Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Does Hollywood Promote Unhealthy Weight Loss Regimens?

Tami Roman has dropped a few pounds, and she’s crediting over the counter weight loss pills as a big factor in reaching her goal weight of 160 pounds. According to her website, she’s already dropped from a size 12/14 to an 8/10. Allegedly, she enlisted the help of NV weight loss pills and sprinkles, and she’s lost 12 pounds so far.

“A few months ago, I quit smoking and to cope, I transferred my dependency from one vice to the next,” wrote Roman on her website. “I ate everything that wasn’t nailed down. I looked up one day and I actually weighed 185 lbs. I decided to try a diet product to help suppress my appetite, in which most of you know, I opted for NV pills and NV Sprinkles. Much to my surprise, NV actually worked.”

Oh Tami, kudos for the weight loss, but over the counter diet pills aren’t the healthiest way to go. Even with simple Google search of these pills, you can read the numerous reviews on Amazon, where people list the crazy side effects. Although these diet pills may offer a quick fix, it’s just that a “fix”. Although some of the ingredients listed are “all natural”, the pills, as with most non-FDA approved diet pills sold over the counter, contain large amounts of caffeine.

Tami Roman isn’t the first celebrity to hock diet pills. Kim Kardashian has been a spokesperson for QuickTrim for a couple of years now. Even with her current weight loss kick, she has said she’s back on her pills. “Since I started QuickTrim again a few weeks ago, I’m down 6 lbs!!! Yay best feeling. I was getting discouraged but now I’m so motivated!” she wrote on her Twitter account.

Earlier this year, Huffington Post wrote an expose on QuickTrim, citing the pills merely over hyped and not healthy. Among the ingredients includes large amounts of caffeine as well as other herbal ingredients that can increase the effects of the caffeine. “It irritates me that they’re not saying how much caffeine is in these pills,” Dr. Fugh-Berman says, a physician and associate professor in the complementary and alternative medicine master’s degree program at Georgetown University Medical Center. “Too much caffeine can make you jittery and increase your blood pressure and pulse. If you pop a couple of these pills with your Starbucks coffee, that’s not good; you could get caffeine poisoning, which can cause heart arrhythmias.”

Losing weight is great, but does it matter how much you’ve lost if you’re in a hospital because of a bad heart? Neither QuickTrim or NV pills are FDA approved. The only over the counter pill that is FDA approved is Alli and even that comes with warnings and side-effects. Before deciding to add OTC pills to your regimen, it would be a good idea to check with your doctor.

Courtesy of www.frugivoremag.com

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