Certain ingredients in ACE diet pills - including caffeine - have been found to be effective when it comes to promoting short-term weight loss. Unfortunately, the risks posed by these supplements aren't necessarily worth the weight loss benefits that they tout.
ACE Diet Pill Basics
Manufactured by the Saba company, ACE diet pills contain a combination of:
- Garcini Cambogia extract
- Green coffee bean extract
- Konjac root
- Raspberry Keytone
- Saffron extract
- Vitamins B6 and B12, notes Consumers Compare
These pills are touted for their ability to promote and maintain weight loss, increase energy, and control appetite. As with many other weight loss supplements currently on the market, Saba does not tell consumers how much of each of these ingredients is included in the ACE diet pills.
Do They Work?
As with other diet pills, ACE diet pills appear to promote weight loss through various methods.
Diuretics are substances that promote increases in urine production and excretion by the body, and are often used by dieters to promote weight loss, notes the George Washington University. It should come as no surprise, then, that caffeine, which is a potent diuretic, is a primary ingredient in ACE diet pills, reports Consumers Compare.
Because of its diuretic properties, individuals who take ACE diet pills are likely to lose some weight in the short-term. However, Consumers Compare also reports that this weight loss is likely to last for only a brief time - in fact, once rehydration is achieved, any weight loss that did occur is likely to return.
Appetite suppressants are typically defined as substances which target the part of the brain responsible for feelings of hunger, and trick it into thinking it is full, notes the George Washington University. According to Popular Diet Pills, ACE diet pills are an effective appetite suppressant, and can be helpful when it comes to reducing dietary intake.
In addition to aiding in weight loss through diuresis, caffeine also appears to play a primary role when it comes to keeping appetite in check.
Just because ACE diet pills may be effective does not mean that they should be used when it comes to the promotion of short-term weight loss. In fact, Diet Pills Watchdog notes that the ingredients included in ACE diet pills may lead to a number of concerning side effects, including:
- Increases in heart rate
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
According to Fox News, ACE diet pills may be especially dangerous when used in combination with other prescription medications. According to Fox News, in September 2013, a 35-year old woman developed jaundice, swelling in the legs and abdominal cavity, liver failure, and eventually needed liver transplantation after taking ACE diet pills in combination with prescription birth control pills and anti-depressants. While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of the liver failure, the ACE diet pills likely played a primary role, notes research in the May 2014 issue of Gastroenterology.
Try It or Toss It?
When it comes to weight loss, there is no such thing as a magic pill. While ACE diet pills may promote some weight loss in the short term, it is unlikely to remain for more than a few days. Since the risks of this supplement far outweigh the benefit, ACE diet pills should not be used by those interested in weight loss. Instead, focus on achieving healthy weight loss through a combination of diet and exercise.