Are you thinking about taking diet pills and want to know – do diet pills work?
I know it can be very enticing, especially with all the media ads everywhere promoting the newest miracle pill, saying how fast and easy it is, along with their before and after photos as the “proof” a particular diet pill really does work. And all you have to do is visit your local drugstore to get access to it, along with shelves full of many other pills right there to select from.
I mean who doesn’t want a shortcut to weight loss? I wish it really was that easy, but diet pills are not the best solution and are not the shortcut they are promoted to be. Results are usually only temporary and from a nutrition standpoint, diet pills are downright terrible in both the near and far term.
How Do Diet Pills Work
Most diet pills rely on chemicals to suppress your appetite. So in plain English, diet pills trick your body into thinking it is not hungry, and therefore you don’t eat.
You are consuming fewer calories by not eating, but you are also probably depriving your body of nutrients it needs to function properly.
Once you stop taking the diet pills, you will find that while you were on the pills, you trained your body to need fewer calories and now have slowed down your metabolism. Slowing your metabolism is the last thing you want to do when you are trying to lose fat.
Diet Pill Side Effects
Read the label on any diet pill container and you will see a long list of possible side effects ranging from nervousness, insomnia and headaches to more severe ones such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
Some also have embarrassing side effects such as ‘leakage’ and inability to control bowel movements (which translates to you may have an ‘accident’). Although you may be able to live with some of these, why risk experiencing any of these side effects when in the end, the diet pills are likely only going to be a temporary weight loss mechanism for you.
I know this may sound like a broken record to you, but the better option is to exercise and change your eating habits, which most diet pills suggest you to do for a more positive outcome in addition to consuming their drugs.
At the very least, start with a change to your eating patterns. Eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep you full.
It will also keep your metabolism higher so you will burn more calories. Cut down on sugary snacks and eat fruits and vegetables.
Do Diet Pills Work?
To answer the question – do diet pills work, for most people the answer is no for the reasons outlined above. If you are really serious about losing weight and keeping it off, then you will need to learn how to match what you eat with how many calories you burn.
It does not have to be hard, you just need to find the right plan for you. Some people need more structure as far as what to eat when, so if that is you, then be sure the plan you chose supports that for you so you will be successful.