If you are interested in losing weight, it is likely that you have either seen commercials or talked to different people who were virtually praising the weight loss pills.
You may have even considered, at some point taking these pills to accelerate your metabolism, thus facilitating the weight loss process.
Most people consider these pills to be effective adjuvants to dieting and exercising. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) steps in and warns us that the weight loss supplements put consumers at great risk.
Just hours ago, the FDA issued a press release stating that two very efficient weight loss supplements (Oxy-Elite pro is one of them) appear to be containing dangerous pharmaceutical ingredients, which are not listed on the label.
The ingredients in question are fluoxetine and phenolphthalein. Fluoxetine (also known as Prozac) is an antidepressant, belonging to the SSRI class (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor).
Although it was approved by the FDA to be used as the main treatment against the major depression disorder (panic disorder, bulimia, OCD), back in 1987, fluoxetine should be taken only at doctors’ orders, because it allows people with different mental disorders to avoid depression, engage in everyday activities and live a normal life.
Fluoxetine helps the brain to keep the serotonin levels to a minimum (as serotonin is the neurotransmitter favoring the insomnia, depression, the panic attacks, etc.).
However, if administered to people who do not require any treatment of this sort, the fluoxetine will have an opposite effect, thus causing a concentration inbalance. Depending on each individual, the chemical reaction that the fluoxetine provokes inside the body, may even lead to cirrhosis, impotence, seizures and death. Usually, it also interacts with other types of medication and affects the normal functioning of the heart.
The phenolphthalein, on the other hand, is a carcinogenic compound that has been banned by the FDA more than a decade ago, after research showed that the animals used for the clinical trials were prone to developing cancer after being exposed to this substance. Until 1997, the phenolphthalein was the main ingredient of the Ex-Lax laxative.
Another type of weight loss treatment are the water pills. Doctors have actually revealed that this medication is marketed as weight loss pills, but in fact they are diuretics that help patients maintain their blood pressure under control. Usually, people trying to lose a few pounds are hoping that these pills will basically melt the fat away.
However, the irony is that these water pills cause severe dehydration instead. Also, eliminating too many fluids and electrolytes (i.e., sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium) disrupts and affects the normal functioning of the heart and affects concentration, due to the fact that the brain operates better if there is a certain amount of fluids and electrolytes in our bodies.
The yo-yo effect is yet another negative effect of the pills that affect you even after you stop the treatment. Your body will retain extra water to compensate for the severe fluid loss and you will probably weigh more than before.
Maybe a few supplements on the market are indeed made completely out of plants, but you cannot know for sure, unless you have them tested in a lab. However, not even the natural ones are safe, according to the Consumer Reports. One such example is the yohimbe tree bark that causes panic attacks and high blood pressure.
Regardless of how much money are invested in marketing strategies or how well the PR specialists spin the benefits of a certain product, the companies producing the weight loss supplements cannot evade court when they fail to comply with customers’ expectations.
This is the case of a Salt Lake company, who’s advertising campaign impelled people to eat as much as they can, because they will still be able to get rid of the unwanted extra pounds. When the company’s product could not comply with the requirements the same company had previously established, customers sued the company and were refunded the money they spent on that particular product.
Nervousness, heart problems, liver damage, depression, disorders of the digestive system, severe dehydration. These are only a few of the side effects that people usually experience when consuming different weight loss pills, no matter how effective. Don’t trade your health for your looks. Although it may seem trivial, alternative natural diets and exercising remain the best allies in your fight against weight loss.
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