Risks of Diet Pills

     Almost everyone has seen a commercial on television for a new diet pill that promises a quick and easy way to lose unwanted pounds and improve your physical image. But, what the commercials don’t tell you is the effects they may have on your body if taken in excess, without prescription, or even side effects from ingredients that have not been studied on the human body, and that most people often regain more weight then they initially lost. How is something that is potentially dangerous still allowed on the market? Because these weight-loss and energy boosting miracle pills are not evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

     Some pills advertise an increase in energy. By increasing energy you can become more active leading to weight loss. Sounds good doesn’t it? However, these pills simply increase your heart rate, speeding up your pulse to increase energy. If taken incorrectly this can lead to an overdose like any other drug and a possible heart attack. Some overdose effects can  include tremors, convulsions, hallucinations, nervousness and more.

     Other diet pills, rather than increasing energy, work on burning fat in the stomach. This may sound like a dream pill to those who don’t want to commit to adding a workout to their busy schedule, but it simply is not that easy. Diet pills are usually made for a specific target group of people, and this target groups may also include those on an even more specific diet. It is always important to make sure that what you are consuming is right for you.

     Another type of pill that is commonly advertised are supplements with ‘natural’ ingredients. These pills include the same dangers as any other drug on the market. Since the FDA does not specifially evaluate these pills some ingredients are a bit risky as they may not have been tested thouroughly on the body.

     We reccomend that before taking a drug you should be evaluated by a physician to ensure you are being as healthy as you think you are.. You should be physically evaluated along with a professional perspective on the drugs being prescribed. They should always be taken with the recommended dosage and remember, there is no substitution for diet and exercise as the best way to lose weight, build muscle, and be the best person you can be.