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A 44-year-old member asked:

are diet pills effective weight loss tools?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Probably not: Over-the-counter diet pills decrease one's appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). A person's desire to eat can be much stronger that a diet pill's power to decrease his appetite, so he will likely continue to eat too many calories. Also, diet pills don't increase one's desire to exercise. If something as simple as a diet pill actually worked, we would not have so much obesity in america.
Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki
Specializes in Bariatrics
Yes: Diet pills are more effective when combined with lifestyle modification including proper nutrition and exercise. In most instances, diet pills lose their effectiveness after a period of time.
Dr. Christian Dyhianto
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Under medical supervision, a proper weight loss program which includes a healthy diet and exercise plan, some diet pills can be effective tools for weight loss.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can diet pills help my weight loss efforts?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Helps only a little: Over-the-counter diet pills decrease one's appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). A person's desire to eat can be much stronger that a diet pill's power to decrease his appetite, so he will likely continue to eat too many calories. Also, diet pills don't increase one's desire to exercise. If something as simple as a diet pill actually worked, we would not have so much obesity in america.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Which are the most effective diet pills that actually work for weight loss?

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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
None: None. A healthy, balanced diet and exercise are best.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Tried and true diet pills for weight loss?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
None: There are no totally safe effective diet pills, particularly the otc garbage that's sold in local stores, by your friends, advertised on tv or on the internet. Why look for pills, why not get on a regimen of diet and exercise instead. It actually can work and won't harm you.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Recently been considering using things such as weight loss/ diet pills, do you think these will help?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Weight loss: Any weight loss pill can have side effects. Most common ingredients include stimulants like caffeine, which can aggravate some people. I t is best to start cautiously with any new supplement to determine effectiveness.

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