Losing weight is a difficult task. There are stories of people all over the world going on diets with the aim of achieving weight loss (especially in the United States as a result of the beauty standards set by society)
Studies have shown that 85% of people trying to lose weight do not use standard weight loss techniques and treatments.
Using weight loss pills or diet pills, appear to be the best option because it seems to be a much better alternative to all the energy, dedication, stress and hard work required to gain a fit healthy body.
Open your mouth, pop a pill and that is all.
Sadly, the harsh truth is that using weight loss pills does not produce the effects exactly as it is promised and this is why.
First, how can we define weight loss pills?
There are hundreds and thousands of different weight loss pills/products in the market. They are produced in different forms. Many of these pills are made from natural ingredients while others are chemically produced. Weight loss pills can be purchased from pretty much every health food shop in your locality or ordered through those late-night infomercials.
These pills usually promise to take care of your weight by doing the following:
- Burn fat faster.
- Reduce appetite
- Decrease the body’s absorption of fatty nutrients.
What is the FDA´s take on weight loss pills?
Hundreds of products have been discovered by the FDA to have hidden active ingredients under the guise of being dietary supplements. These ingredients found in these diet products were the same as the ones found in banned drugs or several compounds that humans do not have complete knowledge about.
These hidden ingredients that were found in the drugs have been reported by the food and drug administration (FDA) to cause fatal side effects, including heart diseases, seizures, and many others.
The FDA in February 2014 withdrew various weight loss pills including Burning Bomb, Super Fat, Slim Xtreme and Slim Easy (source).
Basically a healthy lifestyle cannot be replaced by swallowing a pill and doing so would only put your health at risk due to its grave side effects.
Risks of Taking Weight Loss Pills
Packed with active ingredients:
A large number of weight loss pills are made up of harmful ingredients which usually lead to eventual health problems and complications.
The withdrawal of many diet pills from the market by the FDA was as a result of finding stimulants, diuretics, and antidepressants among their ingredients.
Also, the amounts of these ingredients are usually way beyond normal medical standards; meaning the consumer is clueless about what exactly is being taken into their body and its possible side effects.
Although natural weight loss pills may seem like the lesser of two evils, the presence of these synthetically spiked pills as an alternative is still a source of worry due to their reputation for causing cardiovascular problems or even death, in extreme cases.
A large number of weight loss pills contain stimulants like caffeine, ephedra and any other substances that increase your body metabolism.
Stimulants such as caffeine, ephedra or similar substances are found in most of the weight loss pills available in the market. They claim to serve as metabolism boosters but rather make the consumer irritable, anxious, restless and prone to insomnia.
Consumers who suffer from heart diseases or are hypertensive or allergic to stimulants are put at major risk when they ingest these pills.
Naturally made weight loss pills have little value:
If you search for natural weight loss pills on the net, thousands of results would come up. Although these naturally made weight loss pills seem to have fewer side effects, most of them really do not help much in shedding weight and those ones that do, have more problematic side effects.
Some of these natural products are Gluccomanan, raspberry ketones, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), regular caffeine pills, great tea extract, or garcinia Cambogia extract.
Though they may slightly aid weight loss; most of these products have side effects which include: bloating, diarrhea or running bowels. Conjugated Linoleic Acid has even been linked to increased inflammation, insulin resistance, and fatty liver if ingested into the system over a long period.
Money down the drain:
The results gained from using weight loss pills are slight at best, even when the few that are less health-threatening are considered.
Green tea is amongst the few examples of weight loss products that have proven effective and actually burnt fat while keeping the side effects at a minimum.
However, weight loss is still slight and must be followed up with healthy food intake.
Another example is the weight loss pill, Orlistat which stops the absorption of dietary fat causing weight loss in turn.
But it’s been shown by a study to have pretty much the same effect as a simple low carbohydrate diet minus the accompanying side effects.
Weight Loss Pills are not the answer!
They can never substitute a healthy diet and they also come with very risky side effects.
Starting out on a healthy sustainable diet/lifestyle can certainly be difficult and demanding but it is mandatory for good health and its results are infinitely rewarding
Weight loss is rarely ever a fast process but a quality healthy food-based detox plan will lead you the right way.
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