Diet pills are a dime a dozen. Walk into any drugstore or supermarket and you’ll see at least fifteen different kinds of diet pills, all promising to do the same thing – suppress your appetite and make the pounds melt off. It almost seems too good to be true, right? The truth is, it is too good to be true.
Diet pills aren’t much more than cleverly marketed supplements, and at best won’t do much to help you lose weight without modification of your diet and integrating exercise into your daily life. At worst, dangerous ingredients in diet pills can do more harm than good, causing increased heart rate, sweating, nervousness and other adverse health effects. Long term use of diet pills has been shown to cause more serious side effects, such as heart problems.
But do diet pills actually make you gain weight?
In a way, yes.
Do They Really Stop The Food Cravings?
Many diet pills have ingredients that work to suppress your appetite, or stop you from craving food. This may seem great at first, but it’s not doing you any favors. Diet pills don’t address the real problem people have with food. They don’t address overeating, or poor nutrition. They don’t tackle the root of the problem – they are simply a Band-Aid solution. When you don’t take the diet pills, chances are, you are really going to want those cheese fries.
Do They Really Increase Your Metabolism?
Most diet pills use some kind of stimulant to boost the metabolism, like caffeine or ephedra. These are the components that can cause you to feel jittery or nervous, or cause heart palpitations. Honestly, you aren’t burning that many more calories just because you’re on a crazy caffeine high. What often happens is your body uses up your blood sugar stores quickly, leading to a fast drop in your blood sugar. This, in turn, triggers your body to want to eat, and to eat now. So while you may have done well in the morning with your yogurt and granola bar, by lunchtime, your body is going to want protein, carbs and sugar. Likely, in the form of a McDonald’s value meal.
When The Weight Comes Back With A Vengeance
Whenever you stop taking diet pills, you will gain the weight you lost right back, and usually you will gain more. This is because you never learned how to truly lose weight. Healthy weight loss involves learning to eat well and exercise regularly. When you learn to change your lifestyle and the way you look at food, it’s a permanent change. Diet pills? They’re just a fad.
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