For men considering diet pills, finding the best one is a bit like entering a maze, with the twists and turns defined by marketing jargon, questionable performance claims and ingredients lists that often look like a page from a foreign language dictionary.
To find out how this works, do a quick search on “the best diet pills for men.” On the sites specifically dedicated to evaluating diet pills, a list of products will appear, and the vast majority of these items will have variations of words like “shred,” ripped,” “cut” and “test” (i.e., testosterone) as part of the product name.
Dig into the product descriptions, and you’ll realize right away that most of these products are associated with muscle-building routines and workouts, with the pills designed to supply the weight loss component.
These products should send up red flags and sound warning bells, and for good reason. In recent testing, several were found to contain methamphetamine, as well as anabolic steroids such as dimethazine and methasterone. And one product sparked an outbreak of acute hepatitis in Hawaii, with the FDA reporting that of the 29 victims, two received liver transplants and one died.
For the record, though, the two winners in the top ten contest were Myoshred and Liponox.
So how do you find your way through the maze? A better way is to sort through the list of ingredients, and mix and match what’s on the labels of the product with your weight loss goals.
For example: Looking for a jolt of energy from a fat burner to lose weight? Look for a product with that old stand-by, caffeine, along with guarana, theobromine, yerba mate, kola nut and tyrosine.
Want to rev up your metabolism? Those same stimulants should help do the trick, along with such ingredients as green tea extract, synephrine, capsaisin (the stuff that makes chili peppers hot), raspberry ketones and 7-keto DHEA.
You can get even more specific if you’d like. If you’re after a carb blocker, search for a product with white kidney bean extract, and to make sure those carbs go toward muscle building, check to see if it has cinnamon extract, alpha lipoic acid or chromium. To drop water weight, a fat burner that includes dandelion root, uva ursi, celery seed and buchu leaf will help, and glucomannan, simmondsin, 5-HTP and capsaisin can work to suppress appetite.
The best solution of all may be to create your own fat burner, using some combination of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), green tea extract and caritine. If you want to add a stimulant, consider caffeine and its various aforementioned cohorts.
Finally, if you’re good with taking the risk that comes with taking over-the-counter or prescription meds (i.e., legal speed), phentermine was approved by the FDA back in 1959 as an appetite suppressant, but it could become addictive and comes with an array of possible side effects.
On the prescription side, Orlistat works by inhibiting a pancreatic, fat-dissolving enzyme, blocking 30 percent of the fat you eat and causing it to pass harmlessly through the digestive system. But it is considered addictive.
The clear winner of the “walk on the wild side” contest is Bontril Phendimetrazine, which is even more addictive than phentermine. It’s considered a Schedule III controlled substance, which means its only available with a prescription and is highly monitored, with possible side effects including increased heart rate, blood pressure, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and depression.