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diet pills safe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I just wanted to inquire a little about diet pills... I figured they gotta be pretty bad for you, considering most have a laxative effect (so i've heard, correct me if i'm wrong) and really only help you to lose water weight. I also thought that this would mean that it would have other possible negative health repercussions, as it's usually recommended you eat a fairly measly amount of calories (i wonder why) while taking them. However, this is information i got from years ago, and many diet pills are now claiming to be "natural" and "safe" etc. I was just wondering have they really become more safe and effective, or is this a marketing gimmick intended to fool people into thinking there's an easy way to a slim body? I ask this because like I've said, i thought it was pretty much common sense to assume they aren't good for you, but I've heard about a scary amount of girls my age not only taking them, but recommending them to others... are they safer? what exactly is the "science" behind them? has anyone had any positive/negative experiences with diet pills? Any feedback is much appreciated.

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on August 19, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Good point about Alli. And you're right -- I decided "why do you even think you need diet pills" was a separate question, but I shouldn't have let that slide.

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on August 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Well said varelse +1

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on August 19, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Totally agree with this... Diet pills cause nothing but harm. AVOID no matter what!

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on August 19, 2013
at 03:28 PM

One such "other pill" I can think of is Alli, which basically makes you poop out a lot of the fat you eat instead of digesting it. It can lead to deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins. While I agree with much you say, I would NEVER advise or even look the other way about a teen girl taking or considering diet pills.

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on August 19, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Good for you! Healthy eating and exercise is what is best for everyone, but especially young women! It is a hard time for them in a hard world. Be the voice of reason and a good example to your friends! I hope it goes great for you!

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Thanks for your response Varelse! yes I'm 18, and I'd say I've heard about 5 girls talking about them in the past week alone, and another 8-10 thinking about trying them, I really did feel like they couldn't be good for you.. just gonna keep doing what I'm doing!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 19, 2013
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Marketing gimmick. Steer clear. There is nothing they can do for you that you can't do for yourself with diet and exercise. Best case scenario you waste your money, worst case scenario you harm your body. And when you say girls your age, that leads me to believe you are a teen or a very young adult woman. Now is not the time to be monkeying around with your body and your hormonal balance! Even if you do not notice any immediate ill effects, they may affect the way you grow and develop. There is no way it is worth the risk.

Absolutely. No. Diet. Pills. Ever.

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on August 19, 2013
at 02:54 PM

Thanks for your response Varelse! yes I'm 18, and I'd say I've heard about 5 girls talking about them in the past week alone, and another 8-10 thinking about trying them, I really did feel like they couldn't be good for you.. just gonna keep doing what I'm doing!

5b9a25a1a676397a25579dfad59e1d7b

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on August 19, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Totally agree with this... Diet pills cause nothing but harm. AVOID no matter what!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 19, 2013
at 03:16 PM

Good for you! Healthy eating and exercise is what is best for everyone, but especially young women! It is a hard time for them in a hard world. Be the voice of reason and a good example to your friends! I hope it goes great for you!

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on August 19, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Well said varelse +1

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on August 19, 2013
at 03:22 PM

There's no such thing as a "diet pill." There are specific pills with specific ingredients. If someone tries to sell you something without telling you what's in it, then you can conclude one of three things: 1) it's ineffective, 2) it's dangerous, or 3) They're treating you like an idiot.

The most effective diet pills are amphetamines or other stimulants. They help you lose weight but can have serious long-term side effects, and they stop working after a while. They can also be addictive if you use them very heavily.

The other widely used, highly effective "diet pill" is smoking. Hopefully I don't need to go into why that's a terrible idea.

As for any other pills, find out what's in them and then learn about that. There might be something that's effective for you, though I doubt it.

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on August 19, 2013
at 03:28 PM

One such "other pill" I can think of is Alli, which basically makes you poop out a lot of the fat you eat instead of digesting it. It can lead to deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins. While I agree with much you say, I would NEVER advise or even look the other way about a teen girl taking or considering diet pills.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 19, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Good point about Alli. And you're right -- I decided "why do you even think you need diet pills" was a separate question, but I shouldn't have let that slide.

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on August 03, 2014
at 02:13 PM

I think all diet pills are drugs as they work to satisfy your mind. You like yourself when your fat is melting and when you don't want to eat but you resist yourself when you eatt alot and gain weight. But I believe that not all of them are so bad. I recently discovered new pills Phentermine from RxGrade for weight loss and as they convince you don't have an addiction by taking them. Actually have a look here http://rxgrade.com/

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