Monday, July 26, 2010

Diet That Didn't Work #3...Metabolife & Other Diet Pills!


Back in the late 90's, my friend/co-worker Kim and I decided to go on Metabolife together. People who walked into our office could hear us happily chatting away about how much weight we were going to lose and all of the sweet clothes we were going to be able to wear afterward. We were really looking forward to having the results that all of the deejays on our favorite radio stations had with Metabolife. At the time, you couldn't go 15 minutes without hearing the products talked about on the radio, and everyone raved about them.
We both started taking the pills at the same time. Kim began to lose weight rapidly, but my loss was much slower, even though I was following the program exactly the same way she was and we were both exercising. By the end of the month, Kim had lost 20 pounds...I had lost 6. We both kept taking it, because she wanted to lose at least another 20 and I, of course, was trying to catch up to her. Within a couple of weeks I lost 2 more pounds, but Kim started having some problems. Her heart was racing all the time and her pulse pounded in her ears. I will say that I didn't have that happen to me, but I did have trouble sleeping at night because I was still so wound up. She made an appointment to see her doctor, who told her to stop taking Metabolife IMMEDIATELY. A lot of people were having the same problems we were, and these pills were more dangerous than helpful. As soon as Kim told me at work the next day, I stopped taking it as well. I didn't want to have the same thing happen to me.
This didn't stop me from trying other diet pills, however. I tried to reason with myself that it was only this one product that was bad. Well, the real problem was the ingredient ephedra. None of the pills with it were safe. I hopped from pill to pill, but wasn't seeing much in the way of results. I was still laying awake at night because I couldn't calm down enought to fall asleep. I began trying other products that didn't have ephedra but promised the same results. They didn't help me any more than Metabolife did...but one of them gave me the gift of an allergic reaction and a trip to the ER. In the middle of the night I broke out in hives that covered my entire body, my tongue swelled, and my throat began to feel tight. At the emergency room, I was asked what medications I took. I wasn't on any other meds at the time, so I told the doctor about the diet pill. He immediately nodded and told me that he'd seen several people come in already with this reaction that were taking the same product. I promised him at that point that I would not try any more diet pills, and I've kept my end of the bargain. I refused to jeopardize my life any further with these products. (And by the way...Kim's best friend tried Ripped Fuel and wound up passing out at work. She was ordered to stop taking that as well!)
There have been way too many people who died or permanently damaged their health in the quest for that "perfect" body. Don't even think about going that route, because it's not worth it. You are much too precious of a human being to hurt yourself with these products. You are valuable just the way you are right now, and if you want to be healthy start eating nutritious foods and getting some exercise. Your body will find the weight that's right for you...and remember that God never meant for all of us to be exactly the same size. Be the best YOU that you can be, and do it the proper way!

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