If you have ever tried to lose weight quickly, you might have tried fat burning supplements. Whether these supplements worked for you or not, there are some safety guidelines you should be aware of.
What are Fat Burning Supplements?
Basically fat burning supplements are diet pills, and there are tons of them on the market right now. You can find these supplements at the corner drug store, online, and even at the grocery store. Some that you may have heard of are: Lipovox, Alli, Hydroxycut and SlimQuick. There are also some that you can get via prescription, but this article will only address the over-the-counter supplements.
In order to keep yourself safe, you need to read the ingredient list and know what the ingredients are. Several of these supplements have ingredients that are known to cause side effects.
Some important ingredients to be particularly leery of are ephedra (or any version of this), ephedrine, and excessive caffeine.
Basically, if you are not sure what the ingredient is, find out. Call the pharmacy, ask your doctor, or look it up. Don’t soley rely on the diet pill claims; know what you are ingesting. And always make sure the pill is FDA approved!
It is vital to follow the package directions. If you think that taking extra supplements will melt the fat faster, you are wrong, and it could be jeopardizing your health. It is possible to overdose, which may cause a heart attack or even death.
If the directions state not to use the product after a certain time of day, there is a reason for that, and you need to adhere to it. Many fat burning supplements contain ingredients which are meant to stimulate your system, and this can interrupt your sleeping patterns. You should be aware that lack of sleep contributes to weight gain, which will render your efforts fruitless.
Beware of Side Effects
Diet pills have been shown over and over again to produce negative side effects. You must be aware of these side effects, and stop taking the supplements immediately if you experience any of the listed side effects.
Some side effects to be cautious of are:
- Anxiety and irritability
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Hair loss
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Heart attack
Know When to Stop
Diet pills can be addictive. Do not take the supplements longer than recommended. They are really meant to be a short term aid, not a long term solution.
You should be working to change your diet and exercise plan, in order to make the more long-term health changes. Continuing to take fat burning supplements will result in a weight plateau (and can even result in gaining all the lost weight back).
Over all, be smart about weight loss. This should be a life changing process, not a quick fix based on a diet pill supplement.