America has garnered a reputation for many things, and obesity is one of them. In the United States, obesity affects one in three adults. We have more fat people than any country in Europe, and our number of obese adults is rising higher everyday. It's no mystery as to why so many Americans are overweight. There are more restaurants opening around the country everyday. Food companies are developing and marketing so many new and delicious foods and snacks, grocery shelves have no room for all of them. For the overweight, and those struggling with weight loss issues, the increasing abundance of good food makes it even more difficult to change a lifestyle riddled with bad eating habits.
Bring in the wellness industry. Americans spend more than 100 billion dollars on fitness equipment and memberships, health foods and diet supplements. And yet, one-third of us are still overweight. In this is seen the duality of the situation. Americans want to lose weight; we want to slim down. We many do not want to work too hard or sacrifice too much in order to do it. The health and fitness industry pitches advertising to folks who want an easy road to good health. Solutions abound. There are exercise spas and gyms, fitness machines, aerobic walking and exercises, instructional DVDs, food supplements, diet beverages, powders, shakes, teas and so much more. As long as there's a new product on the market ensuring weight loss results, the hope of the obese places in tact.
The use of diet pills has become a popular solution for weight loss troubles. The various products were pitched as miracle workers as the ads read: "melt away pounds easily," and "look better in no time," and "look and feel great without exercising." Because many of these diet pills are new on the market, it's hard to say if they really work in the long run, or if there are any serious side effects. While some of the weight loss pills actually cause you to lose weight, they may also present other serious health problems, such as heart disease.
Before starting on any diet plan or program that involves diet pills, consult a doctor. It would not hurt to get a check-up. If there are any risks to taking the pills your doctor will be able to instruct you.
There are hundreds of diet pills on the market. All of them fall into three categories:
o Over the Counter (OTC) can be purchased in any drugstore without a prescription. These contain chemicals, but not so much that would require medical supervision
o Herbal supplements can be purchased at drugstores without a prescription as well. These are all natural.
o Diet pills that are prescribed by a doctor. Doctor's monitor patients who take these, because they have higher doses of chemicals.
o Over the Counter diet pills, herbal supplements, and prescription diet pills are all regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
And yes, there are side effects, even with OTC diet pills. Dieters may experience cramping, gas, diarrhea, raised blood pressure and heart palpitations.
Losing weight is no easy task, even with all the health and fitness products and diet pills that abound. Losing weight takes commitment to a reputable diet program or diet plan.
The rewards are worth it: a healthier, slimmer you.