I think we all know deep down that the best way to lose weight is to follow the two golden rules of weight loss – eat less and exercise more. This sounds really easy in theory, but many of us still struggle to lose very much weight at all.

Subsequently the market for weight loss pills and supplements has grown rapidly in recent years because many of us are turning to these products to help us lose a few extra pounds.

The big problem, as I am all too aware of myself, is that there are simply too many products to choose from.

Whilst it is great that nearly all of them can be purchased online without a prescription because they are made from safe ingredients, it is extremely difficult to separate the ones that actually work from all of the dud products that are being sold on the internet.

They are all marketed extremely well and made to sound like some kind of miracle weight loss product. They may even have proven to be effective in clinical studies. However that still doesn’t guarantee that they will work for you.

There is also the fact that there are many different types of diet pills you can buy nowadays.

For example there are appetite suppressant pills to reduce hunger cravings, there are carb blockers that obviously block carbohydrate intake, there are fat binders that bind a lot of the dietary fat that you eat, and there are fat burners which boost the metabolism and help to burn fat.

There are also diet supplements that are derived from so-called superfruits such as acai berry, african mango, raspberry ketones, etc.

Plus every so often Dr Oz will recommend yet another new type of diet pill that could help you achieve your weight loss goals. Raspberry ketones and green coffee bean extract supplements are two that he has endorsed in 2012, for example.

So it might be a good idea to just concentrate on diet and exercise, and forget about buying diet pills altogether.

If you do need a little extra help shifting a bit of excess weight, then you should first of all decide what type of diet supplement you want to buy (appetite suppressant, fat binder, fat burner, etc).

You should then do plenty of research to find those pills that have lots of positive customer reviews and success stories in order to ensure that you buy an effective product that actually works, and you don’t end up wasting your money.