Yep. Once and that was enough. For the longest time I always told myself I'd *never* get so desperate that I'd resort to diet pills, but as my weight steadily increased over the years and after I reached 300 lbs I lost any hope of losing weight on my own.
I was also addicted to watching late night infomercials and saw one for a "safe and natural" weight loss pill. It was called Fiber Thin and you were supposed to take 3 of these horse pills with a huge glass of water 15 minutes before your meal (so 3x a day ended up being 9 pills a day) The gimmick was that when these pills reacted with the water, they would expand in your stomach and help you feel fuller for longer effortlessly AND would also trap additional fat and would prevent up to 300 calories a day from being absorbed into your system. They also came with a smaller bottle of green tea pills which would speed up your metabolism. I mean green tea and fiber, what's safer than that right?
I used these pills every day for a few weeks and didn't lose any weight. I just felt bloated and nauseous and after a while I noticed I started feeling dizzy and lightheaded after I'd take the pills. The feeling would go away after I ate so I ignored the symptoms until one night I felt a tight pressure in my brain and was so dizzy I couldn't even see straight. My whole body was shaking and my heart was pounding. Well that was enough for me. I dumped the pills in the trash the following morning and decided I was either going to remain fat forever or would somehow find a way to lose weight on my own because I would NEVER do anything like that again!
Yes, several different times I got suckered into buying them and they DID work, as long as I kept taking them, but I couldn't keep the weight off once I stopped because I hadn't really changed my eating habits. Now with SP, I've gotten to my goal weight and maintained for 7 months and counting. This is a much surer and safer way to lose weight and keep it off!
When I was very young (years and years ago) I tried Dexatrim.
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I am 50 years old. When I was in my early twenties I tried diet pills. I went to a doctor and I did lose weight. But I was so stressed and unhealthy at the time. It causes anxiety and it is so hard on your body. The minute I stopped taking it my weight spiraled up and out of control. Not a good experience at all.
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i tried phentermine. while i don't take them anymore, they helped kick off my weight loss. i don't think i'd be where i am now without them. so while i think i cheated a little by using them, i wouldn't change a thing.
I've tried so many things in my quest to lose weight. Yes, years ago I tried pills: Dexatrim, Metabolife. During that time I guess I was looking for a quick fix, or an alternative exercise and eating healthy. I used diet different brands of diet pills for approximately 4 months but never saw any results, other than withdrawal symptoms after I stopped taking those pills. After that experience, I learned how dangerous those medicines are after long time use. I've never gone back and have since become an advocate healthy weightloss without the use diet pills.
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