We’ve all seen the ads – you know, the ones that say, “I lost eight kilograms with this product” or “Yes! I want that beach body!”
They can be pretty convincing, especially when supported by “scientific evidence” and amazing “testimonials”, complete with before and after shots.
But what do you really know about these “miracle” diet pills? Do you really know the effects they will have on your body?
Though most of us may agree it’s not worth compromising your health for the sake of shedding a few pounds, recent tragic events have highlighted how misconceptions about weight loss aids can have catastrophic results.
So, how do weight loss pills work?
Primarily, weight loss pills work in two ways: they increase the energy outflow or the amount of calories burned, or they work to suppress the appetite so that the amount of food consumed is lessened. Diet pills that usually work for a lot of people fit under either of these categories. A third category is present though of weight loss pills that lessen the amount of calories that are absorbed in the digestion process. Usually though, they offer nasty bad side effects like oily stools etc. so this category isn’t recommended.
1. Thermogenic Fat Burners
Weight loss pills that increase energy expenditure are generally known as “thermogenic fat burners”. The body uses the calories in food as fuel, which are taken to provide the body with the essential energy required to do work.
Thermogenesis is a process that burns up calories and converts them to heat as a person does work. In order to properly maintain normal body functions such as breathing, regular calories or fuel supply is required.
2. Appetite Suppressants
There are also weight loss pills developed to suppress the appetite and these are commonly called as the “appetite suppressants”.
It is a fact that the brain is the part of the body that controls the feelings of “appetite (hunger)” or of “being full”. Neurotransmitters or the brain’s chemical messengers inform the brain about the stomach feeling full.
In order to control the appetite, there should be an increase in the amount of these neurotransmitters in the body. This is the way appetite suppressants pills work. They have the capacity to increase the neurotransmitter levels in order to decrease the appetite, which results in less amount of food consumed. When there is less food consumption, there is also less calorie intake.
One of the most effective suppressants of appetite is Duromine but it produces some negative side effects, as says its nickname: the “legal speed”.
Derived from amphetamines, it makes your heart race, your mouth dry and causes insomnia. It’s one of the oldest legal diet pills on the market and works by directly affecting the area of the brain that controls your appetite, making you feel less hungry.
In Australia, it is one of the most popular diet pills.
Duromine capsules contain the appetite suppressant Phentermine. For some, this drug can become addictive, however, there is no data on how many Australians buy Duromine and abuse this medication. So it is hard to say how many obese Australians had to quit using Duromine because of drug dependence.
Some overweight Australians take Duromine for purposes other than intended. On different online forums and medical magazines, you may find information that truck drivers and students use Duromine capsules for better concentration on the road and during exams.
Users often feel constantly jittery and wired which negatively impacts the sleep cycle and add stress to personal relationships.
The thing is though, your doctor can prescribe it, despite the side-affects.
There has been almost 50 “adverse event notifications” as a result of Duromine use since 2005, according to the Therapeutic Goods Association, including a fatal cardiac arrest in 2011, which listed Duromine as a suspected cause.
Other symptoms include restlessness, insomnia, agitation, psychosis, increased heart rate, headaches, increased blood pressure, dry mouth, vomiting and even induce a coma.
So, tell us, have you tried Duromine?
If you become concerned about any symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention – we have some hotlines and suggested websites for further information and advice*.
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