Be Aware of the Dangers of Diet Pills

Be Aware of the Dangers of Diet Pills

The appeal of taking diet pills is tremendous. The marketing on these pills make them sound so effective and easy to use – almost as if it’s the magic pill for weight loss.  It is critical to understand the dangers of diet pills as well as safer alternatives.

The Reality of Diet Pills

In reality, you likely know there is no such thing as a magic pill for weight loss. If there was, obesity wouldn’t be at such epidemic levels across the United States and beyond. 

As noted by Dr. Trupti Patel and her team at Physicians Premiere Weight & Wellness Center, there are prescription weight loss medications that are safe and highly effective.  However, only when used with a good dietary plan.

However, unlike makers of prescription medication, companies that make over the counter diet pills don’t have to prove that their products are safe or effective before putting them on the market. Even products that claim to be natural aren’t necessarily safe or good for you. 

There are hundreds of products on the market that claim to curb your cravings, decrease your hunger, speed up your metabolism, and burn fat. One of the primary ingredients in the products that claim to speed up metabolism is caffeine. In the past, ingredients like ephedra and hydroxycut were used but are now banned because of serious health effects.

Dangerous Hidden Ingredients to Watch Out for in Weight Loss Pills

The FDA keeps a list of dangerous hidden ingredients found in weight loss pill for you to look out for. 

  1. Sibutramine: this is a weight-loss drug withdrawn because of increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke
  2. Rimonabant: an appetite suppressant not approved in the US
  3. Phenytoin: an anti-seizure drug
  4. Phenolphthalein: an experimental drug that may cause cancer

Hidden ingredients are increasingly becoming a problem in products promoted for weight loss. These deceptive products can cause serious harm!

So, remember, when it comes to over the counter diet pills, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 

If you are interested in learning more about healthy weight loss and alternatives to potentially dangerous diet pills, Dr. Trupti Patel and her experienced team at Physicians Premiere Weight & Wellness Center can help determine a weight loss plan (with or without prescription weight loss medications) that is right for you.  Simply reach out to them at