It’s Day 9 of our October Challenge and I’ve got another Weight Loss on a Budget Tip for you. Tip #9: Don’t Buy Over the Counter Diet Pills!
I know that the commercials make weight loss look easy. I know that many pill manufacturers provide before and after photos with stories of quick weight loss “results” (even though the fine print reminds us that the results are not typical of users of the product). I know that you may feel like there is no harm in using a diet aid. However, the experiences of thousands, even millions of other people have chronicled the opinion that diet pills don’t guarantee results. Many people agree that the average over the counter diet pills may not have any impact on your weight loss goals.
You have to ask yourself if it’s worth the money. The choice is yours and you might find a pill that works for you, but for a lot of people it’s a waste of money in the end. If you can save the money and use it on something that will help you on your journey, it’s something to consider.
If you have money to burn, then that’s another thing. This month I’m giving tips on saving money while losing weight, so this is something that is “extra” vs. necessary.
- Even if you do see some short term results from diet pills, what happens long term? Are you planning you pay for the pills forever to keep the weight off?
- Why not just eat right and exercise?
- Will the weight come right back after you use the pills?
- If the pill you are taking aren’t regulated by the FDA, are you putting your health at risk?
When it comes to pills, the financial cost at the register is not the only thing to consider. There are other potential medical costs, if the pill is unsafe. There is the cost of re-losing the weight if you gain it all back when you stop taking the pills. Save yourself the money and try lifestyle changes first. Commit to habits and choices that are time tested for weight loss, like eating clean, eating low carb, walking, working out with DVDs, etc. There are all kinds of options available. Find one that works for you.
More info available on this topic: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid Non-Prescription Diet Pills