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Is it safe to take weight loss pills? 

What is weight loss pills or diet supplements for weight loss?

Let’s understand first what ingredients these diet supplements contain! A diet supplement is the product which can be added to the content of your ordinary diet.Not all kind of supplements are intended to promote weight loss,some may provide valuable nutritional replacement for consumers who don’t get enough of specific nutrients in their daily meals.
Dietary supplements may contain vitamins,minerals,Amino acids(building blocks of protein),Enzymes,Glandular extracts,Botanical products(herbs) and Organ products.
People take diet supplements for many different reasons like:
  • To lose or gain weight
  • To build muscle tissue
  • To restore lost nutrients 
  • To improve sleep 
  • To improve physical functions like eyesight or to boost energy 
Don’t think weight loss pills are safe just because they are sold in attractive packaging with fake weight loss results through tv channels or newspapers or vendors.We attract what we see whether it is beneficial or not.Many consumers are not aware that product marketed as diet supplements are not subject to regulation by the U.S. food and drug administration (FDA) unless their product contains a new ingredient.
According to the Dietary supplement and health education act (DSHEA) of 1994,it’s the manufacturers responsibility to prove that the pills are selling are safe for individuals who will using it and not all manufacturers comply with this requirement.Many manufacturers are accused of showing false claims about their products,producing their supplements under unsafe circumstances and adding 
Pharmaceutical ingredients to their supplements.

How weight loss pills work ?


If you made up your mind to do weight loss by taking pills and started searching,then there is no shortage of options.The companies which are distributing these products claim that the ingredients found in these products could help you in achieving results like 
  • It will make you feel full before you should have eaten too much (due to the ingredients like guar gum,psyllium)
  • It will speed up your metabolism (due to the ingredients like caffeine,guarana,synephrine,B-complex vitamins)
  • Curb your cravings for food ( due to fennel,chickweed,bee pollen)
  • It will keep your body from absorbing the fat in the foods you eat ( chondroitin) 
  • Slow down the fat production of your body ( due to ( green tea,hydrocitric acid,flax seed)
Diet supplements are available in many forms like capsules,pills, powder,liquids and teas which can be taken through mouth.Some pproducts are taken with a meal while others are taken instead of meals.These diet can help you lose weight by sticking your metabolism which is the body’s system for utilizing energy.
The main ingredient in products like dexatrim with metabolic support is caffeine,a central nervous stimulant that can help you burn fat through the process of thermogenesis.But if you are taking these stimulants it means you are taking the risk with your body and you may face many health issues for lifetime.

Why weightloss pills are dangerous?


Many diet supplements can be harmless and some can be effective to create the sense of fullness, boosting your metabolism or burning fat.But some chemicals or ingredients found in weight loss supplements have been banned by  
the FDA because of harmful side effects like 

  • Diarrhea 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney problems
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Sleeplessness
  • Agitation 
  • Increased hear rate

Let me tell you some diet supplements which are recalled and banned by FDA.

Hydroxycut -Recalled and Banned

Some weight loss products can cause severe damage to your vital organs of the body like liver,kidneys etc. Hydrocycut products are banned and recalled in 2009 because of reports of serious adverse reactions on human body,including hepatitis and jaundice.One person who took these fat burning supplements 
died and other person’s liver damaged and required liver transplant.

Ephedra – Banned

Once it was widely used as an ingredient in diet products,the Chinese herbal stimulant ephedra was banned in 2004 because of its use could increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.Very dangerous to have such medication.In 2005,Lower court ruled that ephedra can be used in small doses then in 2006,a federal appeals court ,reinstated the original ban,stating that tablet like ephedra was too dangerous to be used as a supplement at any dose.

Fen-Phen- Recalled

One of the two active ingredients in the off-label diet drug  Fen-Phen is Fenfluramine was recalled in the late 1990s after the drug was linked with the sever cases like heart damage and lung disease.The other primary ingredient in Fen-Phen is still prescribed in certain cases for weight loss,but it should be only used with a doctor’s prescription.

Meridia – Withdrawn from market

In 2010, Sibutramine, a prescription drug sold as meridia was withdrawn from a market after a clinical study indicated that the drug could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

So if you are taking excessive dose of diet supplements or combined supplements can be extremely hazardous to your health.Taking a fat blocking supplements along with laxatives or diuretics could cause electrolyte imbalance,fluid loss and diarrhea.If you are taking Overdose of stimulant products that could raise your blood pressure to very high levels dangerously,putting you at the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Limited research on weight loss supplements also makes it difficult to judge the safety of taking them.So it doesn’t mean the product is safe if it is natural.Though rare,some dietary supplements are liked with hazardous health issues like liver damage.

If you are using any product marketed as dietary supplements,FDA suggests you.

  •  To ask yourself if it too good to be true.
  •  Be cautious if the claims of the product seem unrealistic 

  • Check with your health care professional or  certified dietitian about any nutrients you may need to add to your regular diet.
  • Watch out for extreme claims such as “quick and effective ” or ” very safe”
  • Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal testimonials about incredible results from using a product.


I would suggest to be smart with your eating habits and pills are never meant for humans.People are just using marketing strategies to sell their products after all for good results,you need to work hard on your body.Easy steps will never lead you to the greater results.

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