Weight loss pills can be injurious to your health

After young Mexican woman’s death due to consumption of online diet pills, Indian experts warn people about dangers of self-medication. Instead of falling prey to the fancy drugs, and diets available online, seek expert advice, suggest the doctors

Weight loss pills can be injurious to your health

For individuals with a strong desire to lose weight, diet, weight loss pills may seem like a magical solution.  But the drugs that promise to help you shed pounds or burn fat may hold hidden dangers to your health.

Ankita Ghag, clinical nutritionist, Co-founder and director, Vacchan Aarogya explained, “Incidents of browsing and opting for crash/ fad diets or slimming pills which are available online, are rising in India.”

As per the experts, the manufacturers of these products make extravagant promises about the properties of their drugs, but most of these claims are not backed up by clinical research. “Only opt for the drugs which re scientifically proven. As I see many patients who consume weight loss pills, go on crash and fad diets and face health problems,” warned Dr Vikrant Shah, General Physician, Zen Hospital.

Doctors don’t advocate self-medication and suggest – those people trying to lose weight, should do it under a proper guidance. “Every individual has a different body type. That is why we have certified professionals and nutritionists to guide them. Diet alterations will be provided by the experts, after body assessment – which includes examining the person’s medical and family history,” said Dr Priyam Ahuja, diet and fitness expert, Health Nutrified, Mumbai.

Fitness trainer, Yogesh Bhateja feels that people should understand their body’s needs and the goals – like what suits and harms your body. “There is plethora of products available online.  Be aware about what is good for your body. Your body is your temple. So don’t play with your body. And I also urge people to avoid steroids and supplements available online.”

Doctors also warn that obesity is a complex disorder and people should be cautious before consuming any pills. “Obesity can’t be treated only with medical treatment.  Hormonal, physiological, family and lifestyle issues are monitored as well,” said Dr Sanjay Borude, bariatric surgeon, Breach Candy Hospital.

Health experts observe that for instant weight loss, people go for fancy crash and fad diets or slimming pills, which can cause skin ailments, hairfall and other serious problems. “Mindless consumption of weight loss pills can cause kidney and liver problems, piles, and constipation. It can result in multi-vitamin and mineral deficiency, as well as muscle loss rather than the fat loss. Due to which, one will gain more weight, in the long run,” explained Ghag.