I was browsing the news online the other day and came across this article from NBC that posed a great question: diet pills can help you lose weight, so why aren’t more people using them?
If you couldn’t guess by the domain name of this site I created, I’m a huge proponent of diet supplements in an effort to slim down your body to a healthy weight and bring about overall body wellness. When used safely, and especially when in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise, they can be extremely beneficial to reaching your weight loss and aesthetic goals. So why isn’t the use of them more widespread?
What’s Keeping People From Using Diet Pills?
One of the things mentioned in the article, and I agree with this point, is that when they first came onto the market with drugs like Phentermine, there were many people experiencing strong adverse reactions to these pills. This created a stigma around the industry and kept potential users away. The side effects weren’t minor, either. They included serious heart risks and blood pressure issues that in some cases even proved to be fatal.
This brought about the need to create a safer and more effective diet pill. Luckily, after more research and development, new products came to market to fill this need. They come at an especially important time, as a reported two-thirds of Americans are defined as overweight or obese and could benefit from these pills.
The new iterations of diet pills won’t make you lose a drastic amount of weight nor will the results happen overnight, but they can be used as a healthy boost to help shave off a moderate amount of weight to help reduce the risk of high blood sugar, hypertension, and cholesterol.
Yet, the stigma remains due to associations with past weight loss pills like Phentermine and Fen-phen and similar drugs. It is said in the article that less than 1 in 50 of patients who were eligible for a diet pill prescription (based on their body metrics) actually went ahead and began taking them. Along with the bad associations by the patients, the stigma also makes it uncomfortable for many doctors to prescribe them as well.
What Can Be Done
To get people to begin accepting diet pills as a means for weight loss, there needs to be more awareness made on the progress in the manufacturing of these. More people need to know that the current generation does not pose the same risks as its predecessors, and can be a great supplement to your diet.
Also, because of the health benefits that losing weight brings, it would be helpful if more people reframed their view of weight loss. Instead of thinking about how great losing weight will make you look in that swimsuit or that dress, rather they should be thinking about the reduction of all the health issues that come with being overweight or obese (heart problems, diabetes, etc.).
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