Side Effects of Water Pills Before You Take Them For Weight Loss
Have you been considering adding water pills to your dieting and exercising for added weight loss? Find out how water pills work and how safe they are. Read on and discover what Dr. Oz says that you need to know about water pills for weight loss.
Water pills claim to cut your physique, tone your muscle and shape your body simply by swallowing an easily-available, non-prescription pill daily. These water pills are actually lower dosage diuretics that are typically prescribed for lowering high blood pressure. However, many dieters are turning to non-prescription water pills as a way to lose weight fast.
“Companies are fattening their own wallets by claiming to slim you down—but are they safe?” poses Dr. Oz as he reveals that health authorities have recently issued the statement that, “Water pills…can have serious side effects and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional.”
The attraction water pills hold for many users is that it is a fast way to appear slimmer and fit easier into clothing like skinny jeans before going out, because it helps reduce bloating from water retention in the body.
And if that is why you take water pills, here is a safe and effective 10-minute trick to get you into your skinny jeans before a party.
So what is it about water pills that dieters should be wary of? According to Dr. Oz the active ingredients in a water pill typically include caffeine, pamabrom and triamterene. However, as a weight loss agent, none of these ingredients will cause fat to burn. Rather, they can result in severe dehydration and “...actually short circuit your organs,” warns Dr. Oz.
As an example of how much dehydration can occur from taking a water pill, Dr. Oz tells viewers that one water pill causes about 3 pounds (a little over a liter) extra of urine to be passed from your body. The problem with losing more fluid from your body than is normal is that you are also losing a significant amount of electrolytes that feeds important organs such as the heart. In fact, one of the side effects of taking water pills is experiencing heart palpitations because your heart’s circuitry is misfiring from the lack of electrolytes.
Another side effect related to loss of fluid and electrolyte is feeling kind of foggy or disoriented—perhaps even up to the point of experiencing delirium. This is because the brain has to have a certain level of fluid and electrolytes to help it perform optimally.
But an electrolyte imbalance can affect more than your organs, it is also one of the 3 warning signs from your feet that something is amiss about your health.
However, Dr. Oz tells viewers that even aside from the side effects mentioned, that there is more to the dark side of taking water pills—weight gain rather than weight loss due to a rebound effect.
“It’s a dirty little secret [about water pills],” says Dr. Oz as he explains that the problem behind water pills is that when you stop taking it, your body is so used to the extra water loss that it begins to overcompensate and cause the retention of more water than what you had been losing while on the water pill. This in turn can turn into added weight gain and severe edema (swelling) in the legs.
In fact, not just water pills but here are 7 medication types that can secretly cause you to gain weight.
“I am angered by duplicitous people taking advantage of you. Do not be conned by these water pills. They will not reshape your body, in fact they will cause the opposite problem in enough cases that it worries me,” says Dr. Oz.
For more about the dangers of taking water pills, click-on Dr. Oz’s water pill safety guide to find out how to use water pills safely.
And, if you do take water pills, here is a warning about one special herbal tea that you definitely should not take while on water pills—prescribed or not!
Reference: The Dr. Oz Show― “Dr. Oz on the Dangers of Water Pills.”
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