Are Diet Pills the Answer ?

So if diet pills work and I’m overweight, why not use them to get myself back to where I want to be? The truth is, we live in an obese society. If so, it makes sense that the weight loss is big. We’re all busy, so we want the easy way out, the quick fix, and lose those extra pounds without disrupting our busy lives. Diet pills seem to be an easy answer, so why not try them? There are actually two big reasons: harmful side effects and addiction (physical and emotional).

The biggest reason the dangers of diet pills exist is that they are not really regulated. The law does not require a diet pill to be tested by the FDA before it is released to the public. The FDA will pull a diet pill product off the shelves if it turns out to be dangerous, but by then you may already be using that particular drug. So what are the side effects that could result from this lack of regulation?

Diet pills generally have one or two of the following: They can suppress appetite, increase metabolism, block fat absorption, or even use laxatives to flush the body of waste and fluids. The chemicals in the diet pills that help them achieve these things are known to cause various side effects. Some of the best known of these are anxiety, insomnia, palpitations or heart attacks, stroke, fever, dry mouth, blurred vision, hair loss, sex and menstrual disorders, urinary tract problems, digestive problems and even congestive heart failure. There are plenty of others too, so the risks can be high when it comes to side effects from diet pills.

The other danger with diet pills is addiction. The chemicals and drugs used in the pills can often cause physical addiction. On the other hand, when pills work, even to a small degree, emotional addiction can follow. You may think that you cannot maintain your weight or even live without the pills and that you could end up in the middle of complete dependence.

If there are side effects in conjunction with dependence, there are also risks of overdose. In the rush to lose as much weight as possible as soon as possible, you may be tempted to take more diet pills than recommended. The result can be convulsions, hallucinations, breathing difficulties or even a heart attack. It is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you feel or have any of these symptoms.

The risk of using diet pills is varied and high. With no regulation and high availability, those seeking an easy solution to a major problem could end up jumping from pill to pill, becoming addicted, or experiencing terrible side effects. What many don’t realize is that the only proven way to maintain weight for a long time is a balanced diet and exercise.

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