Obesity is a very common problem nowadays in which a person’s BMI (Body Mass Index) exceeds 30 making it a real threat to healthy living. Most common health issues associated with obesity include elevated blood sugar, pressure and triglyceride levels finally leading to chronic disorders such as atherosclerosis, fatty liver, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
The prime causes are low physical activity, addiction to junk food, genetics, alcohol consumption, metabolic disorders and certain medications such as corticosteroids, antidepressants etc.
Weight loss pills are recommended only if you are still obese with/without associated complications even after vigorous physical exercise and dieting.
Weight loss drugs work by decreasing appetite, creates a feeling of fullness, increasing metabolism, promotes fat breakdown and prevents fat accumulation in the body.
Diet pills together with lifestyle modifications such as taking a healthy diet and regular exercise can speed up the weight loss process.
Note that these pills are not meant for everyone and are to be taken only on doctor’s advice. The key ingredient in almost all the weight loss pills is caffeine as it increases heart rate and accelerates metabolism. Pregnant women, those trying to conceive and breastfeeding women are forbidden from taking this drug. Weight loss pills during pregnancy can result in spontaneous abortion in the earlier months or cause a serious genetic defect in the growing fetus.
Common side effects include nausea, constipation, diarrhea and dizziness which tends to fade away as time passes. Serious side effects include increased heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, blurred vision, rectal bleeding and liver damage.
Currently prescribed diet pills for long term use in adults: Orlistat, Lorcaserin, Phentermine-Topiramate, Naltrexone-Bupropion, Liraglutide.
If your weight decreases with no significant side effects then your physician might advise continuing this drug until the optimal weight is achieved.
But if there is no weight loss or if you experience any kind of serious side effects then your doctor would recommend to discontinue the existing drug and start a new one.
Studies show that diet pills when used along with exercise and controlled diet, shows significant results than when used alone.
Natural or ayurvedic pills are widely available but its safety and efficiency are not tested thus not approved by the FDA. Synthetic pills as discussed above should be used only if benefits out way risks.
Take the medication exactly as the physician’s advice for the correct period of time. Resort to surgeries such as liposuction only when medically demanding.
Many are obsessed with the idea of size 0, six pack abs and a well-toned body. Teens fall into depression finding it difficult to fit into these standards. Accept your body the way it is. As long as you are comfortable nothing else matters.
Keep in mind that self-medication is dangerous. Always start the medication only after consulting a doctor. No weight loss medication can produce any desired effect without combining with exercise and proper diet control. Meditate to relax your mind and body.
Stay active Stay fit !