Do you think you need a slimming pill as part of your weight loss plan? If yes, read this post to the end to discover the do’s, don’ts, the how’s and when’s of slimming pills.
Most people consider slimming pills as magical solutions that accelerate weight loss process due promises made by the manufacturers. However, a lot of these claims are not backed up by clinical research and the pills rather than offer the intended effect, cause harm to your body.
While you might place your trust in the effectiveness of the Food And Drug Administration, it is important you know this. Dietary supplements do not require approval from the food Food And Drug Administration (FDA) before being served to the public: unless they contain a new ingredient. Most manufacturers do not include new ingredients on the label so no one will have to inspect the contents.
What are Slimming Pills?
Slimming pills are drugs that are designed to control weight, by reducing the consumer’s appetite or calorie absorption rate.
Truth be told, some of the slimming pills on the market actually do what the manufacturers say they do. They make you lose weight by altering some of your normal body functions. The science behind the weight loss process is:
- Making you feel full faster thus, reducing the amount of food you consume.
- Reducing or completely preventing your body from absorbing fat contained in foods that you eat.
- Curbing your cravings for food.
- Slowing down your body’s fat production rate
- Speeding up your metabolism so your body burns fat faster
Why are weight loss pills considered Dangerous?
One would wonder why slimming pills are termed “dangerous” even when they affect the slimming process through the above-listed ways that seem logical. Well, the dangers of slimming pills do not lie solely in their ingredients, they depend on some other factor.
This factor has to do with the fact that they are subject to abuse since they are freely sold over the counter. Since slimming pills can be bought without the prescription of a doctor, many of its consumers get to buy them without knowing the ingredients and how safe they are. Of course, the fact that a slimming pill comes in a beautiful package does not mean it is safe.
Moreover, some of the ingredients contained in some weight loss products have been banned by FDA but manufacturers still include them. They were banned due to some harmful side effects such as:
- Liver damage
- Rectal bleeding
- Kidney problems
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
Are there any safe slimming pills?
Yes, there are safe slimming pills and they are widely available at commercial outlets or online. These pills contain only ingredients such as Belviq (Lorcaserin) and Qsymia (a combination of Phentermine and topiramate), approved by the Food And Drug Administration.
While these pills are safe for weight control, they are meant to be taken by certain people only. These people include adults with a chronic weight-related health condition such as cholesterol and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27. Also, adults with a BMI of 30 and over can take this pills – but with the prescription of a doctor.
The fact that a weight control product is widely available over the counter does not guarantee that it is safe for consumption. Moreover, abusing these slimming pills could pose serious medical issues such as those listed above.
How are Diet Pills Abused?
Often times, especially without the prescription of a doctor it is usually easy for an over-weight person or one with an eating disorder to abuse slimming pills. This results since most over-weight individuals are usually preoccupied with losing weight that they lose sight of the dangers of abuse.
Also, individuals with bulimia or anorexia are very likely to abuse slimming pills in certain ways such as:
- Combining the pills with other drugs. This could be very dangerous.
- Consuming way more than the recommended dose.
- Taking these pills without a doctors prescription.
The Way to Go
If you are overweight, there are several other ways you can go about shedding weight without slimming pills. Unless you have a doctors prescription and placed under close supervision, it is better to work with the other weight loss methods.
Emeka Dosh is a wellness and fitness enthusiast, writer, information wrangler and the creator of Healthfixhub.com. His mission is to provide beauty and health-related tips in fun and easy-to-understand words so everyone can learn and live healthily with ease. Come pass time with him on his Instagram and blog.