With 60% of Americans considered to be overweight, fad diets and trends have become increasingly popular, especially, diet pills. What most people don’t know is that losing weight is a lifestyle change. Losing weight is literally changing your life to healthy eating and exercise. However, most people want quick fixes and immediate results, which won’t give you lasting weight loss and is incredibly unhealthy.
There are many diet pills to choose from when browsing the aisles of the drug store, but what most people don’t know is that there are no rules that the potential side effects must be posted. So you might be under the assumption that these pills are good for your and can give you your desired weight loss with no side effects.
There is only one diet pill that is approved by the FDA (Xenical) and even that is under going investigation for possible liver damage.
Diet pills can be divided by two functions:
- Appetite Suppressants: trick your body into thinking it is full by decreasing brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite.
- Fat Absorption Inhibitors: prevent your body from absorbing and breaking down fat. The fat is then eliminated in bowel movement.
And these drugs are then categorized into three available options:
- Prescription diet pills – These diet aids are only available with a prescription for a physician, and that physician usually closely monitors their use.
- Over-the-counter diet pills – A prescription is not needed to purchase these, and they are widely available at drug stores, supermarkets, and discount stores.
- Herbal diet pills – Often labeled “all natural”, the FDA considers these types of diet pills a food, rather than a drug. Therefore, there regulation is different and seemingly more lax that prescription diet pills.
Most diet pills are intended for short use of less than six months, in addition to healthy eating and exercise. Using diet pills longer than their recommended time can cause addiction and even more weight gain. Besides addiction, diet pills come with a lot of nasty side effects such as:
- Some fat-blocking diet pills can cause painful gas and diarrhea
- Some appetite suppressants contain stimulants (such as caffeine or ephedrine), which elevate the heart rate and blood pressure. This can increase the risk for heart attack or heart disease.
- Herbal remedies, can have various side effects (depending on the ingredients) similar to synthetic diet pills
- Liver Disease (Hydroxycut)
- Seizures (Hydroxycut)
- High blood pressure (Hydroxycut)
- Anxiety (TrimSpa)
- Diabetes (TrimSpa)
- Cardiovascular Diease (Ephedra)
- Death (Ephedra)
The risk of diet pills just isn’t worth it. If you give yourself reasonable goals, time, and patience you’ll be able to achieve your weight loss dream in a healthy way. Unless prescribed by a doctor, stay away from diet pills. Eat healthy and exercise daily, your body will thank you.