Let me be completely honest with you: Yes, I once considered taking diet pills to help me lose weight. Now it's your turn: Have you ever considered taking those pills? Maybe right now? If so, this article is something you should read!
You have the strong desire to lose weight? But you don't know how to do it? Nothing seems to work and you're trying really hard. Diet pills seem like a magical solution with all those extravagant promises. I totally understand you. I was in the same position, that's why I started to do some research.
In fact, the drugs that promise to help you shed your extra pounds in no time hold many hidden dangers to your health. If you ask me, weight loss pills may represent the next big drug catastrophe.
Many diet pills contain DNP, which is very dangerous and illegal. But illegal doesn't mean, that it can't be sold. In fact, many pills which contain DNP are sold alongside legal weight loss drugs, which makes it difficult for the FDA to stop the sale of those drugs.
First, I want to go more into detail how those diet pills work.
There are several ways diet pills achieve their effects. Some of them block or decrease the amount of fat your body is capable to absorb from the food you eat. Others will decrease your appetite. And the third type increases your metabolism, meaning the amount of calories your burn.
Sounds nice, doesn't it? Actually not, here are the side effects.
Most diet pills have side effects. Fat-blocking drugs keep you from digesting all the fat in your food. Now, as your body rids itself of that fat you ate, you most likely will experience uncontrollable diarrhoea. Doesn't sound like fun at all to me.
Not convinced yet? Long term use of diet pills makes you six times more likely to increase the pressure on your arteries in your lungs. This may result in breathing problems. Especially sibutramine and seridia, cause stroke and increased blood pressure. Amphetamine-like drugs can have similar effects.
Stimulant-type drugs, such as phentermine, may lead to insomnia, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, drug dependence and withdrawal symptoms.
Weight loss pills that interact with the neurotransmitters in your brain, such as belviq or contrave, may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth and dizziness.
Plus, what most people forget: What happens after you stop taking those drug? You'll regain some or even all of the weight you lost.
You see, the list is long and it's not even all.
Here are some reasons why you have to be careful with the use of weight loss pills:
Lack of labelling
It's one of the worst things: manufacturers don't have to disclose what their products actually contain. Hence, there are often fillers in there that don't have to be listed.
Even if the main ingredient doesn't have any side effects, the filler the company used might have.
Plus over 20% of all manufacturers made illegal claims on the label, stating that the product cured or treated diseases.
Especially when it comes to herbal diet pills. They're often labeled "all natural", but the FDA considers these pills more a food than a drug. Therefore, the regulations are different and seemingly more lax than for prescription diet pills.
Furthermore, many other diet pills sold as health supplements are also unregulated by the FDA.
They are simply ineffective
Many diet pill simply cause water loss, because they are a combination of caffeine and diuretics. Sure, this results in a lower number on the scale, but you didn't lost any body fat and the water weight will return.
Additionally, losing too much water can cause dangerous dehydration.
You won't change your habits
If you're looking for long term success you need a change in your eating and exercise behaviour. That's the only way to adopt healthier habits and a healthier lifestyle. Taking a pill as a quick method doesn't encourage you to understand how nutrition and exercise affect your body.
This shortcut will make you less likely to check food labels, track your food intake and get your workout done. You can't take diet pills forever and once you stop taking them, your poor habits will take over and you'll gain all your weight back.
Risk of vitamin deficiency
Vitamin A, D, E and K are fat soluble. Meaning they are digested with fat and stored in your body fat and liver.
Some diet pills can block the absorption of dietary fat, which means these vitamins will be excreted from the body instead of being used as they are supposed to be.
You may become addicted
Most diet pills contain amphetamines. Amphetamines are anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants. This is not only dangerous, but highly addictive.
What is the best 'magic pill' now?
There is no diet drug that's safe and effective long term.
Here is the best 'magic pill' for you: Your mind. You have to change the way you think about weight loss in order to actually change. Mind over matter. You have to learn to use your full willpower and you will reach your goals.
And remember: you can lose the exact same amount of body fat you can lose with pills by simply being in a caloric deficit. There's not visual difference, but a health one. Just eat less calories and safe the money!