Weight loss is a touchy subject. There are comments made that can be painful. Losing weight isn’t easy and keeping it off isn’t either. It’s no wonder that we often turn to diet pills in order to give us a bit of help. Here are some that either are or have been on the market, along with safety issues to consider.
HCG: The FDA began looking into human chorionic gonadotropin in 2011. It has been used as a prescription medication for infertility, but the makers of weight loss products billed it as wonderful in helping lose weight. The plan is to take this supplement and try to live on a 500 calorie/day diet.
A 500 calorie a day diet is not safe unless conducted under strict medical control. It can mess up a lot of body systems and even be deadly. The HCG doesn’t improve those facts. In fact, there is no evidence that the supplement helps at all. Any weight loss from this is due to the calorie restrictions. If you see an HCG product, don’t buy it. It’s illegal.
Ephedra: This herb was banned by the FDA in 2004. The ban has been lifted to a certain degree and there are products that contain it available. There are potential problems for these products. If you have any underlying medical conditions, it may be wise to skip these products. If you do decide to use them, have a physical first, tell your doctor your plans and listen to what is recommended. Of all herbal products on the market, this one gets the most calls to poison control and it has killed people.
Caffeine: For most people caffeine is a useful weight loss product. However, if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and/or anxiety disorders, you probably should skip it. As with ephedra, talk to your doctor before taking it.
Diets: This is probably the single cause for continuing to be overweight. People go “on a diet.” That means at some point, they will go off of the diet. Once off of the diet, unless new lifestyle changes have taken place, the weight will come back on.
The best way to lose weight is to make it permanent. At first, you will need a good calorie counter. This counter covers activities and food. If you can burn five to ten percent more than you eat per day, weight loss will occur. Once you are at your ideal weight, you’ll want to make sure the count is pretty close to even most of the time. It isn’t easy, but it is simple.