on Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:21 pm|
How bad are diet pills?
I've been struggling very hard with losing weight. My boyfriend and mine 3rd anniversary is in a month.. and It seems I've only gained weight!! Its a nightmare!
I saw this [http://www.clickclipdeals.com/show-coupon?c=987262] on a coupon site.. and I've been really tempted to use it, because it would help.. right?
|Bad decision juice! on Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:27 pm|
Diet pills aren't bad, but they are very ineffective...I remember trying a few, out of curiousity, and I got intense nausea and exhaustion. I would even go far as to suggest just not eating feels better than the pills.
THIS doesn't mean that you should do that!
I would definitely suggest proper diet. Try veganism, or just watching what you eat, health wise! If you diet the proper way, not only will you lose weight, but you'll look amazing (You probably don't believe me because everyone says it all the time, but it's VERY true.)
Even while your'e doing this you won't see noticeable differences until probably a month after serious commitment to a healthier lifestyle (i'm talking about organic food, more vegetables, etc), and even than YOU won't see a big difference. But everyone else will :).
|try tracking your food and exercise on Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:45 pm|
I recently decided to track my food intake and exercise regimen using one of the countless online programs, many of which are completely free. You can find out exactly how many calories you are consuming and how many you're burning with exercise.
I currently use MyFitnessPal which has a great feature for homemade cooking - you simply input the ingredients you used (not the instructions), how many people the recipe serves, and then you have a per-serving breakdown of calories, fat, carbs, protein, sodium, etc. You can even look up menu items from many restaurant chains or add your own info for other users to benefit from. It tells you what your calorie, carb, fat, and protein goals should be for every day and is a great way to help you plan your meals.
Jillian Michaels also has a similar thing on her website, although I think it costs $4 or $5 per week. Just look for the resources around you--there are so many.
And while I agree that a vegan or organic diet could be a very good thing, it's not always realistic for everyone. I follow a balanced diet that is neither vegan/vegetarian nor organic (although I certainly do eat those foods here and there), and it's working for me.
One thing I've learned over and over again is that your best chance of success is to tweak your preferences to a healthier standard rather than giving up everything you love and adopting a hard-core new plan. That will probably never stick. For example, if you love the taste of meat, it might be unrealistic to go for the rest of your life without and when you fail you'll only beat yourself up.
Another member was chronicling her weight loss journey for a little while here - you might find some good tips there.
Good luck and keep us posted!
|Be extremely careful on Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:47 pm|
There is a lot of stuff on the market that is not good for you. Some of them cause your heart rate to go up to burn calories faster, but have been linked to heart attacks. There are many dangerous side affects associated with some diet pills. I'm not saying they are all bad, just that you really need to do your research. There are much better ways to lose weight effectively and keep it off. Have you checked with your Dr?
The two healthiest ways to lose weight are healthy eating (portion control) and exercise. You probably know all of this already but that's the only way you can get it off and keep it off. Eating lots of veggies and a small amount of protein, carbs and fruit. The amount you eat should be determined by a professional based on your height, weight, age, etc (BMI). For exercise, if that is not something you enjoy even doing brisk walks for 30 mins each day will start showing results. The key here is brisk. You want to get your heart rate up in a healthy way and drink lots of water.
I know there are some more natural supplements on the market but again, you need to do your research. Just because they are natural doesn't make them good for you. Good luck!
|guilty on Jul 19, 2011 @ 04:28 pm|
I've tried SO MANY diet pills, it's pretty crazy. I'd review them all here, but I don't want to advocate popping pills to lose weight.
That being said, the ONE diet pill that REALLY WORKED and it's doctor prescribed is "Meridia". My doctor at that time prescribed it to me to help me lose weight, and boy did it help me lose weight! I think it's an excellent pill. You're constantly under doctor supervision, I didn't notice any side effects (other than I'd forget to eat!). Excellent pill. I wish my current dr would prescribe it to me, but she won't :-(
Here are just some of the stuff I've tried to lose weight:
Everyone has a different reaction to pills. The carb/fat blockers will make you constipated and bloated. The teas will give you diarrhea. The one pill that really made me sick, as in take-me-to-the-hospital extremely sick is Zantrex. Horrible, horrible pill!!
|Meridia? on Jul 19, 2011 @ 04:35 pm|
Is that similar to Hoodia where you don't feel hungry so you don't take any food? I'm like you Becky I know pills are bad but I guess it's the easy way out.
|not quite on Jul 19, 2011 @ 05:14 pm|
I've tried Hoodia and it's over the counter, works meh. As in not really. Meridia really works!! It's also prescription only. You don't take a lot of it, just 1x 5mg pill a day. (the hoodia pill you could put up a horses butt it's so damn big!). The Meridia pill works right away without you feeling like its working (no heart racing, no lethargy, nothing). I didn't really feel anything while taking the hoodia, I didn't notice any changes either.
|Meridia didnt do much for me on Jul 19, 2011 @ 09:53 pm|
And last I knew it was off the market due to heart attacks and strokes.
|Don't do it on Jul 19, 2011 @ 11:32 pm|
While I've never tried it personally, I'm very skeptical about things like this. the best way to lose weight is a sensible diet and exercise.
|really? on Jul 20, 2011 @ 08:40 am|
The last time I took Meridia was albeit a few years ago, but I asked my new doc recently and she didn't mention anything about it being off the market. Interesting..
|diet pills on Mar 26, 2012 @ 02:34 am|
I too am battling weight gain. I had an accident at work two years ago, hurt my back and tailbone, I was put on different medications, all of which caused weight gain, and add that to my inactivity due to pain didn't help. Now I am being told to lose weight, like OMG, the more I move the more pain I am in, it is a vicious cycle. I recently joined weight watchers, I have had friends that were successful with it., it seems like a good program, time will tell. I also before this, started making small changes in my diet, i loved my timmy's double double, now at home I put less than a 1/4 tsp of sugar in my coffee, we no longer use 18% coffee cream, we use half and half, and i will use just plain low fat milk. My timmy's coffees are now 1 sugar, and I am finding that too sweet. I broil alot, I remove skin off my chicken and I fill up on veggies and fruit.
A pill is not going to be the answer. sadly, I wish it was tho. A pill may help 'boost' your plan, but you still need to make those life changes of eating healthier.