There are a lot of diet pills on the market, and almost all of them claim to be “clinically proven.” However, it’s also not uncommon to see diet pills recalled or discontinued, which can make some people shy away from using any diet supplement at all! So, does “clinically proven” mean that the pills in question are safe? If not, what does it mean?
What Does “Clinically Proven” Mean?
Clinically proven means pretty much what it says- that the pills or ingredients in question were put through a clinical trial, and proven to do what they claim to do. The basis of these trials vary, however- a pill can say it contains an ingredient that was “clinically proven to help you lose weight,” and still make no claims as to how safe the ingredient is.
How Are Clinical Trials Conducted?
How clinical trials are conducted can vary, too. Generally it refers to a controlled study, but unless the person making the claim specifically states otherwise, these studies usually aren’t overseen by a governing body. When it comes to prescription medications, tests and studies are overseen by a ruling body like the American Food and Drug Administration. With clinical trials for diet pills, this is not necessarily the case.
By contrast, scientific studies that are overseen by a ruling government body must conform to certain criteria. They have to have a minimum number of test subjects, and adhere to very specific criteria regarding how data from these studies is collected and interpreted. Since clinical trials aren’t overseen, they don’t have these strict guidelines to adhere to.
So, what does “clinically proven” mean to a consumer?
As it turns out- not much. Unless a manufacturer has included a write-up of how their clinical trials were conducted, how many test subjects they used, and how they interpreted the data they got, you have no real way of knowing what their “clinical proof” is, or how good their study was to begin with. This means that while their ingredients might be completely effective, you don’t have much way of knowing.
Are All “Clinically Proven” Products Bad?
Not always. While some clinical trials may be doubtful, others could be perfectly valid. Something that’s clinically proven to be effective might be safe, or it might not be. In the end, it’s like many other claims that manufacturers use to sell their products- they could be truthful, but it’s always wise to remember that clinical proof is not necessarily scientific proof!