Do Over-the-Counter Weight Loss Pills Work?

  • Possible Pat
  • May 8, 2018

Over-the-counter pills are marketed as an easy and effortless way to lose weight, and 15% of adults admit to giving them a try. They promise to help you lose weight, so you don’t have to make hard lifestyle changes, but do they really work?

Unfortunately, there is no magic weight loss pill that will melt the fat overnight, and if you want to lose weight, you are going to have to put the work in. Losing weight isn’t as easy as just taking a pill, it takes a change in habits and mindset. It means throwing out the junk food and switching to healthy whole foods. It also means moving more so that you burn more calories. You can’t just rely on a pill to burn extra calories and have it be all good.

Do Weight Loss Pills Work?

While there have been people who have lost a couple of extra pounds using a weight loss pill, there is no guarantee that they will make a difference when you step on the scale. People who turn to these pills often don’t see the significant amount of weight loss that most people need and have a wide variety of side effects.

No matter how natural a weight loss pill may claim it is or how healthy it may be marketed, there are always risks involved with taking weight loss pills.

The majority of diet pills on the market are nothing more than a diuretic that causes you to lose water weight, instead of actual fat and do not provide any sort of real or long-term weight loss solutions.

When I started to lose weight, I was over 600 pounds. Losing water weight wasn’t one of my goals. To get healthy, I needed to lose real weight and learn how to keep it off. No diet pill would have helped me regain my health and save my life. I had to put the work in and do it myself.

Risks of Weight Loss Pills

Because weight loss pills are not regulated by the FDA companies can include ingredients and higher amounts of specific ingredients that would not otherwise be allowed. For example, many of the weight loss pills on the market contain high levels of caffeine that are simply too high to be healthy. If you are someone who is sensitive to caffeine, this can lead to problems, such as increased heart rate, nausea, and anxiety.

Some additional side effects that people experience when taking weight loss pills are:

  • > Insomnia
  • > Headaches
  • > Dependence
  • > Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • > Mood swings
  • > Constipation
  • > Digestive issues
  • > Nausea
  • > Increased heart rate
  • > Anxiety

Alternative Weight Loss Options

There are much better and healthy ways for you to lose weight that will help you achieve significant weight loss and be sustainable.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, you need to start by changing your habits, eating a healthy diet in healthy portions, moving more, and creating a support system.

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is the key to living a healthy life and if you are dealing with obesity and are at risk (or already have) diabetes, heart disease, or other health issues, changing your habits and fixing your nutrition are crucial.

Here are some steps you can take to begin a healthier lifestyle:

  • > Move – Depending on your current activity level your ability to exercise may be limited. When I started losing weight, I began by walking because it was what I was able to do. At this point, I was having a hard time getting myself off the couch, so the idea of going to a gym was intimidating. If you are already an active person, find a way to up your movements and move more in more challenging ways. You can even try one of my HIIT workouts. These can easily be modified to your skill level and can be done from the comfort of your own home.
  • Get a support system – Support is crucial, and you want to make sure you have someone there who will help to help you accountable and be there to celebrate your victories. This could be a friend, family member, or support that you find through an online community, such as a Facebook group. 
  • > Throw out the junk food – Start by throwing out all the unhealthy food in your house so that you aren’t tempted to eat it. Trust me, if it is there you will end up eating it.
  • > Stick to a shopping list – Once you throw out the junk food head to the grocery store to stock up on healthy food. Make a list before you go and be sure you don’t stray from it. If you don’t know what you should be eating you can download my FREE Approved Foods list with all the foods I eat to stay healthy. Or, you can get on a Custom Meal Plan and have a nutritionist plan out every meal and snack so you know exactly what you should be eating and how much.  
  • > Plan your meals and meal prep – When you get back from the store begin to plan out your meals and batch cook so that you can meal prep throughout the week. This means you’re going to make large portions of your proteins, carbs, and veggies and then divide it up into several meals, storing them in the fridge until you are ready to eat. This will help you ensure that you are eating healthy for every meal and not turning to unhealthy food.
  • > Create healthy habits with How to Lose Weight 101 – In my guide, I lay out, step-by-step, how I was able to create the habits that helped me lose all my weight and have helped me keep it off.

Instead of turning to dangerous weight loss pills work on creating healthy habits, so you can develop a healthier lifestyle. Losing weight takes commitment and patience. When you change your habits and your lifestyle you end up with the side effects you want, like weight loss, more energy, and added motivation.

About Possible Pat

Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.

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