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The dangers of taking Weight loss pills

Independent Online/ Times Of India
The dangers of taking Weight loss pills

The late-night telemarketing shows have often caught our fancy. The slim girl and the toned boy showing off their thin waistlines and perfect abs have also tempted us to buy those pills they keep popping.

But a harsh reality of slimming pills is the ingredients it is made up of. One of them is hydroxyl.

What are hydroxyl pills ?

Hydroxyl pills, also known as slimming pills, are famous among weight loss markets across the world. As the name suggests, they promote weight loss in a quick and easy manner. By now, you must have understood the catch of this weight loss gameplay: If it is quick, it is also dangerous and clearly, not an option to be explored.

Hydroxyl is known to suppress one's appetite and enhance fat burn. This automatically leads to vigorous weight loss and hence, is a million dollar industry. However, in the long run, these slimming tablets can lead to serious long-term health issues which, in the worst case scenario, can be fatal as well.

The tablets which are found easily off the medical counter are actually a combination of various substances, which denote quicker weight loss. These include garcinia, which is native to India, oolong tea and white tea, all of which are responsible for revving up your body’s metabolism.

How do these pills affect your body?

As per experts and industry insiders, slimming pills often lead to prolonged diseases which once set in can be a task to deal with. As per Dr. Mansi Chatrath, nutritionist and diet expert, the after-effects of these pills can lead to slowing down of liver functions and even severe damage to your pancreas.

Even though the slimming pills contain teas and extracts which may seem harmless individually, they include artificial constituents and synthetics to fasten up the process of weight loss. They lead to muscle loss, water loss and fat loss and thus, start using up the body’s natural resources to keep it going. This exhausts our health in the long run.

“Consuming these tablets is a big no as they lead to anxiety issues, sleepiness, menstrual problems and palpitations, to name a few consequent problems,” says Dr. Poonam Pahuja Duneja, nutrition and fitness expert. She further states that since the natural body temperature increases, the person consuming these tablets end up digesting the food faster than an average person.

Dr. Chatrath and Dr. Duneja both agree on one point, that these tablets, despite the fact they are sold so easily all over the world, should not be considered as a weight loss option at any cost. Even though these tablets claim to be ‘herbal’ or ‘Ayurvedic’, as per the experts, they are only marketing gimmicks and do not have any guarantee over how they affect your body.

Experts speak

Dr Chatrath also feels the same way, “The main extract is hydroxycitric acid, which supposedly curbs appetite and enhances fat burn by using more carbohydrates for energy. However, all researches done on this are vague.”
The real reason as to why these pills accelerate the process of weight loss is due to high caffeine content of these pills, which ultimately reduces the appetite. The intake of these pills can lead to nausea, poor absorption of food, deficiencies and even tremors.
The only question which now remains is, even though the government is well-aware of these side-effects, how and why are these pills still so easily available and continue to be marketed?

As per research done over these pills, the negatives outweigh the positives and therefore, no expert is ready to take responsibility of what they might do to your body.

“These products have not undergone rigorous scrutiny for effectiveness and safety and consequently drug-induced toxicities do occur with some frequency,” states Dr. Duneja. She goes on to describe how the FDA has also issued a warning against these pills based on 23 cases of liver damage due to extreme exposure to hydroxycut.

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