Why do doctors push diet pills if they’re harmful?
Many people are in such dire need of help they resort to pills. Perhaps they have a lot of weight to lose, have given up hope, or flatly just don’t want to face the reality that they have to learn to modify their eating and lifestyle habits. Everyone knows that pills are not the true solution. This is proven by the fact that no weight loss pill can be taken forever. What are you going to do when you stop taking them?
I’ve met many physicians, however, who are very responsible and prescribe pills for short-term use--just to get the weight loss started. They know--and generally tell their patients--that pills are not the ultimate answer to weight loss and maintenance. In that fashion, I can understand someone trying a pill. But please understand, pills and medications always have side effects--some of them severe and harmful.
What’s absolutely necessary if you do take weight loss pills is to educate yourself in healthful eating and activity habits...and DO IT! Then stay on medication for as short a time as possible.