Faced with such challenges, there are an increasing number of people who are looking for a fast solution to their weight problems. The lure and appeal of diet pills is very inviting.
Diet pills appear to provide a simple, quick and easy way to lose weight. Unlike dieting or exercise, all you have to do is pop a few tablets daily and voila! You get into beach body shape without any exertion or effort on your part. Ain’t that grand!
Who wouldn’t want such a product in this modern world of quick fixes, mobile phones, microwave meals and instant gratification?
But, is it really that simple? Can you just pop a few pills and expect to lose weight miraculously while you sleep? Are diet pills really that effective? Are these pills even safe to use at all or are they just keeping you fat but making your wallet slim?
The diet pills manufacturer will have you believe that these pills are a miracle in a bottle… But… This is one instance where the brighter the photo, the darker the negative.
There is no magic pill for losing weight. If there was, we would all look like Spartans from the movie, 300.
The best and most effective way of losing weight and maintaining your ideal weight will be to change your lifestyle. You must eat healthy and boost your metabolism through increased physical activity and exercise.
The journey to weight loss is gradual and you should never expect overnight results. If you see anything promising overnight results, it’s most likely a scam. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
Diet pills may help in the short term. One very popular diet pill that hit the market was, OxyElite Pro. Everybody was raving about it. Where is it now? It has been banned because it was causing seizures and toxicity in the body. Severe health implications from the use of these pills.http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/MedicationHealthFraud/ucm436017.htm
The hard truth is that diet pills will never work in the long term. You body gained weight slowly and because you consumed more calories than you expended. It will only shed the weight slowly and when you do the reverse and expend more calories than you consume. It is a very simple concept that is unwavering in nature.
Now that we know diet pills will only work in the short term, we need to look at how safe they are.
Before answering this, let’s dig deeper and look at the various types of diet pills that are available on the market. There are many different diet pills out there and they all work in different ways. Some work by suppressing appetite, some work by reducing absorption of fat from the intestines and some work by increasing your metabolism.
According to regulatory bodies like the USA FDA there are 4 categories of diet pills that they consider when monitoring safety. These categories are namely: dietary supplements, herbal medicines, prescription pills and non-prescription pills.
From the FDA perspective, the standards for regulating all these different types of pills vary. Essentially the standards that apply to prescription and non-prescription pills are higher and much stricter than the standards that apply to herbal and dietary supplements.
What this means is that only prescription and non-prescription pills have solid clinical data to prove their safety since they need to be approved by the FDA before they are marketed. Other products especially the so called “diet supplements” do not require FDA approval prior to marketing. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure its products are safe and that any claims made about such products are true.
This means, the safety claims that come with such products should be taken with a pinch of salt. Many diet pill companies are unethical and you should always keep an eye out for potential scams. Some potential warning signs you should watch out for in a product are:
- Promises of quick results, for example, “Shed 25 pounds in two weeks!”
- Flashy terms such as “miracle formula”, “guaranteed weight loss” or “scientific breakthrough.”
- Products marketed in foreign languages.
- Spam e-mails promoting such products.
- Products that claim to be herbal alternatives to FDA-approved drugs
Even in cases where the pill company provides clinical safety data, the quality of such research still needs to be questioned. Many major companies pay research companies handsomely to provide favorable research findings that gel with the company’s marketing goals and agendas.
If you still insist on using diet pills, the least you could do is consult your doctor. Also, do incorporate exercise and a sensible diet in your weight loss plan. Don’t use diet pills as a crutch for an unhealthy lifestyle.