5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Diet Pills to Lose Weight

An area where many people go VERY wrong when trying to lose weight is taking things like diet pills in the hope they will help them get the results they want.

It comes from a short term, quick fix mentality where the hope is this…

"What if it works? What if I just take this pill and everything works?"

Well, unfortunately that’s all it is: "Hope". It’s results that matter, and the results that you’re likely to get by taking a diet pill are much wasted time and money, lots of frustration, and even health problems.

You don’t need diet pills at all to lose weight, and I strongly recommend that you don’t take them. Here are 5 big reasons why…

  1. Diet pills have little, if any, effect

There are no independent research studies proving that ANY diet pills provide significant results. There are only claims from the diet pill companies who have often only done tests on animals using extremely high doses.

In fact, independent research studies have shown that the effect of diet pills goes from zero up to about 75 calories over a 24 hour period. There is no solid proof that any diet pills do anything like what they say they will.

So you could take a diet pill and in the best case scenario it may increase your metabolism a little, or it may suppress your appetite a little, but the amount is tiny…

And it may do nothing at all which I suggest is the most likely scenario.

Or you could easily do something like go for a 15 minute walk, do the housework for 20 minutes, or wash your car, and you’ll have the same or greater effect than the best diet pills on the market. Plus, you can do this for free, and without any health risks.

That’s why I cringe when I hear about people taking diet pills. It’s such a waste of time, effort, and money "hoping" for magical results, when they could have been doing things that actually work instead.

Diet pills are insignificant compared to what you can achieve with quality exercise and a healthy diet.

  1. You only need quality exercise and good nutrition

As I’ve already explained, many diet pills don’t work or they only produce insignificant results.

You can easily get the same or far better results just by making tiny changes to your exercise or diet. For example, you could do any of these…

  • Walk for 15 minutes
  • Do some ironing or vacuuming for 20 minutes
  • Wash your car
  • Take the stairs at work
  • Add 5 minutes to your exercise routine
  • Remove one biscuit from your diet
  • Have one less soft drink each day

These options are much safer and less expensive than taking diet pills. Plus they actually work, rather than taking diet pills which have minimal or no effect.

  1. You don’t get the vitamins you need

Most people who take diet pills do so at the expense of their diet. They want everything to stay the same with their diet, except that they take a pill and then everything works out alright.

In other words, they want to keep the same crappy diet and hope that the diet pill will make everything better.

The problem here is that diet pills won’t give you the same vitamins and minerals that you can get from a healthy diet.

So if you are taking a diet pill and not improving your diet, the chances are that the diet pill isn’t helping you lose weight, plus you’re not giving your body the vitamins and minerals it need to remain healthy.

If you exercise it’s even more important to have a healthy diet. Diet pills aren’t going to fuel your workouts. They aren’t going to help you get fitter and healthier, or give you a better looking body.

  1. You don’t improve your lifestyle

Taking diet pills doesn’t teach you anything. It only encourages you to avoid putting in time and effort and try to cheat your way to getting the results you want.

Diet pills don’t learn you anything about quality exercise and healthy nutrition, yet these are the keys to losing weight and keeping it off. They are also the key to experiencing other things like improved health and fitness, and getting a better looking body.

Diet pills actually push you away from doing the thing that you need to do to be successful, and that is, change your lifestyle.

If you are not willing to change your lifestyle then you have no hope of EVER losing weight or getting the other great benefits that you want.

  1. You waste lots of money

Taking diet pills, only to get zero or minimal results, is just like throwing money down the drain. They give you a false sense of hope, while also robbing your bank balance.

There’s no need for this to happen…

You can get all the results you could ever want if you are prepared to do quality exercise and eat healthily. Plus it’s much cheaper.

You don’t need diet pills

I hope you can see why you don’t need diet pills to lose weight and why you shouldn’t even use them at all.

Six pack abs or a great looking body don’t come in a pill or a bottle. Neither does great health and fitness. You get them by investing time and effort into quality exercise and developing a healthy diet.

It’s so simple, yet many people still chase the quick fix dream of diet pills which turns out to be a long term nightmare. Don’t let this happen to you!

If you know anyone who is trying to take short cuts with diet pills, do them a BIG favour by passing on this blog post.

If you have any experiences with diet pills yourself, please add your comments below and help other people by sharing your experiences.


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2 Responses to 5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Diet Pills to Lose Weight

  1. Clayton says:

    Pills are a cool way to stay motivated while in the beginning stages of health improvements. True, I believe the diet pills are fairly ineffective. However I do believe in a comprehensive multivitamin to increase metabolism and also give something to look forward to each morning:) Recently I purchased a Dosette from the local drug store. I find the 7 day pill box helps me to gauge my performance on a weekly basis. I like how I can put Vitamin D, Chewable Vitamin C, Multivitamins, and anti-oxidant supplements in the compartments for one full week at a time. Each morning I fill my water bottle with quality filtered water and open the corresponding day of the week compartment in my dosette. Then I eat a healthy hot breakfast without sugar and carry on for the day. By Sunday I have conquered five of 7 days in my pill box and feel quite positive about the corresponding days of exercise and feeling good.

    • James says:

      You are right Clayton that multivitamins can be useful, even though diet pills aren’t. It’s interesting to hear how you use different supplements to help you keep motivated and feeling positive.

      I would suggest though that a general multivitamin should cover most, or all, of what you need, rather than taking several different supplements. It would probably be cheaper as well.

      Anyway, keep up the running and I hope you do well.