Rightly or wrongly, weight is often tied to body image and those who struggle to maintain a healthy weight will invariably wish for a quick fix, such as that promised by some diet pills.
However, as with all products that promise change, it is important to do your research and make sure you protect your health.
Weight loss has become a huge business as we struggle between media-influenced body image and the prevalence of sugar and unhealthy food that is seemingly everywhere.
Obesity is a rising problem and as well as affecting the way you feel about yourself, it is a major health concern.
Linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer, there is no doubt that if you are overweight losing weight would benefit your health.
Seek medical support
It is no surprise then with the pressure to look good and protect your health that people will cling on to hope offered in pill-form. But what is the reality of diet pills?
Historically there have been concerns about the side effects of diet pills and this continues to cause people to be wary.
Diet pills, supplements and even herbal teas are widely available that claim to help with weight-loss, which is usually through appetite suppression, boosting the metabolism, blocking fat absorption or making you feel full.
However, whether these work for you is often a personal experience. The only diet pill mentioned by the NHS is orlistat, which affects how the body absorbs fat. However, this is not suitable for everyone.
One thing that is consistent across the supporting advice for diet pills and supplements is the need to maintain a healthy diet and to take exercise. In short, even if a supplement or diet pill does help you to lose weight, long-term weight loss relies on lifestyle change.
Good nutrition and exercise are absolutely essential to a good health, with weight control being an important part of this. They are also important to your appearance through helping to keep skin hydrated and clear.
When it comes to weight problems it is always best to seek the support of a medical professional – either a doctor, pharmacist or NHS referral service.
Believe you can make a positive change
The same advice extends to aesthetic surgery. If you want to make a change to your appearance it is important to make sure you have the support of a professional.
Dr Camilla Hill has more than 27 years of experience in the medical profession, including previously working as a GP.
When transforming the way that you look through weight loss, cosmetic treatment or both always make sure you know exactly what to expect and that you have the support of a trained and accredited professional.
The best approach to looking good and feeling good is always grounded in a balanced diet, good hydration and successful self-care.