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The Truth About Diet Pills

Updated on September 5, 2012

After downing many different diet pills over the years since my late teens, I’m surprised that people actually fall for them in terms of weight loss gimmicks. Newsflash: even if they do help you to lose weight, its effects are probably short term at best. If you don’t know the real skinny on how they work, I’ll be glad to explain it to you.

First of all, one of the main ingredients in 98% of diet pills is caffeine. Why? The point is to give you a boost of energy so that you work out longer while consuming less food so that you burn more calories. It seems simple enough to me, so I don’t understand why people act like the newest diet pills are some miracle drug. They never are. Why do you think it’s recommended on the outside of the boxes and bottles that it’s sold in instructing you to keep up your normal workout routine? I think a long time ago people thought of diet pills as some wondrous new drug that was supposed to melt the fat off of you while you sit on your butt. I think it took a good while before people realized that wasn’t really the whole point…

Second of all, most of them contain some kind of ingredient that acts as an appetite suppressant. The pills that you see with those 2 ingredients that are always in common are usually the energy booster and the appetite suppressant. You can use an appetite suppressant in pill form all you want, but the fact of the matter is, eventually you’re going to stop taking the pills and your appetite is going to come back--full force. You may not go back to your normal eating patterns and cravings right off the bat, but you will eventually. I don’t mean to sound discouraging, but it’s the truth. You’re reading an article by someone who’s taken the mother load of them over the past decade (TrimSpa, Zantrex-3, Dexatrim, etc.) and if there’s one thing in know, it’s that diet pills are not synonymous with miracle pills.

People are going to do what they want and believe whatever they want, and they’re not going to stop taking diet pills just because people warn them not to. I’ve seen people have to be hospitalized because they were taking two diet pills a day, or two every few hours, and heard about others who’ve dropped dead from taking them.

For one thing, I’ve never taken more than one diet pill a day when I was using them. I’m very sensitive to caffeine, two Midol have a tendency of keeping me up for hours on end, and when I felt the way that just one diet pill had my heart going I didn’t take anymore. Dexatrim Naturals was the best appetite suppressant I could’ve asked for. It didn’t have a caffeine boost and I wasn’t hungry for hours at a time and actually had to make myself sip water. But it’s all an illusion. Taking more diet pills than recommended is not going to make you lose more weight either although I know that’s what some warp minded individuals seem to want to believe. Like I said, they’re no miracle drug, but they can give you the illusion with the effects that they have.

In my opinion, there’s not a whole lot of different in diet pills and energy drinks except for maybe the appetite suppressant. For awhile that’s all I would use my leftover diet pills for--extra energy. But eventually I stopped that as well. Not that energy drinks are anymore healthier, but taking diet pills would make me paranoid. I wouldn’t advise anyone to go down that road.

Also remember that just because you see a celebrity endorsing a diet pill, doesn’t mean that’s how they got thin. They’re working with dietician and nutritionists, personal trainers, and they have their careers to think about that helps whip them back into shape. A lot of them were thin before they even decided to endorse the products in the first place.

How am I doing now? I’m not longer on a quest to torture myself. I gave up diet pills a long time ago, but I’m also not determined to be on a diet or a string of fad diets for the rest of my life either. All you can do is try to live your life healthy. Taking diet pills definitely isn’t leading you down any road to enjoyable health in the future.

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