Eat well, exercise and take your vitamins. As you lose weight more easily, your diet will turn into a weight loss pleasure.

Sometimes with diets and weight loss, or anything in life, it’s the little decisions that matter most in the end. Weight loss diet success comes down to the choices you  make. Learn about 3 different weight loss options and decide which will work best for you. Remember, exercise and sensible calorie restriction is best. But there are many fine supplements that can help as well.

The weight loss patch has become more popular lately because of its ease of use. It’s a set it and forget it approach to diet and weight loss. You don’t have to remember to take pills, count calories and eat certain foods, or exercise. This will appeal to a lot of people who are busy and don’t want to hassle with their diets.

Diet Pills

Another option is diet pills that reduce your feelings of hunger and lessen your appetite by increasing your metabolism. Be careful, as some diet pills have artificial stimulants similar to caffeine, that will artificially boost your metabolism (as compared to exercise, which naturally boosts your metabolism.)

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, and substantial scientific studies are coming out that support stimulants such as caffeine as good for our hearts and our brain, including memory, and they fight diseases such as dementia as well. Diet pills may be a good way to begin your diet as they will help you get off to a fast start. But it is probably wise not to rely on them too much. Better to develop a healthier lifestyle that will benefit you in the long-term in so many more ways, both physically and spiritually. See them as a short-term boost to get you started in the right direction, then taper off as you no longer need them.

Obviously, if you are taking diet pills and feel your heart racing, anxiety, irritability, etc, stop taking them right away.

Hoodia is an extract from a plant in Africa which has had a lot of good reviews. It is NOT a stimulant, so you don’t have to worry about many of the side-effects, and many people claim it works immediately. You may want to try it as it was on shows such as 60 minutes and Oprah’s “O” magazine, and seems to have built a good reputation. Drugs.com says this about hoodia.

“The active ingredient in Hoodia is the appetite-suppressing molecule, P57, which is licensed to the British pharmaceutical company Phytopharm who are researching its potential as an anti-obesity drug.

Scientists from Phytopharm say P57 acts on the brain in a manner similar to glucose. It tricks the brain into thinking you are full even when you have not eaten, reduces interest in food and delays the time before hunger sets in.”

Hoodia is somewhat scarce and being limited in export by the African government, so prices may be higher and it may be more difficult to get. Be sure you are buying from a reputable manufacturer and getting the real thing, as there are many copies on the market now.

Probably the worst alternative, although some claim them to be effective, are Carbohydrate Blockers. These work by suppressing the conversion of starch into sugar before it can leave our digestive system and store as fat, neutralizing the Alpha amylase enzyme responsible for digesting starch, so it does not get digested by the body. The idea is you can eat all the food you want and it doesn’t matter because you won’t turn it into fat.

They are made from kidney beans so are all natural. One study at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, saw people lose 200% more weight than the people (taking a placebo) not taking the carbohydrate blocker. They also claimed to have 13% more energy, though it’s not a stimulant.

However, reports of negative side-effects such as diarrhea have steered many people clear of them.

Be careful whatever option you choose. Go slowly, don’t expect immediate results, use common sense and educate yourself as much as possible on the method you are using.