Many individuals have a strong desire to lose weight and a diet pill or supplement can be the magic ingredient. The makers of these products make big promises when it comes to their supposed ‘benefits’. Almost all of the claims are not backed up by any clinical research, in fact many of these so called ‘wonder’ drugs could have dangerous consequences to your health.
Despite the risks of these products, there popularity continues to increase, especially with people who suffer with eating disorders, almost 50% of those with an eating disorder are using over the counter weight loss supplements. Unless these products are prescribed by your doctor and are being closely monitored then you are putting your health at risk.
Not all supplements are intended for weight loss, some are used to replace something in your body you don’t get enough of. A dietary supplement may contain any of the following:
People take diet supplements to help them lose or maintain their weight, restore nutrients, repair damaged muscle tissue, improve eyesight or sleep. Over half of all Americans now use supplements, just because the supplement comes in nice packaging and is sold in a nice store does not mean it is safe. Many supplements are not regulated unless the product contains a new ingredient. After all it is up to the manufacturer to prove that their product is safe, many sadly do not comply with this. Many manufacturers make false claims about their products or produce them in unsafe conditions.
When looking for supplements to help you lose weight you will not be short of choices, distributors of these products claim many things that the products can do for you such as:
Diet supplements are available in any form taken orally, such as tablets, liquid, capsules and teas. Some are taken with a meal, others instead of.
Over counter diet supplements help weight loss by stimulating your metabolism as well as your body’s system for utilizing energy. Primary ingredients in things like Dexatrim and metabolic support are caffeine, this stimulates your central nervous system that helps burn fat through a process called thermogenesis, the risks of taking these supplement may outweigh any benefits.
Many weight loss pills etc. are harmless and some may even help you feel full and boost your metabolism, however many ingredients in these supplements have been banned by the FDA because of side effects like:
One of the biggest risks with over the counter supplements is that you don’t always know what your taking, because the FDA does not test every single product there is no gurantee that they are safe, as nearly all manufacturers do not list what you are ingesting on there label here is just a brief insight into some of the products:
Some people with an eating disorder may not be concerned with supplement side effects, they could be so preoccupied with losing weight that they forget about the risks.
An individual with anorexia or bulimia is likely to abuse supplements in the following ways:
Taking excessive doses can be lethal, taking excessive amounts of supplements can raise your heart rate to dangerous levels increasing the risk of heart attacks or strokes.
Abusing products that can cause liver or kidney problems only increases the chances of getting organ problems.
The FDA has recently approved Belviq and Osymia for weight control. Both drugs are for adults with a BMI of 30 or above, adults with a chronic weight related condition may also get them.
Many supplements in stores are recognized as safe, just because you can buy these without a prescription does not mean that you can take more than the recommended prescription or combine them with other drugs, serious side effects can occur, because of there availability, peopel with eating disorders are more likely to abuse them.
Many people of normal weight are abusing these products and the effects can be dangerous, even life threatening in some cases.
Hopefully you can now see some of the bad effects weight loss supplements and pills can have on you, please feel free to comment below.
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