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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking Weight Loss Pills

by Gab Billones


In accordance with the statistical data of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17% of people in the age range of 12-19 are considered obese. This means that about 12.5 million children and adolescents in America are at the high risk of chronic diseases and health complications. Overall, more than 60% of Americans suffer from obesity, a condition referred to people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) beyond 30 and are 3 times in size than their ideal weight.

123eObesity as an all-time high scenario has lead to many diet programs and weight loss strategies entering the market. And with people wanting an immediate solution to their fat problems, they opt towards the easiest options – weight loss pills. According to WebMD, about 15% of American adults use these supplements to increase the body metabolism and block the absorption of fat. Of course, you will find a lot of companies promising effective results in just a matter of week or months. Some of them even claim that taking the pill alone, without complementary exercises and diet restyling, could get rid of those flab residing in the bellies and burn the fats instantly. Three of the most popular weight loss pills which are all claimed to be the most effective are LipoNutra, Decatrim and Lipovox Hardcore Detox.

But how safe are they really? Do these weight loss pills come with certain disadvantages and risks? And if so, are those compromises worth risking enough in exchange of a slimmer body?

Taking an overview with the benefits that weight loss pills can give us, it operates under the assumption that it boosts the energy and reduces appetite. These pills are claimed to enhance cardiovascular health because of the lesser anxiety pulled towards the heart and the arteries. They’re also said to improve the rate of metabolism and provide an anti-oxidation effect. As it burns the calories in the process, it also slows down the corrosion of cells which is responsible for aging.  

Weight loss pills are also told to improve your overall mood. They lower the acid-alkali levels by normalizing the unbalanced state of an overweight person. And they’re said to break down existing fats in the stomach and other parts of the body.

But along with these promised health benefits are also presumed long-term disadvantages upon taking these pills. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delivered a couple of disclaimers and cautions regarding the intake of these weight loss tablets. As stipulated in the Mayo Clinic, these pills still need a lot of reliable proof to show the direct fat loss attributable to products like country mallow, hoodia, bitter orange and many others. Not to mention that they do get sold in the market even without prior regulation from FDA, thus poses a threat on the security of the consumption of the product.

In the years 2008 and 2009, FDA pulled out about 69 weight loss products in the market because of the addition of secretive pharmaceutical components. Some of which include the sibutramine, an oral anorexiant that was later banned in US because of its triggering effect for hypertension, palpitations, stroke and many more. Liver troubles were also reported after taking these pills and most of which happened after excessive intake. As a result, itching and yellowing of eyes and body happened.

It was claimed that some people take these weight loss pills excessively because of the notion that if they take more than what was suggested, they could lose pounds faster. This is a very dangerous situation since it spikes the metabolism rate beyond what the body could afford to process and it also makes the heart beat faster. This is precisely the reason why these precautions state that these weight loss pills can only be taken in a specified time frame.

Whatever choice you make based on the information you choose to believe in dealing with your weight, you need to make sure that you’re seeking the advice of your doctor or licensed dietician. The prescription should be properly secured first before taking these kinds of pills to ensure that it doesn’t react with other medications that you’re taking and would not deteriorate your health.

Also, effective pill taking for weight loss always come in combination with a healthy diet and physical exercise. A lot of companies are too profit-oriented that they wouldn’t care about the long-term effects of their products to their customers. Take a healthy lifestyle makeover and make everyday a new opportunity to live better.  


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