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Do diet pills really help you lose weight ?

Asked by partyrock (3863 points ) December 4th, 2011

Do diet pills really help you lose weight? I want to try them and I’ve never taken diet pills before. I’ve also heard that it is not healthy at all and make you feel really “wired”. I’m looking to lose about 15 pounds in about 2 months. Thanks.

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Ayesha's avatar

Do it naturally. Please.
Drink water, jog, eat vegetables and fruit.

partyrock's avatar

@Ayesha – That’s what I’m doing already but I still have trouble losing the weight. I just want to know if it’ll help. Not taking them every day but a few days at a time.

Ayesha's avatar

@partyrock My best advice is that you don’t. I’m sure it’s taking time, but short cuts never work. Try working harder. Jogging really helps, increase your exercise time.

Aethelflaed's avatar

@partyrock Sometimes, they do help people loose weight, but it depends on the exact pills. Some are clinically proven to help people shed a few pounds, while others are proven to be worthless or unproven either way (there’s not much regulation in this area). However, they come with some really serious side effects, which is why they get such a bad rep. One such side effect is severe mood swings – as in, it could easily drive you to suicidal depression. Another is heart attack. So, they might help you shed a few extra pounds, but it will also give you way, way more severe problems in return.

AshlynM's avatar

Diet plans, pills and energy drinks do NOT work. It’s all just a marketing ploy to make money. Figure out where you want to lose the weight and focus on exercises for that region on your body. Also, avoid soda, tea, coffee, any drink with caffeine and sugar.

Are you trying to avoid fatty and fried foods? Are you trying to count calories? You need to figure all this out. Keep a diet journal to keep track of your progress and weight loss.

Drink plenty of water…eat at least six small meals a day, rather than 3 big ones. Always start the day off with a healthy breakfast. Snacking is fine, but be sure it’s healthy, such as fruit or veggies.

When you workout…don’t start off with fancy stuff and don’t start out huge. Start out by working out for at least twenty minutes every other day. You can gradually work your way up to half an hour, even an hour.

While it would be nice to just take a pill and magically lose the weight, it just doesn’t work that way. What the company fails to tell you is that the pill works combined with exercise and a modified diet. Remember Jared, the Subway guy? Eat Subway and lose weight! Yeah, but he forgot to tell you to work out and eat less Subway. Also, as with any pills, most come with unwelcome side effects. It’s best to talk with a nutritionist before trying any diet plans.

nebule's avatar

I’ve heard they have some nasty side effects…I’d go with what @AshlynM has said…but I am curious if you can tell me why people advise not to drink caffeine when dieting as well as cutting out fat, too many carbs etc…

bongo's avatar

I have never taken them but I have heard that they can give rather unpleasant side effects especially when going to the loo… No one explained any further to me but that was all I needed to put me off.

Crash diets are bad for you though, changing your entire eating habits for good is the best thing to do. Cook up large pots of veg stew and freeze singular portions. That way when you want something quick to eat you don’t nip to the chip shop or to subway. you can defrost some nice vegetable soup and not be tempted to eat too much and finish that little bit of leftover as you have only made a single portion for yourself.

mattbrowne's avatar

Not yet. And many are quite dangerous.

filmfann's avatar

Several people at my work have used them, and successfully lost weight.
They raise your metabolism, making you jittery and energetic.
They also can cause heart damage. 2 of the people I know who used the diet pills are now facing that.

WhiteWingDove's avatar

Temporarily you may see the scale move downward, but most likely it will not lead to permanent loss,and as others have said there may be adverse side effects. Is it just the number on the scale you want to lose, or do you want to lose inches and have your clothes fit looser? In 2 months,by monitoring your food and regular exercise you can see results without diet pills, and it will probably be more permanent.
Last year I was shocked to see holiday pictures of me taken by others and it spurred me on to change my menus and activity. I found a social network for lifestyle change that had the automatic food/calorie/carb/fat and activity programs that made tracking easy. (There are several: Livestrong, Sparkpeople, Fitbit, etc). I plugged in my measurements and the amount of weight I wanted to lose in 6 months. It told me how much cardio (walking/biking, zumba, raking, etc) I needed and also gave me insight to recipes and the fact that I was eating too many useless carbs. (Your food intake should be 50% carbs, 25% fat).One huge change is low carb ‘wraps’ instead of white bread. Getting enough water/tea each day is also important.
I dropped 35 pounds in 5 months, but more importantly regular exercise is back in my life, I went from size 12–14 to size 4–6 and I have tons of energy. Since the website kept track of all the portions, carbs, etc it was easier that writing everything down. Oh yes, I also have not entirely cut chocolate, wine or pork rinds out of my life. Took a week’s vacation to Hawaii, weekend wine tasting trip with no gains but many new better menu choices. Spent over 20 years of my adult life wishing I knew the ‘secret’, turns out it really is common sense and burning more calories than you take in.
Best of luck to you!

JessK's avatar

Probably not depending on the person. What I can say is that the Atkins diet (low carb) actually works and you are healthy and your stomach is full. My mom did it first and lost around 30 pounds over a month or two. I’ve been on it for almost a month because at the end of summer I put on some unwanted pounds in the gut area even though I had an active lifestyle. All you need to do is eat the lowest carb foods (which means no empty carbs like white bread), eat protein rich foods, and exerscise consistently. You still eat until you are full. I worked out for only about 30–40 mins about 6 days a week and I don’t have a muffin top any more, I am full, I don’t have sugar crashes, and I really truly just feel better and less addicted to carbs.
Okay, there’s my spiel. I should go work as an Atkins rep. Oh and ps, this costs no money even though they do sell food. Good luck!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Sure they can help you drop a few pounds, but you’ll be moody as hell, you’ll get depressed, you’ll have a lot of trouble sleeping, you’ll be jittery all the time, they may cause severe internal health problems, and as soon as you stop taking them, you’ll gain all the weight right back.

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glut's avatar

Always talk to your doctor about diet pills before taking them.

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