Diet pill that really does make you eat less?
New research has found that women can cut their daily calorie intake by almost a fifth by simply taking a herbal diet pill.
The study, which was conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool, also found that Zotrim, which contains plant extracts, helped to reduce sugar cravings.
The product has been designed to make the user feel fuller for longer and delay the rate at which the stomach empties by 20 minutes.
It is not considered dangerous because the process just extends the length of time taken to digest food.
It contains caffeine as well as Guarana which helps to suppress the appetite and aid with fat burning, Yerba Mate which helps to boost energy levels and Damiana which helps to minimise bacteria within the body.
However the researchers also discovered that it also helped to take the edge of a sweet tooth.
During the study, volunteers were either given Zotrim or a placebo.
Those women who took the herbal pill at breakfast were not as hungry at lunch time and cut their calorie intake by 17.6%.
The subjects, some overweight, were observed at a test lunch buffet where they were told to eat as much they wanted.
Those on Zotrim ate on average 132 fewer calories — the equivalent of a Milky Way or can of cola.
The women taking the herbal pill also finished eating around three minutes earlier than the others — indicating they did feel full sooner, researchers claimed.
Dr Jason Halford, an obesity expert, told the Daily Mail the findings suggested that Zotrim has a ‘robust' effect on a dieter's appetite, which could help them lose weight.
The pill, which is available in supermarkets and chemists, costs £22.99 for a month's supply.
Previous research examined by the British Dietetic Association found that Zotrim can help overweight women lose an average of two inches from their waists in just four weeks.
Some of those taking part shed five inches from their middles. Another study credited the pills with helping women lose an average of 11lb in six weeks — those taking a dummy drug lost less than 1lb.
But not all studies of Zotrim have had such good results.
A report by consumer watchdog Which? concluded that although there was evidence of significant weight loss in the short-term, the results of long-term follow-up studies have been ‘disappointing’.