Diet pills (Didrex, Tepanil-Appetite suppressants) and weight loss pills and supplements such as Garcinia Cambogia, Hydroxycut, Orlistat, Green coffee bean extract and much more, are very popular on the market nowadays. Many males and females are using them mainly for the purpose of weight loss. Some may also use them due to their struggle of maintaining their body weight.
In the long term, regular use of diet pills will not only produce a dependency (1), but will also produce side effects on the human body and mental status. Studies have shown that some diet pills could lead to a higher risk of impairing your liver function and metabolism due to high toxicity which may cause liver cancer (2).
Moreover, studies have not shown significant results on sustainable weight loss with the use of diet pills. Some pills may reduce your appetite for a short term, but will not necessarily help you manage your body weight in an efficient and reasonable manner. In other words, both diet and weight loss pills may reduce your appetite by eating restrictively or skipping meals until your body gets tired and becomes deprived from essential nutritional requirements. A restricted diet will then not only make you feel less focused, but also irritable and aggressive with a higher risk of bringing you back to your previous eating habits. You can feel frustrated and upset due to this outcome and even develop an eating disorder such as Anorexia, Bulimia or any other eating disorder not specified with the hope of trying to lose weight.
Self-esteem and body image are very important aspects when it comes to making peace with food and overcoming your fear and struggles with your eating habits. Only the right experts using an interdisciplinary approach such as Nutrition and dietetics, Psychology, Sociology and more, will help you break that ‘vicious’ cycle (if I may say) of eating patterns with the goal of living a better quality of life.
Take the first step today and get the help you need by contacting your SNC Dietitian in order to help you find a way to develop healthy eating habits for an optimal and balanced quality of life, and especially loving yourself.
2. García-Cortés, M., Robles-Díaz, M., Ortega-Alonso, A., Medina-Caliz, I., & Andrade, R. (2016). Hepatotoxicity by Dietary Supplements: A Tabular Listing and Clinical Characteristics. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(537), 1-23.
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