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Have You Ever Tried Diet Pills?

As of last Friday, Hydroxycut diet aids have been voluntarily recalled after a warning from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had received 23 reports of "serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, an indicator of potential liver injury, to liver damage requiring liver transplants" after using the supplement.

Hydroxycut pills, drinks, and powders are promoted as weight loss supplements that increase energy while boosting the metabolism. If you are using any Hydroxycut products, the FDA urges you to stop using them.

I am not a fan of diet aids as they represent a "magic pill" approach to weight loss, when I believe that losing weight requires sustainable lifestyle changes. However, we are a society hoping to have our cake and eat it too, and diet pills represent a quick fix. I am wondering . . .


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Trinity336 Trinity336 8 years
I am currently taking some green tea diet pills. I'm still changing my eating habits where I can stop taking them later on and do okay. I'm watching what I eat and how much I eat and exercising every evening. I've tried losing weight many, many times before and couldn't keep it up because I never had enough energy to keep going with it. It might be in my head, but the diet pills do seem to give me the extra energy I need to attain my goals. Of course I don't use them with the idea that taking diet pills is the only thing I have to do to lose weight. I am still holding myself responsible in my habits and making sure that I change my lifestyle where when I lose all the weight I need to, I will be able to keep it off on my own. I have definitely heard about the risks of diet pills, but unfortunately, I feel that I need an extra kick from something to get me going in the right direction. So far, I haven't had any negative side effects from taking the pills.
audrina audrina 8 years
Diet pills scare me to death. Especially when it can screw up your heart. I also heard from a friend that diet pills can cause gall bladder problems. She had to have hers out because of them!!!!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I took ephedrine in college, but for all-nighters, not for weight loss. I would spend the entire next day throwing up. So I would definitely have no interest in taking anything like that with regularity. I'll stick with watching my diet & getting lots of exercise.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I was in college and was struggling with my eating disorder, I tried Metabolife because I thought for some reason it would help me lose more weight. It did exactly nothing, just like the vast majority of OTC diet pills. Most of them just speed up your heart rate and make you jittery so you don't feel like eating. If you take the pills and still eat the same crap, you ain't gonna lose jack. All of those ads say the people who used the pills did it in conjunction with a healthy diet and an exercise plan. So yeah, you're better off just eating less and working out more.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Nope, my mother did when I was younger but it was never something I was interested in.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yes I have and I wish the one I used as a teen was still available. It was basically a compacted tablet of insoluble fiber. It was taken off the diet sheleves and moved to the fiber/laxative section of the store. And the amount of fiber and the way its released is now different. Its now called Fibercon. I also tried Trimspa like 4 years ago. It was coffee grounds and ground cherry pits - so yeah it capsule open in your tummy and your sick as a dog and unable to eat. So that worked as long as you could tolerate feeling queasy all the time.
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
No way. I know a girl that had a heart attack from taking them.. Plus I just don't like taking medicine of any kind.. side effects scare me. I barely even take Tylenol. Since I have been exercising and eating healthier (I even cut out caffeine), I haven't been having headaches.. funny how when you take care of yourself the healthy way you get rid of a lot of the problems that you had!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I used Metabolife for a while when I was in middle school - YES MIDDLE SCHOOL, like when I was 12-13 years old [my mother and I both did it together, she monitored how much I had just in case it wasn't safe for kids]...didn't lose a lick of weight, but my friend totally did. She went from a size 16 to a 6 in 6 months on it, but all should would eat for lunch was a diet soda and a Yoplait yogurt. She stopped taking them after she got down to a 4, but she's been able to keep it off ever since without doing much worked for her! [and I was SUPER jealous. I was about to start taking other diet pills just to get that kind of loss...but I found out the hard way that I'm more sensitive to stimulants and caffeine than I thought!]
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I'm so embarrassed when I remember this. My freshman in college (and I just start living in US) LOL, and I saw an infomercial about a natural diet pills that will help you lose weight. (I honestly forget the name) I...ordered because I thought it'd miraculously help with losing my freshman 15 :p Oy-yo. It didn't help and that's the first time I had to deal with them charging my card over and over again for the next couple of months (because I didn't understand that they'd keep charging my card and sending those useless pills my way until I said no, even then it took so long to actually CANCEL them completely because they were just so very persistent). NEVER AGAIN.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I tried them in my teens when I had an eating disorder to make abstaining from food easier.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
I used stuff like this in high school and in my early 20's. I know I used to take a lot of NoDoz in high school which wasn't for dieting, but it had ephedra, and I wouldn't eat all day. I wouldn't take them now, but it's always tempting even though I KNOW things like this aren't good for you.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I never took diet pills for the purpose of losing weight. Me, and a lot of other people in the military, used them as a tool to work 12 hour shifts and still go out and have a life afterwards without racking up massive calories in energy drinks and soda. Was it a healthy decision, probably not. Did it work? Definitely yes.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
My freshman year of college I used Hydroxycut for about a week. I stopped taking them immediately because it sped up my heart so much I thought it would stop beating any minute. That is exactly what it is supposed to do. Speed the heart like a workout. I agree that there is no easy way or magic pill to lose weight. It is all about diet and exercise. I think all these "miracle" pills should be pulled.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
No way! They are so scary.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I used Alli and had decent results. You still have to work and they tell you that over and over in the book. It's not a magic pill it's just a little helper.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Personally, I don't find "getting fit" or weight loss rewarding if you cheat with surgery and gimmicks! I'd NEVER use them... they can't possibly be safe...
darkoblivion darkoblivion 8 years
No way. They scare the crap out of me.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've never tried them and I don't intend to do so. My husband has dabbled with them, but I don't think he's stuck with any one thing for very long.
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Yep... Stacker and Ripped Fuel... which both had ephedra, before it was illegal. *sigh* yes i know they were bad, but they worked for me, I had really great engergetic workouts. Speed is speed though.
kia kia 8 years
When I was wildland firefighting the guys on my crew got me into hydroxycut but more for the stimulant than the fat loss aspect. I think I did it twice during some 16-hour shifts and felt disgusting.
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
I had tried diet pills in my teens and early 20's, but I wouldn't touch those things now.
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