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Diet Pills And Your Metabolism

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Diet Pills And Your Metabolism Editor If you're carrying some extra weight around, doesn't the idea of taking a wonder pill and watching the pounds slip away sound like a dream come true? Who wouldn't like to eat whatever they want...

If you’re carrying some extra weight around, doesn’t the idea of taking a wonder pill and watching the pounds slip away sound like a dream come true? Who wouldn’t like to eat whatever they want and lose weight without sacrifice or exercise? There are many diet aids on the market that promise to give you just that. TV, magazines, radio and newspaper are filled with one ad after another for a diet drug that will have you at your beach body best while still dining on cheeseburgers and candy bars to your heart’s content. How do they promise to do it? Most diet pills claims they get your metabolism working faster, so you burn more calories and the weight falls off. But are these diet pill claims a lot of hot air? Is it really possible for some kind of diet pill to rev up your metabolism and cause you to lose weight without even trying?

The short answer is – it depends. While some may be quick to write off these “get thin quick” schemes as always wrong, but evidence suggests that in fact that might not be the case. Some diet drugs can actually speed up your metabolism, at least for a short time, and that can cause you to burn more calories. There are a few catches, however. First of all, diet drugs use stimulants to give your metabolism a boost, which can be dangerous. Ephedrine was the go-to stimulant of choice in diet drugs for many years, until it turned out the substance was linked to heart attacks. Many people paid for their dreams of losing some pounds with their life.

These days, most diet pills rely on caffeine, which doctors believe to be safer, at least for some people. However, while caffeine does increase your metabolism (even when you drink a cup of coffee, your metabolism is increased), the effect ends when the caffeine is out of your system. So, rather than enjoying the benefits of a long term boost of metabolism that you can receive from exercising, the spike in metabolic activity ends when the pill has been burned up, and won’t start again until you take another pill.

Even if you can live with that, there is evidence that you shouldn’t rely upon diet pills in the long term. What works for a little while for your metabolism will eventually become ineffective, and the peaks and valleys in your metabolic activity can throw off other systems that your metabolism controls, especially hormonal systems. Hormonal imbalances can turn around and affect the metabolism, causing is to slow further, so you end up worse off than when you started taking diet pills.

Still, however, for some people, doctors believe that short term use of diet aids can be beneficial because they can give you some immediate weight loss results that can encourage you to persevere in your weight loss goals. The key factor is to make sure that you make lifestyle changes along with taking your diet pills. You’ll speed up your metabolism naturally that way, so you can continue losing weight even when you’ve given up your diet pills.

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