Hey There, Gorgeous!
Let’s talk diet pills.
Are there any diet pills that actually work? Are diet pills safe for everyone? Do diet pills that work have to be prescribed by a doctor?
There are many questions surrounding these little capsules that could contain the missing ingredient to a weight-loss solution.
But do they really bring anything of value to your health routine?
Let’s find out!
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Is It All About Image?
Sadly, 1 out of every 3 Americans is overweight, and it seems that this number will only INCREASE if we aren’t careful about what we put into our bodies.
Americans will also spend a great deal of money to get a quick fix, and to drop pounds easily with some sort of magic potion, with the hope of still being able to gobble down a large pizza on a regular basis.
There are also people out there who go to great lengths to lose the weight with physical activity, nutritional guidance and restriction, and even surgery.
Shows like Fit to Fat to Fit, My 600 Lb. Life, and Skin Tight document stories of real people around the U.S who are struggling to lose weight, and the triumph they feel when they do! (love these shows because I love to see people overcome!).
The issue of weight loss may appear to be skin deep, but carrying extra pounds around really packs an extra punch for some.
High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, sleep apnea, and early death are some very real risks and conditions that many people battle with on a daily basis…and in some cases, are weight related.
Those who are struggling with weight loss often seek help from doctors or naturopaths to try to gain some insight on what they can do to shed the pounds, and quickly.
And then there are those who aren’t necessarily overweight by medical standards, but they would like to look thinner. Feel better. Have more energy.
All things that many diet pills promise on their labels and in the advertisements promoting them.
So, do they do what they say they will do?
Before we discuss 2 of the 5 weight loss pills that are actually FDA approved, I would like to remind you to always ALWAYS see a doctor before you begin taking anything that has health risks. And make no mistake. Diet Pills do.
The key is determining the benefits and risks of taking the pills, and to decide if this is the correct option for you.
I know that you see commercials and advertisements of extremely thin bleach blondes in bright bikinis holding a bottle of the diet pills that they swear made them this way.
But, (though I have nothing against this body type, and my hair is blonde, haha), this is deceitful.
A diet pill alone, without some nutritional restriction and physical activity, will not go into your body and produce six-pack abs, a tan, and a bikini ready body.
I’m not, however, disputing that they have actually proven themselves to help.
The numbers vary for each brand, and type of pill, but people that have taken diet pills to assist with weight loss HAVE SHOWN to have lost between 3% and 9% more than those who took no type of weight loss medication.
Most of the pills on the market now are relatively harmless, however I still strongly recommend seeing a doctor beforehand, because medications that you might think have nothing to do with the diet pills could react terribly with them, causing very scary reactions.
That being said, doctors will generally only recommend a diet pill if your BMI is 30 or more.
Here are two types of diet pills that are FDA approved:
This is a prescription diet pill, but is also available over-the-counter under the names Alli and Xenical.
You can pick up the over-the-counter pills at your local market or drugstore.
Alli contains 60mg of Orlistat, while Xenical contains 120 mg. Big difference, so please proceed with caution!
Orlistat is often prescribed alongside a nutrition plan and physical exercise routine. Nothing magic is going to happen; you’ll still have to really put some effort into the weight loss.
This medication works by blocking the enzyme that breaks down fat in the body, making it difficult or impossible for the body to distribute the fat. Instead, the excess fat is passed through the body, and comes out in the stools.
Keep in mind though that it does NOT block calories ingested from sugars, or non-fat foods. So you will still have to be pretty careful with nutrition.
Ideally, you should also try to keep your fat intake for a day below 30%.
Any more than that, and you will be using the restroom very frequently, and have loose, oily stools. Sorry for the graphics. It’s the only way to put it!
It’s very important to take a multivitamin if you are going to try this medication, because you could be passing nutrients through the system that your body needs.
2. Belviq (Lorcaserin)
This pill is only available with a prescription. It is a controlled substance because it carries a risk of abuse or dependency.
I’m honestly not sure I would tangle with this one, not to mention the price can range from $125 to $215 for a thirty-day supply. Yikes!
Belviq affects the serotonin receptors in the brain, helping you to feel full.
It can have some serious side effects if taken while you are on medication for migraines, or if you are taking certain types of anti-deppresants. Be sure to be very thorough with your doctor when discussing medications.
Proceed With Caution!
Now, let’s get real with the side-effects.
Depending on your medical history, family medical history, age, and other factors, you could experience SERIOUS side-effects, such as:
- allergic reactions
- trouble breathing
- abdominal pain
- changes in bowel function
To name a few.
Some diet pills have even been banned because of increased heart rate, high blood pressure, heart valve issues in their users.
Remember Fen-Phen? Yeah, it was banned because of such issues.
It’s important not to order diet pills blindly on the internet. There are a lot of them out there, and most are not approved by the FDA, and therefore aren’t being regulated.
Abuse of diet pills is also a very real risk, and can be life-threatening. Losing weight is certainly not worth losing your life!
Are They Worth The Risk?
In my opinion, no.
For the amount of weight loss in studies and reported by individuals, I wouldn’t say it’s worth it to take a pill that could cause you more suffering than it’s worth.
Also, you will likely regain any weight lost once you stop taking the pills, especially if you are not trying to change your lifestyle whatsoever and relying solely on the pills.
If you are looking to add something into your daily routine that could help you to shed some pounds the healthy way, try Turmeric (you can read more about it here, or Apple Cider Vinegar (which you can get in a capsule – you don’t have to drink it). I take these two supplements every day, and have had suppressed appetite among other benefits.
There are also great natural weight loss benefits in essential oils.
At the end of the day, I’ll tell you that I am a very active person, and eat fairly well on a regular basis. I have tried several over-the-counter diet pills, and there is nothing spectacular about them.
After a few days of using them, all i noticed was that I was 100% sweaty All.The.Time. And I was irritable and edgy.
If you’re really serious about losing weight, begin by implementing a plan of action. Walk for 20-30 minutes each day. You’d be surprised how relaxing it is, and you might begin to like it! I do!
If you really want a challenging workout, check this out!
Balance out a healthy blend of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats evenly throughout the day. You don’t have to give up everything you like. Moderation is the key.
And remember, You. ARE. Beautiful. Right now. As you are.
Well, I hope this article helped shed some light on diet pills.
Have you used diet pills? Tell us what your experience was like in the comment section! We are all better when we are informed!
Have a beautiful, blessed day!