Do weight loss pills really work?

Diet pills have been around for a long time but since Alli was introduced in June 2009 we talk about the dangers and side effects of using prescription diet pills and over the counter diet pills to combat obesity and unhealthy eating. Alli has been available over the counter since 2007 in America only, Alli is not a new weight loss pill it is just a lower dose of Orlistat that has been around for decades.

Most weight loss pills are for overweight adults with BMI 28+ it should not be prescribed to anyone under the age of 18 but this does not mean that by taking diet pills that your diet can be abused. Over the counter diet pills like Alli can be bought for £20-50 for a month’s supply, I have found you can but diet pills online for up to a third off over the internet, saying this I wouldn’t trust buying weight loss pills over the internet as most are found to be fake and can seriously damage your health.

Alli diet pills work by blocking the fat content in food from being absorbed by the body, but if you choose to use diet pills it is recommended that you change your diet and adopt a healthy exercise routine as well. If the meal you are about to have contains fat then you take a pill if there is no fat then there is no need to take a pill. The pill stops the fat from being absorbed so this in turn is excreted, you may find that it is very runny and oil like. This is normal but the oil does not flush well so the toilet bowl will need to be cleaned each time the toilet is used.

Side effects

Like all diet pills and weight loss programmes there are some unwanted side effects to taking diet pills, we highlight the worst ones here:

  • Breaking wind unexpectedly
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Faecal leakage
  • ‘Oil’ stains in underwear
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps
  • There may be times where you have the urge to go so suddenly that you don’t make it to the toilet.

Before even considering taking a diet pill ask yourself if you really need it, most people can achieve fantastic results by applying self discipline.

Disadvantages to using diet pills

Diet pills are not intended for long term use, they vary but some of them only advise you to use them for up to 6 months. A down side to diet pills are you may become reliant on them thinking you can eat whatever you want and not put on any weight, this is the reason why GP’s are not prescribing diet pills anymore.

Appetite suppressants

While weight loss pills like Alli block fat from being absorbed there are diet pills that suppress the appetite like phentermine diet pills, the main ingredient in making this pill is amphetamines which then releases a chemical in the brain telling you that you are full.

The side effects of appetite suppressants are mood swings, chest pains and an irregular heartbeat. It is also possible to overdose on these pills causing problems like blurred vision, vomiting, seizures and hallucinations. Many appetite suppressants become highly addictive and withdrawal symptoms include nausea headaches and convulsions when trying to stop.

Before taking a decision to take diets pills consult your doctor in most cases you’ll find that you don’t need them but if you do weigh out the good against the bad as research has led me to believe that the side effect are just not worth it.