On my website, www.SmashYourScale.com I work daily with women who are struggling with weight loss. Without fail every week at least one of my members asks, “Isn’t there a diet pill that works?”
Everybody’s looking for a quick fix to loss weight, and the Diet Docs recommending and media hype surrounding “fat-burning” diet pills and “appetite suppressing” supplements only fuel the frenzy. The appeal of taking a pill for quick weight loss is hard to resist. Research shows that nearly 45% of women who’ve made serious weight loss attempts have taken diet pills.
Despite the big promises — “Drop a dress size in one week” or “Lose 10 pounds in 7 days” — the only thing weight loss pills usually lighten is your wallet. Although “magic bullets” are widely available in drugstores, health food stores and online; they aren’t risk-free. Weight loss pills are not subject to the same standards as prescription drugs before being marketed, and they are often sold without proof of effectiveness or safety. (The only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss pill is Alli, which was recently recalled.) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no power to investigate weight loss supplements prior to marketing, and can only ban or recall unsafe products after they are already on store shelves. So it’s buyer beware. Here’s what FDA has to say about the weight loss pills:
“FDA has identified an emerging trend where over-the-counter products, frequently represented as dietary supplements, contain hidden active ingredients that could be harmful. Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients. These deceptive products can harm you! Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss.”
Recently the FDA recalled several weight loss pills including Asset Extreme, Thinogenics and 7 Day Herbal Slim. These tainted weight loss pills contained “undeclared sibutramine”, an appetite suppressant and prescription drug that was banned in 2010 because it increased the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
How many other undetected, potentially deadly, destructive diet scams are out there? Is it really worth risking your health, to lose a few pounds? Pounds that are going to come right back the moment you get off the polluted supplement sauce? You can end your weight struggles, improve your health and feel better about your body and your self without resorting to magic pills and destructive fad diets by joiningwww.SmashYourScale.com.
Dr. Ellen Albertson is a psychologist, registered dietitian, licensed wellness coach and founder of www.SmashYourScale.com, the website for women who want to achieve health and happiness without destructive diets. Dr. A is at @eralbertson on twitter and https://www.facebook.com/SmashYourScale on facebook.
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