Diet pills are of recent origin. The previous generation was unaware of such products. In fact, the problem of obesity was not that widespread at the time. If you had talked to them about a product like a diet pill, they would have given you a blank look. The advice on their part would have been to stay away from such pills. Instead, opt for natural methods of dieting and exercise.
Before making a judgment on the effectiveness of the advice, we must state that diet pills do not isolate people from diet or exercise. They only speed up the rate at which the benefits of diet and exercise are achieved. Therefore, the older generation sees only one aspect of the pills and not the whole. Therefore it does not represent the whole picture.
Diet pills are safe for use. However, an important point to note when using the pill is that they are not intended for cosmetic use. You have to attend a friend’s wedding and you want to shed those extra pounds. Diet pills may not be able to be used in such cases. These pills should only be used by obese people. Obesity is not how you see yourself (if it is, then every woman will consider herself obese). Obesity is defined as more than 30% of the ideal weight or Body Mass Index of 30 or more. In addition, if obesity has led to a disease such as high blood pressure and heart problems, these pills can be prescribed. Most diet pills are not recommended for children under the age of 16.
The diet pills can be broadly classified into two categories: prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs. Prescription drugs should not be used unless otherwise recommended by the doctor. Popular diseases in this category include Meridia and Xenical.
In the case of over-the-counter diet pills, users can purchase directly from the pharmacy. No prescription from the doctor is required.
Diet pills with natural or herbal ingredients have entered the market in recent decades. This is due to the popular belief that chemical drugs cause allergies. Compared to them, herbal diet pills are safer. In addition, their effects are more stable. While these are available at traditional drug stores, you can also purchase them from health food and nutrition stores. Diet pills with herbal supplements say “all natural.”
Diet pills of different types work in different ways. Some work by suppressing the appetite. They affect the hypothalamus in our brain, which regulates appetite. Lipase is an enzyme that breaks down fat. Prescription fat blockers act like lipase inhibitors, removing fat from the body instead of breaking it down. A few diet pills affect appetite-related hormones. Ghrelin is blocked and the brain receives a signal that the stomach is full.
Diet pills are not entirely free of drawbacks. They have been associated with side effects such as stomach cramps, gas and sometimes diarrhea. The user may also experience an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. The user is at greater risk of a heart attack.
Nothing can compete with natural remedies. Discipline in diet and exercise is always necessary, whatever diet pill one is using.