Learning About The Pro And Cons Of Weight Loss Pills
Any over-the-counter (OTC) medication has its pros and cons. In the field of weight
loss OTC medication and supplements, some are better doing what they promise to do
than others, but all of them have side effects in varying degrees of severity that
can aggravate health conditions or introduce complications.
It’s often a matter of weighing the benefits versus the risks of these complications.
What you should look for are those where the benefits far outweigh the risks. This
is often the case with FDA-approved prescription diet pills. Unfortunately, they
are not as easily obtainable as OTC weight loss pills and supplements that don’t
carry the FDA approval. Read moreFDA warning diet pills
And for many of these OTC products in the market, the benefits can be just about
even as the risks while others offer none of the promised benefits but expose you
to more health risks.
The concept is very sound: Consume less fat than you burn as energy and you lose
weight. It often means suppressing your appetite or neutralizing hunger pangs so
you eat less, increasingly less. These are commonly called appetite suppressants
found in many OTC diet pills and supplements, whether natural or not. In the early
years, these diet pills are amphetamine based or use a variant thereof. If you remember,
amphetamines are your street drugs called “speed.”
It works to control the appetite so you eat less. But some of it causes psychotic
disorders, lowers sexual appetites as well, and triggers heart palpitations, diarrhea
and insomnia. The drug eventually loses it appetite-suppressing property over extended
use. Today’s appetite suppressants use Phentermine to stimulate the brain into producing
certain chemicals to make you think you’re satiated and thus lose appetite.
Again, apart from causing insomnia and losing efficacy over time, the ingredient
can disrupt your circadian rhythm in metabolizing the foods you eat, slowing it down
so that it makes harder for you to metabolize normally and eventually gain the weight
This type of diet pills and supplements absorbs binds or captures the lipids that
come with the fat-content in your diet and this action prevents the fats from being
digested and absorbed into the body. They end up passing though the large intestines
and out in your next bowel movement.
Great concept, the only problem is that they can only absorb up to 30% of the ingested
fat. The prescriptive drug Xenical has the needed potency to attain this efficacy
but don’t expect OTC drugs promising the same action to have the same potency, or
they wouldn’t be OTC products. It’s OTC equivalent is the Alli which can cause messy
spontaneous defecation with oily stools.
Caution And Prudence
Other diet pills and supplements that increase metabolic rates have been known to
induce heart palpitation, nervousness and insomnia as they also contain more caffeine
than your regular coffee.
Most of the time, it takes a lot of research to identify the pros and cons and make
an informed decision on what diet pill or supplement is suitable for you. Often the
best recourse is to consult with your doctor. Being cautious and being prudent require
that you take the recommendation from a professional who knows your body’s health
and medical condition and the risks of unknown medication better than you do. Your
health is not something you should gamble with.