Losing weight can feel difficult to overcome, especially if there is an underlying medical condition that creates more resistance to losing weight. It’s no surprise, then, that many people turn to weight loss pills to try to lose excess weight, especially since “slim pills” offer a quick fix to weight loss struggles. However, because diet pills carry with them a myriad of health risks for the user, the person taking diet pills may develop a more severe health condition in the long-run. This can even end up hampering future attempts at trying to lose weight. Because of this, many people that end up taking diet pills can form an addiction, needing more weight loss supplementation in order to feel that they are still effectively burning fat. Furthermore, since diet pills often give the user more energy, people that take these pills may need to continue to take these pills to feel “functional”. Otherwise, upon stopping the pills the user may feel a sudden “crash” of energy and want to turn back to the diet pills to give them the energy they need.

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One of the most alarming things about these “slim pills”, however, is that people that struggle with eating disorders or body dysmorphia can feel drawn to the promises these pills have to offer. Not realizing that the diet pills can’t fix the way they feel about their body, they often end up abusing the pills, even taking several different types of diet pills in order to ensure they lose enough weight to feel happier with their body. This can worsen their eating disorder and cause a serious addiction that will need medical help in order to ensure a successful recovery. To prevent this from happening, it is, therefore, essential that one learns about slim pills and how their promises are short-lived, if “lived” at all. Then, if one is struggling with diet pill abuse, they learn how to find help so they can recover and live a life detached and happy apart from needing diet pills.

What are “Slim Pills” and How Do They Work? 

Slim pills, also known as diet pills, encompass a number of different prescription and over-the-counter supplements meant to help one control or reduce their weight. In order to help someone lose weight, a diet pill works to interfere with normal body processes and instead turn off or reduce hunger cues, suppress one’s appetite, increase one’s metabolism, or prevent fat absorption in the body. While this may sound promising to someone who wants to lose weight, the truth is, however, that one needs to beware of any products that promise a quick and easy approach to weight loss. In fact, because over-the-counter supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, they can do more damage than good to one’s bodily systems. Furthermore, it is proven that diet pills are not all that effective at weight loss, at least not for the long-run. The truth is that by interfering with one’s body’s normal metabolic processes, one is setting themselves up for future problems with their body’s metabolism. This could mean it actually gets harder to lose weight in the future. The complete opposite intention of taking diet pills in the first place.

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Slim Pills Abuse and Side Effects

Every diet pill carries with it serious side-effects to the user. In fact, most of these side effects far outweigh any potential short-term weight loss the user may experience. The word: “short-term” being the key. Typically, weight loss is experienced as a result of the interference with one’s bodily processes but ends up costing the user way more in the end. Some side effects experienced from taking diet pills include:

  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rash and itching
  • Yellowing of skin or eyes
  • Swelling of legs and ankles
  • Dark urine or light-colored stool
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Tingling skin 

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Despite this list of dangers that can happen when taking diet pills, there are many people who become addicted to taking these pills. Most commonly, people who suffer from an eating disorder or other underlying disorders can become dependent on taking these pills. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists out signs of addiction to help one recognize if a problem has taken root in one’s life. If taking diet pills interferes with one’s health, relationships, and/or personal life, or has developed into an addiction to taking other substances as a means to lose weight, it is time to seek help.

How to Get Help for an Addiction to Slim Pills

Unfortunately many people who have an addiction to diet pills don’t seek help. This may be because the weight loss industry has marketed these drugs to allure to the user as beneficial for weight loss (especially in a culture that values “thinness”), therefore, making the user think it’s “no big deal” to take these drugs. Or, there could be shame around taking the pills or having an eating disorder that’s controlling their life. Whatever the case, an addiction to diet pills is serious and needs to be addressed before it causes additional damage to the user. To do this, it would be beneficial for one to reach out to an inpatient/intensive outpatient care center that can help one safely recover from the effects of their addiction. Furthermore, because an addiction to diet pills often signifies an underlying medical condition, particularly an eating disorder, it is essential that one receives help from a rehab that can address the underlying issue, as well. That being said, eating disorders can even turn into seeking other drugs that can have a similar weight loss effect. To avoid this from happening, therefore, one needs to seek help immediately, before other serious drugs come into play.

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Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, in fact, it is a sign of strength. Through addiction treatment and wellness therapy in Austin, help is available.

Reaching out for help can change the course of your life for the better. You no longer need to live in the grips of addiction. You can live a life of happiness apart from feeling the pull to always lose weight or reach to supplements to help you achieve that. If you find yourself wanting drugs or alcohol to cope with an eating disorder or as a means to help lose extra weight it is time to seek help. Reach out to get started on the path of fulfillment today.


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Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

Amanda is a prolific content writer, and is in recovery from disordered eating. She has a passion for health, nutrition, meditation, spiritual practices, and being a mother of a beautiful daughter.

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