I remember when Ephedrine was making its way into gyms and health food stores all over the country. Trainers were recommending it until tons of research came back with the dangers associated to these diet pills. The studies showed that they produced anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, tachycardia, psychosis, kidney damage, dependency, heart attack, stroke and even death. Since then we have seen and heard of many diet pills and the public unfortunately seems to be eager to try the newest diet pill without proper research being done to evaluate these products.
It’s important to understand the power of a diet pill. What is it set out to do? In some cases these pills restrict fat absorption and fill your body with high doses of caffeine which acts as a diuretic. Some people have actually had heart complications over a period of time as a direct result from consuming diet pills. So don’t risk your health taking “magic in a bottle”, because the magic you might get is a trip to the other side of the tunnel if you know what I mean.
There are lots of natural ways to jump start weight loss but here are a few safe alternatives:
Fasting – water only for 24 hours for up to 3 days if you are in good health.
On a side note, fasting is a great way to jumpstart your diet and also detox. But care should be taken because fasting allows the body to release stored toxins in your body fat into the blood stream for elimination. Only the very healthy should go on short water fasts because the toxins released could overwhelm toxic and sick bodies.
In the book Triumph Over Disease, Jack Goldstein, DPM, talks about how he overcame ulcerative colitis by sticking to strict water fasting and a vegetarian diet. He actually tested his own tongue scrapings, urine, feces, even perspiration during a water fast. He found that “the contents [during a fast] are different than normal — that toxins like DDT do get removed.”
I believe that losing weight should come as a byproduct of detoxing not the other way around.
It’s pointless to want to lose weight so you can look good on the outside but be full of toxins and junk on the inside. If we looked at it that way more people would be concerned about detoxing and less people would be hooked on diet pills.
If you missed the first two parts of this series you can read both articles below: