Is There a Weight Loss Wonder Pill?
Are you still trying to shed that freshman fifteen but can’t seem to find time for exercise? Could diet pills are the answer you’ve been looking for? After reviewing the results from an experiment conducted here at the University of Georgia, these diet pills may be all hype and no help.
Products such as Carb Cutter rave about how their weight loss formula can help people drop pounds without the hassle of dieting and exercise, but exactly how effective are these and other diet pills? Recent studies have shown that “carb blockers” alone are not enough to lose a significant amount of weight, and that diet and exercise are still needed to see results.
The creators of the Carb Cutter pill claim that it prevents the body from digesting starch, which, in turn, stops the conversion of starch into stored fat. Less starch means less fat. Researchers at the University of Georgia decided to investigate Carb Cutter by testing whether or not the pill stops amylase from digesting the starch that enters the human body. In order to answer this question, the researchers designed an experiment to test both the effectiveness of the amylase enzyme as it reacts with starch, and to observe the Carb Cutter’s ability to prevent said digestion process from happening.
In the experiment conducted, two solutions were made: one containing the amylase and a tris buffer, and the other solution containing Carb Cutter, tris, and the amylase. The researchers then added the same amount of starch to each solution to trigger the digestion process. Then, every minute for five minutes, 4ml of each solution was added to different tubes containing a small amount of iodine (which stops the reaction process). The researchers then used a spectrometer to measure the absorbency of each test tube containing the new concentrations of starch. If the Carb Cutter actually worked, then the concentration of starch in each tube would be greater than the...