Can You Lose Weight with a Diet Patch?

Among the many currently available and popular weight loss offerings from the diet industry is the diet patch, featured in a variety of costs, sizes, and even colors. One of the largest selling points from manufacturers of diet patches is the idea that you can use one and not change any other dieting activities. No exercise routines, no improvements in nutrition and food. This sort of declaration is your immediate sign that the claims made by diet patch companies should at the very least be suspect and investigated for accuracy.

The makers of diet patches frequently use terminology like “melt away,” to describe losing weight with their product and employ fancy words and ingredients that sound as if they came from a chemistry book. Advertisements suggest these popular ingredients can do everything from reduce cellulite to remove wrinkles to provide large amounts of weight loss. Here’s a look at some of the common ingredients in diet patches:


Chromium is a chemical that has generally been used by diabetic patients. Diet companies have included chromium picolinate as an ingredient in their products because the substance has been shown to have a mild effect on metabolism.


Hoodia is a type of plant that often appears in desert regions of the world such as Namibia and Angola, and has been purported to work as an appetite suppressant. The rise of diet products that include this ingredient has caused the plant to appear on endangered species lists.


Guarana is a plant which when consumed provides a caffeine-like effect and weight loss, diet pills and other products have long included caffeine as a component. Guarana is simply a different way of saying strong caffeine.

Fucus Vesiculosus

Fucus vesiculosus is also a plant and has been touted since the mid-1800s to provide weight loss assistance by working as a thyroid stimulant. The effects of the plant are mild.

Exaggerated Claims

Suggesting their product provides a “transdermal” effect by delivering the ingredients of the diet patch directly through the skin, proprietors say the ingredients in their diet patches can do everything from reduce cellulite to provide weight loss to carve inches from your waistline. Although the ingredients commonly found in diet patches have been shown to have minimal effect on the body’s chemistry, the overzealous claims that these items can induce great amounts of weight loss are exaggerated.

Legal Action against Diet Patches

To further reduce the legitimacy of diet patches, in 1994 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched an investigation into mass emails (SPAM) sent out by an Internet company that promised weight loss through diet patches. The FTC stated the claims made regarding their diet patches were false. In more recent years a variety of diet patch companies have also had to pay financial restitution to buyers of their product, after charges were made that said that the diet patches provided no effect.

Given the large amount of controversy regarding the effectiveness of a diet patch, it is best to consider this fad a false advertisement for weight loss. Even accounting for a minimal change in metabolism or energy level, these diet patches can’t compare to the more positive and proven effects of a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.


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