How does weight loss patches work?
Weight loss patches are fairly self-explanatory: do exactly what they say they do; that is, they help people lose weight.
However, it is worth noting that different weight loss patches will have different effects on the body and as such, rely upon different methods to achieve the same goal.
This is an important issue to be aware of, certain methods of weight loss may pose health risks to certain groups and types of people (for example, people who suffer from heart conditions).
Although the precise mechanics involved with weight loss patches will differ, there are some commonalities which are universally applicable to them; namely, that they all work by relying upon transdermal delivery.
What this means in practical terms is that when the patch is placed on the body, the ingredients within the patch will then be absorbed through the skin and enter into the bloodstream.
The working mechanism of weight loss patches
Some weight loss patches work by accelerating the Base Metabolic Rate (BMR) of the body of the dieter. The BMR is the physiological process that the body relies upon to burn calories that we consume in the food that we eat during the course of the day.
Put simply, the higher and more efficient the metabolism of the body, the more calories that will be burned off in any given timeframe.
Whenever the number of calories we consume exceeds the amount of calories that is burned by the metabolism, the surplus calories are then converted into fat or adipose tissue and then stored around the body.
A common concern that dieters have about weight loss patches is that maybe readily recognisable. Thankfully, the manufacturers of weight loss patches have taken active steps to ensure that they resemble ordinary patches, such as nicotine patches, meaning that you need not worry about your privacy being broken.
Another way in which some weight loss patches work is by actively reducing/suppressing the appetite impulses that the dieter experiences during the course of the day.
One of the most common causes of excess weight gain is over-eating and so the controlling of the appetite of the dieter is by far, one of the most immediately effective ways of controlling the damage caused by eating binges.
Other weight loss patches seek to inhibit the rate at which fat is absorbed within the body. By doing this, this means that the body will have less surplus fat to use as an energy source. This in turn means that the body will be required to cannibalise existing fat deposits to provide the energy boost.
Other variants on this basic formula include the reduction of absorption rate of carbohydrates in the body.