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Have any of you ever tried diet pills? What was your experience?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) July 23rd, 2011

Does anyone know any that works?Any side effects that you faced? I’m looking for answers from people who have tried them.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Sure, when I was a teenager and young adult, I tried just about anything. So did my friends.
Most of us were left feeling sick, strung out, heart palpitations, sweaty, nauseated, the ones with caffeine caused headaches from withdrawal, the list goes on and on.

Any weight that we lost from taking the pills came right back as soon as we quit taking them. Those things will mess with your system, it’s not worth it.

chyna's avatar

I did as a young adult. Exactly as @ANef_is_Enuf said. Depending what the ingredients in the pills are, it can make your blood pressure go sky high.
I knew a girl that took the phen-phen diet pills and died at age 40 of heart related issues that they think were caused by that drug. She hadn’t been on it for years, but it caused her heart irreparable damage. Her family sued the makers and I don’t know how that came out.

JLeslie's avatar

Don’t take them. You could snort cocaine and get an even better result, or take up smoking to occupy your hands and mouth. ~

Seriously, drugs to speed up your metabolism and reduce your hunger is not a good idea. Pharmaceutical companies are trying to develop drugs that work on the part of the brain that makes us hungry, but the diet pills you are probably thinking about taking are caffeine probably, or some other drug that is like taking speed.

redfeather's avatar

I took one at work once and I could literally feel it hit me. My vision got all weird and super clear and I couldn’t stop talking and I was running everywhere. And I got really bad cotton mouth. But I wasn’t hungry.

syz's avatar

Diet pills don’t work. If they did work, do you think we’d have such an obesity problem?

srmorgan's avatar

Unless you are doing this under the direction of a physician, this is a very bad idea.

First of all, it might be illegal to possess a controlled substance like amphetamines.
Second, self-prescribing anything is a recipe for disaster. As noted here, these things have serious side effects and your progress and condition needs to be monitored periodically. There are different formulations for “diet pills” and one might work better for you than another based on your metabolism.

If your weight problem is this serious, consult a physician.

Seelix's avatar

I know it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s true – they don’t work. If you want to lose weight, eat healthily and in smaller portions, and exercise more. Honest. It’s working for me.

srmorgan's avatar

I read something recently that a study showed that merely eating less or consuning fewer calories is not the only key to losing weight. A rounded diet with a lowered calorie count is the start, but exercise along with the diet is the key. The exercise will burn excess calories and give you benefits other than merely losing weight.

An article in the New York Times a month or so ago said that early exercise, especially before breakfast, provided additional weight loss benefits. I think the point was that exercise gets your metabolism going and since you have not eaten in the past ten hours or so, you are immediately pulling stored glucose from your liver or from stored calories (fat).

I must admit that have never been a morning person and can’t or won’t get up a six to walk a couple of miles as I should. But I do walk two or three times per week, six times around a half mile walkway in the part.

Another thing I read that, especially for weight loss, exercise for 20 minutes a day 5 or more times per week is better than two or three 45 minute workouts. Again it keeps the metabolic system flowing.

We are too sedentary a culture. Our bodies evolved from other primates and we are built to be active, not passive.

One other thing, even if it is not a major factor in weight loss, is muscle tone. I bought a ten Lb. weight for use by the hand and I do 20 curls per day in each hand. Not very tiring but it gets the muscles in your arm and forearm moving and gets the blood circulating. This takes five minutes tops…Do ten on one side, ten on the other, repeat.


Jellie's avatar

I am controlling my diet nowadays but I really don’t have time to exercise any more. And diet control isn’t doing as much for as me as I’d hoped. I am feeling tired and exhausted. So diet pills is a no no. The side effects seem pretty drastic.

redfeather's avatar

@sarahhhhh I bought some bar that I haven’t tried yet, but will soon, that you take a bite of and it supposedly makes you full. You do it before you eat so you don’t overeat. Those elves were onto something with lembas bread.

sparrowfeed's avatar

Ephedrine is legal in Canada.

I am doing the ECA stack right now (ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin, but I don’t take the aspirin—mostly a waste of money and medicine). I take it 2 times a day (200mg of caffeine twice a day and 16mg of ephedrine twice a day). It is a great way to give you a boost of weight loss. As long as you keep it controlled and are educated about your health history, if you’re eating healthy, don’t smoke or drink coffee, it is fine.

After you’re done the cycle, you don’t do it for at least a couple of years. I’m not gonna lie; some of the weight can come back, but 15 lbs is not going to come back just llike that if you are continuing healthy habits, and eventually your body normalizes.

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