Being thin has always been in. Various means of achieving the end of thin have come and gone over the years but the desired goal of donning a slender model-esque figure is still just as coveted as ever. As a result of this quest to shed pounds rapidly, media inundates us with hundreds of "quick fix" methods, i.e., miracle pills, fast acting supplements and radical diets alternative to a healthy diet and daily exercise. In hilariously cheesy infomercials, we see overweight frumpy individuals transforming into fitness models with perfectly chiseled physiques, all because of the latest pill or supplement said infomercial is advertising. What these advertisements fail to mention is that majority of these supplements are not regulated by the FDA and could thus potentially cause extremely harmful and sometimes even fatal side effects. So we essentially have companies who are capitalizing on a society that is literally dying to be thin. Scientists and researchers say that if a pill or supplement causes you to lose weight, majority of the time it is not healthy for you. This is true because one should not lose more than 1-2 pounds per week; popular weight loss aids boast that taking them can help one lose up to 10 pounds in a week. Furthermore, there is no better prescription for weight loss than a healthy lifestyle including a well balanced diet and exercise. Take a look at some of the most dangerous drugs and supplements on the market.
4 Dinitrophenol (DNP)
Also known by it's generic name, sibutramine, and sold under the names Reductil and Sibutrex, this appetite suppressant was voluntarily withdrawn from the market after it was suggested to do so by the FDA in 2010. Other countries such as Canada, Australia, India and New Zealand have followed suit and removed sibutramine from the market. Studies show that Meridia can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Other side effects include: headaches, dry mouth, nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, insomnia, restlessness, confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts and some cases sudden death. Although the substance has been banned, dozens of supplements have been found to contain undisclosed amounts of sibutramine. In 2008, the FDA issued a warning naming more than 20 of said supplements. One year later, the FDA recalled another batch of more than 30 herbal supplements that were believed to contain sibutramine.
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