Do Over-The-Counter Diet Pills Work?
Many people who read or watch diet pill advertisements come away with the mistaken impression that it is possible to shed pounds by simply taking pills a few times a day. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It takes time to pack on the pounds and it will in many cases take even longer to lose them.
Drug companies that make OTC drugs must show proof that these drugs are both safe and effective. The FDA requires that documented human trials show the benefits and safety levels of this drug when taken as prescribed. However, dietary supplements are not regulated in this way. In fact, the FDA does not review any claims that a dietary supplement manufacturing company may make about its products. It should also be noted that many diet pills bring about negative side effects, including constipation, headaches, flatulence, oily stools, dizziness and elevated blood pressure.
That is not to say that all weight loss mediations are bad. In fact, studies indicate that taking prescription weight loss medication and maintaining a healthy diet can increase meaningful weight loss in the course of a single year. However, it should be noted that medication on its own is not the complete solution to obesity. Diet pills are made to be used by those who are reducing caloric intake in order to lose weight; if you do not reduce calorie consumption while taking the pills, they will not be effective.
Diet pills can help you lose weight; however, you will still need to create and follow a healthy meal plan that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, low fat proteins and whole grains. It is also wise to consult a doctor before taking over the counter medication of any kind, especially if you have health problems and/or are taking other types of medication.
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