When people become frustrated with a lack of results from their weight loss efforts, some resort to using diet drugs or fat loss supplements. However, you should be aware that there are serious risks associated with their use. The autopsy results for ex-NFL player and film star Bubba Smith, who died in 2011, were released and the cause of death, as ruled by the L.A. county coroner, was an overdose of the diet pill phentermine. He is not alone. Diet pills and supplements are responsible for many deaths annually in addition to other serious complications.
Over the years, the FDA has pulled several diet drugs off the market. However, this action usually takes time and only comes after numerous reports of ill effects, including heart attacks and strokes have been documented. It can take months and even years before the risks are assessed.
Diet pills can be addictive, either from the substances they contain or due to fear of regaining weight.
These pills are not natural and their effect is not lasting. When their use is eventually discontinued, if the underlying cause of weight gain is not addressed, the excess fat will return. In addition, if a person’s diet is poor to begin with, eating less food will result in nutritional deficiencies which will result in other health problems.
Diet pills are expensive. Often advertized with a “reasonable” monthly cost which can really add up over time depending on the amount of weight you need to lose.
Finally, diet supplements have not undergone any safety testing and may not even work at all. Manufacturer’s slick marketing and unsubstantiated claims are common. They focus on luring in frustrated dieters with miraculously easy weight loss claims.
It is much better and safer to build your diet around the foods we are adapted to eat from hundreds-of-thousands of years of evolution. Avoiding the man-made products so common in today’s supermarkets is the first step to ideal weight and optimal health.