A new diet pill reportedly "trains" or aims to train people to eat less will be available to the public soon.
The pill, Appesat, is made from extracts of seaweeds and works by making the stomach walls expand and stimulating the hunger sensors in the stomach wall. These will then send a message to the brain signaling that the stomach is full.
Overtime, the body will get used to this process of stimulation and lower calorie intake, until the body is "trained" to want less food.
In one clinical trial involving 139 overweight and obese people, it was found that those who took Appesat capsules three times a day, lost an average of 9.4kg (20.7lb) in 12 weeks compared with 5.6kg (12.4lb) among people not taking the drug.
The clinical trials were done on a low-fat and low calorie diet of about 1,200 calories a day for women, and 1,400 for men.
Appesat is reported to have "no worse side effects" than an upset stomach.
According to Goldshield, the makers of Appesat, the diet pill "works in a different way to other appetite suppressants on the market – such as fiber-based products – by staying longer in the stomach, helping people feel "full up"."
Appesat’s release will come after another diet pill – Alli. Alli is created for people with a BMI of 28 and above.
The difference between Alli and Appesat is that, those who inquire about Alli will be asked a number of questions by pharmacist about their lifestyle and reason for wanting to take the pill.
With Appesat, you won’t have to go through that as it will be available " on supermarket shelves."
According to the article which appears on Telegraph.co.uk
David Towse, marketing manager of strategic brands at Goldshield, said that Appesat is: "An intervention product that can help people modify eating behavior over time will offer serial dieters a real opportunity to break the cycle of overeating and yo-yo dieting."
Nutritionist Mary Strugar said: "People gain weight and find it hard to lose because their calorie intake is higher than they need.
"The role of appetite is key; a detrimental cycle of food restriction that causes hunger pangs may lead directly to overeating.
"This is why many people simply give up and break their diets early.
"Appesat effectively gives people a tool to help control their appetite allowing them a window of time to train their body to want less food."