Are Diet Pills Worth It???

One of the most common questions I get is, “What fat burner/diet pills/fat loss pills do you recommend?”

My answer….”None.”

I, myself, have taken many different kinds.

In college, and for about 5 years after, it was my go-to way to drop the pounds.

Some have helped me lose a couple of pounds (5 at the most) and some have just made me so jittery I thought I was going to jump out of my own skin.

But in the end, all they did was cause problems.

There are a lot of reasons why I don’t recommend a fat burner/fat loss pill to people, but here are the top 3.

  1. They can give you a false sense of security when it comes to your eating plan.

When a person takes any form of diet pills they tend to sometimes stray from their proper nutrition. The thought goes through their mind that “Well, I’m taking the pills so it’s OK to eat….. (fill in the blank)” It may start off as once or twice, but then it can turn into a daily thing. So the fat loss that you were hoping for, never happens.

How do I know this happens?? Because I have done it.

We tend to come up with reasons why we CAN have something instead of why we SHOULDN’T.

 

  1. They can be VERY dangerous to your health.

 Back in the late 1960’s early 1970’s diet pills were basically speed and to get them you had to have them prescribed by a doctor.

When my mom was about 18/19 years old her doctor prescribed them for her.  It’s what they did back then with people who wanted to lose weight. My mom was overweight all her life and when she got old enough, she decided she wanted to lose the weight. And she did. She lost the weight and what was even worse, she almost lost her life.

After about 6 months of being on them she started hemorrhaging and ended up in the hospital. It was so bad the doctors told my grandparents to call her brother to come home from college because it might be the last time he would see her. This all happened because of the diet pills she was on. (And as a side note, my mom did not abuse the pills or take more than prescribed) Thankfully (and obviously) she recovered.

This was an extreme case and yes, regulations have been put on diet pills, at least the over the counter ones. But they can still do some damage. And if taken in large quantities, or improperly, they can lead to some serious issues.

For me they can, and have, messed with my thyroid. I have hypothyroid and have to take medication to regulate it just to get it back to normal. When I did take the diet pills it may have let me drop a few pounds, but it did a number on my thyroid. So as my doctor was trying to help “fix” my thyroid, all I was doing was messing it up.

 

  1. Most are nothing more than a bunch of caffeine.

 Because over the counter diet pills are now regulated, meaning a lot of the ingredients that might help with fat loss are now taken out and illegal in the US, the manufacturers of these pills need to fill them with SOMETHING to make you feel like you are “burning fat”. Their solution? Fill the pills with tons of caffeine.

The thought is if you FEEL like you are wired and burning tons of fat, so you will keep taking them. And because you feel like you are losing fat you decide after a day or two you step on the scale and see the number go down.

So they must work right!?!?!

Wrong. Because of all the caffeine, and sometimes other “safer” ingredients that push water out of the body, all you are losing is water weight. The fat that you thought you were losing was just an illusion.

When it comes down to it, the only way you will truly and safely lose that fat that you want to drop is by becoming active and changing your nutrition.

There is no such thing as a "Magic Pill".