Countless weight-loss strategies, diets, potions, and devices have been marketed to overweight and obese populations. However, despite a plethora of interventions, only an estimated 1% to 3% of dieters end up losing weight and keeping it off. As diet and exercise don’t work on everybody and some of the people want to get the result faster, they prefer to use different but unhealthy and dangerous ways. We advise patients to never use the following methods of weight loss because they can have significant health implications. Let’s take a look at 4 unhealthy and dangerous approaches to losing weight
The term “diuretics” refers to any substance that increases the production of urine. Even certain businesses advertise their diuretics as “water tablets.” A lot of people take diuretics because they believe they can help them lose fat with water tablets. In reality, the pills only force their bodies to expel more water. While the scale may say someone has lost weight, it doesn’t mean that fat loss has slimmed down the person. Serious side effects of taking diuretics include:
-Electrolyte imbalances that can cause heartbeat and muscle cramps to be irregular.
-Dehydration, which can become a life-threatening condition.
People with eating disorders also assume that by rushing food into their processes, laxatives can help them lose weight before their stomachs can consume a lot of calories. Laxatives, unfortunately, are no more effective than water tablets. When people take laxatives, water weight is often lost by repeated bowel movements. Their bodies absorb just as many calories. Some of the dangers of taking laxatives frequently include:
-Electrolyte and mineral imbalances.
-Damage to the colon and liver.
-Irritable bowel syndrome.
-Increased risk of colon cancer.
-Dependency that makes bowel movements impossible without more laxatives.
- Ipecac Syrup
Ipecac syrup used to play an important role in poison control. If household poisons were mistakenly ingested by infants, their parents would use ipecac to cause vomiting. Since ipecac syrup causes individuals to vomit, it is used by bulimics to detox. Misusing ipecac syrup as a “weight-loss method” can cause problems like:
-Low blood pressure.
-Stomach and chest pain.
-Inflamed heart muscles (myocarditis).
- Diet Pills
Every year, Americans trying to lose weight spend about $2.1 billion on diet pills and supplements. The Food and Drug Administration has largely unregulated over-the-counter diet drugs, so consumers never know what the items contain or what dangers they pose. Most of them don’t work but still, they may contain ingredients that cause issues like:
-High blood pressure.