Weight Loss Pills..Think again!

So you have probably thought about them and might have even tried a few. Weight loss pills with promising ‘ fat burning, metabolism boosting’ effects. This is my 2nd year working in the UAE and to see how easy it is to get hold of some dangerous over the counter weight loss pills is concerning! Tighter regulation is finally underway and I thought I would share sections of an interesting article that was published in a local newspaper here, warning residents of banned weight loss products.

For the full article by Gulf News http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/health/ten-weight-loss-products-banned-1.855763

Products with following ingredients are off the shelves according to authorities:

• Hydroxycut Hardcore

• Hydroxycut Max for Women

• Redline

• Lipo 6

• Lipo 6 Hers

• Lipo 6X

• Lipo 6 Black

• Xenadrine RFA-X

• Dymaburn Xtreme

• Atro-phex

Many ingredients found in such pills are believed to have certain cardiovascular and psychiatric effects which can be extremely serious. Other pills that contain more ‘natural’ ingredients such as chromium picolinate, caffeine, green tea, garcinia and guarana may not have such serious side effects but the truth is, there is not much evidence out there to support their so called ‘weight loss power’. Apart from complications and certain side effects, majority of these pills are ineffective, and before you know it, the depression hits, the yo yo dieting begins and a vicious cycle  is created.

I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences with weight loss pills if you have tried any. As a dietitian, I have never advised any of my patients to try any ‘pill’ and don’t think I ever will! In fact, I am all for enjoying the food you eat without any feelings of guilt! It is about balance, about being active and yes, it is not easy! So instead of wasting time and money on pills with false promises, let us start by being committed, motivated and by being ready to break a sweat which will always pay off!

If you have “tried it all & nothing worked”, you could always contact me at nutritionaz@gmail.com and I would be more than happy to offer some guidance…

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