Time for another mince pie! First natural diet pill is available over the counter (and it costs just 2)
Experts found that the 2 pill (not pictured) can help people lower the calories they consume by as much as 500 per day
It is the perfect excuse to have another mince pie.
A diet pill which claims to help women drop two dress sizes in just weeks is available over the counter – and it has no side effects.
Experts found that the 2 pill can help people lower the calories they consume by as much as 500 per day if they take two tablets three times a day after each meal.
People who took part in clinical trials of the drug lost nearly three pounds for every one pound lost by those not taking the pill.
It comes as new research shows a quarter
of the UK population has an obese Body Mass Index (BMI), but a high
number 'deny' how severely their weight could be affecting their health,
according to new figures.
Only 6 per cent of people believe their weight problem is severe enough to be described as obese, Slimming World's annual survey showed.
Three quarters of people with an
obese BMI underestimate their weight category according to the National
Slimming Survey, which had 2,065 respondents.
More than one in three who are regarded as overweight said they felt weight 'is the most important issue in life'.
Half of those classified as obese said
their weight made them feel embarrassed, while others said they felt
awkward, disgusted, ashamed, clumsy or trapped.
Called XLS-Medical Fat Binder the tablet, which is made from a fibre taken from dried leaves of the prickly pear cactus, works by binding dietary fat so it cannot be absorbed by the body.
This prevents the build up of fatty deposits and as it is made of fibre it helps dieters feel full up for longer.
Experts who tested the pill – the first naturally occurring product found to work – also found it cut food cravings and desire to eat.
Singer Mica Paris claims she has dropped from a size 16 to a size 12 in three months using the pill
Singer Mica Paris is a fan, according to the Daily Express, and claims she has dropped from a size 16 to a size 12 in three months.
She said: 'I can’t believe how well it’s worked. Like most women my age, I often found it difficult to lose that last bit of weight but XLS-Medical gives me a helping hand.'
Experts hope it could help tackle Britain's obesity crisis.
The pills are available for anyone over 18 to buy over the counter without a prescription and cost 24.99 for a 10-day supply.
Spokesman for the product Juliet Oosthuysen told the newspaper: 'XLS-Medical Fat Binder is not another fad diet or a miracle pill. When used in conjunction with sensible eating and keeping active as part of the ‘123 hello me’ weight loss programme, it has been clinically proven to help overweight individuals lose three times more weight than dieting alone.
'We genuinely believe it is a realistic programme and will help many people reach their 2012 weight loss goals.'
Dietician Helen Bond, who is backing the use of the diet pill in conjunction with a balanced diet, added: 'Crash or fad diets do not work in the long-term.
'The only way to lose weight healthily is to eat a nutritionally balanced diet, with adequate portion control and being physically active.'