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Weight-loss patches might seem like a dieter’s dream.  All you need to do is stick one on your skin and you’ll see the pounds melt  away–or so the manufacturers claim. No scientific evidence exists that the  patches work in this manner, so this is a buy-at-your-own risk situation.  According to MayoClinic.com, most over-the-counter weight-loss products are  gimmicks. Reducing your calorie intake and increasing your activity level is  still the safest and most effective way to lose weight.

What Are They

Weight-loss patches are patches or stickers that you can  affix to your skin. They’re usually placed on your upper arm, shoulder-blade or  abdomen. According to Ultimate Fat Burner–which provides expert reviews of  weight-loss supplements–drug delivery through the skin is tricky and does not  work well with all ingredients. What’s more, the ingredients that weight-loss  patches contain are difficult to absorb through the skin and unlikely to be very  effective in causing weight loss.

Claims

Depending on the brand and type of weight-loss patch  you’re considering, claims vary. They include curbing your appetite, mood  enhancement, boosting your immune system and breaking down fats and cholesterol.  According to The Beauty Brains, at least one patch on the market also promises  to lower your chances of breast and ovarian cancer while you lose weight.  According to the Mayo Clinic, studies about aroma patches for weight  loss–which release a scent that allegedly curbs your appetite–are sketchy at  best and performed by the manufacturers.

Costs

Weight-loss patches are usually sold in boxes of 30, so  they provide a one-month supply at once. Prices are reasonable compared to other  weight-loss products. As of 2010, a box costs anywhere between $30 and $50.  Online stores often have specials, coupons and discounts for these products.  Patches don’t usually come with a money-back guarantee.

Ingredients

Ingredients used in weight-loss patches include  stimulants such as guarana, appetite suppressants such as hoodia and other  ingredients including chromium and garcinia cambogia. No scientific evidence  exists that any of these ingredients actually causes weight loss. According to  the Mayo Clinic, most weight-loss supplements sold over the counter may  potentially be unsafe and have been insufficiently studied to determine if they  work as claimed.

Charges

In 2004, the Federal Trade Commission charged a number  of weight-loss patch  manufacturers with fraud and false advertising as a result  of an investigation initiated by complaints from customers. The claims included  that the patches would cause permanent weight loss, melt away fat and enable  users to lose up to three pounds per week. Some of the charges were also brought  because some companies claimed they had back-up from the FDA or that the  ingredients used in the patch had been approved by the FDA.

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