Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Are diet pills really all that bad?

I recently had a friend who had been trying to lose weight for a while but was stuck. She exercised, ate pretty healthy but just stayed the same. Her doctor gave her some perscription diet pills and she lost 30 pounds very rapidly. I thought wow i should try that. I had thought about it before and thought..."those don't work and just an advertising sceam" but seeing my friend lose so much weight so fast was VERY tempting. So I started reading and I am glad that I did.
Diet pills do have potential to help a person lose weight and can be very appealing, especially if you are someone who has struggled to lose weight in the past but these advantages should be weighed against the dangers of diet pills.
Prescription diet pills are very strong drugs and much more potient then over the counter diet pills. They are addicting and harmful. In reading, it shows that something like having a lap band put on is much safer then taking diet pills (speed).
Each diet pill has its own set of potential side effects. Some diet pills, especially the stimulant-based diet pills, are habit-forming and as such can be abused. Abuse of these drugs may lead to dependence and heart and health problems. Metabolism disruption which effects many things in our bodies.
Most diet pills suppress the appetite, which causes you to consume fewer calories. On the surface, this seems like the ultimate solution for losing weight. However, as you reduce your caloric intake enough to produce quick weight loss, your metabolism also slows down. As your metabolism slows, the amount of weight you lose also slows down. So you may lose weight quickly or get that "quick fix" but in the long run you will ending up usually gaining because a slowed metabolism. Same thing happens in cases of anorexia.
The solution, of course, is to combine lifestyle changes to your diet slowly. You need to find the fine line of not starving yourself and not over eating. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, dietary changes, and regular health checkups can greatly increase your long term weight loss success.
Many diet pills work by norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine reuptake inhibition. One of these diet pill side effects is that it is known to substantially increase blood pressure in some patients. Serious dangers of diet pills of this nature can arise in those patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. Also, this type of diet pill is a controlled substance and can be habit forming. Other diet pill side effects from this type include: headache, back pain, abdominal pain, hypertension, palpitation, anorexia, constipation, nausea, thirst, joint disorder, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, depression, rash, acne, etc…
So diet pills may bring instant gratification but they hurt you in the long run (and sometimes short run) I would reccomend exercising more if you want to raie your motabolism and try to reduce your calorie intake and eat healthy foods. We have been given these bodies from Heavenly Father to learn to control them and take care of them. If we are taking diet pills we are not controling our appiteite, this pill is. We are not controlling our heart rate, the pill is. So you control you, its hard but will last a lifetime!

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