Are Diet Pills Worth It?

If you are reading this article you have either considered taking diet pills, are currently or have taken them or know someone who is and are concerned. Well truth be told, you should be concerned! Diet pills and dietary supplements (yes, even vitamins) are not all they are cracked up to be. On top of them not containing what they state, some supplements have been found to contain ingredients that are actually harmful to your health!

All types of people take diet pills, from those who just want to lose some quick pounds around the midsection for an upcoming event to bodybuilders who need to look absolutely shredded on stage. However, proper precautions need to take place when considering supplements like a diet pill. The best things you can do are:

  • Don’t take diet pills! This is not a long term, sustainable approach to weight loss and you will wind up back where you started, or worse!
  • Do your homework! If you are going to take pills/supplements, it is imperative that you research them before just popping them into your mouth. Counsumerlab.org is an independent lab that tests the ingredients in supplements- they are not paid by the supplement company so you can expect real, honest information.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the problems associated with diet pills!

Does not contain what is stated:

A recent article posted in the NY Times states that studies were conducted on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC. Roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In fact, many of the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and houseplants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies. Sounds amazing, right? You’re paying $5 a bottle for powered rice…woohoo!

Contaminated pills:

Many of you know that the FDA does not get involved with testing supplements until there are enough adverse effects reported. Recently the FDA did get involved and tested over 70 diet pills and lab tests revealed the presence of the following substances: sibutramine, fenproporex, fluoxetine, bumetanide, furosemide, phenytoin, rimonabant, cetilistat, and phenolphthalein in weight loss products being sold over-the-counter. The tainted products are listed below in alphabetical order along with the undeclared drug and/or chemical ingredient. Check to see if you have taken or are considering taking any of the following:

Product(s) Name

  1. 2 Day Diet – sibutramine
  2. 2 Day Diet Slim Advance – sibutramine
  3. 2x Powerful Slimming – sibutramine
  4. 3 Day Diet – sibutramine
  5. 3 Days Fit – sibutramine
  6. 3x Slimming Power – sibutramine, phenytoin
  7. 5x Imelda Perfect Slimming – sibutramine
  8. 7 Day Herbal Slim – sibutramine
  9. 7 Days Diet – sibutramine
  10. 7 Diet – sibutramine
  11. 7 Diet Day/Night Formula – sibutramine
  12. 8 Factor Diet – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  13. Eight Factor Diet – sibutramine
  14. 21 Double Slim – sibutramine
  15. 24 Hours Diet – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  16. 999 Fitness Essence – sibutramine
  17. BioEmagrecim, sample 1 – fenproporex
    BioEmagrecim, sample 2 – fluoxetine, furosemide
  18. Body Creator – sibutramine
  19. Body Shaping – sibutramine
  20. Body Slimming – sibutramine
  21. Cosmo Slim – sibutramine
  22. Extrim Plus – sibutramine, phenytoin
  23. Extrim Plus 24 Hour Reburn – sibutramine
  24. Fasting Diet – sibutramine
  25. Fatloss Slimming – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  26. GMP – sibutramine
  27. Herbal Xenicol – cetilistat
  28. Imelda Fat Reducer – sibutramine
  29. Imelda Perfect Slim – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  30. JM Fat Reducer – sibutramine
  31. Lida DaiDaihua – sibutramine
  32. Meili – sibutramine
  33. Meizitang – sibutramine
  34. Miaozi MeiMiaoQianZiJiaoNang – sibutramine
  35. Miaozi Slim Capsules – sibutramine
  36. Natural Model – sibutramine
  37. Perfect Slim – sibutramine
  38. Perfect Slim 5x – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  39. Perfect Slim Up – sibutramine
  40. Phyto Shape – rimonabant
  41. Powerful Slim – sibutramine
  42. ProSlim Plus – sibutramine
  43. Reduce Weihgt – sibutramine
  44. Royal Slimming Formula – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  45. Sana Plus – sibutramine
  46. Slim 3 in 1 – sibutramine
  47. Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Formula – sibutramine
  48. Slim 3 in 1 Extra Slim Waist Formula – sibutramine
  49. Slim 3 in 1 M18 Royal Diet – sibutramine
  50. Slim 3 in 1 Slim Formula – sibutramine
  51. Slim Burn – sibutramine
  52. Slim Express 4 in 1 – sibutramine
  53. Slim Express 360 – sibutramine
  54. *Slim Fast – sibutramine
  55. Slim Tech – sibutramine
  56. Slim Up – sibutramine
  57. Slim Waist Formula – sibutramine
  58. Slim Waistline – sibutramine
  59. Slimbionic- sibutramine
  60. Sliminate – sibutramine
  61. Slimming Formula – sibutramine
  62. Somotrim – sibutramine
  63. Starcaps – bumetanide
  64. Super Fat Burner – sibutramine
  65. Superslim – sibutramine, phenolphthalein
  66. Super Slimming – sibutramine
  67. Trim 2 Plus – sibutramine
  68. Triple Slim – sibutramine
  69. Venom Hyperdrive 3.0 – sibutramine
  70. Waist Strength Formula – sibutramine
  71. Xsvelten – sibutramine
  72. Zhen de Shou – sibutramine, phenolphthalein

I’m sure many of these substances you don’t even know what they are or what harmful effects they may cause so let me fill you in a little bit. How does significant fluid and electrolyte losses which can lead to dehydration, tachycardia, and heart attack sound to you? Or how about fat malabsorption, which can lead to deficiencies of fat soluble vitamins- vitamins A, D, E, and K?! Gallstones and kidneys stones anyone? Or perhaps failing a drug test at work because your diet pill contains amphetamines? These are just some of the problems you will find with contaminated diet pills, along with seizures, GI problems, food drug interactions and food allergies.

 

If you are looking at supplements or diet pills that state any of the following on the bottle, just toss it:

  • Promises of an “easy” fix for problems like excess weight, hair loss, or impotency.
  • Claims such as “scientific breakthrough,” “miraculous cure,” “secret ingredient,” and “ancient remedy.”
  • Impressive-sounding terms, such as “hunger stimulation point” and “thermogenesis” for a weight loss product.
  • Claims that the product is safe because it is “natural.”

If you are trying to lose weight, your best bet is the good old-fashioned method of working hard and cleaning up your plate. Your body will not burn fat if it is constantly being starved. Do you need help putting together a nutrition and training plan to help you see results? That’s what I am here for and would love to help you reach your goals in a safe and effective manner. Click here to schedule a FREE no obligation consultation!

Stay safe and healthy!

Sean Vander Veer Elite Nutrition and Performance RDSean Vander Veer RD, LD

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