Should You Take Diet Pills?
Lets face it. Dieting is hard. You didn't put your weight on overnight and unfortunately, you're not going to lose it overnight either. Most diet pills are not healthy for you and even if you do lose weight while on them, you'll most likely gain it back as soon as you stop taking them.
But if you are going to try taking diet pills make sure you avoid the following dangerous ingredients.
Ephedra (Also called Ma Huang or Ephedrine) is a botanical form from the Ma Haung plant. This substance, is found in many dietary supplements and other over the counter medications. Ephedra is a very powerful nervous system stimulant. It can cause vasoconstriction and stimulation of the cardiac system. Some studies have suggested that Ephedra, when used with caffeine may help suppress appetite and stimulate fat oxidation. But Ephedra does not show any significant affect on weight loss when used alone.
However, ephedra should be avoided because it can produce very dangerous side effects including rapid heart rate, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, insomnia, and even sudden death.
Guarana, a caffeine alkaloid, is often used for weight loss because it's a diuretic and laxative. But unfortunately, that is what causes the weight loss. It can also cause rapid heart beat and high blood pressure.
Chitosan is a supplement made from chitin, which is what forms the hard shells of lobsters and other shellfish. It is a fiber-like substance and works by binding to fat. Manufacturers claim that this undigested fat is eliminated by the body in bowel movements. However, there is no evidence that suggests chitosan has any lasting effect on weight loss. Another problem with chitosan is that it can also block absorption of some medications and vitamins. Also, if you are allergic to shellfish you need to avoid this ingredient.
Alli is an FDA approved diet pill that you can get over the counter without a prescription. Combined with a calorie restricted, low fat diet it can decrease the body's fat absorption by 30%. Unfortunately, Alli causes extremely frequent and urgent bowel movements. Many people report not being able to take it very long because it is so disruptive of their normal routines.
There are also several antidepressants that can be used for weight loss due to their appetite suppressing qualities. However, many of these pills also cause unpleasant and sometimes even dangerous side effects.
If you can, you should avoid using diet pills in your weight loss plan. The side effects are just too risky. Your best bet is to stick to a restricted calorie diet and exercise every day. The weight comes off slowly, but it does come off.