Do Diet Pills Work for Weight Loss? - Olathe Chiropractic

Do Diet Pills Work for Weight Loss?

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More than 50% of women report dieting each year. Many use diet pills to help jumpstart their weight loss. However, do these diet pills actually work? The FDA does not regulate many types of supplements—including diet ones—and many have been found to contain dangerous substances. Are diet pills really worth the side effects they can bring and do they even work?


America’s Obsession with Losing Weight

Americans spend more money on weight loss each year than most other things—$60 billion dollars in fact. Just to join a gym can cost you around $30 or more a month, not to mention the start-up fees that many gyms have. reported that the average gym membership across the nation was actually about $55 per month.


Every year, there is a surge in people wanting to lose weight. This surge generally happens when the New Year hits and millions are wanting to finally achieve real weight loss. However, despite the hundreds of thousands of new gym memberships made at the start of the year, at least 80% of people have already quit their fitness goals by mid-February. Based off of reports, around 67% of gym memberships are never even used as well. Despite that, Americans are constantly looking for the latest weight loss trend that promises to get rid of fat almost overnight.


One craze that has had fitness enthusiasts excited for years are diet pills. There are always new ones coming out and all claim to be effective for helping you drop those pounds. However, do these diet pills actually work?


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Diet Pills and Weight-Loss Supplements

In today’s time, it seems that there is always a pill to make all your health problems go away. Diet pills are one of those “miracle” pills that make many claims, but don’t really live up to them. Diet pills or supplements include any products that you take orally in order to lose weight. These can be herbs, fat-burning pills, prescription medications and anything with the sole purpose of shedding pounds.


Vitamins and minerals can help with a healthy diet to provide much-needed nutrients. However, diet pills are different and can cause harmful side-effects. You will know the difference between diet pills and vitamins because vitamins won’t ever tell you they target fat-burning or weight loss on the label. The main goals of diet pills are to:

  • Suppress your appetite
  • Make you feel full quickly
  • Boost your metabolism for more fat-burning
  • Stop your body from absorbing fat
  • Slow down the fat production in your body


The Side Effects

Just because something is sold at the grocery store or even the pharmacy, does not mean that it is safe. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate many herbal supplements or pills—especially diet pills—that you can find at the store. That leaves consumers at risk for potentially harmful side effects. Many diet pills have ingredients that cause reported effects such as diarrhea, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, liver damage, kidney problems, jitteriness and rectal bleeding. For example:

  • Bitter Orange: Dr. Oz reports that this releases a chemical called “synephrine”, which increases energy and suppresses appetite. However, this chemical is only produced in your body in fight-or-flight mode, and can raise your blood pressure so much at rest that you have a stroke. It can also be addictive.
  • Caffeine: This can be an effective way to help burn fat for some people because it boosts metabolism by 3-11%. However, it only helps to an extent and will not help you lose weight without exercise or other methods. It does cause side-effects such as anxiety, tremors, insomnia, diarrhea, jitteriness and addiction.
  • Alli (Orlistat): This is another ingredient that claims to boost weight loss, but the degree of weight loss is slight. However, it commonly causes loose, oily stools, problems with severe gas and uncontrollable bowels. It can also lead to vitamin deficiencies.

These are just a few examples of ingredients added to diet pills. Over many studies into the effectiveness of diet pills, many are found to be ineffective at providing real weight-loss results.


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Healthier Ways to Lose Real Weight

Why put your health at risk to lose a few pounds? There are many effective and natural ways to lose weight that won’t harm your health. However, too many people want to try to get around the real ways to lose weight—diet and exercise. If you’ve ever tried to cut corners and it was unsuccessful, you can expect about the same result when it comes to diet pills. That even includes prescription diet pills as well. Just because something is prescribed, doesn’t mean it works.


If you struggle with weight loss, you’re not alone. Nor should you try to lose your weight alone. Those who enlist help for their weight loss goals are better able to form healthy habits and stick to them. They are also empowered to stick to their goals and achieve them. At Olathe Chiropractic, our nutritional assessments and counseling are amazing tools for patients to achieve real weight loss.


In these assessments, we test your blood for nutrient deficiencies that can cause you chronic health problems. We also test your body with gentle electricity to get a picture of where your fat deposits lie. Based off of these tests, we can create a custom plan for you that is easy-going or rigorous to help you get better health. If you have specific areas you want to target, opt for diet aids such as Laser-Like Lipo or Solutions4 Body Wrap that we have at our clinic. For aches and pains, have your body realigned through chiropractic rehabilitation so you can exercise better without pain. Skip the diet pills and work with us to get to your ideal body weight! Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 for your free consultation!


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