine are backed by clinical research.

The Global Grind says that Reduslim is one of the best products in terms of giving ingredient information to users in an easy-to-understand manner. For example, the producer clearly states that this cheap diet pill includes 400 mg of soy albuma, a soy bean extract that may boost serotonin levels. The Global Grind diet pills review site relies on multiple clinical trials involving the ingredients used in this product to justify its high rating for Reduslim, but is vague about where these trials were completed.

Alli is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter weight-loss pill. However, as dietpills.org points out, it's possible that it was easier for this drug to win approval than some other diet pills because it includes only one weight loss ingredient, Orlistat, which is used in higher doses in prescription weight-loss products; other diet pills may include half a dozen or more. Dietpillrating.com reports that the one ingredient in Lipo 6 known to be effective (Yohimbe) is present in such a small dose that it may have little effect. Other ingredients in Lipo 6 have not been well-tested. There appear to be no clinical trials of Xyphedra yet, according to sources such as Practical Weight Loss.

Another option is to choose cheap diet pills that are made with ingredients found in nature rather than created in a lab. An example of such a product is Caralluma Burn ($50/month), which Pill4WeightLoss says is made entirely from the extract of a cactus plant. Lipovox uses primarily natural "superfoods," a group of foods that Oprah, for example, has promoted as being natural fat burners. Slimming Pills Review says the superfoods in Lipovox have been proven safe by reputable researchers. Although it's unclear who these researchers are, these natural ingredients (like nuts and yogurt) have do have proven health benefits.

Diet Pill Brands.

If your doctor can't recommend an over-the-counter diet pill but you're determined to forge ahead, the producer's reputation may help you decide which cheap diet pill to try.

One positive sign is the offer of a money-back guarantee. This doesn't mean you'll get a full refund if you don't lose weight, but you'll recoup at least some of your investment if the diet pills don't work for you. According to dietpillcritic.com, both Lipovox and Apidexin let you return one opened bottle and any number of unopened bottles for a full refund; Xyphedra promises results in 60 days or money back; Lipo 6 comes with a limited guarantee that that must be claimed within 30 days of purchase, but requires a "return authorization" from the company before you even file. Dietpills.org reports that Liporexall has a lifetime money-back guarantee that lets you return any unused bottles at any time for a full refund. None of these refunds require any evidence of an otherwise healthy lifestyle.

Honest marketing is another telling indicator. In an assessment of various diet pill makers' marketing strategies, dietpillcritic.com concludes that Lipovox, Lipofuze, Reduslim, and Apidexin stand apart from the rest by revealing details about the ingredients they use. The diet pill reviews site criticizes the makers of Xyphedra for not sharing such information and for making overstated or unbelievable claims and using questionable marketing techniques.

Although a company's longevity is sometimes considered a mark of quality, most diet pill makers are relatively young. And so you're left with one less piece of information.

by Maralyn Edid (Google+ Profile)

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