Weight Loss Pills: What You Need To Know

If you’re wanting to lose weight, the temptation to believe a colorful label and an advertisement full of promises is hard to pass up, especially when that ad tells you that all it takes to lose your body fat is to pop a daily diet pill. Of course, if diet pills worked the way the ads want us to believe, the majority of the American population wouldn’t be overweight or obese. Yet they are.

If you’ve never used weight loss pills, it would be a good idea to do a bit of research first, and throw a bit of common sense into your inquiries too.

Who Manufactured the Weight Loss Pills?

Are these pills from a foreign country? What are the ingredients? Have I searched for reviews/complaints? Does the manufacturer have a Better Business Bureau listing? There are companies that knowingly manufacture weight loss pills that don’t work, adding a shiny new name and label when word gets out.

And Then There’s The Cost

Weight Loss PillsDiet pills aren’t cheap. It’s common to pay anywhere from $20 to $400 for a month’s supply. This wouldn’t be so bad if they provided safe, effective, lasting weight loss. They don’t.

Are These Diet Pills Safe?

Diet pills have been involved in serious health problems before, and even deaths. Last year, right here in Hawaii, there were reports of 30 cases of liver failure linked to weight loss pills.  One woman died of liver failure after taking the diet supplement OxyElite Pro.

This year, another weight loss pill, DNP, has been blamed for 60 deaths worldwide, including teenagers.

Over the counter diet pills have also been tampered with, tainted in manufacture, and been recalled due to causing liver damage.

In 2008, the FDA attempted to recall 23 different kinds of diet pills “that contained undeclared active pharmaceutical substances that may present health risks to consumers.”

“These tainted weight loss products pose a great risk to public health because they contain undeclared ingredients and, in some cases, contain prescription drugs in amounts that greatly exceed their maximum recommended dosages.”
– Dr Janet Woodcock, FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Will The Pills Mess Up My Sleep Cycles?

Many diet pills in the past have contained large amounts of caffeine or other stimulants, in hopes of burning more calories. One result is that sleep cycles can be messed up, leading to discomfort and fatigue, or even more severe health consequences.

Here’s an excerpt from a first person account by a journalist writing for XOJane:

“My heart was going pitter-patter and I felt anxious. According to the pill bottle, I’d taken in as much caffeine as I’d drink in two cups of coffee, but I’m pretty sure that was bullshit. This was not like two cups of coffee — more like two or three shots of espresso on an empty stomach while floating in a queasily swaying boat… That was 12 hours ago. I’m still awake!… And now I still can’t sleep, and probably never will ever again. The moral of the story is this: diet pills are for suckers. Do not want.”

Fad Diets Don’t Work

You’ve probably heard about fad dieting actually causing weight gain in the long run.

Weight loss is very achievable, if you work with a knowledgeable doctor who can help you craft a plan specific you your weight goals and health conditions. Without professional testing, knowledge and support, your chances of lasting weight loss drop.

What About Prescription Diet Drugs?

Even prescription appetite suppressants can have side effects, and need to be carefully monitored. I use them, when necessary, in my practice. However, I never prescribe them except as part of a balanced weight loss program, after careful consideration of a patient’s specific medical history. They won’t work as a solution by themselves.

Another Important Factor

Of course safety is paramount, but beyond that, I believe there are even more negative consequences to choosing diet pills. There’s a self-destructive psychological game we play when we choose diet pills, because most people, deep down, KNOW they don’t work. So we tell ourselves we’re taking action to improve our lives… but set ourselves up for failure. This is hard on self-esteem and motivation, and you may be even less likely in the future to take the steps needed to get healthy and stay that way.

You can lose weight, safely and permanently. It’s not as hard as you think it will be, either. Read some of our medical weight loss testimonials. It’s not going to happen just by popping a diet pill, though.

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6 Responses to Weight Loss Pills: What You Need To Know

  1. zararian November 18, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Definitely losing weight is not that easy. 😛
    I have not tried any weight loss pill cause I think these are not that effective since if it is, a lot have lost weight already that easily by taking the pills. I have also heard or read news that some have health issues because of these pills.

    • FreiFreiFrei December 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

      Alot of diet pills work by making you go to the bathroom more often, or by draining all of your water weight. When you excrete all of your water, what happens? You get dehydrated.
      Which, when combined with any sort of physical activity can lead to lethargy, unconsciousness, and even comas! Stay away from diet pills, they are dangerous. ;X

  2. Martisa November 26, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    I have personally never used any weight loss pills, but have come close! I think in the long run they cause more problems than they help!
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  3. Jmichelle December 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    My views on diet pills as a weight loss resource are very dependent on the concept behind them. I understand the purpose of weight loss pills but I also think they give those trying to lose weight a “get slim quick” scheme. Similar to “get rich quick” schemes, which offer another option, that doesn’t require healthy eating and exercise but a host of chemicals. These chemicals are used to bombard the human body functions and change the flow of calorie intake and regulate the development of hunger.

    In any situation I believe the risks are not worth taking, instead of trying to take the shortcut which may be easier, it would be safer and more efficient to lose weight with the development of a well balanced meal, exercise and meditation plan. When doing this the results will prove to be more satisfying and those who reach their goals will express gratitude towards themselves for the effort given.

  4. admired_gurly December 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    I get so confused by all the ingredients in the weight loss pills. I don’t expect them to be a magic bullet or anything but I do believe that with the right diet, exercise and supplement you can lose big amounts. When I was younger I combined a 1200 calorie diet, minimal exercise and thermo trim and managed to lose 30 kgs over 6 months. Whilst I really feel like thermogenic products work for me they usually contain such high doses of caffeine or taurine that it gives me heart palpitations or sets off my anxiety. I would love to hear from anyone who has had success with other thermogenic products without all the caffeine?
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  5. Torrey Holman February 20, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    It’s been a very long time, about 20 or more years, since I used any kind of diet pill. I am not sure just how well they worked, because I was younger of course and had more energy, so it possible that activity had a lot to do with the loss I saw. What I do remember very vividly though is the ‘jitters’. I think that is the main reason I have not tried any recently. I don’t like feeling like I need to climb the walls or swing off the chandeliers or something. Another thing is the outrageous cost. This really should be illegal with concrete proof that the pill itself (and I doubt it) does anything at all without a lifestyle change on your part.

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