Nowadays, a lot of people are getting more and more conscious about their physical appearances. Most, if not all of them, are dreaming of having toned or muscular bodies. To achieve such goals for their physiques, they typically follow strict dietary regimens as well as exercise programs that aim towards losing or maintaining their weight and sculpting their bodies.
At times, they even take weight loss supplements. Many individuals purchase these weight loss products, especially those who have trouble shedding off their extra pounds. There are numerous ways on how to take these supplements. Most of these products are taken orally, such as pills, teas, liquids, powders, capsules, and tablets. People take them before or after meals. The ingredients that were included in the formulation of their products contain certain properties that can help the users reduce the amount of fats that they have in their bodies and lose weight. Some of these ingredients include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and probably organic products.
Due to the presence of these ingredients, the drug companies that manufacture these weight loss supplements would claim that their products are indeed effective. However, when you see a weight loss supplement being sold online or even at your local drugstore, it does not mean that such product is 100% safe. Of course, there are successful suplements that aid in weight loss and are safe. It’s reported that the side effects of Slimfy are extremely minor & minimal. What most of the users do not know is that some of the ingredients that the drug companies use may eventually cause harmful side effects to them.
One widely known ingredient that was used by most drug companies before is the ephedra. Ephedra is an herbal stimulant that originated from China. In 2004, evidence surfaced that ephedra increases the risk of the user of getting a stroke or a heart attack. For this matter, it was banned that same year. The ban was lifted in 2005 as a lower court decided that small doses of ephedra will not produce such grave side effects. However, the ingredient was banned again in 2006 after it was proven that it is dangerous at any dose, no matter how small such dose may be.
Another supplement that was banned in the year 2009 is Hydroxycut. There were reports that Hydroxycut causes jaundice and hepatitis. It can also severely damage vital internal organs, such as the liver and the kidneys. A user was reported to have gone through a liver transplant while another was reported to die because of using a product with a main fat-burning ingredient which is Hydroxycut.
The ingredient sibutramine is known for its links to a higher risk of getting a heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Due to such links, it has already been banned since 2010 up to this day. Some manufacturers also use phenolphthalein which is an experimental drug that might cause cancer later on. The known side effects of the ingredient Qsymia are dry mouth, altered taste, insomnia, constipation, dizziness, and paresthesias which are a tingling or tickling sensation without any physical cause. There are even other ingredients that may cause dependence and abuse if the user cannot control his intake.
In most countries around the world, no authorized agency regulates the manufacture and sale of weight loss products which is why you will see a lot of them on display. They cannot test every single weight loss product that will become available in the market. The manufacturers will not also put every ingredient that they have used on the labels.
For this matter, it is very important that you, or any other user for this matter, will consult a physician first before you take any dietary supplement. The doctor will be able to identify which weight loss products are approved by an authorized agency and prescribe them to you.