Instant messages, instant oatmeal, instant noodles, instant, instant… the list goes on and on. Advertising gets us by adding the words instant, easy, and fast to our foods: fast food and Kraft Easy Mac. There’s only so much time in the day and we’re functioning not in the present, but majority the past and future. We stress about what we have been through and what is to come. Stress is the leading cause of binge eating.
There’s no magic weight loss pill for binge eating. Don’t expect to drop the weight it took you three months to gain in a day. All these supplements do is suppress our hunger. If they really do work, will you be able to maintain the weight loss when you stop taking them? Once you stop taking them, your appetite is back and any reasons you were overeating are still existent. It’s not enough to blame our appetite for the weight gain. Sometimes we mistake starving for other things. Ex: thirst.
Side Effects of Weight Loss Pills
From conversations with people who have tried Alli, Truvision, Travala Trim, Razalean, Forever Garcinia, Phenermine, Contrave, and many other weight loss pills, the pill is anything but just losing weight, it has side effects. Alli sounds like your best friend you can rely on when things get tough. The name doesn’t scream how harsh it really is on your body when you don’t eat correctly. I’ve been told the pill causes bowel movements you cannot control if you do not stick to a healthy diet and it has even landed some people in the hospital. If that doesn’t alarm you, keep in mind the FDA has to approve medications, but not supplements. No matter what the commercials say, the advertisements or the rep trying to get you to purchase the pill, there is no scientific evidence proving the weight loss pill has a success rate for the majority of people.
Truvision customers who followed the program but did not lose weight were not refunded their money. If a pill is advertised for weight loss shouldn’t you lose weight?
Cheap Processed Foods Make Losing Weight Expensive
Losing weight seems expensive because foods that are unhealthy are made readily accessible and cheap. The easy processed foods are cheaper. But if you had to choose between something proven to be effective or something not proven, what would you choose? Science shows time and time again a healthy diet with exercise is the number one way to lose the weight you need to lose.
Once you take a weight loss pill you are surrendering what you have control over to the pill. We have no clue what that pill is doing in your body. Ever since the industrial revolution, our technology has been improving and our weight has been increasing. We’ve surrendered the one place we have control over our weight, the portions on our plate.
All these supplements do is suppress our hunger. If they really do work, will you be able to maintain the weight loss when you stop taking them? Once you stop taking them your appetite is back and any reasons you were overeating are still existent. It’s not enough to blame our appetite for the weight gain. Sometimes we mistake starving for other things.
Contrave Product Insert Warnings
Like water pills, make sure you read everything you can. I pulled up reading material on Contrave and I was surprised to find they brand it as FDA-approved. The little white folded piece of paper that comes with this brand has these warnings on it, under limitations of use. Contrave is a prescription weight loss pill.
- The effect of Contrave on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been established.
- The safety and effectiveness of CONTRAVE in combination with other products intended for weight loss, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and herbal preparations, have not be established.
- The exact neurochemical effects of CONTRAVE leading to weight loss are not fully understood.
- This pill warns to monitor for suicidal behavior.
- The pill is meant to help people stop smoking too, but warns of these possible symptoms while you quit smoking: changes in mood (including depression and mania), psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, homicidal ideation, aggression, hostility, agitation, anxiety, and panic, as well as suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, and completed suicide.
- You have to make sure to avoid a high-fat diet because it can cause seizures while taking this weight loss pill.
- Increase in Blood Pressure and Heart Rate: Monitor blood pressure and heart rate in all patients, especially those with cardiac or cerebrovascular disease.
- Hepatotoxicity: Cases of hepatitis and clinically significant liver dysfunction observed with naltrexone exposure.
- Angle-closure glaucoma: Angle-closure glaucoma has occurred in patients with untreated anatomically narrow angles treated with antidepressants.
- Bupropion inhibits CYP2D6 and can increase concentrations of antidepressants, (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and many tricyclics), antipsychotics (e.g., haloperidol, risperidone and thioridazine), beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol) and Type 1C antiarrhythmics (e.g., propafenone and flecainide): Consider dose reduction when using with CONTRAVE. (7.3) •
- Digoxin: May decrease plasma digoxin levels. Monitor digoxin levels. (Used for regulating heartbeat.)
- Drug-Laboratory Test Interactions: CONTRAVE can cause false positive urine test results for amphetamines.
- Risk of opioid overdose. Do not take large amounts of opioids, including opioid-containing medicines, such as heroin or prescription pain pills, to try to overcome the opioid-blocking effects of naltrexone.
- Sudden opioid withdrawal. Do not use any type of opioid for at least 7 to 10 days before starting CONTRAVE.
- Severe allergic reactions. Stop taking CONTRAVE and get medical help immediately if you have any signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions: rash, itching, hives, fever, swollen lymph glands, painful sores in your mouth or around your eyes, swelling of your lips or tongue, chest pain, or trouble breathing.
- Liver damage or hepatitis. Stop taking CONTRAVE if you have any symptoms of liver problems: stomach area pain lasting more than a few days, dark urine, yellowing of the whites of your eyes, or tiredness.
- Manic episodes.
- Visual problems (angle-closure glaucoma). Signs and symptoms may include eye pain, changes in vision, swelling or redness in or around the eye.
- Increased risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus who also take medicines to treat their diabetes (such as insulin or sulfonylureas).
Before you take a weight loss pill, consider all these possible side effects. I know someone who ended up in the hospital due to weight loss pills messing with his heart rate. and he ended up having a heart attack.
Do Effective Weight Loss Pills Keep You Coming Back For More?
Weight loss pills are not an end-all fix-all pill. The best weight loss pills are no weight loss pills. At the end, when you stop taking this pill, do you want to be a returning customer? Or do you want to learn how to live a new lifestyle and never weigh your current weight or more again?
This review may seem positive for Alli, but coming back time and time again means the person keeps regaining the weight and dieting again and again. Which means diet pills do not work.
If you want long-lasting results, learn all you can about not only healthy eating and exercise, but why you eat.
I was reading a blogger’s reviews on how Contrave was working for her. She was so excited in the beginning she wrote so positively about it then she disappeared for a while. Years later she posted how Contrave stopped working. With help from a psychologist, she learned to understand why she eats. Now she is committed to creating a healthy lifestyle without weight loss pills.