(Closed) Weight loss pills?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I haven’t used pills personally – I know that people like Alli but a side effect is that when you gotta go…you gotta go immediately!

There are a ton of ladies on here that are active and have had great results with weight watchers – have you considered that instead?  I am in a situation similar to yours and I started weight watchers a month ago with great success (online only).

Post # 4
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not a big fan of diet pills, but if you are considering it, I would recommend talking to your doctor.  S/he can help you decide if a prescription weight loss pill is suitable for you, or perhaps something like Alli. Unfortunately, most (if not FDA approved diet pills) result in very little additional weight loss (compared to a placebo) in trials.  Many people who lose weight by using diet pills will gain it back when they stop the pills.

Post # 7
47254 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The trouble with diet pills is that you are placing yourself at risk pending long term studies.

Several of the brands in the past were proven to have severe side effects for some people, including addiction, pulmonary hypertension etc.

Better to stick to the tried and true- good nutrition and exercise. The sad reality is that we can all lose weight but if we don’t adopt PERMANENT lifestyle changes it will all come back.

Post # 8
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There was an old post about Alli awhile ago.  Here’s some info I found at that time (about a year ago).  Hope if helps.

Basically, the medication causes you to REALLY think about what you are eating.  There are a lot of not-so-nice side effects that are associated with this medication, but they are much worse if you eat incorrectly (more than 15g of fat per meal) while on the medication.  Basically the medication prevents some of the fat from being absorbed in the intestines.  

Two important points to consider: there have been reports of serious liver injury with people taking this medication, and the FDA is currently running a safety review.  Second, on the prescription strength version (Xenical), people lost approximately 6 pounds more in one year than with diet and exercise alone.  It’s not a miracle drug by any means.  It’s really important to consider if the side effects you will experience (diarrhea, gas with oily spotting, etc) is worth the extra few pounds.

Here is an easy-to-read website about the product.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alli/WT00030

Post # 9
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with julies1949.

Why bother working so hard to lose the weight if you don’t develop the habits to keep it off? The only thing that works for a lifetime is moderate healthy portions and keeping active.

In My Humble Opinion diet pills are a waste of money and unhealthy.

Post # 11
108 posts
Blushing bee

I would not recommend any diet pills with caffeine (like Slim Quick). I took diet pills (more specifically for the caffeine for athletic performance), and yes, I lost weight, raced faster, and etc… but then I started having heart problems. Now I can’t drink more than a cup of coffee before I get chest pains 🙁 Doctors don’t know why it happened, but I will never do that again. In addition, I lost about 5 pounds and looked extremely toned – but then when I got off of it, it came back instantly (because it was basically all water) and I realized I gained 5% more body fat. Looking skinny and being healthy are two different things sometimes! 


I did also take Alli before (does not have caffeine) I was an athlete (I was 25 lbs) overweight, but I couldn’t deal with the side effects. You have to be very very careful with the fat content of your foods. 

Post # 12
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I read Eat to Live by Dr. Fuhrman and he summed up the diet pill dilemma really nicely by saying, “Any [diet pill] that’s safe is not effective, and anything effective is not safe.” Honestly, I just don’t think diet pills are worth the health risk or the money. Good luck doing it the natural way! I’m in the same boat.

Post # 13
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I tried diet pills back when I was a cheerleader and wanted to be thinner. It was ridiculous, they didn’t work (OTC) and just made me feel sick and jittery. Like everyone else has said it’s more effective to change your eating habits than take a pill. I did however, know a woman who went to her doctor and got some perscription diet pills which she used in addition to weight watchers adn it worked for her. I don’t know if the pills helped at all, but she lost weight.

Post # 14
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Instead of going to diet pills, try a Women’s specifc multi-pak….GNC Well Being(beleive me I stay energized), I think Centrum may have one also. Try getting into fruits that give you a metabolism boost

Post # 15
1267 posts
Bumble bee

My Doctor (who has been my Dr. for 20 years) put me on Meridia when I gained 40pounds after I quit smoking.  You only get two weeks at a time so that you can get a check up, weigh in and test you blood pressure and whatnot frequently.  For me, it was a huge life changer.  I lost the 40 pounds within about 9 months and the pills helped ‘train’ my head and stomach to stop over eating and emotional eating.  By not being ravaged by a constant need to munch and eat I was able to create a normal eating pattern.  Also, the pill helps to boost your energy expenditure so I was able to work out at a higher intensity.  By doing that, I was able to create an exercise plan I could actually do when not on the pill, as well.

That’s really the secret.  If you take a prescription diet pill responsibly, you can create a new eating and exercise regimen that will actually fit in to your life without the pill but people sometimes end up thinking ‘hmm…I’m not hungry so I just won’t eat and I’m going to work out every day fro 2 hours since I have all of this energy’ and without the pill, that’s unrealistic.  Good luck!

Post # 16
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

FYI – Meridia has been withdrawn from the market due to a 16% increase in the risk of non-fatal heart attacks and non-fatal stroks compared to placebo.  They also recognized that there was only a 2.5% difference in body weight between the patients on Meridia and those on a placebo.  It was a rather large study with 10,000 patients followed for 5 years.  There were questions regarding whether the study population was the same as the general population that receives the medication, however, the FDA asked Abbott to remove the product from the market, and they did.




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