Honestly, each of us has bought at least once in their life some preparation which claims to remove fat from the body. Many have even ordered something "guaranteed" on the internet which worked more like a nail in their own coffin. Which preparations really do work and do not entail a risk?
Exactly a year ago, the European Medicine Commission withdrew Meridia, a very popular formula from the Czech market which was originally intended only for people suffering from obesity and corpulence and had to be recommended by their obesitologists and diabetologists. However practitioners have also begun to prescribe this medication, being bombarded by patients' requests, and often issued a prescription to a relatively thin person. "I also saw in my practice that the patient did not have the drug for themselves or did not need it," PharmDr. Marcel Dzoba of the Prague Pharmacy Podnecká says. Meridia contains sibutramine - a substance that causes a feeling of satiation and reduced appetite in the treated patient by increasing brain neurotransmitter levels. People yearning for slenderness were not even daunted by the fact that the insurance companies stopped paying for the preparation in the course of time, even when in the beginning they had to dish out several thousand crowns from their wallet per package. Even worse, there was an increase of cases of people using Meridia complaining about insomnia, rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure. "When I was over thirty, I used a certain medicine with sibutramine and I must admit that I did lose weight. But I could not sleep, and I felt I was being accelerated," 42-year-old manager Marie says, who by the way, is a very slender woman, and she adds: "I tried it again in my forties, but I was seized by a total shivering and I had to stop using it." Internet discussions swarm with similar experiences. It's paradoxical that these stories used to be placed just next to advertisements that offer forbidden anti-obesity drugs illegally. "In my view, it is very dangerous that by the use of such drugs without a surgeon's supervision the cause of being overweight and obesity is not solved. People who take slimming drugs will learn nothing about how to eat in the proper way, and how to permanently adjust their daily regimen to achieve good results,” Monika Divišová, nutrition counsellor and wellness coach from the care center Wellnessia adds.
One of the most insidious adversaries of losing pounds or kilograms, which throws us off our legs and tempts our strong will, is the feeling of hunger. The stomach sends signals of its unfulfilled desire to the brain and calls for something to eat. A typical example is when we eat too much food with a predominant ratio of sugars and therefore with a high glycemic index. They cause more and more cravings for food. The principle is explained by the immunologist MUDr. Jan Šula: "For breakfast you have a croissant with a sweet cappuccino, wherein the glycemic curve flies up and a lot of insulin is poured into the body to lower the level of blood sugar. After this sweet charge, there's too much of this hormone in your body which makes you eat more." Insulin sensitivity and therefore fluctuations in the glucose level can be abated by the natural herbal preparation Glucovin made by the Italian company Erbenobili. This preparation includes, among other things, chromium which together with zinc influences the metabolism of sugars so that they do not convert into fats.
Fat is the second enemy destroying our dreams of a perfectly slim body. It is necessary to burn it as efficiently as possible. To regular movement (which is and will be the most effective way to lose some pounds or kilograms), we can also add preparations and food supplements containing so-called lipotropic substances that help break down fats. It is not easy to orientate oneself to all the preparations on the market. In fact, only a limited number of them work.