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How Effective Are Weight Loss Pills?

Updated on April 7, 2010

Diet Pills - Are They Worth It?

Weight Loss Pills
Weight Loss Pills

While weight loss pills are the most popular method used by millions of people worldwide wanting to lose weight, they may not be essentially the best way out. Be sure you know the ups and downs of the weight loss pills before going crashing into a health spin.

The busy schedule of corporate life with hectic travelling and erratic routine often pants for a healthy lifestyle. Long meetings, numerous cups of caffeine, finger foods et al are the pre-cursor of all health ailments. The fitness and stay toned hype has left a wrong impression on many busy bees.

Due of lack of time for workout sessions people often opt for slimming products like weight loss pills. Most slimming products come with a diet plan and workout session details. Usually the latter two go for a toss and the entire burden of weight loss comes on to the weight loss pill. No wonder the weight loss pills that form part of such slimming plans end up harming the body in a massive way.

There are some popular slimming weight loss pills that are available online without any prescription. Frequent travelers try to get quick results often at the cost of getting ailments in lieu. Often enough, they fall prey to certain gimmicks and end up in the hospital.

Popular Weight Loss Pills or Problem Centers?

1. Placebos is a popular drug among obese people but in reality it contains little more than sugar or chalk.

2. Ma Huang weight loss pills are based on the drug Ephedrine, similar to amphetamine. In the US, it is not illegal to possess a small amount of this drug for personal use. However, one can be prosecuted for selling it in the UK. The drug carries high risk side effects including vomiting, heart palpitations, insomnia, strokes, kidney failures, miscarriages, and heart attack.

Since, most frequent travelers look for quick results, they tend to overlook the long term health ailments. Slimming and weight loss pills can help in losing weight but they should only be consumed when prescribed by doctors for those who are clinically obese. The entire treatment should occur only under strict medical supervision.

Anyone who is overweight but not obese must try to lose weight by a combination of healthy eating and exercise. Weight loss pills only tend to increase the problem if not moderated.

According to a health-based survey, young female professionals are more prone to go for shortcuts when it comes to losing weight. They tend to consume appetite suppressant weight loss pills like Reductil to kill the craving for food.

In actuality, this suppressant is meant for people who are clinically proven overweight. Naturally the health of these young women gets adversely affected.

Natural? Be Sure It Really Is.

The fad for the famous Chinese herbal tea, touted as a natural way of losing weight without using any weight loss pills, may also prove lethal. Consuming unprescribed herbal tea may cause several health ailments, especially if you are not sure of the authenticity of the source.

In the very first instance, people get duped with the very name of Chinese herbal tea. While authentic Chinese herbal tea could actually help one in losing weight, the fake varieties may well land one in the hospital.

Many diet enthusiasts have fallen ill after consuming the poorly regulated herbal slimming aids from China. The most famous example is John Daly, the 1995 US Open champion, who suffered a heart attack in 2002 after consuming unmonitored herbal tea and slimming capsules.

So take a conscious decision before you decide to use weight loss pills to lose weight, lest you lose your complete health in the bargain.


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      David Spencer 

      7 years ago

      There are plenty of weight loss supplements that do work to help people maximize their weight loss and don’t require a prescription.

      Reductil is a diet drug that is very popular in all countries. It is used to help men and women with weight loss issues by suppressing their appetite. The people who seem to benefit the most from Reductil pills are those that are obese.

      David Spencer

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      8 years ago

      Very great hub! I think that weight loss should be associated with a healthier lifestyle through better nutrition and more sport and through greater serenity and self-esteem. The pills are certainly not a good idea!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Pamela hit the nail on the head - allot of weight loss is emotional. Great Hub! You are a great writer! So glad you found me - thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Personally if you ask me, I'm for a combination of diet control and exercise. It works as the one and only best way of losing weight.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I never did well with over the counter pills. For me, it is a mindset. When things in my life aren't too chaotic and I make a decision that I am going to stick to some sort of diet I seem to be able to meet my goal, but sometimes I am just not at a place emotionally where I can make the commitment. Good hub.

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      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I don't think they're very effective, and I question their safety as well. I've seen people use them and they tend not to lose much weight (although perhaps this is just my personal experience).


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