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    4 Unhealthy, Dangerous Weight-Loss Methods
    At BodContour, we hear a lot of horror stories about people who use dangerous ways to lose weight. We encourage patients to never use the following weight-loss methods because they can result in serious health consequences.

    Diuretics


    Diuretics

    The term "diuretics" refers to any substance that increases the production of urine. Some companies market their diuretics as "water pills."

    A lot of people take diuretics because they think the water pills can help them shed fat. In reality, the pills only force their bodies to expel more water. While the scale may say that someone has lost weight, it doesn't mean the person has slimmed down from fat loss.

    Diuretics are an ineffective way to lose weight. They're also unhealthy. Serious side effects of taking diuretics include:
    - Electrolyte imbalances that can cause irregular heartbeat and muscle cramps.
    - Kidney failure.
    - Dehydration, which can become a life-threatening condition.

    Laxatives


    Laxatives

    People with eating disorders often believe that laxatives will help them lose weight by rushing food through their systems before their stomachs can absorb many calories. Unfortunately, laxatives aren't any more effective than water pills.

    When people take laxatives, they mostly lose water weight through frequent bowel movements. Their bodies absorb just as many calories.

    - Electrolyte and mineral imbalances.
    - Severe dehydration.
    - Damage to the colon and liver.
    - Irritable bowel syndrome.
    - Increased risk of colon cancer.
    - Dependency that makes bowel movements impossible without more laxatives.

    Ipecac Syrup


    Ipecac Syrup

    Ipecac syrup used to play an important role in poison control. When children accidentally consumed household poisons, their parents would use ipecac to induce vomiting.

    Since ipecac syrup makes people vomit, bulimics use it to purge. Misusing ipecac syrup as a "weight-loss method" can cause problems like:
    - Low blood pressure.
    - Rapid heartbeat.
    - Breathing problems.
    - Diarrhea.
    - Stomach and chest pain.
    - Heart attacks.
    - Inflamed heart muscles (myocarditis).

    Diet Pills


    Diet Pills

    Every year, Americans trying to lose weight spend about $2.1 billion on diet pills and supplements. Over-the-counter diet pills are largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so buyers never know what the products contain or what risks they pose.

    Most over-the-counter diet pills don't work. Still, they may contain ingredients that cause issues like:
    - Irregular heartbeat.
    - High blood pressure.
    - Heart failure.
    - Headaches.
    - Strokes.
    - Heart attacks.
    - Sudden death.

    If the FDA regulated supplements, consumers would have more information about ingredients. Until that happens, dieters never know what they're ingesting when they take diet pills.

    BodContour supports healthy, effective weight-loss plans that include exercise and balanced diets. Learn more about how we can use low levels of laser energy to target problem areas that have stubborn fat.
    Jason
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