There are many ways of restricting your calorie intake. You can, as our previous article looked at, cut right back on the amount of food you eat. Or, alternatively, you can eat foods that are particularly low in calories. But what about diet pills and appetite suppressants? Do these weight loss pills really work?
There are plenty of options on the market if you are looking for meal replacements which come in different forms, the most popular of which tend to be meal replacement shakes or protein drinks. Again, with these, you may well lose weight quickly, but as we looked at in ‘Why Diets Don’t Work in the Long Term‘ it will be fluid and lean muscle tissue that you are really losing, rather than fat.
There are some longer-term dangers that come with these options also. These kinds of diets can afect your metabolism in such a way that when you resume eating as per your normal habits prior to the appetite suppressants you have chosen, you’ll pile the weight right back on.
When you start to take a look at the issue of weight loss, in the earlier days, the medical profession had a part to play in the cash in on the gold rush that was found in diet pills and potions. Recently, there has been something of a correction of course as more ethical people have begun to play a part in the game. The medical industry is slowly changing, but they are still addicted to the vast amounts of money that flood in with every new diet pill product that hits the shelves.
That aside, there have also been some significant advances in helping those who are clinically obese with more and more effective procedures. Almost a hard programming methodology to appetite suppressant, there are extremely invasive approaches such as gastric banding, stomach reductions, and a whole host of other operation that can have some dramatic effects, but the safety of these is not yet fully known.
If you were in the weight loss space in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you might remember a product called Xenical (actual name Orlistat) which worked by blocking the absorption of about 30% of the fat that you eat. This unabsorbed fat was then flushed out with normal bowel movements. But it was found that Xenical can have a number of unpleasant side effects.
One of the more concerning side effects of Xenical was that it led to a deficiency in the fat-soluble beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A, and Vitamins E and D. There were also reports of people struggling to control flatulence and bowel movements, where it wasn’t uncommon for people to make it to the toilet in time.
The thing that I found I struggled to understand about using Xenical was that you needed to be on a diet in the first place for it to work; so what’s the point in taking Xenical then? That makes it a little hard to tell what is actually working for you; is it the drug, or the diet?
Using appetite suppressants isn’t something that I take lightly. Personally, I don’t use them if they are not natural as I’m concerned about what I put into my body. I prefer to use more non-invasive approaches to help control cravings, but this is done in a very moderate way.
I still eat a wholesome three meals a day and ensure my body gets the nutrition it needs. The easiest way to make changes to your diet is to reduce the refined sugar and gluten, and if you can, the diary. If you can phase it out completely over a number of months, you’ll see a big difference.
Don’t mess around with appetite suppressants that are loaded with chemicals. Do some research on natural options that are easily accessible to you. I’ll be sharing some of my more recent changes to how I approach a healthy diet this way in the very near future.