Weight loss tablets are the easy way out for most obese people. And, with obesity increasing at an alarming rate, more and more drug companies are striving to come out with their own diet pill. There are several new prescription diet pills in late stage trials and, according to reports, at least 30 companies are developing weight-loss drugs. But most people make the mistake of treating these pills like magic pills.

a. Some pills block the absorption of fat in the body.
b. Others work in the brain to suppress appetite.
c. Experts are of the opinion that these pills do not work by themselves.
d. These pills have not proved to be effective in the long run.
e. People tend to gain back the weight they lost once they stop taking the pills.
f. No real data exists on how safe the pills are in the long run.
g. The Food and Drug Administration has only approved them for adults for up to two years of continuous use.
h. It works best only when combined with diet and exercise.
i. Besides, it also has different degrees of success in different people.

Side effects of some weight loss pills
a. Alli: It can cause uncontrolled bowel movement.
b. Sibutramine: It can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate in some patients.
c. Orlistat: It can alter the absorption of fat in food and cause embarrassing intestinal side effects.
d. Rimonabant; It can cause nausea, anxiety, depression and insomnia.