i’ve gotten so many messages about these. “are they safe?”, “do they work?” …let me just say, if these things actually worked like they advertised, wouldn’t the entire world be slim and fit? not only are a lot of them seriously dangerous, most just don’t work.
when you take these are you really addressing the actual problem here? if you have a problem with overeating instead of fixing it you’re just doing the easiest thing and using a short term solution instead of a long term.
different types of diet pills (info from besthealthmag) :
• Powerful laxatives. Take these—which carry claims that they “flush” or “melt” fat, and “cleanse” your body—and you’ll be spending a lot of time on the toilet. They tend to contain natural laxatives such as psyllium, rhubarb powder, cascara, fennel powder, senna, goldenseal and others, and natural diuretics such as ginger, fennel, vinegars and teas. They come with warnings to drink lots of water and avoid taking other medication within two hours (because the desired effect of the other medicine may be reduced—something to consider if you’re taking anything from blood pressure meds to the pill), and also that overuse can create a dependence on laxatives to move your bowels.
• Stimulants. The labels claim they “burn calories,” “burn fat” and “increase metabolism.” They’ll likely make you feel jittery and on edge, and may cause your heart to race. Common ingredients include caffeine, sometimes two to three cups of coffee worth in a single pill, and often green tea extract (listed as Camellia sinensis).
• Appetite suppressants. These claim to kill hunger pangs and make you feel full. Peter Janiszewski, a Queen’s University PhD candidate and exercise physiologist, whose website Obesity Panacea debunks weight-loss products, observes: “High insoluble fibre tends to increase satiety, but it also creates gastrointestinal issues like gas, bloating and diarrhea.” A common ingredient is hoodia, an African plant that some claim quells hunger (so far no research studies prove it’s safe and effective). Green tea extract and psyllium are also commonly found in suppressants.
a popular one on here seems to be burn60. i get a lot of messages about this product from GNC. so i went to their website and the product claims to burn 60% more calories then right below where it says this it says, “these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.” this isn’t even the best part under the “clinically studied” page you’ll see they did a study consisting of 22, YES ONLY TWENTY TWO PEOPLE. they never did a study on the long term effects of this product either. doesn’t sound like a product you want to take does it? hydroxycut is one of the more popular diet pills. the product claims to aid in weightloss. back in 2009 the FDA warned people to stop using hydroxycut because of the serious health problems it caused 23 people and one death. diet pill side effects include, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, withdrawal side effects (vomiting, stomach cramps, depression & weakness), blurred vision, dizziness, insomnia, and upset stomach, headache, DEATH. now what are the side effects of a healthy diet and exercise… hmm… nothing? remember, just because a product says it’s natural does NOT mean it’s safe.
do they even work? :
most of the claims with this products seem to good to be true, most of them are. a lot of these products are untested and unproven. they’re only short term bandages to your problem. most you can only take for 6 months or less (some only under 3 months). once you’re finished those months the weight will come right back unless you stick to a healthy diet and exercise.
lastly, doesn’t eating healthy and exercising sound a whole lot better than worrying about all these crazy side effects from a silly pill? you can lose weight without them so why don’t you?