Many dieters pin their hopes on pills that promise quick weight loss. But no amount of pills will help you reach the lifelong commitment of eating healthy and exercising that even the pill companies admit is necessary for sustained weigh loss. It's in their fine print.
Diet pills can be extremely dangerous. The once common ingredient ephedrine was linked to several deaths before it was banned by the FDA. Even pills marketed as being herbal or "all natural" can be dangerous. According to the FDA, more than 180 deaths have been linked to herbs and supplements over the last few years.
Also, that quick fix you may be looking for may not be all it's hyped up to be. Research shows that the use of diet pills typically results in a modest weight loss of just four pounds. Is it really worth the risk?
The only way to lose weight and keep it off is through permanent lifestyle changes: Eating healthier foods, watching portion sizes, and exercising regularly. It's not very exciting, but it works. And the only side affect is a healthier body.
Megan Porter, RD