The Diet Pill: A Quick Fix?

Modern medicine has given us a number of miracles in a
bottle.  We have pills for arthritis,
pills for heartburn, pills for heart trouble. 
We have pills that will help us wake up in the morning, pills that will
help us digest our afternoon meal, and pills that will enable us to sleep at
night.  We live in a pill-popping

      Because of the
number of medications available, we often turn to pills to cure what ails us—no
matter what our trouble might be.  Whether
it’s physical or emotional, we may believe that medication will take care of
the problem.  As a result, it’s not
surprising that a number of us also turn to diet pills in an effort to control
our weight.

       There are a
number of advantages to using diet pills when trying to fight fat.  To begin with, diet pills are quick-acting—we
may see results after only a little bit of time has elapsed.  As a result, we may gain confidence and lose
even more weight as a result of our success with diet pills.  Other people—friends, relatives,
co-workers—may notice our weight loss and may compliment us as a result.  Consequently, we may be motivated to work
even harder at our weight loss.

      Diet pills are
also convenient.  We can keep them in our
medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard.  We
can take a pill in the morning and not have to worry about our weight for the
rest of the day.  We don’t have to do a
great deal of research, as is required when we are trying to determine which
diet to try.  In addition, taking a diet
pill is hardly as strenuous as running five miles or swimming ten laps.

       Moreover, diet
pills can help us to shift some of the responsibility for losing weight to
another entity.  No longer is it simply
up to us to control our weight.  We look
to the pill to resolve our weight problem, once and for all.  This can help to lower our anxiety, reducing
our stress level. 

     But there are
also serious disadvantages to using diet pills. 
For instance, there is the possibility that we will become addicted to
the medication.  This can take a toll on
not only our physical health, but our emotional health as well.  We may become too dependent on the pills,
expecting them to solve our weight problems. 

     Diet pills also
teach us nothing about good nutrition. 
You do not have to learn about proper diet if you are depending on a
pill to take your excess weight away.  As
a result, an individual may never discover the importance of healthy eating,
and his or her overall health could suffer as a result.

     In addition,
there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to weight loss.  While you might lose weight for a time after
taking diet pills, you could quickly regain the weight, once you go off the
pills.  As a result, diet pills fail to
provide a life-long approach to healthy weight maintenance.

     Given the pros
and cons of diet pills, you might be wondering whether they would be right for
you.  Check with your family
physician.  He or she is in the best
position to assess your overall health and determine whether diet pills would
be appropriate in your particular case. 
Secondly, consider consulting with a nutritionist.  He or she can help advise you about whether
to take diet pills.

     Diet pills are a
huge industry within the U.S.  So, there is a great deal of marketing,
urging you to purchase these so-called wonder drugs.  But, before you buy, you have to seriously
consider whether these pills could jeopardize your health.  While it may be important for you to lose
weight, it is even more important for you to shield your body from harm.  

     Weight loss is
not miraculous.  It takes a great deal of
dedication and perseverance.  Therefore,
it is unlikely that you will find the secret to weight loss in a bottle.   By changing your diet and exercising, you
might notice only incremental changes in your weight.  However, over the long term, you might be
better able to maintain healthy weight loss by sticking with the tried-and-true
formula of diet and exercise.

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