It's a high price to pay for a slender figure - buying so-called 'diet pills' off the internet. Especially as there really isn't any such thing. At the moment we have one effective, weight-loss medication. It's called Orlistat and it's technical title is 'lipase inhibitor', meaning it reduces the amount of fat absorbed by the gut. Marketed as an 'anti-obesity' drug, it can be prescribed by doctors for overweight patients struggling to lose weight.

Orlistat also has a lower dose 'sister' drug, Alli, available without prescription and which jostles for space on pharmacy shelves alongside a whole host of over-the-counter slimming aids and herbal supplements, which market themselves as metabolism boosters or appetite suppressants. The trouble with all of these is they are largely ineffectual.

The harsh reality is that, aside from Alli, the vast majority of them do not work. However, they are perfectly legal - unlike many of those sold from unregulated internet pharmacies, many of whom market prescription only medication as 'diet pills'.
Many contain amphetamines or steroids, or even banned ingredients like Sibutramine, a prescription-only appetite suppressant taken off the market in 2010 as it put people at increased risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Unfortunately people want a quick fix to lose weight. And there's no such thing. But there are any number of unscrupulous characters out there willing to exploit that.