The online health and fitness community has been buzzing in recent months about a new weight loss solution in patch form. The slimming patch, introduced initially in the UK and now being widely distributed worldwide, is a dermal application of supplements on the skin. This innovative new way to administer weight loss formulas has been gaining a lot of attention, both positive and negative.
While they make a lot of claims about the effectiveness of this miracle patch, we think that the patch is a combination of fact and faction, only providing users with part of what they claim.
Slimming Patch As a Weight Loss Solution
How It Works
The concept is that the ingredients absorbed through the skin accelerate weight loss without adding any excess burden to the internal organs like the stomach and intestines. By bypassing the digestive system, the ingredients hit the bloodstream quickly, which advocates say increases the potency of the formula.
The websites advocating the slimming patch claim that the all-natural formula accelerates metabolism and encourages a healthy endocrine system. Some patches even have magnets embedded in them to realign your body’s internal magnetic fields. The FDA has not substantiated these claims, so the only evidence to base these claims on is anecdotal.
Does The Slimming Patch Assist With Weight Loss?
We have to say not. Product websites claim that the slimming patch’s formula eliminates lose fat while creating toned mass. The fitness community decries any product that claims to create lean muscle. Muscle can only be built through physical activity. Any supplements ingested will only aid the creation, but it won’t generate muscle out of anything.
Increasing a person’s metabolism does not always guarantee that they will burn off their fat reserve either. While this is a distinct possibility, without considerable physical activity and proper nutrition, high metabolic rates can cannibalize the body’s muscle mass, which is the exact opposite of what the patch claims to do. Most slimming patch regimens do recommend a daily cardio session lasting a minimum of thirty-minutes to aid in the slimming process.
Ultimately, any product that claims that you can simply use it and watch the pounds melt off is offering a bogus claim. There is no such magic bullet when it comes to weight loss.
Is The Patch Doing Anything?
The reason we say that the slimming patch is a combination of fact and fiction is that we do believe some of the ingredients in the patch can aid in weight loss. An example of this is an appetite suppressant. Natural compounds like caffeine and those found in hoodia can help users manage their diet by suppressing appetite and allowing them the discipline to forgo cravings for healthy, high fiber and protein options. Caffeine may also give users an energy boost, which is excellent for getting the most out of a workout. (Side Note: Users with caffeine sensitivity should avoid any products with caffeine as a supplement due to adverse effects.)
Get The Most Out Of Your Slimming Patches
If you do decide to try the slimming patch as a weight loss solution, there are additional things you will need to do to become successful. Remember, the patch should be treated as a helpful tool, not a magic solution:
- Stay Active: maintaining a fitness regimen while wearing a patch is essential to weight loss. It also helps you maintain your muscle mass, and the higher your muscle mass, the more calories you burn at rest.
- Stay Hydrated: when a person is dehydrated, their body is operating at low efficiency. This can affect your health when you are as little as 3% dehydrated, making you feel sluggish and weight loss impossible to obtain. To maintain optimal blood volume, hormone balances, and digestive systems, you need to consume adequate amounts of water daily. An added bonus to drinking lots of water is that it can manage appetite as well.
- Eat Clean: Dieting is considered a bad habit in the health community today. Instead of thinking in terms of restriction, try to eat for optimal performance and health. This will help you lose weight simply because you will be providing your body with the proper nutrients to operate at its best.
If you experience irritation on the skin where you apply your slimming patch, discontinue use and seek a doctor’s opinion.