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Diet Pills! Are You Kidding Me?

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Diet Pill Man Help me With Weight LossBeing fat really does suck. No question about it. When you get really sick and tired of being fat, you are willing to take very drastic actions. These past two years have been a very strange time for me. I gained weight without even knowing why. I stayed in such great shape for so many years and all of a sudden I ballooned.

During this past winter (2009-2010), I had almost started saying to myself, “well,  this is age and I guess there is no use fighting the tide.” But then I decided to take a look at a few things that I never thought about, such as “how much are you eating Frank?” And suddenly magic happened, I looked at what I was eating and I mastered the basics of eating correctly. It took about 1 week for this change of thinking and putting it into action. I now use the Fat Loss Formula that resulted from my study.

My mind never went to diet pills or anti-obesity medications or anything like that. I wonder why you would even consider taking medication to solve a problem that does not occur naturally, that is, in pure nature. Have you ever seen an overweight animal in the wild? A flabby flamingo, a tubby tuna or a porky pig? Well, OK maybe the porky pig, but they’re domestic.  Do you really need to put more stuff into your body to lose weight? Even worse, the side effects of diet pills are still not well understood.

According to Wikipedia, “These drugs alter one of the fundamental processes of the human body, weight regulation, by either altering appetite, metabolism, or absorption of calories.” Huh?

The Appetite Suppressors

Maybe the most “logical” of all diet pills are the grouping of drugs that curb your hunger. It makes some sense. Rather than trying to burn off excess calories by exercise or altering your metabolism, if you don’t eat as much in the first place, the problem is solved before there is a problem. Here are a couple of the most popular products

  • Sibutramine - is a prescription drug sold under the brand name Meridia. Sibutramine is taken orally and works by altering neurotransmitters in the brain. Sibutramine has numerous side effects and concerns about its safety has led the UK and EU to suspend availability within its countries. Some of the side effects are constipation, inability to sleep, abdominal pains, headaches and dry mouth. In 2010, the FDA noted the concerns that sibutramine increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease.
  • Rimonabant – is prescription drug that is prescribed for patients of BMI greater than 30 (obese). Accomplia is the most popular brand name of this drug. It operates by blocking receptors in the brain that process the sensation of hunger. Shortly after market introduction, press reports and independent studies suggest that side-effects occur stronger and more commonly than shown by the manufacturer in their clinical studies. Reports of severe depression are frequent.
  • Phentremine – is approved as an appetite suppressant to help reduce weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification. Phentremine is sold as Adipex-P but is also available as a generic. Phentermine, in doses clinically used, works on the hypothalamus portion of the brain to release a neurotransmitter (or chemical messenger) that signals a fight-or-flight response, reducing hunger. Phentremine seems to be tolerated by the body, but psychological dependence is very possible in long term usage

The Calorie Absorption Alterators

These diet pills act slightly differently. For people that must eat, these drugs alter how much the body will uptake the calories that are consumed. It is amazing the innovation among the drug companies to allow people to still eat and appear to take some of the “sting” out of irresponsible eating.

  • Orlistat - affects absorption of intestinal fat in the body by inhibiting pancreatic enzymes, thus reducing calories. The body reacts by simply passing the rejected fat in the stool. Orlistat (marketed under brand name Xenical) is notorious for its side effects which can include steatorrhea (oily, loose stools) and flatulence (farting).
  • Exenatide – is a drug that is administered by subcutaneous injection twice daily before the first and last meals of the day. Marketed under the name Byetta acts by delaying gastric emptying and promotes a feeling of satiety (feeling full). Byetta is currently available as a treatment for type 2 Diabetes mellitus type 2. The side effects include acid or sour stomach, belching, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting; Byettais therefore not meant for people with severe gastrointestinal disease

The Metabolism Changers

So if you must eat more than your share, why not induce the body to burn it up faster. That is what these substances do. Unfortunately these drugs have not done well in achieving approval from drug regulatory bodies around the world.


As Wikipedia states, “Because of potential side effects, it is recommended that anti-obesity drugs only be prescribed for obesity where it is hoped that the benefits of the treatment outweigh its risks.” So I ask you, since there are so many legal drug options that the industry wants to sell you with known side effects, are you sure you want to take these?

Losing weight is about being healthy, energetic and virile. These drugs are not going to get you there. I beg you to rethink what you are doing when you are looking for a quick fix with drugs. Look at the underlying causes and make some brave and healthy changes in your life rather than taking an even bigger risk.

Please  lose weight the natural way!