The truth about weight loss medicines - Times of India

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If you've ever watched late night television, you must have stumbled across endless advertisements about magical weight loss pills.

Each advertisement begins with the wondrous promise of 'eat all you want, don't exercise, and still watch those kilos melt away.'And with obesity on the rise the world over, the business of weight loss medicines becomes more lucrative with each passing day. But is there any merit to these weight loss pills? Can healthy weight loss really be that simple? Today we're taking a look at what the truth behind these weight loss medicines really is.

Claim to blind 'fat' cells: There are many weight loss medicines available out there, most of which claim to shield us from the absorption of fat. Sold as pills that can cheat our metablosim into thinking that the stomach is full, sadly, the truth is nowhere close to what they 'guarantee'. Blinding fat cells, is not a scientifically accepted method or even description for healthy weight loss processes. Most companies use legal loopholes to incorrecrtly describe products, without focusing on genuine, clear-cut product descriptions.

Side effects of weight loss pills can be:

Increased heart rate

Undesirable interactions with prescription drugs you are taking


Stomach irritation

Nervousness or irritability

The truth behind fat burners: Fat burners are generally some combination of herb-derived stimulants, essential fatty acids, chromium picolinate, pyruvate, and/or hydroxycitric acid. They are meant to increase energy while leading to fat burning, only when combined with exercise. However, their safety is a different matter altogether. They lead to an elevation in blood pressure levels even after you stop using the drugs. Some can also lead to unexpected dizziness and stomach problems.

Absorption of fat cells becomes a problem: One of the dangers of diet pills is with the absorption of fats. Diet pills, if taken in regular doses create a deficiency in vitamins A, D, E, K, and Beta-carotenes. Many diet pills can also create symptoms of pruritus, rash, urticaria, angioedema, and anaphylaxis. Dietitians generally recommend that people who absolutely must take diet pills, should increase their multivitamin supplementation to ensure adequate nutrition.

The bottom-line: Even dietitians or nutritionists who advocate weight loss medicines are of the opinion that they can only work well with regular exercise and a proper dietary routine. Whether or not these products can actually speed up your efforts of getting in shape is up for debate, but never and in no way can they ever do so without a balanced diet or exercise. Besides, dietitians and nutritionists are not meant to prescribe drugs, since their field of healthcare practice does not cover such expertise.

15 Oct, 2011

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