A common story that cropped up in the news last week was the increased number of dangerous slimming pills that are now available in the market. The BBC reported across their news outlets that the UK's medicines watchdog, the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) had conducted a survey with some alarming results. 

Out of a survey of 1,800 slimmers, a third of dieters had bought pills online with two thirds experiencing side-effects. In 2016, 4.6 million fake products were confiscated by the watchdog with 5000 illegally operating websites shut down.

FORZA's top tips to avoid purchasing dodgy slimming pills:

1. Always purchase supplements from recognised brands. 

With some supplement brands launching over night, it's difficult to know just who to trust. Supplement brands listed in Boots, Holland & Barrett and Superdrug have to pass strict quality controls for safety. Always read impartial reviews that provide a clear indication of how many people have used the product previously and to what success.

2. Look for accreditation's and awards.

Responsible supplement brands always display their accreditation's and awards as a badge of honour that justifies the experience within the brand. What should I look for? Check to see if the products are manufactured to BRC or GMP standards, is the business ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited, are the products endorsed by the Vegan and Vegetarian society. 

3. Avoid companies that offer free trials.

As the saying goes, 'there's no such thing as a free lunch', we are aware of thousands of people that have been scammed by rogue slimming pill companies that draw you in with free product trials and hit your bank account, month-after-month with a hefty fee often exceeding £100.

4. Always read the product description and the label.

If the information presented on the product and on the website sounds too good to be true, it's likely the business is just after one thing - your money! Instead of producing a product that meets your expectations to safe and responsible standards, your health is at clear risk.

5. Review the supplement ingredients. 

All supplement retailers are required to display the ingredients of exactly is in the product. If you are ever in doubt, request a certificate of conformity. 


FORZA is a leading food supplement brand that manufactures its own products and supplements for some of the UK's largest retail brands. With strict product procedures that have gained accreditation's from the likes of BRC, FORZA looks to make customers feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.