Wouldn’t it be nice, if you could simply pop a pill or drink a yummy drink and be slimmer. There are a lot of fat loss pills and drinks on the market, some more effective than others. But, the general consensus is that none of them are completely safe. Even the all-natural weight loss pills contain a combination of a large number of ingredients and how they interact with each other and your body is not information that is easily obtainable or, most of the time, entirely predictable.
Diet pills, including metabolism boosting, fat absorbing and carbohydrate blocking types really only work if you include them in a healthy diet with good nutrition and regular exercise. And, that is assuming that these pills will not seriously damage your health along the way. Diet pills and diet drinks are not intended to be used on a long term basis. If you need to use them to help aid in weight loss through natural means, make sure not to go longer than 3 months and make sure you consult with your doctor first. These “quick” products will not produce lasting weight loss – unless you have made a lifestyle change. In fact, study after study proves the vast majority of all people taking these products do not lose any weight at all.
Diet pills and drinks will work in the short term. They often work on one of two principles; starvation or fluid loss.
Some of these diet pills and drinks cause a feeling of “fullness” so that you don’t eat as much. This is “tricking” your body into thinking it is full. This is not much different than a starvation diet. Which we know doesn’t work. While you are on these pills, your body is being starved and will grab any food it can get and process to store in your body in the form of fat. The idea of course is that while you are on the pills, you aren’t giving it enough food to convert into fat. But when you come off these pills, your body is still in the mode of “grabbing” everything it can get and storing as fat.
The other type of diet pills available work on the fluid loss method. They work by causing your body to lose fluid (not fat). Losing fluid definitely will result in you dropping weight, but weight you shouldn’t be dropping. Your body is made up of 70% fluid and it is supposed to stay that way. Fluid loss diets result in a short-term weight loss and no fat loss at all. In fact, when you come off the diet your fat will still remain, plus anything additional you’ve added and all your fluid will return. You will actually be heavier than when you started.
Remember these truths:
- Metabolism boosting pills, natural or not, stress your central nervous system and increase your risk of heart attacks, seizures, strokes or even death.
- Fat absorbing pills are proven 100% useless and shown to damage the intestines in double-blind research studies.
The real truth is that losing weight isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about making lifestyle changes to become a healthier person overall. How you lose weight will dictate whether you gain it back or keep it off permanently. There still isn’t a miracle pill out there that will turn us thin.
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