Appetite suppressant pills, though effective at curbing hunger, are extremely dangerous and unhealthy. Their misuse and overuse leaves people with much larger problems than weight loss.
Obesity is a widespread problem amongst many people, and out of all the possible remedies for this chronic trouble, appetite suppressing pills are the most widely used drugs. Hundreds and thousands of people across the country regularly resort to their use in order to combat their weight problems, and also in order to lose weight rapidly. As the name suggests, these medicines end up killing the appetite and hunger of an individual, thus, make him go on for long periods of time, without feeling the need to consume food.
Heredity is a major cause of obesity, but another cause of rapidly-increasing weight issues is constant binging and eating food unnecessarily. People lead stressful lives in today’s world, and they resort to eating as a means of escape. Almost everyone knows the sensation of boredom, that drives one to unnecessarily feast and gorge on foods, which are extremely rich in calories; and to suppress this temptation naturally, is not something that everyone is capable of. This is where appetite suppressant pills come into the picture, as they create a false sense of fullness for the body, and fool the body into thinking that it does not require any food.
This method is handy for the people who tend to overeat, or eat when they have nothing to do without feeling hungry; but for some people they can be very harmful. It goes without saying that the body requires food for its nourishment and growth and for producing energy; and if some external agent is suppressing hunger, it can have a lot of adverse effects on the human body. If consumed excessively, these pills are very dangerous.
How do they Work?
The primary task that these pills and drugs carry out is the secretion and manipulation of certain chemicals and hormones in the body, that make one feel full for longer; and thus, controlling sudden hunger pangs and reducing the craving for any form of food item. These drugs, also known as anorectics, cause the glands in the human body to reduce two hormones – epinephrine and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). These hormones block the signals, which the brain sends to the body informing it about the sensation of hunger, and also increase the heart rate and the blood pressure of the body. Commonly known as ‘fight or flight hormones’, these 2 are the feeling of adrenaline pumping through the body, that most of us have experienced at some point of time in our lives.
Over the counter appetite suppressants thus, make us feel more energetic, and reduce the need for any food to enter the body in order to process and produce energy. It is a kind of temporary substitute for food in the body; and over use of these drugs will eventually lead to extreme weakness and other symptoms that accompany the dearth of food.
Best Pills for Suppressing Appetite
There are a variety available over the counter, and as a result of this, obtaining them from many different sources is quite easily possible. People tend to fall for cheap marketing gimmicks about weight loss quite easily, and end up procuring them from unreliable and unethical sources. This is wrong, and due care must be taken. Consulting a doctor is recommended, as he will suggest a suitable drug to take, a suitable time period of dosage, and a suitable supplement to take along with the appetite suppressant. Here are some commonly available brands in the market.
- Hoodia Gordonii
- Xenical or Alli
Associated Side Effects
The side effects of these pills are very common, and very dangerous, to say the least. Their consumption is extremely unhealthy, even if you are consuming natural suppressants. Sooner or later, the body is going to realize that it is not getting enough food, and as a result you will experience many negative effects. Here are some common side effects.
- Extreme thirst
- Higher heartbeat rate
- Higher blood pressure
- Abdominal cramping
- Excessive and irregular bowel movement
- Extreme weakness and fatigue
As you can see, the side effects are vast and varied, and resemble the symptoms of many other diseases. And that is exactly what these medicines do to your body – they make you prone to many illnesses and diseases, by weakening your body’s general defense mechanism.
There are so many reviews and fake testimonials over the Internet, that they have become extremely hard to ignore. These reviews and testimonials drive one to believe in their benefits and advantages, but drive away attention completely from its side effects and disadvantages. You must be extremely cautious and wary before you fall for such gimmicks. If you are desperate for a means of weight loss, stick to a proper exercise regime, and eat healthy instead.
Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.