Many people are trying to lose weight these days, this is fundamentally because there are too many people who are overweight and obese. Unfortunately a lot of these people think that there is a magic pill that can cure all their weight issues and problems. There is no such thing as a magic pill. Weight loss pills can be very dangerous in both their pharmaceutical form and their "natural" counterparts. So weight-loss pills should generally be taken only as a last resort, probably before weight-loss surgery would be considered.

It's so easy for thin person to judge somebody who is overweight and say that all they need to do is to cut back on the amount of food that they are eating, get more exercise, try this diet that diet and all the problems will be behind them. There is a certain stigma attached to being overweight and some people are more prone to weight problems than others. I should know, my 40-year-old sister can eat and drink as much she wants and never puts on an ounce of weight, when all I have to do is look at a beer can and I gain a pound in weight. I can understand why somebody who is very overweight would want to decrease the level of effort as much as possible when they are trying to drop the pounds.

So what types of weight loss pills are available? Well, there are basically two types of weight loss pills available. The first ones are prescription weight loss pills. These are pharmaceutical weight loss pills which must be prescribed through your physician. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method of weight loss pill. The advantage is that you are getting them from your doctor. This means that they have been certified and tested, and somebody has had to prove that they actually work for weight-loss. The disadvantage is that pharmaceuticals often have side effects. The second form of weight loss pills that are available are the "natural" weight loss pills that you can buy over-the-counter. You can get these in health food stores, drug stores, over the Internet, but the problem is that they are not certified. The manufacturers have not really had any proper studies done to show that they are either effective or that they do not produce side effects. Another difficulty with these "natural" weight loss pills is that there are too many con men who are only too happy to sell any old tablet with a loose weight fast sticker on it to people who are desperate to lose weight. At the end of the day "natural" does not mean safe. There have been many deaths from people who have used either the prescribed weight loss pills or the "natural" weight loss pills.

We still have no real understanding about appetite modification. I mean, we're talking here about a natural instinct. The instinct to eat is a survival mechanism which is as ingrained into your body as in the same way as he is breathing is. And to try and interfere with this process is always going to cause a bad reaction within the body. It might work for some people but in other people it could have drastic repercussions.

The only safe way to use weight loss pills is under medical supervision. At least if you go through your physician you are more likely to achieve your desired effect. I know this is probably a moot point but the best way to achieve weight loss that is lasting and sustainable is through calorie control and regular sustained exercise no matter how hard this is.