Weight-loss patches are becoming increasingly trendy.
This is especially the case with people looking for a quick weight loss solution.
Manufacturers around the world, particularly from eastern Asia, claim that the ingredients from these patches can help you gain the perfect body with little to no effort involved.
They use aggressive targeted marketing to promote their products with no scientific proof to back their claims.
There is a variety of “weight loss” patches available for purchase. Such include Isumi patch, Jishkau patch, Slimkick patch, and Himitsu patch.
Himitsu patch is one of the most famous patches. Companies advertise it as a magical slimming fat-reducing patch. And that it helps you shed all the excess pounds with no side effects and no risk of ending up with loose skin afterward.
So, is this true? To answer this question lets first understand what are these patches made of, and how they work?!
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What are Himitsu Patches?
They are large adhesive patches that you can apply to a specific part of your body, most commonly the abdomen.
You use them in an effort to reduce the size of this area. You can usually purchase them from online retailers.
The mechanism of action for any patches is that they work in a transdermal fashion. Meaning that unlike ingested oral supplements, the active ingredient of the patch will penetrate the skin. They’ll then go straight into the bloodstream while bypassing the digestive system.
What are the ingredients of Himitsu Patch?
Mostly Japanese mint or Mentha canadensis exists natively in the wild in East Asia, North America, and some other Asian countries.
It contains a high amount of menthol 1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/mentha-arvensis in comparison to other mint species.
And, it has, for a long time, helped in a number of pharmaceutical preparations due to anti-inflammatory properties 2)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336756298_Characteristics_of_Japanese_Mint_Extracts_Obtained_by_Subcritical-water_Treatment , in addition to helping with bad breath, toothache or as an insect repellent for centuries. It is not something novel or unique as advertisers would have you believe.
Can Himitsu patch really help me lose weight?
Advertisers usually claim that Himitsu patch works by blocking the absorption of carbohydrates, particularly sugar and starch preventing them from being stored as fat.
However, all the “weight loss” patches you order online are not approved by the FDA or its equivalent. There is also no scientific research to back up these weight-loss claims either through the use of patches themselves or the use of their ingredients.
If weight loss was as simple as just sticking a patch to your body, we would have no obesity.
However, unfortunately, the reality is much more complicated than this. There are so many factors that could lead to weight gain. From lack of exercise and sedentary life to bad eating habits, or hormonal imbalance and genetic predisposition 3) https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/calories/other_factors.html .
Additionally, the majority of the scientific research studies 4) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23222084/ 5) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21804427/ 6) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25766455/ 7) https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/fulltext/2007/07000/Subcutaneous_Fat_Alterations_Resulting_from_an.20.aspx have debunked the idea of spot fat reduction. Meaning that you cannot target a specific area in your body, such as your belly, to reduce fat from, not using any patch, and not even with exercise.
You can definitely tone certain parts of your body by exercising using strength and resistance training to increase muscle mass in these areas. Take a look at other scientifically-backed methods of weight loss here.
However, this will have no effect on the amount of fat existing in these specific areas. When you decrease your body fat percentage, this usually happens in a generalized form. Hence, reducing the amount of fat all over your body including your problematic areas.
As a physician, I sympathize with the struggle of losing weight. It’s after all not an easy task. And, I totally understand being curious regarding these patches and having an eagerness to achieve the healthy slim body you desire.
However, be careful not to fall a victim to these companies who take advantage of people living with the stress of weight gain and body image issues.
Are there any side effects to these patches?
As mentioned before, these patches are not regulated. Meaning their ingredients haven’t undergone proper investigation. Neither have they been tested by the regulatory bodies for either efficacy or safety.
Also, it’s impossible to know if there are any other harmful ingredients not listed which could cause any reaction or major side effect.
Hence, please avoid these patches particularly if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is not enough information about their use in these instances. Additionally, don’t use them if you have any liver disease or gallbladder condition as the Japanese mint could make the condition worse.
Finally, you should always consult with your physician before using any treatment. Do that whether it is a pharmaceutical medication or a herbal one.
Wrapping It Up
The only proven way to lose weight and achieve your desired results is by decreasing your calorie intake and regularly exercising.
So, you may want to save the money spent on these patches and invest in a gym membership. Alternatively, consult a nutritionist, or a fitness instructor. They can devise an appropriate diet and fitness plan for you that is tailored to your body needs and lifestyle.
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