Diet Pills - Yes or No?

Rob Esmund By Rob Esmund, 1st Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Diet pills are big business and popular with people wanting to lose weight, but are they really a good idea? Read the pros and cons...

Pros

There is no denying that diet pills are very popular amongst people trying to lose weight because they promise easy weight loss without the need for strict dieting or heavy exercise. Diet pills are also popular with their manufacturers as they are relatively easy to make and can be sold for a good profit. It is no wonder that there are so many different competing diet pills on the market.

Ours is a society increasingly looking for the easy way out, but, are diet pills really such a good idea?

Pills are convenient for sure. They are easily stored in the kitchen or bathroom cupboard, and you only need pop a pill in the morning and then get on with your day. Some types may require another one or two later in the day, but that’s it.

By taking a pill to reduce weight we can shed some of the responsibility for beating our problem. It is up to the pill to get our weight down, and not just our own efforts. This shift of responsibility can take some of the anxiety and stress out of the business of trying to lose weight.

Diet pills can help us achieve some weight loss fairly quickly, which encourages us to carry on. The traditional way of cutting down on calories, eating certain foods, and exercising, seems like a long, drawn-out, boring process to many. A quick weight reduction is most appealing.

Cons

There are, however, possible problems with taking diet pills. We may become so dependent on them, that we become physically or emotionally addicted, and are loathe to give them up. This entails a vast expenditure of cash plus possible long term health problems. Some diet pills, like Hoodia, work by suppressing the appetite, and, although considered safe, natural products, may not be without subtle effects on body physiology if taken for a long period of time. It cannot be good to rely on such pills for life.

Diet pills teach us nothing about good nutrition. By relying on pills we may think we can eat what we like, but nutrition experts agree that a sound, varied, healthy diet is essential for good general health. Eating what you like could involve a high intake of saturated fat or carbohydrates which can lead to diabetes, artery, and heart problems over time, and taking diet pills won’t prevent this. It is much better that we know which foods are good for us and which aren’t, and learn to control our weight through the right food choices.

Weight loss is not rocket science, but it does take time and perseverance. There really is no such thing as a quick fix. Crash diets or diet pills may lose you some weight in the short term, but they almost always tend to cause a rebound because you can’t keep them up for ever. When you eventually stop taking the pills you are likely to put back the weight you lost and more.

Taking diet pills should be seen as a short term aid to weight loss only, and not as a miracle. Science has come a long way, but, weight loss in a bottle? No.

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Diet, Diet Pills, Pills, Safe Pills

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author avatar Rob Esmund
I am a retired UK health professional with interests in health, nutrition, and weight-loss

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