When we’re growing up, our parents and teachers often tell us to ‘just say no’ when it comes to drugs. What you may not have realised is that recreational drugs aren’t the only dangers out there. Many people are so desperate to lose weight that they’re willing to put their lives on the line and take supplements to curb their hunger, against the advice of GPs around the world.
Diet pills and supplements are much less heavily policed than prescription drugs, which opens up a world of risks. Many of them are not even proven as effective before they’re put on shelves, getting by on anecdotal evidence and testimonials alone. Sadly, many of the diet pill brands that do work are not freely available over the counter, but instead must be sought out online, and can lead to damage to the heart, brain and bones.
Many recreational drugs have a proven side effect of suppressing hunger, so advocates suggest small doses of these in order to calm the hunger pangs down. However, not only are these substances illegal and should be avoided at all costs, they always have other negative effects on the mind and body, as well as being dangerously addictive. Avoid at all costs!
Smoking is known to increase metabolism and reduce hunger, however the obvious dangers include risks of cancer, lung damage and breathing problems. Put simply, any short term effects are greatly overshadowed by the long term problems you’ll experience. Plus, when you finally decide to kick this unhealthy habit, you’ll quickly discover any lost weight piles straight back on.
Believe it or not, some people resort to the use of laxatives in order to lose weight. Highly dangerous (as well as a little bit icky) overuse of laxatives will lead to a weak digestive system and a whole host of gastrointestinal problems.
The only foolproof way to maintain a healthy body is to follow a health and exercise regime like those suggested by Inspire. If you need help or guidance when it comes to weight loss, please see your local GP.