In a world where obesity is becoming one of the major health issues of the 21st century, more and more people are looking for a solution to help them with the battle against the bulge. And in that battle, they are turning to diet pills as an answer to many of their weight loss issues.
Diet pills have received a wide range of publicity in recent years – both good and bad - from the scare behind ephedra-based products, through to the discovery that pop music princess Britney Spears uses such supplements.
Here at The Pink Fridge, we have reviewed and outlined several of the most popular diet pills and supplements around today so you can make an informed choice when it comes to weight loss aides.
Prescription diet pills made their way onto the weight-loss scene back in the 1960s and 1970s in the form of amphetamines (better known as speed). Due to their addictiveness, diet pills started receiving a bad reputation. Since then a wide range of appetite suppressants that worked by sending messages from the brain telling the body that it was full, have flooded the market – many with differing results. In the 1990s, health science moved a step forward, with the introduction of diet pills such as Orlistat/Xenical that work by blocking the absorption of 30% of fat consumed, and removing it through the bowel without it being stored in the body.
Prescription diet pills are designed specifically for people who are excessively overweight or obese (with a BMI of 30 or more). They are intended to be used over a short term basis (up to three months) to help kick-start the weight loss process in users. Their use should be teamed with a healthy eating plan (low-calorie/low-fat), and also a regular exercise plan. Patients being prescribed these pills by their doctors should also be made aware of many of the potential side effects associated with taking the drugs, which can range from insomnia and nausea, right through to severe heart and valve problems.
Over the counter diet pills on the other hand are supplements that usually contain natural or herbal ingredients, and are available without a prescription from your doctor. These are designed for people who wish to lose weight for cosmetic reasons, rather than for life threatening health reasons. There is a massive range of products being marketed in this day and age – all with varying ingredients. One of the most popular weight-loss supplements relies on a structure involving high levels of caffeine that are said to boost users’ energy and help them burn off calories and fat.
While over the counter diet pills don’t need to be prescribed by your doctor, it is still advised that people considering using these supplements consult with their physician before introducing such pills to their diet. Even though side effects are less severe than those associated with prescription diet pills, these should still be taken into consideration before using such supplements.
Whether you need to lose a few pounds or several, the use of diet pills should be used with extreme care.