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Some weight loss pills work to suppress appetite, others claim to block fat absorption in the body. Other pills claim to help people lose weight by speeding up their metabolism, but almost all weight pills include one important little disclaimer and most of the time that note goes something like this.
“Does not work without changes in diet or exercise.” Diet pills may help people on their way to weight loss, but they definitely don’t work alone. In fact, in most cases, the people who take weight loss pills gain back the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose as soon as they stop taking their medicine.
So what does this mean, and is there just one little pill out there that will actually do exactly what I want it to?
The Search for Magic Medicine
Many people search endlessly for some sort of pill that can provide them with instantaneous weight loss results, but ads for weight loss pills exist on the Internet much like those get rich quick schemes that claim you can earn thousands of dollars per day doing nothing at home.
The magic may be out there somewhere, but we sure haven’t found it. The fact is, losing weight takes a change of lifestyle, not a change in the pills you take. The healthiest way to lose weight and maintain results is through gradual weight loss. It is suggested that individuals work to lose around 1/2 to 2 pounds per week, with many variables depending on weight, size, and a long list of other factors.
If you’re going to go on some sort of weight loss pill remember that 1/2 to 2-pound rule of thumb and start creating lifestyle changes that will help you lose that weight through healthy eating and exercise.
The Placebo Effect
In order to avoid false advertising claims, diet pills use stealthy language to tell potential customers that their products provide support in creating a new healthy lifestyle. This result is a placebo effect, and many studies have found that when combined with diet and exercise both people who took weight loss pills and fake placebo pills lost weight during experiments.
In other words, whether it’s a real pill or just a control group pill that’s staged to seem like the real thing, sometimes the very idea of taking a pill is enough to lose weight. Not only will it encourage you to change your lifestyle by exercising more and eating smarter, it will also help you think about your decisions. If that’s the extent of the effectiveness of pills though, perhaps it’s time to reconsider the pill altogether and use another method for making smarter decisions.
Weight Loss is Not Permanent
Weight loss pills are not a cure-all and in order to maintain long-term success, they should be used only to assist with creating a new healthy lifestyle so that in the end the person can maintain their weight on their own.
Many people who begin taking diet pills may lose weight initially but once they decide to stop taking the medicine they revert back to their old, unhealthy habits.
It has been reported that some weight loss pills, specifically Xenical, may cause individuals to have loose and oily stools if they eat too much fat. Some people see this as an incentive to watch their fat intake, but in reality, this is flawed logic. If people eat too little fat because they are afraid of having oily stools, they may be perpetuating bad habits.
This could include eating too little (which results in a slower metabolism) to not getting enough of much-needed vitamins such as A and D, which require a certain amount of fat to effectively absorb into your body.
There are serious risks and potentially unpleasant side effects associated with taking weight loss pills. Risks vary with each medication, but some risks include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and even heart failure. There is also a risk of psychological and physical dependency on weight loss pills, so it’s crucial to monitor the side effects and take this information seriously.
Many over the counter weight loss medicines are not regulated and can interfere with other medications, so if you’re considering taking a pill, consult a physician. He or she will help you make this important decision effectively, and can even help you toward your ultimate goal of a healthy lifestyle.
Every Person is Different
Weight loss pills that are seen to be most effective for people who are very obese and need help to get themselves at a weight where 30 minutes of exercise is not putting too much strain on their bodies. People often have distorted images of their own bodies and may think they need a weight loss pill but in actuality, they could benefit from simple diet and exercise.
Try other alternatives before attempting to take a weight loss pill, as it will save you money in the beginning and potentially leave you much happier and healthier in the end. Just like there is no effective get rich quick scheme, there isn’t a perfect diet pill. A healthy lifestyle is much more effective.