Here are three sentences:

Take the prescribed pills and this way you will be fit very soon.

Take the prescribed pills and like that you will be fit very soon.

Take the prescribed pills and thus you will be fit very soon.

Which of these sounds most natural to a native speaker?

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    None of them is very idiomatic. In that way is the most likely if you must use a phrase like that, but I think most speakers would just say and you will be fit very soon. Commented Oct 6, 2020 at 18:03
  • Why do you need anything there in the first place? "Take the prescribed pills and (eventually) you will be fit very soon." Commented Oct 7, 2020 at 5:38
  • "thus" is usually used in writing. In your context, we'd say " and that way" etc.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 14, 2021 at 11:19
  • Pills do not make people fit. Diet and exercise do.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 16:32

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In the US, "thus" tends to be used in relatively formal writing rather than in speech or informal writing. Used as a conjunction, it indicates result.

"Like that" has several meanings but does not indicate cause. The normal way that your sentence with "like that" would be interpreted in the US is "almost immediately." So it does not mean what I think you want to say. Furthermore, it is quite informal.

"In this way" can indicate "result."

Therefore, "thus" and "in this way" could be used to indicate cause and effect, but I agree with the comments that the relationship is so obvious that neither would typically be used.

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