If you are looking to lose a little weight after gaining a few pounds over Christmas and New Year then you may be looking at starting a diet and exercise regime.
Diet and exercise is a great way to get in shape, but it is possible to supplement your efforts with diet pills. Unfortunately there are dangers associated with their use, especially those available on prescription.
What are prescription diet pills?
Prescription diet pills are usually reserved for those with a serious health condition, where their weight is affecting their overall health.
Generally they are only prescribed if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30, or 27 if you have an obesity related illness.
There are two main types of prescription diet pill; appetite suppressants and fat binders.
Appetite suppressants usually work by increasing hormones in your body (usually serotonin or catecholamine) that help to trick your body into believing that it is full.
Fat binders on the other hand reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs by binding with the fat molecules in your food, ensuring they are too large to be absorbed.
Do prescription diet pills work?
This is one of the most important questions, and the answer is that it depends.
We are all different, so it is only natural that prescription diet pills have different affects on you too.
What is known is that these pills are often not prescribed for a long period as there are plenty of risks associated with their use.
Common side effects of prescription diet pills are:
- Increased heart rate
- Dry mouth
Not everyone will experience these side effects, while some will suffer more intense issues. If you are taking a prescription diet pill and experience any side effects please discontinue use and contact your doctor.
How to effectively lose weight?
Rather than risking your health taking a prescription diet pill sticking to a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is a much better and safer option.
First you should cut back on all those takeaways and junk food you are currently eating. Replace them with fresh fruit and vegetables, while ensuring you eat plenty of lean protein such as chicken or fish.
Protein is slow to digest so will help to keep your cravings at bay.
Water is incredibly important for any weight loss attempt as it can help to flush out those toxins that cause weight gain, while it can also help control your appetite too.
Often your body will mistake thirst for hunger so drinking water will alleviate this issue.
Finally, you should increase the amount of exercise you perform.
A gym membership may be a good idea, but you can get a good workout in your own home if you are embarrassed to work out in public or are struggling for money in the current financial climate.
Just 20-30 minutes 3-4 times a week will put you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle free from the health problems associated with being overweight.