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Blog- Weight Loss Pills: Are They Safe?

Weight Loss Pills: Are They Safe?

In terms of diet pills, before asking about their effectiveness, 
it’s better to ask: are they safe? Let’s face it – a diet pill 
manufacturer is going to brag about how many pounds you’ll lose 
by taking their product, not how many side effects you’ll have. As 
a result, most customers are not given enough information about the 
safety of diet products and unfortunately might put their health 
at risk.

Phenylpropanolamine and caffeine

Most over-the-counter diet pills contain a combination of medications 
that have various benefits and harms. Usually they include 
phenylpropanolamine and caffeine, which suppress appetite. 
Phenylpropanolamine stimulates the central nervous system and has 
many effects on the body, in that it controls appetite. This is why 
it’s a key ingredient in most diet pills. Caffeine acts in a similar 
way and also causes a person to be alert and awake.

There is proof that diet pills can effectively reduce a person’s 
weight, but many health experts question the relevance of this. 
Recently, there have been findings that show phenylpropanolamine to 
cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, nausea, 
restlessness, anxiety, insomnia, irritability and even hallucinations. 
Similarly, caffeine can affect a person’s blood circulation and its 
effects on blood pressure are unpredictable. Obese individuals are 
especially in danger of hypertension – which is ironic, as the 
heavier a person is, the more likely he or she will be to take a 
diet pill.

Laxatives and Diuretics

Some diet pills on the market contain laxatives and diuretics. These 
merely force a person’s body to eliminate vital body fluids. Specifically, 
a laxative stimulates a dieter’s large bowel to empty, but only after 
food and calories have been absorbed via the small intestines. So 
fluids are lost in the process and thus the body reacts by retaining 
water and consequentially, bloating occurs. This simply causes a 
person to feel they need to lose more weight. Basically, laxatives 
not only don’t work, but are counterproductive.

Prolonged use of laxatives also cause cramps, bloating, bulimia, anorexia, 
severe abdominal pain, dehydration, gas, nausea, vomiting, 
electrolyte disturbances, and chronic constipation and when laxative 
use finally ceases, a person can experience withdrawal symptoms. 
Laxatives should only be used to correct irregular bowel movement; 
otherwise they simply cause problems.

Likewise, diuretics are a very dangerous component of diet pills, 
since they cause heart arrhythmias and dizziness. They also lead to 
dehydration and ultimately, kidney and organ damage due to the 
subsequent imbalance of electrolytes within the body. In order to 
protect itself from further loss of water, the body will again, 
retain more water and cause an individual to feel even fatter than 


So far, no pills or artificial diet supplements can adequately 
replace regular exercise and a nutritious diet. If you want to lose 
weight, your aim should be for a healthy body, not a damaged one. 
Don’t fall prey to misleading diet commercials and bear in mind that 
there is no such thing as a “quick fix” to weight loss.

Remember, you can always ask your trainer about diets things like this.


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