Do diet pills or supplements work? Is it even possible to use a supplement to help lose weight and maintain your new weight? Would you want to do this?

We are an instant gratification nation of people. I want what I want, when I want it. This holds true for diets and weight loss. We can fall prey to the instant fix… which really doesn’t work all that well.

Diet pills contain a variety of ingredients including guarana, bitter orange, county mallow or heartleaf, hoodia, caffeine and green tea.

Guarana is similar to caffeine. It does decrease the appetite while it gives metabolism a boost. Side effects associated with guarana include anxiety, fast heart rate, irregular heart rate, increase in blood pressure, and trouble sleeping.

Bitter Orange is similar to ephedra. It does suppress the appetite, but it causes high blood pressure and irregular heart rate.

Hoodia is an appetite suppressant. However, it may also cause liver toxicity, a severe drop in blood sugar and it may depress thirst. Read my blog post on 12/16/09 that talks about the need for drinking lots of water.

Heartleaf or Country Mallow contains ephedrine which can cause increase in blood pressure, irregular heart rate, heart attack and death.

Caffeine is a stimulant. It increases alertness and decreases fatigue. It does have some appetite suppressant properties. It can also cause increase in blood pressure, fast or irregular heart rate, insomnia and heart burn.

Green tea has numerous benefits including reducing heart disease, decreasing the bad cholesterol, increases metabolism, helps in weight loss and can lower incidence of cancers. Some side effects of green tea include nausea and vomiting, bloating and gas, restlessness, insomnia, high blood pressure, fast heart rate, irregular heart rate and irritability.

Losing weight and maintaining healthy weight is really about matching calories in with calories out. Diet pills can work. They will work better with good healthy diet and regular exercise.

Remember that diet pills are temporary, meaning you will regain the weight you lost when you stop taking the pills. Also, diet pills have many possible and undesirable side effects and can potentate the effects of your other medications. Is it worth the risks? You have to decide for yourself. If you do choose to go the route of diet pills, do so under the direction and care of your health care provider.

I have been using the Core4 products since June. I have lost between 10-15 pounds. And I am maintaining this loss with continued use of the products, including “Cheat”. This product contains Konnyaku Root powder and cellulose. It is from a Japanese yam root. It becomes a gelatin in the stomach and absorbs 25% of calories you eat as it increases the “full” feeling. The thing is, when you stop the diet pill, you gain the weight back. So,  I have also made some diet changes and I increased my exercise program.

Diet pills and suppliments can help with weight loss. Use with diet and exercise and with caution.

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Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS