Just the other day someone had died from liver damage caused by this persons use of the diet pill "Hydroxycut". Since the death of this person, the diet tablets have been pulled from the shelves. The company that makes Hydroxycut, makes other diet supplements as well and has pulled as many as 14 of their products from shelves.
On person may have died, but many have reported liver disease that had required liver transplant, seizures, heart problems, heart attacks, and rhabdomyolysis which is a type of muslce damage that can lead to kidney failure.
These companies feed off from our insecurities with their sleazy commercials which are very computer edited and photoshopped. These products are not approved by the FDA and have never been proven to be safe, but we will take the risk in order to look good because we are so influenced by society and what we think society expects from us.
I learned first hand the complications that diet pills can cause to your body. During the spring of 2007 I wanted to look my best for Spring Break, which is typical for most people who are in college. We want to be ready for the beach and feel completely satisfied with every aspect of our bodies in time for the warm weather. We expect our waist lines to shrink as the temperature increases, but many risks come with such drastic changes in your body, especially when you turn to medicinal products and procedures to help you.
My weapon of choice was the diet pill called 'Rapid Slim". I bought the product because the price was affordable and I was very influenced by the commercials. I won't lie...I did see improvement in my body. I was getting slimmer, but I was not sure if it was actually the tablet that had helped me or the fact that I was so dedicated to lose the weight in the first place and started to watch my diet and exercise more. I continued to take the product...and after a few days I started to feel a lot of the negative side effects.
I was very moody. I would snap at Jerrid and at times it would become so extreme that he would have to leave and let me be on my own. I was intolerable of myself and my heart rate was probably as fast as if I had just ran a marathon. Constantly my heart would race and beat so fast I could not sleep. The pill would make me so energetic at times, and then end up crashing but having trouble sleeping because my heart would literally hurt from beating so fast. My sleep regimen being disturbed caused me to experience sever tiredness along with banging headaches which would ruin my entire day.
This really scared me but I became so mentally dependant on these pills because I really believed that they were helping me. Jerrid eventually took them away from me and I was scared that I would put all the weight back on...but in reality, I was still losing weight and I was feeling better than ever.
I realized that the pill did not help me, but I had helped myself. I was eating better, I was exercising more, I was more aware of what I needed to do as well as what I was doing in order to lose weight and get in shape and I had been.
If you are dedicated enough to lose weight...YOU WILL. You just need to listen to your body and never turn to the posion that is sold as a legitimate way to help you acheieve your dream body. They will only hurt you. I learned that the hard way.
In no way am I speaking for those people who have certain diseases that keep them from losing weight, that is a different story. In my experience, I was only trying to lose a few pounds here and there...total superficial reasons, but being a college athlete, at times I felt as if I was criticized by my size since I was bigger than most of my teammates.
After college and after tennis, I had lost much more weight without trying. I was not working out as much but also did not need as much food per day so the weight seemed to come off. This is normal for some athletes and some people, but for most the opposite happens.
Eating healthy and listening to your body worked for me, and I'm sure it would work for anyone else. It is hard at first, but when your body adjusts to eating smaller portions more times a day and consuming more protein and exercising with light weights as well as warming up and cooling down with light cardio for 15 minutes each, your body will respond in beautiful ways and you will feel so much better. Eat whatever you want, but in small portions, there is no need to make yourself unhappy in the name of "so called beauty".
Don't put your health in danger for superficial reasons. Instead of making your insecurities a health issue, make them a health promotion, but remember that too much of anything is bad.
The most important thing to remember is to LOVE YOURSELF no matter what!